HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.) caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter, to break a 24-24 tie and lift the Holy Cross football team to a 31-24 victory over Colgate at Andy Kerr Field. With the win, the Crusaders snapped the Raiders' 12-game home winning streak and won in Hamilton for the first time since 2000. Holy Cross improves to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the Patriot League with the victory, while Colgate falls to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference
The Crusaders began their final drive with just 1:03 remaining in the fourth quarter at their own 24-yard line. After Taggart picked up two first downs early in the drive with rushes for 12 and nine yards, Holy Cross had first and 10 at the Colgate 39-yard line. Taggart then threw a 26-yard pass to senior wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.) with less than 20 seconds to go, giving the Crusaders another first down at the 13-yard line and setting up the game-winning touchdown.
Holy Cross had opened the game by taking a 7-0 lead at the 11:19 mark of the first quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Mark Tolzien (Rolling Meadows, Ill.) to Santana. That play was set up when junior cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.) recovered a muffed punt return at the Raiders' 15-yard line. The Crusaders then increased their lead to 10-0 on a 22-yard field goal from Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.), after senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rocks, Pa.) recovered a fumble at the Colgate 34-yard line.
The Raiders responded with a 35-yard touchdown run by Nate Eachus later in the first quarter, but freshman defensive back Andrew Zitnik (Warren, Ohio) returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a score to put Holy Cross back up by 10 points, 17-7. The Crusaders would eventually take a 24-7 lead into the locker room, thanks to a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tolzien to senior wide receiver Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.).
Colgate came back in the third quarter with a one-yard scoring run by Eachus, then trimmed the lead to 24-16 when Lamont Sonds sacked Tolzien in the end zone for a safety. The Raiders eventually tied the score at 24-24, with a five-yard touchdown strike from Greg Sullivan to Doug Rosnick at the 6:37-mark of the fourth quarter, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Sullivan to Rosnick. But after neither team scored on its next possession, Holy Cross drove down the field to score the winning touchdown.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Nov. 6, when they play host to Lehigh at 12:30 p.m.