Holy Cross To Face Fordham On Family Weekend

Pat O'Connell

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Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (1-6, 1-2 PL) vs. Fordham (4-3, 0-0 PL)
Date: October 27, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Fitton Field (23,500), Worcester, Mass.
Television: Charter TV3, Worcester; Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Andy Lacombe, color; Dave Bolduc, sidelines
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM & 94.9 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Gordie Lockbaum, color; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 27-20-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 41, Fordham 21; November 19, 2011; Bronx, N.Y.

The Series With Fordham
This will be the 50th meeting between the Crusaders and the Rams on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 27-20-2. The Crusaders have won four straight and five of the last six games in the series, but before that Fordham had won nine of the previous 11 meetings between the schools. For games played at Fitton Field, Holy Cross holds a 15-8-1 advantage, including three straight victories. Since Fordham joined the Patriot League prior to the start of the 1990 season, the series is tied at 11-11. The schools first met on Nov. 8, 1902, with Holy Cross winning 17-0 on the road.

Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 27-20-2
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 15-8-1
At Fitton Field: Holy Cross leads, 15-8-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, four games
Tom Gilmore vs. Fordham: 5-3
Joe Moorhead vs. Holy Cross: 0-0

Holy Cross On Family Weekend
The Crusaders have posted an all-time record of 29-25-1 in Family Weekend games. Holy Cross fell to Georgetown 19-6 on Family Weekend in 2011, but had won its previous two Family Weekend games (35-21 over Lehigh in 2008, and 42-28 over Colgate in 2009). Prior to that, the Crusaders had lost six straight times on Family Weekend. This year's game will be the first-ever meeting between Holy Cross and Fordham on Family Weekend.

Anderson Award On The Line
The Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award is presented annually to the outstanding player in the Family Weekend game, as determined by the working press. The award is sponsored by the Holy Cross Club of Greater Worcester, and was originally awarded to the most outstanding player of the Holy Cross-Massachusetts game. It is presented in honor of former Holy Cross head coach Edward Anderson, who had a 129-67-8 record in 21 seasons as the Crusaders' coach (1933-1938; 1950-1964), and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Last season, Georgetown's Andrew Schaetzke took home the trophy, after leading the Hoyas to a 19-6 victory over the Crusaders. In the history of the Anderson Award, six players have won it multiple times: UMass' Mike Fallon (1976 and 1977), UMass' Dean Pecevich (1980 and 1981), Holy Cross' Peter Muldoon (1982, 1983 and 1984), Holy Cross' Jeff Wiley (1986 and 1987), Holy Cross' Joe Segreti (1988 and 1989) and Holy Cross' Dominic Randolph (2008 and 2009).

Holy Cross Faces Tough Slate
Holy Cross has faced the 15th hardest schedule in the NCAA football championship subdivision this season, according to the latest NCAA statistics. The seven teams which the Crusaders have played so far this year have a cumulative record of 23-17 (not including games against Holy Cross), good for a .575 winning percentage. The Crusaders currently own the second toughest schedule in the Patriot League, behind only Fordham. All six of Holy Cross' losses this year have come against teams with winning records: New Hampshire (6-2), Brown (4-2), Dartmouth (4-2), Harvard (5-1), Colgate (4-3) and Lafayette (5-2). The Crusaders' schedule does not get any easier, as three of the four teams remaining currently have winning records.

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 seven games of the season, he has played 328 snaps as an offensive guard, 62 snaps as a defensive tackle and 26 snaps on special teams. Maliska has started three games on defense and four games on offense, including starts on both sides of the ball against Dartmouth and Harvard. He has recorded three solo tackles on defense, and has been on the field for seven of the team's 13 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 51 tackles, two sacks and six tackles for loss.

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 game at Lafayette, he totaled nine tackles with a quarterback sack and a pass breakup. Previously at Colgate, SanDoval led the team with 13 total tackles. He also played well in games earlier this season against Bucknell (five tackles and a quarterback sack), Dartmouth (career-high 14 total tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack) and New Hampshire (team-high 13 tackles with one tackle for loss). On the season, SanDoval now leads the team with 61 tackles, including three sacks and five 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 116 total tackles, four sacks and eight tackles for loss.

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 last week's game at Lafayette, Mannix led the team with 11 total tackles. Previously at Colgate, he totaled eight tackles and a pass breakup. A few of Mannix's other top performances this year have come against Harvard (11 solo tackles, two pass breakups and a tackle for loss), Dartmouth (four tackles and an interception), Brown (14 solo tackles and an interception) and New Hampshire (five tackles and a pass breakup). On the season, he has totaled 57 tackles with two interceptions and a team-high five pass breakups. 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 195 tackles, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and 21 pass breakups.

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 seven games of the season, Schneider has caught nine passes for 77 yards and two scores. Last week at Lafayette, he made a 12-yard reception for a touchdown. Schneider previously 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 87 catches for 731 yards and 11 scores. His 11 career touchdown receptions are the most ever by a Crusader tight end.

Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 27th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 82-65 (.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 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.

The Last Meeting With Fordham
Ryan Taggart accounted for 397 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, to lead Holy Cross to a 41-21 victory over Fordham at Jack Coffey Field on Nov. 19, 2011. Taggart completed 24 of 37 passes for 334 yards and three scores, in addition to rushing for 63 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Ricky Otis had 11 tackles and two quarterback sacks to lead the Crusader defense, which held Fordham scoreless during the second half. Tom Mannix also had a strong game, finishing with nine tackles and a pass breakup. Eddie Houghton rushed 15 times for a career-high 153 yards and two touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball, with Kyle Toulouse catching four passes for 105 yards and a score. The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 11:03-mark of the first quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass from Taggart to Charles McCall. The Rams came back to tie the game at 7-7 on a 44-yard scoring strike from Ryan Higgins to Greg Wilson. Higgins and Wilson then hooked up again for a 40-yard touchdown, and the Rams led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Taggart threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jon Smith on fourth-and-seven, tying the score at 14-14. But Fordham came back with a six-yard scoring run by Carlton Koonce, and led 21-14 at halftime. In the third quarter, a 71-yard touchdown pass from Taggart to Toulouse tied the game at 21-21. Taggart then rushed six yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, allowing Holy Cross to regain the lead 28-21. Houghton added two rushing touchdowns in the final six minutes of play to put the game away, scoring from 38 yards and three yards out.

Tradition Of Excellence
The 2012 campaign marks the 117th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 606-483-54, good for a .554 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.

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 26 points on the year, hitting five of seven field goal attempts (including a long of 46 yards) and 11 of 12 extra points. Macomber has also averaged 40.3 yards on 44 punts, with a long of 59 yards and 13 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. In addition, he has averaged 61.9 yards on 23 kickoffs with 12 touchbacks. Macomber led the team in scoring during the 2011 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 22 field goals and 31 of 38 extra points, for a total of 82 points scored. His 17 career field goals made currently rank eighth all-time at Holy Cross.

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 46 catches for 405 yards through seven 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 100 catches for 928 yards and two touchdowns during his collegiate career. Senior wide out Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has posted 31 receptions for a team-best 378 yards and two scores over the first seven 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 125 receptions for 1,606 yards and 12 scores. Junior wide out Kyle Toulouse (Arlington, Va.) has caught 22 passes for 177 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 70 receptions for 732 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 11 catches for 122 yards this year, to bring his career totals to 29 receptions for 339 yards.

Elder Takes Over At Quarterback
Sophomore Steven Elder (San Antonio, Texas) has taken over as the starting quarterback for the Crusaders. In three games played (all starts), he has hit on 65 of 108 pass attempts for 715 yards and three touchdowns. Elder has also rushed 34 times for 41 yards and two scores, giving him 756 yards of total offense. During the game at Colgate, he completed 24 of 39 attempts for a career-high 313 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 42 yards and two scores on 15 carries. Elder also hit on 22 of 34 attempts for 197 yards and a touchdown at Lafayette, while connecting on 19 of 35 passes for 205 yards against Bucknell. He previously missed the first four games of the season due to injury, and did not appear in any contests as a freshman in 2011.

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 Colgate game, Houghton carried the ball 13 times for 60 yards and a touchdown. Previously against Dartmouth, he rushed 16 times for a team-high 55 yards and a score, while catching one pass for five yards. A few of Houghton's other top performances earlier this year came against Brown (62 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries) and New Hampshire (seven carries for 48 yards, one reception for two yards). On the season, he has now rushed for 278 yards and three scores on 75 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 268 times for 1,319 yards and 13 touchdowns, while catching 23 passes for 133 yards.

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 52-44 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 49-36 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 14 tackles so far this year, with two sacks, four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. 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 45 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 eight tackles at Lafayette and seven tackles at Harvard, and now has 42 total tackles, a sack and three 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 82 tackles, three sacks and six 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. 20. Freshman wide receiver Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) leads the conference in kickoff returns (25.1 yards/return), while ranking fourth in both punt returns (8.0 yards/return) and all-purpose yards (106.8 yards/game). Junior placekicker John Macomber currently stands second in the league in punting (40.3 yards/punt) and fourth in field goals (0.7 made/game). In addition, junior wide out Mike Fess leads the conference in receptions (6.6 catches/game) and sophomore quarterback Ryan Laughlin (Glen Mills, Pa.) is fifth in passing yards (31.1 yards/game). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in kickoff returns (22.6 yards/return) and stands second in net punting (35.9 yards/punt).

Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Five Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 20. As a team, Holy Cross ranks fifth in the nation in fewest penalties and eighth in fewest penalty yards. The rankings:

Category Rank    Player / Team Avg. / Pct.
Fewest Penalties 5   Holy Cross 3.9
Fewest Penalty Yards 8   Holy Cross 38.1
Solo Tackles 9   Tom Mannix 7.1
  9   Roman SanDoval 7.1
Receptions 16   Mike Fess 6.6
Passes Defended 26   Tom Mannix 1.0
Kickoff Returns 28   Kalif Raymond 25.1
Punt Returns 29   Kalif Raymond 8.0
Punting 43   John Macomber 40.3

Defense Dominates Against Bucknell
The Crusader defense turned in its top performance of the season during the Oct. 6 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 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.

Mannix, Mistretta, SanDoval & Whited Named Team Captains
Holy Cross has 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 four 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.

Ram-Crusader Cup At Stake
The winner of the contest between Holy Cross and Fordham will take home the Ram-Crusader Cup. The trophy was first dedicated in 1951 in memory of Major Frank Cavanaugh, a former head coach at both Holy Cross and Fordham. Cavanaugh posted a 16-10-2 record with the Crusaders from 1903-1905, and was later 34-14-4 with the Rams from 1927-1932. Holy Cross has won the Ram-Crusader Cup 16 times in the 26 years it has been awarded.

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).

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 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.

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.

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, Gordie Lockbaum and John O'Neill 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

Crusader Vision
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 11:30 a.m.-12:00 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 Rams
Fordham enters this week's game with an overall record of 4-3 and a 1-1 mark against Patriot League opponents. The Rams have lost two of their last three games, and are coming off a 49-17 setback at Cincinnati on Oct. 13. Senior quarterback Ryan Higgins has completed 151 of 218 pass attempts for 1,730 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions so far this season. Senior tailback Carlton Koonce has rushed for 884 yards and five scores on 173 carries, while sophomore wide out Brian Wetzel has a team-best 41 receptions for 566 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Rams are led by senior linebacker Michael Martin, who has totaled 72 tackles, four forced fumbles and eight tackles for loss this season. Head coach Joe Moorhead is in his first season at the helm of the Fordham program, with an overall record of 4-3. Prior to his time with the Rams, Moorhead served as an assistant coach at Connecticut, Akron, Georgetown and Pittsburgh.

Quick Hits
Freshman wide receiver Kalif Raymond has returned 23 kickoffs for 577 yards and a touchdown so far this season, in addition to bringing back eight punts for 64 yards. Last week at Lafayette he returned a kickoff 80 yards for his first career touchdown, while his 178 kickoff return yards at Colgate placed third on the all-time Holy Cross single-game list ... 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 29 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and four pass breakups ... Senior strong safety Tom Mannix was 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 ... 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) ... The Crusaders were picked to finish in second place in the 2012 Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors, behind only Lehigh ... The 2012 campaign will mark the first time Holy Cross will finish the season with a losing record since going 3-8 in 2004.