Crusader Comeback Falls Short At Colgate
HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Holy Cross defense allowed just 75 yards of total offense and no points in the second half, but the Crusaders were edged by Colgate 24-17 in their season opener at Andy Kerr Stadium. The Raiders open the season 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while Holy Cross starts the year 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
After trailing 24-0 at halftime, senior defensive back Corey Stefanik recovered a fumble on a punt return at the Colgate 22-yard line midway through the third quarter to give the Crusaders their best field position of the day. Freshman placekicker Derek Ng then booted a 28-yard field goal to put Holy Cross on the board.
Early in the fourth quarter, junior quarterback Emmett Clifford hit junior running back Domenic Cozier for a 41-yard touchdown on a fourth-down play to make the score 24-10. After another big stop by the defense on the Raiders’ next possession, the Crusaders drove 69 yards in 14 plays with Cozier scoring from one-yard out on fourth-and-goal to trim the margin to 24-17 with 6:59 left to play. But after gaining just one first down on its first four second-half possessions combined, Colgate picked up three first downs on its next drive to run out the clock and clinch the victory.
Holy Cross finished the day with 169 rushing yards and 282 yards of total offense, in addition to picking up 17 first downs. The Raiders recorded 285 yards of total offense and 15 first downs, while scoring 17 of their points off three Crusader turnovers.
Cozier totaled 108 yards from scrimmage in the game, with 54 rushing yards on 12 carries and five receptions for 54 yards. Senior linebacker Ryan Brady recorded a game-high 14 tackles with three tackles for loss, while Stefanik added five tackles, a quarterback sack and a fumble recovery.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 8, when it travels to Boston College for a 1:00 p.m. game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• The Raiders finished the day with just 91 rushing yards, their lowest total against a Patriot League opponent since 2013.
• Junior running back Miles Alexander rushed the ball 17 times for a career-high 95 yards.
• In his first career start, Clifford completed 14 of 23 passes for 113 yards and carried the ball 12 times for 21 yards.
• Of the 51 Crusaders to play in the game, 14 were true freshmen appearing in the first game of their collegiate careers.