Football Set To Face Lehigh On Family Weekend
Oct. 23, 2006
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (6-2, 3-0 PL) vs. Lehigh (3-4, 2-0 PL)
Date: October 28, 2006
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Fitton Field (23,500), Worcester, Mass.
Holy Cross Television: WCTR TV-3, Worcester; Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Andy Lacombe, color; Brianne Mallaghan, sidelines
Lehigh Television: WFMZ TV-69, Allentown / Fox College Sports Atlantic; Steve Degler, play-by-play; Mike Yadush, color
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Tom Kelleher, color; www.sportsjuice.com, internet
Lehigh Radio: WEEX 1230 AM, Easton, Pa.; WTKZ 1320 AM, Allentown, Pa.; Matt Kerr, play-by-play; Jeff Tourial, color
Series Record: Lehigh leads, 11-9-1
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 13, Lehigh 10, October 8, 2005, Bethlehem, Pa.
The Series With Lehigh
This will be the 22nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the gridiron, with Lehigh leading the all-time series 11-9-1. After a 3-3 tie in the first meeting between the schools on Nov. 8, 1924, Holy Cross won the next seven meetings. Since then, the Mountain Hawks have won 11 out of 13 games, including seven straight prior to the Crusaders 13-10 victory last season. For contests played in Worcester, Lehigh holds a 6-4-1 lead in the series, winning six straight games. Holy Cross has not defeated Lehigh at Fitton Field since Oct. 31, 1992, when it posted a 28-25 win.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Lehigh leads, 11-9-1
In Worcester: Lehigh leads, 6-4-1
At Fitton Field: Lehigh leads, 6-4-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Lehigh: 1-1
Andy Coen vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
In Overtime: n/a
Crusaders Look To Extend Win
Holy Cross is off to a 6-2 start this season, and is currently riding a five-game winning streak. The Crusaders began their current winning streak with a 27-0 victory at Marist, before defeating Fordham (28-21) and Brown (35-30) at home, and Dartmouth (24-21 in overtime) and Lafayette (38-28) on the road. This marks the longest winning streak during Tom Gilmore's tenure as head coach at Holy Cross. The Crusaders had previously won three in a row under Gilmore twice, from Oct. 1-15, 2005 (downing Yale, Lehigh and Dartmouth) and from Nov. 20, 2004-Sept. 10, 2005 (defeating Georgetown, Sacred Heart and Georgetown again). With a victory over Lehigh this week, the Crusaders would post their first six-game winning streak since the 1991 team posted a perfect 11-0 record.
Anderson Award On The Line
The Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award is presented annually to the outstanding player in the Family Weekend game, as determined by the working press. The award is sponsored by the Holy Cross Club of Greater Worcester, and was originally awarded to the most outstanding player of the Holy Cross-Massachusetts game. It is presented in honor of former Holy Cross head coach Edward Anderson, who had a 129-67-8 record in 21 seasons as the Crusaders' coach (1933-1938; 1950-1964), and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Last season, Colgate's Jordan Scott claimed the award, after leading the Raiders to a 27-14 victory over the Crusaders. A player from the visiting team has taken home the honor in six of the last seven seasons, with lone exception coming in 2001. That year, Holy Cross quarterback Brian Hall earned the award, after throwing for 416 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-53 victory over Lafayette.
Holy Cross On Family Weekend
The Crusaders have posted an all-time record of 27-22-1 in Family Weekend games. Holy Cross has lost four straight and six out of its last seven contests on Family Weekend. Last year, Colgate posted a 27-14 victory over the Crusaders. Holy Cross was also defeated by Bucknell in 2004 (42-27), Dartmouth in 2003 (24-20) and Lehigh in 2002 (21-12). The last Family Weekend victory came in 2001, when the Crusaders downed Lafayette 63-53. This year's game will mark the fifth meeting between Holy Cross and Lehigh on Family Weekend, with the teams splitting the first four contests. The previous Family Weekend meetings came in 1988 (Holy Cross, 48-28), 1990 (Holy Cross, 34-22), 2000 (Lehigh, 21-6) and 2002 (Lehigh, 21-12).
Holy Cross In The Patriot League
Holy Cross is now in its 21st season of play in the Patriot League. The Crusaders are currently in first place in the conference with a 3-0 mark in league games so far this year, a half game ahead of Colgate and Lehigh. This marks the seventh time that Holy Cross has opened the year with a 3-0 mark in conference play, and the first time since 2001. During five of the previous six seasons in which Holy Cross opened Patriot League play 3-0, it went on to win the conference title with an unbeaten league record. With their victories over Georgetown and Fordham to open the year, the Crusaders now stand 13-8 all-time in Patriot League openers, and 15-6 all-time in conference home openers. Overall, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 59-53 (.527) in Patriot League action, winning five titles (1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991).
Randolph Leads Crusader Offense
Sophomore quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) has developed into an excellent leader for the Holy Cross offense so far this season, and has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week during each of the last four weeks. In last week's victory at Lafayette, Randolph completed 34 of 46 passes for 352 yards and four scores, in addition to rushing for a touchdown. He broke the school single game record with his 34 completions (Brian Hall previously held the record with 32 against Lafayette in 2001), while his 352 yards were the most by a Crusader quarterback since Hall threw for 366 yards against Fordham on Nov. 9, 2002. In the previous game at Dartmouth, Randolph hit on 20 of 32 attempts for 259 yards and a touchdown. A week earlier against Brown, he connected on 30 of 39 attempts for 329 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Randolph's 30 completions were the fifth-most in school history in a single game. Randolph also played well against Fordham, completing 19 of 27 attempts for 263 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to delivering a key 48-yard rush in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Earlier in the year he hit on eight of 12 passes for 101 yards and a score at Marist, while connecting on 10 of 15 attempts for 79 yards at Georgetown. Overall this season, Randolph has completed 121 of 171 attempts for 1,383 yards and 13 touchdowns with only two interceptions, despite missing two games due to injury. In addition, he has currently thrown 124 straight passes without an interception.
Crusaders Show Depth At Wide
Holy Cross has shown that it has a number of other weapons in the passing game this season, as five different wide receivers have already recorded at least 19 receptions on the year. Junior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.) leads the team with 49 catches for 508 yards and five touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Thomas Harrison (Wilmington, N.C.) has caught 35 passes for 410 yards and three touchdowns, while sophomore wide out Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.) has added 32 receptions for 407 yards and three touchdowns. In addition, senior wide receiver Matt Fanning (Marlborough, Mass.) has posted 26 catches for 332 yards and two scores, and sophomore wide out Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.) has brought in 19 receptions for 197 yards and three scores. All told this season, eight different Holy Cross wide receivers have already caught at least one pass.
The Last Meeting With Lehigh
Chris Nielsen recorded 14 total tackles with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble, to lead Holy Cross to a 13-10 victory over 10th-ranked Lehigh in a driving rain storm at Goodman Stadium on October 8, 2005. The Crusaders limited the Mountain Hawks to just 289 total yards on the day, while recovering three of Lehigh's 11 fumbles. The Mountain Hawks opened the scoring midway through the first quarter on a 23-yard field goal by Justin Musiek. Lehigh then increased its lead to 10-0 in the second quarter, on a four-yard pass from Mark Borda to John Piascik. Neither team could generate any offense in the third quarter, but early in the final period Steve Silva returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown to put Holy Cross back in the game. The extra point attempt was blocked following a bad snap, and the Crusaders trailed 10-6. Later in the fourth quarter, Sean Gruber ripped the ball away from Lehigh defensive back Andrew Nelson in the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown catch, giving Holy Cross a 13-10 lead. The Mountain Hawks drove into Crusader territory twice in the closing minutes of the game, but Holy Cross forced fumbles both times to end the Lehigh drives. John O'Neil completed 14 of 26 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown to lead the Crusader offense, while Gruber caught five passes for 62 yards and a score. Borda completed seven of 15 passes for 83 yards for the Mountain Hawks, but also lost 11 yards on 11 carries and fumbled five times. Eric Rath added 141 yards on 21 carries for Lehigh, but fumbled at the Holy Cross 26-yard line with just over two minutes remaining. Dan Adams had nine tackles and a fumble recovery for the Crusader defense, while Kent Flanders added seven tackles and recovered two fumbles. Owen Breininger and Anthony Graziani both had 11 tackles for the Mountain Hawks. With the victory, the Crusaders defeated the Mountain Hawks for the first time since posting a 20-14 win in Bethlehem on Nov. 8, 1997. Holy Cross also ended an 11-game losing streak for contests played in the state of Pennsylvania, since that 1997 win at Lehigh.
Gough Steps Up In The Secondary
Senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) is once again among the top defensive backs and kickoff returners in the Patriot League this season. Last week at Lafayette, he ranked second on the team with seven tackles, in addition to posting a fourth quarter interception to end the Leopards' final drive. In the previous game at Dartmouth, he posted seven tackles with one tackle for loss and a key pass breakup in the fourth quarter to prevent a touchdown. Earlier in the year against Fordham, Gough recorded six tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack and a key interception, to win the Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of Holy Cross' Homecoming game. He also had a strong game at Marist, where he totaled five solo tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and an interception to earn Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors. Through the first eight games of the year, he has now totaled 39 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three interceptions and four pass breakups. Gough is also enjoying a solid season as the Crusaders' top kickoff returner, averaging 21.2 yards on 23 returns. Prior to the start of the year, Gough was named a preseason honorable mention All-American as a kickoff returner by Don Hansen's Football Gazette. A year ago, he was named second team All-Patriot League, after posting a team-best three interceptions, 45 tackles, three tackles for loss and six pass breakups. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Gough has now totaled 132 tackles, seven interceptions and 18 pass breakups. He has also totaled 1,226 yards and a touchdown on 47 career kickoff returns, to rank third all-time at Holy Cross in career kickoff return yards, and first in career kickoff return average (26.1 yards per return).
DeSantis Kicks Crusaders To
Senior placekicker Mike DeSantis (Belle Mead, N.J.) continues to show why he is one of the top placekickers in the Patriot League. Last week at Lafayette, DeSantis hit a 20-yard field goal and all five of his extra point attempts, including the 124th extra point of his Holy Cross career to break the school record for career extra points made. Earlier in the season at Dartmouth, he made three of four field goals and his only extra point try for a total of 10 points, including a game-winning 18-yard field goal in overtime. Following the Dartmouth contest, DeSantis was named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week. Through eight games played this season, he leads the team in scoring with 42 points, making six of nine field goals and 24 of 26 extra points. DeSantis, who was a second team All-Patriot League selection in 2004, has now hit on 24 of 34 career field goal attempts and 125 of 137 career extra points for a total of 197 points. He holds the school records for career field goal percentage (70.6 percent) and career extra points made, while standing third in career field goals made.
Defense Continues Impressive Play
Through the first eight games of the 2006 season, the Holy Cross defense has developed into one of the better units in the Patriot League. The Crusaders have held three of their eight opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense, with Holy Cross posting a victory on each of those three occasions. On Sept. 30, Fordham managed just 245 total yards, while completing only eight of 27 passes and scoring just 13 points on offense. Previously at Marist, the Crusaders won 27-0 to post the second shutout during Tom Gilmore's tenure as head coach (to go along with a 24-0 win at Dartmouth on Oct. 16, 2004), while holding the Red Foxes to just 265 yards of total offense. In the season-opening victory at Georgetown, Holy Cross allowed just 248 total yards and 13 points to the Hoyas. Since the beginning of the 2004 season, the Crusaders have now held their opposition to under 300 yards of total offense seven times. Through the first eight contests of the 2006 campaign, the Crusaders are holding their opponents to just 21.0 points, 17.1 first downs and 333.1 yards per game, with a 107.7 pass efficiency rating.
Adams Keeps Racking Up Tackles
Senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) is once again one of the top defensive players in the Patriot League this year, and has led Holy Cross in tackles in seven out of eight contests this season. In last week's victory at Lafayette, Adams posted a team-high 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. Previously he ranked second on the team with 10 total tackles at Dartmouth (including six solo stops), posted a game-high 11 tackles against Brown (including 10 solo stops), while recording nine solo tackles at Harvard (including one tackle for loss). Earlier in the season against Northeastern, he led the team with 10 total tackles, including eight solo stops and two tackles for loss. In the season opener at Georgetown, Adams totaled eight tackles, with three tackles for loss, an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Following the Georgetown contest, Adams was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, and received the Boston Globe Gold Helmet award. Through eight games, he has now totaled 71 tackles, including 58 solo stops and a team-best eight tackles for loss. Prior to the start of the season, Adams was named the 16th-best linebacker in all of Division I-AA by the Sports Network. A year ago, he led the Holy Cross defense with 115 total tackles, including 97 solo stops, four tackles for loss and one sack. He finished the season as the national leader in solo tackles with an average of 8.8 per game, while ranking 21st in the country in total tackles. Adams' top game in 2005 came against Colgate, when he set an NCAA single game record with 21 solo tackles (since tackles became an official statistic in 2000). Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has now totaled 279 total tackles, 224 solo stops and 14 tackles for loss.
McManaway Keeps Kicking Away
Senior punter Ryan McManaway (Ferdinand, Ind.) is enjoying another solid year as one of the top punters in the Patriot League. Through the first eight games of the 2006 season, McManaway has averaged 36.3 yards on 32 punts. He has placed nine of his 32 kicks this year inside the opponents' 20-yard line, while forcing the opposition to call 14 fair catches. McManaway, who was named second team All-Patriot League in 2005, has averaged 34.8 yards on 187 punts during his collegiate career, while placing 36 kicks inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He enters this week's game ranked fourth all-time at Holy Cross in both career punts and career punting yards (6,505).
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 344-162-27 (.671). Fitton Field is the second-oldest stadium still used for Division I college football, behind only Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania (opened in 1895). Holy Cross' best decade at home occurred from 1980-1989, when the Crusaders recorded a 41-12-1 mark. In the current decade, the Crusaders have posted a record of 16-20 at home, with a 2-1 record so far in 2006. Holy Cross had a 3-3 mark at Fitton Field last year, marking the team's first non-losing season at home since the 2001 team went 3-2.
Nielsen Enjoying Another Big Year
Senior linebacker Chris Nielsen (Center Line, Mich.) is one of the top players for the Holy Cross defense this season, having totaled 34 tackles with eight tackles for loss, a team-high six sacks and a pass breakup through eight games. In the victory over Brown, he posted a career-high three sacks, while recording four total tackles, to earn Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors. Previously against Fordham, Nielsen made four solo tackles with a pair of sacks for eight yards. Last year he was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team, for his outstanding work both on the field and in the classroom (3.43 grade point average in mathematics). During the 2005 season, Nielsen ranked second on the team with 72 total tackles, including 61 solo stops and a team-best eight tackles for loss. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Nielsen now has 128 total tackles, 106 solo tackles and 18 tackles for loss.
Gass Heads Up Ground Game
Sophomore tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.) is enjoying a solid season as the top running back for the Crusaders. In the victory at Dartmouth, Gass ran 18 times for 79 yards and a score, in addition to catching two passes for 26 yards. In the previous game against Brown, he carried 18 times for 65 yards and a touchdown, while catching two passes for 26 yards. Earlier in the year against Fordham, Gass ran 21 times for a career-high 102 yards and a touchdown, in addition to catching five passes for 56 yards and another score. He also had a strong game in the season-opener at Georgetown when he carried 15 times for 56 yards and a score. Gass currently leads the team in rushing with 447 yards and four touchdowns on 104 carries this season, in addition to catching 15 passes for 137 yards and two scores.
Head Coach Tom Gilmore
Tom Gilmore is in his third season as head coach at the College of the Holy Cross. He enters this week's game with an overall record of 15-15, as the Crusaders have won five straight and 15 of his last 25 games. Last year, Gilmore guided Holy Cross to an overall record of 6-5, with tailback Steve Silva earning first team All-America honors. On Oct. 8, 2005, Gilmore led the Crusaders to their first victory over a ranked team since 2000, with a 13-10 win at No. 10 Lehigh. Gilmore came to Holy Cross after serving as defensive coordinator at Lehigh for four seasons, during which the Mountain Hawks were one of the finest defensive teams in Division I-AA. In 2001, he was named as the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year, after molding a young and inexperienced defense into a unit that allowed just 15.8 points per game and 86.6 yards rushing per game. Gilmore previously spent time as an assistant coach at Dartmouth (1992-1999), Pennsylvania (1986, 1990-1991) and Columbia (1987-1989). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior and helped lead the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League titles.
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Five Crusaders are currently ranked among the NCAA Division I-AA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 21. As a team, Holy Cross stands eighth in both passing yards and third down conversion percentage. The rankings:
Category Rank Player/Team Avg. Pass Efficiency 8 Dominic Randolph 161.4 17 Holy Cross 147.9 Passing Yards 8 Holy Cross 266.6 11 Dominic Randolph 230.5 Third Down Conversions 8 Holy Cross 49.5 Completions 11 Dominic Randolph 20.2 Points Responsible For 11 Dominic Randolph 14.3 Total Offense 13 Dominic Randolph 233.2 24 Holy Cross 368.4 Receptions 16 Ryan Maher 6.1 Pass Efficiency Defense 18 Holy Cross 107.7 Net Punting 20 Holy Cross 34.9 Kickoff Returns 21 Holy Cross 22.2 Interceptions 24 Holy Cross 1.1 Scoring 27 Holy Cross 25.8 Quarterback Sacks 29 Chris Nielsen 0.8 Punt Returns 37 Matt Fanning 9.5 Total Tackles 46 Dan Adams 8.9
Crusaders Among League Leaders
Several Holy Cross players are currently ranked at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Oct. 21. Sophomore quarterback Dominic Randolph currently leads the league in passing yards (230.5 yards/game), total offense (233.2 yards/game) and pass efficiency (161.4 rating), while junior wide receiver Ryan Maher leads the conference in receptions (6.1 catches/game) and receiving yards (63.5 yards/game). Junior wide out Thomas Harrison ranks third in the league in both receptions (4.4 catches/game) and receiving yards (51.2 yards/game), while sophomore wide receiver Brett McDermott stands fourth in both receptions (4.0 catches/game) and receiving yards (50.9 yards/game). In addition, senior cornerback Casey Gough is second in interceptions (0.4 picks/game) and fifth in kickoff returns (21.2 yards/return), senior placekicker Mike DeSantis ranks third in field goals (0.8 made/game) and fourth in scoring (5.2 points/game), sophomore tailback Terrance Gass stands fifth in both scoring (4.5 points/game) and rushing (55.9 yards/game), and senior wide receiver Matt Fanning ranks fifth in punt returns (9.5 yards/return). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in scoring offense (25.8 points/game), total offense (368.4 yards/game), passing offense (266.6 yards/game), pass efficiency (147.9 rating), pass efficiency defense (107.7 rating) and third down conversions (49.5 percent), while standing second in kickoff returns (22.2 yards/return), and ranking third in scoring defense (21.0 points/game), rushing defense (145.4 yards/game), total defense (333.1 yards/game) and turnover margin (+0.4 turnovers/game).
Scouting The Mountain Hawks
Lehigh enters this week's game with an overall record of 3-4 on the season, including a 2-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have won two of their last three games, with both victories coming against conference opponents (28-3 at Georgetown, and 38-7 against Bucknell). Junior quarterback Sedale Threatt has completed 104 of 169 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns with just two interceptions this year, in addition to rushing for 163 yards and four scores on 74 carries. Senior tailback Marques Thompson leads the team in rushing with 523 yards and four touchdowns on 107 carries, while senior wide out Lee Thomas has a team-best 26 catches for 404 yards and a score. Defensively, the Mountain Hawks are led by junior free safety Ernest Moore with 41 tackles and four interceptions. Andy Coen is in his first season as Lehigh's head coach, after spending the previous 10 years as offensive coordinator at both Lehigh and Penn.
Crusaders On The Radio
Ten of Holy Cross' 11 games in 2006 will air on WTAG 580 AM, the true sports leader for the city of Worcester. Bob Fouracre is in his 37th season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 21st year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standout Tom Kelleher, who earned first team All-New England honors while leading the undefeated 1987 team in rushing, is in his seventh year as the color commentator. All of the Crusaders' games will also be available free of charge over the internet at `www.sportsjuice.com'. In addition, WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will carry a number of games this year.
Holy Cross On Television
The Crusaders are scheduled to have six games shown on television during the 2006 season. Two home games this season will be televised live on WCTR TV-3 (Worcester), against Brown on October 7 and Lehigh on October 28. The Lehigh game will also be on Fox College Sports Atlantic and WFMZ TV-69 in Allentown, Pa. In addition, the September 9 game against Northeastern was carried live by CN8 on Comcast Cable, the September 30 contest against Fordham was shown nationally on a tape delay basis by ESPNU, the October 21 game at Lafayette was carried on the Lafayette Sports Network (RCN Cable and WBPH TV-60 in Allentown, Pa.), and the November 11 contest at Colgate will be shown live by Time Warner Cable in Central New York.
The Holy Cross Football Show
Every Tuesday during the season, head coach Tom Gilmore will be joined by Bob Fouracre for the Holy Cross Football Show. The show airs live from 1:00-1:30 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not listen in live. The show is carried free of charge at `www.sportsjuice.com'.
Since committing a season-high five turnovers against Fordham on Sept. 30, Holy Cross has not turned the ball over once in its last three games ... With last week's victory at Lafayette, the Crusaders won in Easton for the first time since 1989, breaking a seven-game losing streak at Fisher Field ... Senior linebacker Dan Adams, senior cornerback Casey Gough, senior tight end Frank Herlihy (West Seneca, N.Y.) and senior linebacker Chris Nielsen are Holy Cross' captains this season ... Sophomore linebacker Brian Billman (Westerville, Ohio) led the team with 11 tackles at Dartmouth, including a 12-yard sack and a four-yard tackle for loss, both of which came on third downs in the fourth quarter to force the Big Green to punt. On the season, Billman ranks third on the team with 37 total tackles, including five tackles for loss ... Senior tight end Frank Herlihy caught two passes for 10 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Brown. Herlihy has now scored four career touchdowns on just 24 receptions ... Junior quarterback Brian McSharry (Abington, Mass.) has been a solid backup this season, completing 71 of 117 passes for 727 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception. McSharry started three games earlier this season when starter Dominic Randolph was injured ... Sophomore tailback Mike Kielt (Southbury, Conn.) has rushed for 263 yards and two scores on 59 carries this season, despite missing two games due to injury.