Holy Cross Set for Friday Night Showdown with Harvard
The Holy Cross football team plays its second straight road game this week, when it heads to Harvard for a 7:00 p.m. contest on Friday, Oct. 12. The game between the Crusaders and the Crimson will be shown live on ESPN+, and can be heard live on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.
Holy Cross stands 1-5 this year with an 0-2 mark in Patriot League play. The Crusaders’ one win was an impressive 31-28 overtime victory over defending Ivy League champion Yale, in which they rallied from 14 points down in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.
Senior quarterback Geoff Wade has led the Holy Cross offense by completing 79 of 134 passes for 860 yards and five touchdowns this season, in addition to carrying the ball 52 times for 116 yards and a score. Junior running back Domenic Cozier has added a team-high 272 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 59 carries, while senior wide out Martin Dorsey has caught 22 passes for 260 yards and a score.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Ryan Brady leads the team with 70 tackles, two quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Brady currently ranks sixth in the nation in tackles and 26th in tackles for loss. Sophomore defensive back Joe Lang has added 45 tackles, two quarterback sacks and two pass breakups, while junior defensive back Alex Johnson has 36 tackles, one interception and two pass breakups.
Harvard stands 2-2 on the year with a 1-1 mark in the Ivy League. After opening the season with victories over San Diego (36-14) and Brown (31-17), the Crimson have dropped their last two games to Rhode Island (23-16) and Cornell (28-24).
Sophomore quarterback Jake Smith has led the Harvard offense by hitting on 60 of 99 passes for 650 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions. Sophomore tailback Aaron Shampklin has rushed 71 times for 527 yards and five scores, while senior wide out Justice Shelton-Mosley has a team-best 24 receptions for 299 yards. Defensively, junior linebacker Jordan Hill has totaled 25 tackles with one tackles for loss, and senior defensive back Cole Thompson has posted 25 tackles and an interception. Head coach Tim Murphy is in his 25th season at the helm of the Harvard program, where he has a record of 170-73. Murphy’s career record stands at 202-118-1, including five seasons as the head coach at Cincinnati and two years as head coach at Maine.
Saturday’s game will be the 70th all-time meeting between the teams, with Harvard leading the series 42-25-2. The Crimson own a 34-17-2 advantage for games played in Cambridge, winning seven straight.
After the contest at Harvard, Holy Cross will have a week off before playing host to Lehigh at 1:05 p.m. as part of Family Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 27.