Steve Silva Named Patriot League Offensive Player Of The Week

Sept. 5, 2005

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) has been named the Patriot League Player of Week for games through Sept. 3, it was announced by the conference office. On Saturday, Silva accounted for 179 yards and six touchdowns, while leading Holy Cross to a 56-21 victory over Sacred Heart at Fitton Field.

In the Sacred Heart game, Silva rushed 15 times for 85 yards and three touchdowns, completed two passes for 24 yards and two scores, recorded four receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown, and returned two punts for 30 yards. All six of Silva's touchdowns came in the first half, while only 38 of his yards (23 rushing, 15 punt return) came after the intermission.

With his performance, Silva became the first player in Holy Cross history to rush for a touchdown, throw for a touchdown and catch a touchdown pass in the same game. He also set new career highs for rushing touchdowns (three) and touchdowns scored (four). In addition, Silva moved up the all-time Holy Cross charts into third place for career touchdowns scored (27), fourth place for career rushing touchdowns (23) and eighth place for career rushing yards (1,818).

Holy Cross (1-0 overall) returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 10, when it plays host to Georgetown (1-0 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) in its conference opener at Fitton Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

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