Nov. 21, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross junior cornerback 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 51-33 victory at Bucknell. Gough was named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week, while Silva was selected as the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. This is the fifth award of the season for Silva, as he was previously named Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17. Gough is honored for the third time, after being named Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29 and Oct. 3.
In the Bucknell game, Gough had four kickoff returns for 173 yards, recording the fourth-most single game kickoff return yards in school history. In the third quarter, after Bucknell had cut Holy Cross' lead to 10 points (37-27), Gough returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown to put the game away. In addition to his special teams efforts, he also posted four solo tackles on defense. For the season, Gough returned nine kickoffs for 305 yards, good for an average of 33.9 yards per return. He also ranked fourth on the team with 45 solo tackles this year, in addition to posting three interceptions and three pass breakups.
Silva set new career highs with 201 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns on 33 carries. He also caught a pass for 24 yards, and finished the contest with 247 all-purpose yards. Silva became the first Holy Cross player to rush for over 200 yards in a single game since Jerome Fuller had 207 yards against Massachusetts on Sept. 14, 1991. On the season, Silva totaled 2,134 all-purpose yards in 10 games, rushing for 913 yards and 11 touchdowns on 189 carries, catching 54 passes for 364 yards and a score, returning 19 kickoffs for 462 yards and a touchdown, and bringing back 22 punts for 395 yards and two scores. He finishes the regular season as the national leader in all-purpose yards, in addition to leading the Patriot League in all-purpose yards, receptions and punt returns.
Holy Cross concluded the 2005 season with an overall record of 6-5, and a 3-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Crusaders posted a winning record for the first time since 2000, and only the second time since 1992.