Oct. 2, 2004
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior tailback Steven Silva (East Providence, R.I.) scored two touchdowns and recorded 184 all-purpose yards, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team suffered a tough 42-35 loss to Fordham at Fitton Field. The Crusaders fall to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Rams improve to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.
Holy Cross started the game hot, with junior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) throwing a 51-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Covington, Ky.) on the first offensive play of the game. After Fordham tied the score at 7-7, O'Neil threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Luke Dugan (Maple Plain, Minn.) to put the Crusaders up 14-7 after the first quarter.
The Rams again tied the score, before a two-yard run by Silva and a 40-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Mike DeSantis (Belle Mead, N.J.) gave Holy Cross a 24-14 lead with just over a minute left in the first half. But Fordham came back again, scoring with only four seconds left in the half on a two-yard run by James Prydatko to make the score 24-21 at the break.
After a 38-yard field goal by DeSantis early in the third quarter, the Rams' Jamaal Hunte scored touchdowns on runs of five and 20 yards to give Fordham a 35-27 lead with just under 14 minutes to play in the game. But with 4:45 remaining, Silva scored on a 14-yard pass from O'Neil, then Gruber caught a pass from Silva for the two-point conversion to tie the score at 35-35.
On Fordham's next possession, freshman free safety Obioma Green (The Colony, Texas) recovered a fumble on the Rams' 37-yard line, giving Holy Cross a chance to take the lead. But the Crusaders were unable to move the ball and had to punt, and the game appeared to be headed for overtime. But with only 11 seconds remaining, Fordham's Derric Daniels threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Mike Melvin for the winning score.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, October 9, when it plays host to Lehigh. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m., on Homecoming Weekend.