Nov. 11, 2006
HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Sophomore tailback Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.) ran 15 times for 83 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Colgate 29-28 at Andy Kerr Stadium. The Crusaders finish the season with an overall record of 7-4 and a 4-2 mark in the Patriot League, while the Raiders improve to 4-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
After a scoreless first quarter, Colgate drove the ball deep into Holy Cross territory, before senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) forced a fumble at the one-yard line, which junior defensive end Adam Sadowski (Tucson, Ariz.) recovered at the seven-yard line. The Crusaders then marched 93 yards on seven plays, with senior wide receiver Matt Fanning (Marlborough, Mass.) catching a 35-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) to make the score 7-0.
The Raiders had the ball deep in Holy Cross territory again later in the second quarter, before senior linebacker Chris Nielsen (Center Line, Mich.) knocked the ball from the hand of quarterback Mike Saraceno, and senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) recovered the ball at the 30-yard line. The Crusaders would convert on the turnover once again, as Randolph threw a 13-yard scoring pass to junior wide receiver Justin Maher (Milford, Conn.).
But before the end of the half, Colgate was able to make the score 14-8, as Saraceno threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Ty Henry, then Jordan Scott ran the ball in for the two-point conversion.
Holy Cross increased its lead to 21-8 early in the third quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.), before the Raiders came back with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Saraceno to Erik Burke. Sophomore linebacker Brian Billman (Westerville, Ohio) would then recover a fumble on the Colgate four-yard line, setting up a four-yard touchdown run from Kielt. But on the opening play of the fourth quarter, Saraceno ran 23 yards for a touchdown to make the score 28-22.
The Raiders then took their first lead of the day with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter, when Scott ran three yards for a touchdown. Holy Cross had one last chance to win the game, but senior placekicker Mike DeSantis (Belle Meade, N.J.) had his 30-yard field goal attempt blocked with 5:36 left to play.
Randolph completed 18 of 42 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns on the day, while Fanning had a team-best four catches for 81 yards and a score. Saraceno led Colgate by hitting on 19 of 31 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to running for 17 yards and a score.
Defensively, Adams totaled 11 tackles, two tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and an interception, while sophomore defensive back Kyle Mushaweh (Woodbury, Conn.) added 15 tackles and a pass breakup.