Nov. 22, 2008
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) completed 16 of 27 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Colgate 28-27 at Andy Kerr Stadium. Randolph finished the game with new Holy Cross single season records for passing yards (3,838) and yards of total offense (3,917), in addition to setting a new school career record for yards of total offense (9,984). The Crusaders finish the season at 7-4 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders improve to 9-2 on the year and 5-0 in conference.
Holy Cross took a 7-0 lead on just the second offensive play of the game, when Dominic Randolph threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.). Colgate came back to tie up the score on a 50-yard scoring pass from Greg Sullivan to Pat Simonds. The Crusaders regained the lead on their next drive, when Randolph threw a 42-yard scoring strike to junior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.).
Early in the second quarter, the Raiders tied the game at 14-14 on a one-yard touchdown run by Jordan Scott. Holy Cross took the lead back on its next possession, when Randolph tossed a seven-yard scoring pass to senior wide receiver Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.). The Crusaders then increased their advantage to 24-14 just before halftime on a 36-yard field goal by senior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.).
Colgate cut into the lead on its opening possession of the third quarter, on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Sullivan to Simonds. Partain then kicked a 37-yard field goal to put Holy Cross up 27-21 heading into the final period. But Nate Eachus scored on a five-yard run with 13:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Raiders up 28-27, and neither team would score again as Colgate held on for the victory.
McDermott finished the game with six catches for 63 yards, while Brock had four receptions for 118 yards. Eachus led the Raiders with 118 yards on 21 carries. Senior linebacker Ryan Stewart (Wayland, Mass.) led the Crusader defense with 13 total tackles, including two tackles for loss.