Football Takes Down Yale 31-28 in Overtime
WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman placekicker Derek Ng booted a 45-yard field goal in overtime to break a 28-28 tie and lift the Holy Cross football team to a 31-28 victory over Yale at Fitton Field. The Crusaders improve to 1-2 on the season with the win, while the Bulldogs open the year at 0-1.
Yale had the ball first in overtime and reached the Holy Cross five-yard line, where it faced fourth-and-goal. The Bulldogs went for it, but Zane Dudek was tackled for a loss by senior linebacker Ryan Brady and senior defensive back Corey Stefanik. The Crusaders then took over on the 25-yard line, and after running the ball three times Ng kicked the game-winning field goal.
Yale had opened the game by jumping out to an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter, before Holy Cross put its first points on the board with a 30-yard scoring run by junior tailback Miles Alexander. After recovering the ensuing onside kick, the Crusaders marched 48 yards in six plays to make the score 21-14 on a one-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Geoff Wade.
The Bulldogs responded with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Rawlings to Reed Klubnik early in the second quarter, and led 28-14 at halftime. The score remaining the same until the fourth quarter, when Wade hit senior wide receiver Martin Dorsey with a 29-yard scoring strike to trim the deficit to 28-21 with 4:32 left. After the defense forced Yale to punt on its next possession, Wade found freshman wide out Spencer Gilliam for a 30-yard touchdown with 52 seconds left to play, forcing overtime.
Wade hit on 17 of 28 passes for 242 yards and two scores on the afternoon, while rushing the ball 11 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore defensive back Joe Lang finished the day with 11 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup, while Brady added 11 tackles and one tackle for loss. The Bulldogs were led by Dudek with 217 rushing yards on 22 carries.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 22, when it plays host to Dartmouth at 1:05 p.m.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• The Crusaders downed the Bulldogs for the first time since 2005, snapping a three-game losing streak.
• Holy Cross also defeated Yale at Fitton Field for the first time ever, after losing the first seven meetings between the schools in Worcester.
• The Crusaders won their home opener for the second year in a row, and now stand 81-34-7 all-time in their first home game of the season.
• Head coach Bob Chesney posted his first victory at Holy Cross, improving his career record to 68-27 in nine seasons.
• At halftime, Bill McGovern (Class of 1985) and Rob McGovern (Class of 1989) were inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor.