25th-Ranked Crusaders Fall In Overtime At Dartmouth
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HANOVER, N.H. – Senior wide receiver Blaise Bell caught nine passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, but the No. 25 Holy Cross football team was defeated by Dartmouth 27-26 in overtime at Memorial Stadium. The Crusaders fall to 2-2 on the season, while the Big Green improve to 2-0.
Dartmouth held a 20-14 lead in the fourth quarter, before senior quarterback Peter Pujals threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Bell with just three seconds remaining. The ensuing extra point was blocked and the game went into overtime tied at 20-20. The Big Green took a 27-20 lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jack Heneghan to Stephen Johnston, before Holy Cross responded with a one-yard scoring run by senior tailback Diquan Walker. The Crusaders then went for two points and the win, but were unable to convert as the Big Green pulled out the victory.
Dartmouth had opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Heneghan to Emory Thompson, before a seven-yard scoring strike from Pujals to Bell tied the game at 7-7. Dartmouth added two second quarter field goals, while Holy Cross had a seven-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Miles Alexander to take a 14-13 halftime lead. The Big Green then pulled in front 20-14 in the third quarter on a 44-yard scoring run by Ryder Stone.
MAN OF THE MATCH PRESENTED BY THE UNITED STATES MARINES:
- Following the game, Bell was selected as the Man of the Match presented by the United States Marines.
- His nine receptions, 119 receiving yards and two touchdowns were all game highs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Pujals hit on 25 of 47 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
- Walker led the Holy Cross ground game with 46 yards and a score on 12 carries.
- Senior linebacker Nick McBeath totaled 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
- Holy Cross finished the night with 394 yards of total offense, while Dartmouth totaled 366 yards.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Alexander’s touchdown run was the first of his collegiate career.
- Dartmouth now leads the all-time series between the schools 39-37-4, including a 1-1 mark in overtime games.
- The Crusaders have lost their last five overtime games.
- Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 30, when it plays host to Lafayette at 1:05 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend.
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