Nov. 12, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Lafayette quarterback Brad Maurer threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Leopards to a 41-21 victory over Holy Cross at Fitton Field. Maurer completed 16 of 28 attempts with one interception on the day, and also rushed for 55 yards, as Lafayette recorded 448 yards of total offense and improved to 7-3 on the year (4-1 Patriot League). Lafayette remains tied with Lehigh and Colgate for first place in the league with one week remaining in the season.
The Leopards jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of Maurer touchdown passes, for two yards to Joe Ort and 36 yards to Shaun Adair. Holy Cross (5-5, 2-3 Patriot League) responded with a 12-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) to senior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Richwood, Ky.), before Jonathan Hurt added a one-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to put Lafayette up 21-7. After another Crusader touchdown pass from O'Neil to Gruber, this one for eight yards, the Leopards' Rick Ziska kicked a pair of field goals, from 23 and 51 yards, to make the score 27-14 at the break.
After neither team scored in the third quarter, Lafayette increased its lead to 34-14 early in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Maurer to David Nelson. O'Neil then threw his third touchdown of the day, for 19 yards to senior tight end Luke Dugan (Maple Plain, Minn.), making the score 34-21. Hurt then concluded the scoring for the Leopards with another one-yard touchdown run.
Hurt rushed for 125 yards on 25 carries for Lafayette, while Holy Cross senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) had 103 yards on 23 carries for his fourth 100-yard game of the season. Silva, who entered the contest leading the nation in all-purpose yards (208.9 per game), finished with 216 all-purpose yards.
Brandon Stanford caught six passes for 122 yards to lead all Lafayette receivers, while Dugan had eight receptions for 109 yards to lead Holy Cross.
Lafayette concludes its season next Saturday at Lehigh, while Holy Cross travels to Bucknell for its final game of the year.