WORCESTER, Mass. – Dartmouth placekicker Riley Lyons kicked a 31-yard field goal with just one second left to play, lifting the Big Green to a 13-10 victory over the Holy Cross football team at Fitton Field. Following the contest, Lyons received the Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders' Homecoming game. Holy Cross falls to 0-3 on the season with the loss, while the Big Green improves to 2-0.
Senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) led the Holy Cross defense with 14 total tackles, including a quarterback sack and two tackles for loss. Sophomore free safety Logan Silver (Eugene, Ore.) also had a fine all-around day for Holy Cross, totaling two tackles, a quarterback sack, an interception and two pass breakups.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 6:39-mark of the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by senior tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario). Holy Cross then increased its lead to 10-0 later in the first quarter on a 46-yard field goal by junior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.). Dartmouth came back with a three-yard scoring run by Dominick Pierre and a 34-yard field goal from Lyons in the second quarter, tying the score at 10-10 heading into halftime.
The defenses then began to dominate play in the second half, with neither team making any serious scoring threats until late in the game. Dartmouth was able to cross midfield twice in the third quarter, but one of those drives ended with an interception, and on the other the Crusaders were able to stop the Big Green on downs at the 34-yard line.
The Big Green entered Holy Cross territory one more time in the fourth quarter, but a key sack by junior linebacker Scotty O'Donoghue (Tampa, Fla.) backed Dartmouth up and forced it to punt. The game then appeared to be headed to overtime, but with 11 seconds to go the Big Green forced a fumble at the Crusader 31-yard line. After a 17-yard completion on the next play, Lyons kicked the game-winning field goal with one second left on the clock.
Holy Cross returns to action on Friday, Sept. 28, when it travels to Harvard for a 7:00 p.m. game.