PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown’s Patrick Rooney kicked a 34-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, to lift the Bears to a 34-31 victory over the 19th-ranked Holy Cross football team at Brown Stadium. The Crusaders were led by senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio), who completed 38 of 53 attempts for 411 yards and four touchdowns. Holy Cross falls to 4-1 overall with the loss, while the Bears improve to 2-2.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 10:44-mark of the first quarter on a 22-yard field goal by junior placekicker Don Lemieux (Gardner, Mass.). Holy Cross then increased its lead to 10-0 on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to senior wide receiver Nick Cole (Tucson, Ariz.).
Early in the second quarter, Brown scored its first points on a seven-yard touchdown run by Kyle Newhall. The Crusaders responded with a five-yard scoring pass from Randolph to Alex Schneider (Inner Grove Heights, Minn.), and led 17-7 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Newhall tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Sewall, cutting the Holy Cross lead to 17-13 after a missed extra point. Brendan Gallagher then intercepted a pass and returned it 28 yards for a score, giving Brown a 20-17 advantage.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Patrick Rooney kicked a 31-yard field goal. Newhall then threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Trevan Samp, increasing the Bears’ lead to 31-17 after a two-point conversion. But the Holy Cross offense then came back to life, with Randolph directing two scoring drives to tie the score at 31-31. Both touchdowns came on passes from Randolph to junior wide receiver Rob Koster (Bellerose, N.Y.), of 13 and 30 yards, the second coming with just 1:49 remaining in regulation. But Brown was able to come back down the field, setting up Rooney’s game-winning field goal in the closing seconds.
Junior wide receiver Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) caught nine passes on the day for 117 yards. Newhall led the Bears by completing 46 of 61 attempts for 431 yards, with Samp catching 15 passes for 206 yards.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 17, when it plays host to Dartmouth at 1:00 p.m.