Crusaders Travel To Bucknell For Patriot League Showdown

Andrew Jameson

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Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-3, 1-0 PL) vs. Bucknell (4-3, 1-1 PL)
Date: October 22, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium (13,100), Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Video Streaming: Bison Vision
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM & 94.9 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Charles Bare, color; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 17-10
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 34, Bucknell 9; November 20, 2010; Worcester, Mass.

The Series With Bucknell
This will be the 28th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 17-10. The Crusaders have won five of the last six contests between the two schools, with the only win for the Bison during that time being a 23-17 victory in Lewisburg in 2009. Holy Cross has won two of its last three visits to Mathewson Stadium (51-33 in 2005 and 45-21 in 2007), but had lost six consecutive games in Lewisburg prior to those contests. The schools first met on Oct. 31, 1925, with Holy Cross posting a 23-7 win at Fitton Field.

Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 17-10
In Lewisburg: Bucknell leads, 7-5
At Mathewson Stadium: Bucknell leads, 7-5
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Bucknell: 5-2
Joe Susan vs. Holy Cross: 0-1

Taggart Shines At Quarterback
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) is in his second year as the starter for the Crusaders in 2011. In six games played so far this year, he has connected on 154 of 236 passes for 1,694 yards and nine touchdowns with only two interceptions, in addition to leading the team in rushing with 340 yards and five scores on 65 attempts. Last week against Dartmouth, Taggart rushed 23 times for a career-high 176 yards, and completed 29 of 41 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He set a new school single-game record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback against the Big Green, breaking the mark set by Jack Lentz against Richmond in 1964 with 173 yards. Previously at New Hampshire, Taggart completed 40 of 57 passes for a career-high 412 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 55 yards and two scores on 12 carries. With that performance, he placed third on the Holy Cross single-game lists for both completions (40) and yards of total offense (467), while ranking ninth for passing yards (412). In the victory over Harvard, Taggart hit on 22 of 35 passes for 320 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 34 yards and a score on nine attempts. Some of his other top performances this season have been against Colgate (completing 13 of 16 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for a score), Brown (connecting on 27 of 43 attempts for 243 yards and a score) and Massachusetts (hitting on 23 of 44 attempts for 246 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 15 yards and a score on nine carries). Last year, he connected on 185 of 317 passes for 1,899 yards and 14 touchdowns, in addition to ranking second on the team in rushing with 284 yards and five scores on 85 carries. During his career with the Crusaders, Taggart has now completed 341 of 555 passes for 3,596 yards and 23 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 631 yards and 10 scores on 153 carries.

Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 26th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 78-61 (.558) in conference action. The Crusaders won their last conference championship in 2009, clinching the title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. Holy Cross' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. The Crusaders are tied for the second-most championships in conference history, behind only Lehigh with nine titles. In 2009, Holy Cross won five Patriot League games for just the fourth time in school history. The Crusaders previously went 5-1 in 2008, while posting 5-0 conference records in 1990 and 1991.

Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
In 2011, Holy Cross will attempt to finish with a winning record for the seventh year in a row. The Crusaders concluded the 2010 season with an overall mark of 6-5, after going 9-3 in 2009 (marking only the ninth time in the school history the team has won at least nine games). Holy Cross previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and its 36-20 mark over the last five seasons is its best in a five-year span since going 39-15-1 from 1989-1993. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and has an overall mark of 42-25 since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. This marks the first time the Crusaders have posted six straight winning seasons since finishing with a winning mark in seven straight years from 1986-1992.

Balanced Group Of Wide Outs Excel For Holy Cross
The Crusaders have a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game, and three of those wide receivers have set new career highs in the last few weeks. Junior wide out Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had six catches for a career-best 136 yards and a touchdown at New Hampshire, before posting a career-high 12 receptions for 103 yards and a score against Dartmouth. Overall this season, he has caught 35 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns, to lead the team in all three categories.  Sophomore wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) caught 11 passes for 95 yards and a score at New Hampshire, setting career highs for both receptions and receiving yards. On the year, he ranks second on the team with 29 receptions for 299 yards and a score. Sophomore wide out Kyle Toulouse (Arlington, Va.) posted a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 110 yards at New Hampshire, tying for second place on the school single-game list for most catches. Overall this season, he stands third on the squad with 27 catches for 291 yards and one touchdown.

Offensive Line Paves The Way For Success
The Holy Cross offensive line is once again one of the most dominating units in the Patriot League this year. In six games played so far this season, the line has paved the way for the Crusaders to average 25.5 points and 429.0 total yards per game. Holy Cross has also allowed only six sacks, while attempting 237 passes this year (just one sack for every 40.5 times the team has dropped back to pass). The most experienced player on the line is senior left tackle Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.), who has been named All-Patriot League in each of the last two seasons, and has played in 42 career games with 31 starts. Senior center Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) has played in 18 career games with 14 starts, and junior right tackle Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) has 17 career games played and 17 starts. In addition, junior left guard Casey Bessemer (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) has played in 17 career games with six starts, and senior right guard Andrew Jameson (Brockton, Mass.) has played and started six career games.

The Last Meeting With Bucknell
Freddie Santana totaled 170 all-purpose yards to lead Holy Cross to a 34-9 victory over Bucknell at Fitton Field on Nov. 20, 2010. Santana led the team with six receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing twice for a team-best 39 yards and returning one punt for 13 yards. After a scoreless first quarter, the Bison opened the scoring at the 13:23-mark of the second period on a 19-yard field goal by Alex Eckard. Mike Fess then returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown, to put the Crusaders up 7-3. Later in the second quarter, Ryan Taggart scored on a one-yard run and Rob Dornfried booted a 34-yard field goal, giving Holy Cross a 17-3 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Dornfried kicked his second field goal of the day, from 28 yards, to make the score 20-3. Santana then caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Bill Edger to put the Crusaders up 27-3. Early in the fourth quarter, Taggart scored his second touchdown of the day on a 15-yard run. Bucknell then concluded the scoring with 12:10 to play in the game on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Wesley to Gabe Skwara. Taggart finished the day with 182 yards of total offense, completing 13 of 27 passes for 154 yards and rushing 10 times for 28 yards and two scores. On the defensive side of the ball, Ricky Otis had a team-high 12 tackles, while Mude Ohimor added five tackles with a sack and a forced fumble. Bucknell was led by Wesley, who completed 18 of 30 passes for 115 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Trio Of Seniors Lead Linebackers
Senior linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas), senior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) and senior linebacker Jimmy Thomas (Severn, Md.) are once again key parts of the Holy Cross defense in 2011. Otis currently ranks second on the team with 49 tackles so far this season, including one sack and five tackles for loss. He totaled nine solo tackles with one tackle for loss at Brown, after previously recording 10 tackles with two tackles for loss against Massachusetts, nine tackles and a sack at New Hampshire and nine tackles against Colgate. Last season, Otis led the team with 108 total tackles and earned first team All-Patriot League honors, despite missing two games due to injury. He reached double-figures in tackles six times in 2010, including a career-high 17 tackles at Lafayette. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Otis now has 184 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and three pass breakups. Martin has made 32 tackles in five games this season, to rank fourth on the team. He totaled nine tackles and one sack at New Hampshire, in addition to making eight tackles at Brown. Martin ranked second on the team with 95 total tackles last year, including 61 solo stops and two tackles for loss. He recorded double-digit tackles four times in 2010, with a high of 18 tackles at Massachusetts. Over the course of his collegiate career, Martin has now recorded 160 tackles, five tackles for loss, two interceptions and three pass breakups. Thomas has totaled 31 tackles, four tackles for loss, an interception and a pass breakup in five games played this year. He had 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown against Colgate, while finishing with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup at Brown. Thomas previously recorded 35 tackles with five tackles for loss in 2010, after totaling 67 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks in 2009. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Thomas now has 135 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and five sacks.

Taggart Climbs The Career Charts
Even though he is only in his second season as Holy Cross' starting quarterback, senior Ryan Taggart has already placed his name among the school's all-time leaders in a number of statistical categories. Entering this week's contest, he ranks second in career completion percentage (.614), fourth in career pass efficiency rating (126.3), seventh in career completions (341), eighth in career passing touchdowns (23) and career yards of total offense (4,227), and ninth in career passing yards (3,596) and career pass attempts (555).

Fenner & Mannix Stand Out In Secondary
Senior cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.) and junior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) are both enjoying strong seasons in the Holy Cross secondary. In six games played so far this year, Fenner has recorded 43 tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles and a team-high 10 pass breakups. During the Brown game, he tied for the team lead with 10 total tackles, and tied his career high with three pass breakups. Previously at New Hampshire, Fenner led the team with 12 tackles and forced a fumble to set up a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. He also played well against Harvard (seven tackles, one interception, two pass breakups), Dartmouth (six tackles, one forced fumble) and Massachusetts (four tackles, three pass breakups). Last season, Fenner earned first team All-Patriot League honors after finishing with 58 tackles, one quarterback sack, two tackles for loss, four pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Fenner has now totaled 133 tackles, one interception, four forced fumbles and 14 pass breakups in 39 games played. Mannix leads the team with 50 total tackles so far this year, to go along with two forced fumbles, an interception, a fumble recovery and five pass breakups. Last week against Dartmouth, he led the team with eight total tackles and recorded his first interception of the season. Earlier in the season, Mannix had a career-high 11 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup against Massachusetts, while totaling 10 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup at New Hampshire. During his career with the Crusaders, he has now totaled 101 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and 11 pass breakups.

Schneider & Hauser Shine At Tight End
Senior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and junior tight end Josh Hauser (Dallas, Texas) have both been key parts of the Holy Cross passing game in 2011. In six games played so far this year, Schneider has caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. In 11 games last season, he ranked fourth on the team with 30 receptions for 217 yards and a score. During the 2010 victory over Fordham, Schneider totaled four catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. An All-Patriot League selection in each of the last two years, Schneider finished the 2009 campaign ranked fourth on the team with 33 receptions for 275 yards, while his six touchdown catches were the second-most on the squad. He ranked second among Patriot League tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards in 2009, and finished the 2009 season with a streak of 10 straight games with at least one catch. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Schneider has now totaled 69 catches for 559 yards and eight touchdowns. Hauser has made nine receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown in six games played this year. He had a career-best three catches for 22 yards against Massachusetts in the season opener, and also caught a 68-yard touchdown pass in the win over Harvard. Over the course of his collegiate career, Hauser has totaled 14 receptions for 192 yards and a touchdown.

Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Eight Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 15. As a team, Holy Cross ranks second in the nation in punt return coverage, while standing sixth in fewest penalties and eighth in fewest turnovers. The rankings:

Category Rank Player / Team Avg. / Pct.
Punt Return Coverage 2 Holy Cross 0.0
Passes Defended 2 Chandler Fenner 1.8
  45 Tom Mannix 1.0
Total Offense 3 Ryan Taggart 339.0
  15 Holy Cross 429.0
Field Goals 3 John Macomber 2.0
Fewest Penalties 6 Holy Cross 4.5
Fewest Turnovers 8 Holy Cross 1.2
Completions 10 Ryan Taggart 25.7
First Downs 10 Holy Cross 23.0
Passing Yards 12 Ryan Taggart 282.3
  16 Holy Cross 282.3
Fewest Penalty Yards 15 Holy Cross 42.3
Fourth Down Defense 18 Holy Cross 27.3
Points Responsible For 19 Ryan Taggart 14.0
Receptions 21 Gerald Mistretta 5.8
  38 Kyle Toulouse 5.4
Scoring 21 John Macomber 8.2
Fourth Down Conversions 23 Holy Cross 57.1
Kickoff Returns 26 Andrew Zitnik 25.6
Scoring Defense 29 Holy Cross 21.5
Forced Fumbles 31 Chandler Fenner 0.3
  31 Tom Mannix 0.3
Receiving Yards 35 Gerald Mistretta 73.8
Pass Efficiency 41 Ryan Taggart 136.4
Quarterback Sacks 43 Mike Tucker 0.8

Defense Steps Up In The Red Zone
The Holy Cross defense has turned in some of its top performances of the 2011 season once the opposing team reaches the red zone. Overall this year, Crusader opponents have moved the ball inside the 20-yard line 25 times, and have scored only 12 touchdowns. Holy Cross has forced the opposition to attempt eight field goals (only five of which were made), caused two turnovers (one interception and one fumble) and stopped the other team on fourth down three times. The Crusaders overall percentage of allowing the opposition to score just 68.0 percent of the time once reaching the red zone currently ranks 15th in the nation.

Crusaders Among League Leaders
Several Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Oct. 15. Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart leads the way by ranking second in the league in passing yards (282.3 yards/game), rushing yards (56.7 yards/game) and total offense (339.0 yards/game), while standing third in pass efficiency (136.4 rating). Sophomore placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) currently leads the conference in field goals (2.0 made/game) and ranks third in scoring (8.2 points/game), while junior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta stands third in both receptions (5.8 catches/game) and receiving yards (73.8 yards/game). In addition, sophomore cornerback Andrew Zitnik (Warren, Ohio) ranks second in kickoff returns (25.6 yards/return), sophomore wide receiver Kyle Toulouse is fourth in receptions (5.4 catches/game) and sophomore tailback Reggie Woods (Bowie, Md.) ranks fourth in rushing yards (53.8 yards/game). As a team, Holy Cross stands second in the league in total offense (429.0 yards/game), rushing offense (146.7 yards/game), passing offense (282.3 yards/game),  passing defense (198.0 yards/game) and net punting (36.3 yards/punt); and ranks third in scoring defense (21.5 points/game) and pass efficiency (135.9 rating).

Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is in his eighth season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2011. In 2009, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. Also a finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, he currently owns an overall record of 48-36 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 45-28 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. Gilmore has led the Crusaders to winning records in six straight seasons, including 7-4 marks in 2006, 2007 and 2008, along with winning streaks of six games (in 2008) and five games (in 2006 and 2009). Two of Gilmore's players, Dominic Randolph (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Steve Silva (2005), have been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with Silva also earning first team All-America honors. Gilmore has also led the Crusaders to four victories over ranked opponents, three of which came in 2009. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Gilmore served as an assistant coach at Lehigh (2000-2003), Dartmouth (1992-1999), Pennsylvania (1986, 1990-1991) and Columbia (1987-1989). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior and helped lead the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League titles.

The Captains
Holy Cross has three captains during the 2011 football season. Senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe, senior linebacker Ricky Otis and senior quarterback Mark Tolzien (Rolling Meadows, Ill.) were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These three players have taken over the leadership role from Anthony DiMichele, Sean Lamkin and Freddie Santana, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2010 season.

Tradition Of Excellence
The 2011 campaign marks the 116th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 602-475-54, good for a .556 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Holy Cross' 599 all-time victories ranked as the 16th most among all Division I-AA schools. Holy Cross has had 31 first team All-America selections, sent 69 players on to professional football, won five Lambert Cups, claimed six Patriot League championships, and was named the Division I-AA Team of the Year in 1987. The Crusaders also played in the 1946 Orange Bowl, losing to host Miami on the game's final play.

Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, and has a 3-1 mark at home so far in 2011. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 366-168-27 (.676). From Oct. 11, 2008-Oct. 9, 2010, Holy Cross had a streak of 13 straight victories at home. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and finished the 2010 campaign with a winning record at home for the fifth straight season. Fitton Field is the second-oldest stadium still used for Division I college football, behind only Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania (opened in 1895).

Football Legends Ring Of Honor Inducts Second Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross recognized four former football standouts on Sept. 1, as the second class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. George Connor (1942-1943), Bruce Kozerski (1980-1983), Jon Morris (1961-1963) and Joe Wilson (1970-1972) were honored in a ceremony prior to the UMass game, and received permanent recognition at Fitton Field. Only former Crusader football players who have been elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame are eligible for this honor, which is an annual event each fall. In 2010, the inaugural class in the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Fame included, Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960) and John Provost (Class of 1975).

Holy Cross Has Three Preseason All-America Selections
Three different Crusaders have been chosen as preseason All-Americans heading into the 2011 campaign. Senior linebacker Ricky Otis was honored by two organizations, as he was selected as a second team All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and an honorable mention All-American by the Beyond Sports Network. In addition, senior cornerback Chandler Fenner was named a second team All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and senior linebacker C.J. Martin was selected as an honorable mention All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl.

Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2011 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 42nd season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 26th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher and Gordie Lockbaum will serve as color commentators for selected games this season. All of the Crusaders' games will also be available free of charge over the internet by clicking here. In addition, WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will carry a number of games this year.

Holy Cross On Television
The Crusaders are scheduled to have five games shown on live television during the 2011 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2011 campaign:

Sept. 1 vs. Massachusetts: CBS Sports Network
Sept. 17 vs. Harvard: Charter TV3
Oct. 15 vs. Dartmouth: Charter TV3
Nov. 5 at Lehigh: Service Electric
Nov. 12 vs. Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network

The Holy Cross Football Show
Every Tuesday during the season, head coach Tom Gilmore will be joined by Bob Fouracre for the Holy Cross Football Show. The show airs live from 1:00-1:30 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not listen in live. The show is carried free of charge, and can be heard by clicking here.

Crusader Vision
Live video streaming of several 2011 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.

Scouting The Bison
Bucknell stands 4-3 overall this season, with a 1-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Bison won four of their first five games this year, but have dropped their last two contests to Lehigh and Harvard by a combined score of 72-9. The Bucknell offense is led by sophomore quarterback Brandon Wesley, who has completed 99 of 173 passes for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns with six interceptions. Junior tailback Jeremiah Young has rushed 84 times for a team-best 310 yards and a score, while senior wide out Frank DeNick has 30 catches for 420 yards and three touchdowns. Senior defensive back Sean Rafferty leads the Bison defense with 47 total tackles, four tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. Joe Susan is in his second season as Bucknell's head coach, and has posted an overall record of 5-13. Susan's career record stands at 15-13, including one season at Davidson.

Quick Hits
Senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... Holy Cross players have been tackled for a loss only 20 times in six games played so far this season. The only team in the nation that has been tackled for a loss fewer times this season is Georgia Southern (16 times in six games) ... Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart had a school-record streak of 209 consecutive passes thrown without an interception from Oct. 23, 2010-Oct. 1, 2011 ... Sophomore placekicker John Macomber has connected on 10 out of 11 field goal attempts so far this season. He is on pace to break the school single-season record of 12 field goals made (which has been done five times) and the single-season mark for field goal percentage (currently held by Chris Vella, who made 12 of 14 attempts in 2002) ... Sophomore tailback Reggie Woods ranks second on the team in rushing with 323 yards on 81 carries through six games played ... Sophomore linebacker Mike Tucker (Chester Springs, Pa.) recorded seven total tackles and two quarterback sacks during the victory over Harvard. He now leads the team with five sacks on the season, while totaling 15 tackles ... After not playing in any games last season, sophomore wide out Jon Smith (Matawan, N.J.) has 13 receptions for 134 yards through six games this year ... In the victory over Colgate on Sept. 10, the Holy Cross offense averaged 7.8 yards per play, and did not punt once the entire game ... During the season-opening game against Massachusetts on Sept. 1, a total of 15,942 fans showed up at Fitton Field. That marked the largest home attendance for the Crusaders since Oct. 20, 1990, when a crowd of 17,848 was on hand to watch Holy Cross defeat Lehigh 34-22 ... Holy Cross was picked third in the 2011 Patriot League preseason poll of the conference's head coaches and sports information directors, behind Lehigh and Colgate ... In three of the last four years, the Holy Cross football team has received an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award, for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all football squads in the nation.