WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) rushed 23 times for 176 yards, and completed 29 of 41 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 25-17 victory over Dartmouth at Fitton Field. Taggart set a new school single-game record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback, breaking the mark set by Jack Lentz against Richmond in 1964 with 173 yards. The Crusaders improve to 3-3 on the season with the win, while the Big Green falls to 1-4 with the loss.
Holy Cross finished the game with 522 yards of total offense and 31 first downs, while holding Dartmouth to only 224 total yards. Junior wide out Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a strong day for the Crusaders, with a career-high 12 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Junior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) led the Holy Cross defense with eight tackles and an interception, while senior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) added seven tackles and a pass breakup. Dartmouth was led by tailback Nick Schwieger with 112 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 9:56-mark of the first quarter on a 13-yard scoring strike from Taggart to Mistretta. Holy Cross increased its lead to 10-0 later in the quarter on a 23-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.). The Big Green came back with a one-yard touchdown run by Schwieger in the second quarter, and trailed 10-7 at halftime.
A three-yard touchdown run by junior tailback Sam Auffant (Hampton, N.H.) early in the third quarter increased the Crusaders' lead to 16-7. Dartmouth's Shaun Abuhoff returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards, to set up a 22-yard Foley Schmidt field goal. But Holy Cross drove right back down the field on its next possession, with Taggart throwing a one-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) to make the score 22-10. A 22-yard Macomber field goal late in the third quarter put the Crusaders up 25-10. The score remaining the same until there were just over two minutes to play, when Dartmouth's Conner Kempe threw a 13-yard scoring strike to Bo Patterson, making the final margin 25-17.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 22, when it travels to Bucknell for a 1:00 p.m. game.