HAMILTON, N.Y. – Sophomore quarterback Steven Elder (San Antonio, Texas) completed 24 of 39 passes for a career-high 313 yards and two touchdowns, but the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Colgate 51-35 at Andy Kerr Stadium. Elder also rushed 15 times for 42 yards and two scores, to finish the day with 355 yards of total offense. The Crusaders fall to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Raiders improve to 3-3 on the season and 1-0 in the conference.
Senior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) caught eight passes on the day for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns, while junior wide out Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) added 10 catches for 100 yards. Senior tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) also had a solid day with 60 yards and a score on 13 carries. The Raiders were led by quarterback Gavin McCarney, who completed 10 of 13 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 186 yards and two scores on 12 carries. Colgate tailback Jordan McCord added 181 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 34 attempts.
The Raiders opened the scoring at the 13:04-mark of the first quarter on a 51-yard touchdown run by McCarney. The Crusaders came right back with a 63-yard scoring strike from Elder to Mistretta less than two minutes later, tying the score at 7-7. Colgate regained the lead on a three-yard touchdown run by McCord on its next possession, then drove inside the Holy Cross 10-yard line before a McCarney fumble was recovered by junior defensive end Mike Tucker (Chester Springs, Pa.). The Crusaders then marched down the field to take a 14-13 lead on a three-yard scoring run by Elder early in the second quarter.
Colgate answered with a 36-yard field goal by Andrew Burgess, before a 10-yard touchdown run by Elder put Holy Cross back in front. McCarney then closed out the half with a four-yard scoring run, and the Raiders led 23-20 at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Colgate increased its lead to 30-20 on a three-yard touchdown rush by McCord. The Crusaders responded with a one-yard scoring run by Houghton, before McCord ran seven yards for a touchdown to make the score 37-27 heading into the fourth quarter.
A 14-yard scoring strike from McCarney to Chris Looney and an eight-yard touchdown run by McCord would increase the Raiders' lead to 51-27. Holy Cross concluded the scoring with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Elder to Mistretta.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 20, when they travel to Lafayette for a 1:00 p.m. game.