Football Travels To Colgate On Saturday
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (1-4, 1-0 PL) vs. Colgate (2-3, 0-0 PL)
Date: October 13, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Andy Kerr Stadium (10,221), Hamilton, N.Y.
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 40-29-5
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 37, Colgate 7; September 10, 2011; Worcester, Mass.
The Series With Colgate
This will be the 75th meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 40-29-5. The Crusaders have won three straight and four of the last five games played in the series, but Colgate had posted six straight victories prior to that. From 1983-1996, Holy Cross recorded 14 consecutive wins over the Raiders. For games played in Hamilton, the Crusaders hold a 14-12-3 advantage against Colgate, but the Raiders have won five of the last seven. The schools first met on November 3, 1917, with Colgate posting a 21-0 victory in Utica, N.Y.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 40-29-5
In Hamilton: Holy Cross leads, 14-12-3
At Andy Kerr Stadium: Holy Cross leads, 14-12-3
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, three games
Tom Gilmore vs. Colgate: 4-4
Dick Biddle vs. Holy Cross: 10-6
Defense Dominates Against Bucknell
The Crusader defense turned in its top performance so far this season during last week's victory over Bucknell. Holy Cross limited the Bison to just 191 yards of total offense, six points and 10 first downs on the day, setting new season lows in all three categories. The Crusaders also recorded two interceptions, sacked the quarterback three times and blocked a punt. The defense nearly posted a shutout, as Bucknell's points came from field goals on drives of three yards and 17 yards, after interceptions had given the Bison the ball in Holy Cross territory. The Bucknell contest marked the first time the Crusaders had held their opponent without a touchdown since shutting out Georgetown 55-0 on Sept. 22, 2007.
Macomber Steps Up In Kicking Game
Junior John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) has handled all of the kicking duties for the Crusaders so far this season. He has scored a team-high 22 points on the year, hitting all five of his field goal attempts (including a long of 46 yards) and all seven of his extra points. Macomber has also averaged 38.7 yards on 34 punts, with a long of 59 yards and 12 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. In addition, he has averaged 62.7 yards on 15 kickoffs with nine touchbacks. Macomber led the team in scoring last season with 56 points, hitting 12 of 15 field goals and 20 of 26 extra points. He also led the Patriot League in field goal percentage, while his 12 field goals made tied the school single-season record. Over the course of his career as a Crusaders, Macomber has now made 17 of 20 field goals and 27 of 33 extra points, for a total of 78 points scored. His 17 career field goals made currently rank eighth all-time at Holy Cross.
A Jack Of All Trades
Senior Jack Maliska (Winchendon, Mass.) earned second team All-Patriot League honors as a defensive tackle during the 2011 season, and was expected to once again be a force for the Holy Cross defense this year. But due to a number of injuries along the offensive line, Maliska has been needed by the Crusaders on both sides of the ball. Through the first five games of the season, he has played 234 snaps as an offensive guard, 49 snaps as a defensive tackle and 18 snaps on special teams. Maliska has started three games on defense and three games on offense, including starts on both sides of the ball against Dartmouth and Harvard. He has recorded one solo tackle on defense, and has been on the field for four of the team's seven touchdown drives on offense. Last year, Maliska totaled 35 tackles for the Crusaders, with 27 solo stops, two sacks and four tackles for loss. His top games in 2011 came against Dartmouth and Lehigh, recording five tackles and a sack in each contest. Over the course of his collegiate career, Maliska now has 49 tackles, two sacks and six tackles for loss.
Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 27th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 82-63 (.566) 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 10 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.
O'Donoghue Makes Key Plays
Junior linebacker Scotty O'Donoghue (Tampa, Fla.) has been one of the top players for the Holy Cross defense so far this season. During last week's victory over Bucknell, he led the team with six total tackles, a pass breakup and a blocked punt. Earlier in the season against Brown, O'Donoghue posted a career-best 11 tackles and broke up a pass. He also had seven tackles and a sack against Dartmouth, while making eight tackles at Harvard and posting three tackles with a forced fumble against New Hampshire. On the season, O'Donoghue now ranks third on the team with 35 total tackles, to go along with a sack, a forced fumble, a blocked punt and two pass breakups. Over the course of his collegiate career he has totaled 49 tackles, including 39 solo stops.
Mannix Stands Out In Secondary
Senior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) is once again one of the top players in the Holy Cross secondary, after earning second team All-Patriot League honors in 2011. During the Harvard game, Mannix led the team with 11 solo tackles, to go along with two pass breakups and a tackle for loss. Previously against Dartmouth, he totaled four tackles and intercepted a pass. Mannix also had 14 solo tackles and an interception against Brown, while recording five tackles and a pass breakup against New Hampshire. On the season, he has totaled 38 tackles and is tied for the team lead in both interceptions (two) and pass breakups (four). Mannix ranked second on the team with 87 total tackles last year, to go along with three forced fumbles, an interception, a fumble recovery and 10 pass breakups. During last year's Lehigh game, he recorded a career-high 12 total tackles with a forced fumble. In other games last season, Mannix had eight total tackles and an interception against Dartmouth; made 11 tackles with a forced fumble and a pass breakup against Massachusetts; and totaled 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 176 tackles, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and 20 pass breakups.
SanDoval Shines In Senior Year
Senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) has been one of the top players on the Holy Cross defense so far this season. During last week's victory over Bucknell, he recorded five tackles and a quarterback sack. Previously against Dartmouth, SanDoval led the team with a career-high 14 total tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack. He also played well against New Hampshire, posting a team-high 13 tackles with one tackle for loss. On the season, SanDoval now leads the team with 39 tackles, including two sacks and four tackles for loss. Last year, he totaled 15 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in the first three games, before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. Over the course of his collegiate career, SanDoval now has 94 total tackles, three sacks and seven tackles for loss.
Schneider Shines At Tight End
Senior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) is once again a key part of the Holy Cross passing game in 2012. Through the first five games of the season, he has caught seven passes for 60 yards and a score. Schneider totaled three receptions for 39 yards in the victory over Bucknell, and caught a six-yard touchdown against Brown. In 11 games played last season, he ranked sixth on the team in receiving with 15 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Schneider previously earned first team All-Patriot League honors in 2010, when he stood fourth on the team with 30 receptions for 217 yards and a score. He was also named second team All-Patriot League in 2009, after ranking fourth on the team with 33 receptions for 275 yards, while his six touchdown catches were the second-most on the squad. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Schneider has now totaled 85 catches for 714 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Last Meeting With Colgate
Ryan Taggart accounted for 237 yards of total offense and three touchdowns, to lead Holy Cross to a 37-7 victory over Colgate at Fitton Field on Sept. 10, 2011. Taggart hit on 13 of 16 passes for 223 yards and two scores, while rushing for 14 yards and a touchdown on three carries. The Crusader defense held the Raiders to just 319 total yards on the day, with All-America tailback Nate Eachus rushing for only 96 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries. Jimmy Thomas led the way with 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and an interception return for a touchdown, while Tom Mannix added 10 tackles and a tackle for loss. On the offensive side of the ball, Holy Cross averaged 7.8 yards per play with 403 yards of total offense. The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 6:59-mark of the first quarter on a 32-yard field goal by John Macomber. A 15-yard touchdown pass from Taggart to Charles McCall and an eight-yard scoring run by Nick Mercurio increased the Holy Cross margin to 16-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, the Crusaders added two more touchdowns on a 19-yard pass from Taggart to Kyle Toulouse and a one-yard run by Taggart. Thomas then returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, making the score 37-0. The Raiders avoided the shutout when Eachus concluded the scoring on a one-yard touchdown run with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Elder Solid In First Start
Sophomore quarterback Steven Elder (San Antonio, Texas) led Holy Cross to a victory over Bucknell in the first start of his collegiate career. Elder completed 19 of 35 passes for 205 yards against the Bison, with a long completion of 31 yards. He also rushed 10 times for 17 yards, to finish with 222 yards of total offense. Elder previously missed the first four games of the season due to injury, and did not appear in any contests as a freshman in 2011.
Balanced Group Of Receivers Leads Holy Cross Offense
The Crusaders have a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game once again this season. Junior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) currently leads the team with 27 catches for 212 yards through five games. He earned second team All-Patriot League honors last season after ranking second on the team with 45 receptions for 417 yards and two scores. Fess has now totaled 81 catches for 735 yards and two touchdowns during his collegiate career. Senior wide out Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has posted 21 receptions for 188 yards over the first five contests of the season. He was named first team All-Patriot League in 2011 after leading the team with 60 catches for 723 yards and six touchdowns. Over the course of his career at Holy Cross, Mistretta has now recorded 115 receptions for 1,416 yards and 10 scores. Junior wide out Kyle Toulouse (Arlington, Va.) has caught 17 passes for 134 yards so far in 2011, after standing third on the squad with 40 catches for 472 yards and three touchdowns a year ago. Toulouse now has 65 receptions for 689 yards and three scores during his career as a Crusader. Junior wide out Jon Smith (Matawan, N.J.) has 10 catches for 105 yards on the season, and now has 33 career receptions for 379 yards and one touchdown. In addition, junior wide receiver Nate Stanley (Euclid, Ohio) has made six catches for 96 yards this year, to bring his career totals to 24 receptions for 313 yards.
Houghton Heads Up Ground Game
Senior tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) is once again a key part of the Crusaders' offense this season. In the Dartmouth game, Houghton rushed 16 times for a team-high 55 yards and a score, while catching one pass for five yards. Previously against Brown, he led the team with 62 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Houghton also played well against New Hampshire, carrying the ball seven times for a team-high 48 yards and catching one pass for two yards. On the season, he has now rushed for 187 yards and two scores on 54 carries. In 2011, Houghton led the team and ranked fifth in the Patriot League in rushing with 506 yards and four touchdowns on 86 carries. His top game in 2011 came in the season finale at Fordham, when he carried the ball 15 times for a career-best 153 yards and two scores. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Houghton has now rushed 247 times for 1,228 yards and 12 touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for 129 yards.
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, but stands just 1-3 at home so far in 2012. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 368-172-27 (.673). 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 2011 campaign with a winning record at home for the sixth 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).
Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is now in his ninth season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2012. He has guided the Crusaders to an overall record of 52-42 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 49-34 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. In 2009, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. A finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, Gilmore has led the Crusaders to winning records in seven 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 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.
Acquah & Tucker Playing Well Up Front
Junior defensive ends Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.) and Mike Tucker (Chester Springs, Pa.) are both playing key roles along the Holy Cross defensive line this season. Tucker has totaled 10 tackles so far this year, including two sacks and three tackles for loss. Last season, he recorded 27 tackles and a pass breakup, while leading the team with nine sacks and earning second team All-Patriot League honors. Tucker posted a career-high three sacks at Bucknell in 2011, while making a career-best seven tackles with two sacks in the victory over Harvard. During his Holy Cross career, Tucker has now totaled 41 tackles and 11 sacks. Acquah tied his career high with 10 tackles against New Hampshire, in addition to breaking up a pass and blocking an extra point. He also made seven tackles at Harvard, and now has 30 total tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss on the season. Last year, Acquah led all Holy Cross defensive linemen with 40 total tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 70 tackles, three sacks and five tackles for loss.
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. 6. Freshman wide receiver Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) ranks second in the conference in kickoff returns (23.9 yards/return) and fourth in punt returns (7.2 yards/return). Junior placekicker John Macomber currently stands fourth in the league in both punting (38.7 yards/punt) and field goals (1.0 made/game), while sophomore quarterback Ryan Laughlin (Glen Mills, Pa.) is fifth in both passing yards (43.6 yards/game) and pass efficiency (84.5 rating). In addition, junior wide out Mike Fess stands second in receptions (5.4 catches/game), junior wide out Kyle Toulouse ranks fifth in kickoff returns (21.2 yards/return) and senior strong safety Tom Mannix, sophomore cornerback Ben Coffaro (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore free safety Logan Silver (Eugene, Ore.) are all tied for third in interceptions (0.4 picks/game). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in kickoff returns (20.8 yards/return) and stands third in net punting (33.7 yards/punt).
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Eight Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 6. As a team, Holy Cross ranks sixth in the nation in fewest penalties and eighth in fewest penalty yards. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg. / Pct.|
|Solo Tackles||4||Tom Mannix||7.0|
|Fewest Penalties||6||Holy Cross||3.8|
|Fewest Penalty Yards||8||Holy Cross||36.6|
|Passes Defended||24||Tom Mannix||1.2|
|Kickoff Returns||39||Kalif Raymond||23.9|
|Punt Returns||39||Kalif Raymond||7.2|
|Field Goals||42||John Macomber||1.0|
Holy Cross Picked Second In Patriot League Preseason Poll
The 2012 Crusaders were picked to finish in second place in the preseason poll of the Patriot League's head coaches and sports information directors. Holy Cross received a total of 46 points in the poll, to go along with one first place vote. The rankings:
|Rank||School (1st place votes)||2011 Record||Points|
|1.||Lehigh (11)||11-2 / 6-0 PL||60|
|2.||Holy Cross (1)||6-5 / 4-2 PL||46|
|3.||Colgate||5-6 / 2-4 PL||36|
|4.||Georgetown (2)||8-3 / 4-2 PL||33|
|5.||Lafayette||4-7 / 2-4 PL||32|
|6.||Bucknell||6-5 / 3-3 PL||15|
Holy Cross Has Six Preseason All-Patriot League Selections
Six Crusaders were selected to the 2012 preseason All-Patriot League team, as selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. Junior placekicker John Macomber, senior defensive tackle Jack Maliska, senior strong safety Tom Mannix, senior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta, junior linebacker Mike Tucker and senior center Sean Whited were the Holy Cross players named to the team. The Crusaders' six selections were the second-most in the league, behind only Lehigh with seven.
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2012 campaign marks the 117th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 606-481-54, good for a .555 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Holy Cross' 605 all-time victories ranked as the 14th 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.
Football Legends Ring Of Honor Inducts Third Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross honored three former football standouts on Aug. 30, as the third class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. Ronnie Cahill (Class of 1940), Pat McCarthy (Class of 1963) and Jeff Wiley (Class of 1989) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the New Hampshire 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. Individuals who had previously been inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor include George Connor (Class of ex1946), Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Bruce Kozerski (Class of 1984), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Jon Morris (Class of 1964), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960), John Provost (Class of 1975) and Joe Wilson (Class of 1973).
Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
In 2012, Holy Cross will attempt to finish with a winning record for the eighth year in a row. The Crusaders concluded the 2010 and 2011 seasons with identical marks of 6-5, after going 9-3 in 2009 (marking only the ninth time the school history the team has won at least nine games). Holy Cross previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and its 42-25 mark from 2006-2011 was its best in a six-year span since going 42-23-1 from 1989-1994. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and had an overall mark of 48-30 from 2005-2011. Prior to that, the last time the Crusaders posted a winning mark in seven straight seasons was from 1986-1992. Holy Cross is one of only 12 football championship subdivision teams in the nation to enter the 2012 campaign with at least seven straight winning seasons, along with Appalachian State, Drake, Harvard, Jacksonville State, James Madison, McNeese State, Montana, Montana State, New Hampshire, Northern Iowa and South Carolina State.
Crusaders Bring In Preseason Honors
Several Holy Cross players have received preseason honors from various organizations heading into the 2012 campaign. Senior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta was selected as a third team All-American by the Beyond Sports Network. In addition, Mistretta, junior placekicker John Macomber, junior linebacker Mike Tucker and junior defensive back Andrew Zitnik (Warren, Ohio) were all selected to the College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists for the Football Championship Subdivision. Mistretta is a candidate for the Wide Receiver Award, Macomber is up for the Placekicker Award, Tucker is a candidate for the Linebacker Award and Zitnik is up for the Kick Returner Award.
Mannix, Mistretta, SanDoval & Whited Named Team Captains
Holy Cross will have four captains during the 2012 football season. Senior strong safety Tom Mannix, senior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta, senior linebacker Roman SanDoval and senior center Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) 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 Mike McCabe, Ricky Otis and Mark Tolzien, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2011 season.
Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2012 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 the color commentators for selected games this season. To Listen to the Crusaders' games free of charge over the internet, click 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 three games shown on live television during the 2012 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2012 campaign:
Sept. 22 vs. Dartmouth: Charter TV3
Oct. 20 at Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Oct. 27 vs. Fordham: Charter TV3
Live video streaming of all 2012 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. Season packages are also available for football only ($45.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.
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 watch live. The show is carried through Crusader Vision at a cost of $1.95 per week, and is also included in season packages for the show only ($14.95), football only ($45.95) or all Holy Cross sports ($99.95). To view the Holy Cross Football Show, click here.
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Scouting The Raiders
Colgate enters this week's game with an overall record of 2-3 on the season. The Raiders have won two of their last three games, and are coming off a 47-24 victory over Yale. The Colgate offense is led by junior quarterback Gavin McCarney, who has completed 66 of 117 passes for 931 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions, in addition to rushing for 282 yards and eight scores on 64 carries. Senior tailback Jordan McCord has run for 683 yards and five touchdowns on 127 carries so far this season, while senior wide out Chris Looney has caught 19 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns. Senior linebacker Patrick Friel leads the Colgate defense with 45 tackles on the year, including three sacks and four tackles for loss. Dick Biddle is now in his 17th season as the Raiders' head coach, and has posted an overall record of 127-64. Biddle served as Colgate's defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach, and also spent time as an assistant at Navy, Minnesota and Virginia Tech.
Holy Cross' 52 points allowed at Harvard were the most it had given up since Lafayette scored 56 points on Nov. 13, 2004 ... The Crusaders' 49-point margin of defeat at Harvard was their largest since falling to Lehigh 62-8 on Oct. 23, 1999 ... Senior strong safety Tom Mannix has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... Freshman wide receiver Kalif Raymond recorded a career-high 191 all-purpose yards during the Harvard game, including a 42-yard kickoff return and a 35-yard punt return ... Sophomore free safety Logan Silver (Eugene, Ore.) totaled two tackles, a sack, an interception and two pass breakups against Dartmouth. On the season, he has now recorded 19 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and four pass breakups ... Prior to the Sept. 22 contest against Dartmouth, Holy Cross honored members of its 1987 team on the 25th anniversary of their perfect 11-0 season ... The season opener against New Hampshire on Aug. 30 marked the earliest in the year that the Crusaders had ever played a regular season game. Prior to this year, Holy Cross' earliest ever start to the season came on Sept. 1 (in both 2007 and 2011) ... Four Holy Cross players have returned to the team as fifth-year seniors in 2012: tailback Matt Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.), tight end Alex Schneider, quarterback Kevin Watson (Belle Mead, N.J.) and center Sean Whited.