LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.) totaled eight tackles, a sack and a pass breakup, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 16-13 victory over Bucknell at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. Fenner led a Crusader defense which held the Bison to just 146 total yards and eight first downs on the day, while recording six sacks. Holy Cross improves to 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Bison fall to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference with the loss.
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) led the Crusader offense by completing 32 of 58 passes for 380 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while sophomore wide receiver Nate Stanley (Euclid, Ohio) had a career-high nine receptions for 109 yards. Sophomore linebacker Mike Tucker (Chester Springs, Pa.) finished the game with four tackles and a career-best three sacks, and senior linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas) added four tackles and two sacks.
The Bison opened the scoring at the 6:47-mark of the first quarter, when Drew Orth kicked a 37-yard field goal after Bucknell had recovered a fumble at the Holy Cross 21-yard line. The Crusaders came back on their next possession with a five-yard touchdown pass from Taggart to junior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.), to claim a 7-3 lead.
Bucknell cut the margin to 7-6 late in the second quarter on an Orth field goal, from 25 yards, after the Bison recovered another fumble in Crusader territory. But before halftime, Holy Cross marched back to down the field, with Taggart tossing a five-yard scoring strike to sophomore wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.), making the score 13-6 at the break.
The Bison opened the second half with a one-yard touchdown run by Tyler Smith, to tie the game at 13-13. The Crusaders regained the lead on a 30-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) with 6:27 to play in the third quarter. The defenses would then dominate play the rest of the game, before Bucknell took over at its own 31-yard line with 1:55 to play. On that final drive of only four plays, Holy Cross recorded a pair of sacks by Martin and Tucker, to go along with two incomplete passes to end the game.
The Crusaders return to action next Saturday, Oct. 29, when they play host to Georgetown at 1:00 p.m.