Oct. 3, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross junior defensive back Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) and senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) have been honored by the Patriot League for their performances in Saturday's 22-19 victory at Yale. Gough was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, while Silva was selected as the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week. This is the second award for each player this season, as Gough previously earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 19, while Silva was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5.
In the Yale game, Gough recorded a career-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo stops, with two tackles for loss, an interception and a safety. At the 2:51 mark of the first quarter, he posted a six-yard tackle for loss in the end zone for a safety, giving Holy Cross a 5-0 lead. Gough later intercepted a pass at the Holy Cross 38-yard line to halt a Yale drive in the third quarter. He also blocked an extra point with 10:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, allowing Holy Cross to keep a two-possession lead at 15-6. Through five games on the year, Gough leads the team with three interceptions and 53 interception return yards. He also ranks third on the squad with 28 tackles, including 26 solo stops, and has one pass breakup.
Silva recorded 250 all-purpose yards against the Bulldogs on Saturday, including 106 yards on kickoff and punt returns. With 4:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, he returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown to put Holy Cross up 22-13 and secure the victory. Silva finished the day with 99 kickoff return yards, 92 rushing yards, 52 receiving yards and seven punt return yards. Through five games this season, he leads all of Division I-AA with an average of 197.6 all-purpose yards per game. Silva has rushed for 430 yards and six touchdowns on 93 carries, caught 28 passes for 196 yards and a score, returned nine kickoffs for 248 yards and a touchdown, and brought back 10 punts for 114 yards.
Holy Cross (3-2 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 8, when it travels to Lehigh (3-1 overall, 0-0 Patriot League) for a 1:00 p.m. game.