WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) connected on 20 of 31 passes for 288 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to rushing 14 times for a career-high 116 yards and two scores, to lead the 22nd-ranked Holy Cross football team to a 42-28 victory over No. 17 Colgate at Fitton Field on Family Weekend. Following the contest, Randolph received the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders’ Family Weekend Game. Randolph, who also took home the trophy in 2008, became only the sixth player to ever win the Anderson Award more than once. Holy Cross improves to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Raiders fall to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference with the loss.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 11:56-mark of the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.). Colgate tied the score at 7-7 a few minutes later, on a 37-yard interception return by Coree Moses. Holy Cross then regained the lead on its next drive, as Randolph hit senior wide out Nick Cole (Tucson, Ariz.) with a nine-yard scoring strike.
Early in the second quarter, Randolph added a one-yard touchdown run to make the score 21-7. The Raiders responded with a 31-yard scoring pass from Greg Sullivan to Pat Simonds, before a 15-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to junior wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.) put the Crusaders up 28-14 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Colgate cut the Holy Cross lead in half with a four-yard touchdown pass from Sullivan to Nick Cvetic. But the Crusaders came right back, as Randolph scored on a one-yard run for the second time in the game, making the score 35-21.
The Raiders refused to go away, as Nate Eachus rushed 10 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 35-28. Randolph then threw his fourth scoring strike of the day, for five yards to sophomore tight end Alex Schneider (Inner Grove Heights, Minn.), and Holy Cross led 42-28 with 9:26 left to play. The Crusader defense then forced a punt and stopped Colgate on downs on the Raiders’ final two possessions, to earn the victory.
Edger finished the game with a career-high nine receptions for 127 yards, while senior cornerback John Myrick (Dayton, Ohio) led the defense with 13 total tackles. As a team, Holy Cross held Colgate to 120 rushing yards, after the Raiders had entered the contest leading the nation with an average of 273.7 yards per game on the ground.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 31, when it travels to Fordham for a 1:00 p.m. game.