Holy Cross To Face Harvard On Homecoming Weekend
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (2-3, 0-0 PL) vs. Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy)
Date: October 5, 2013
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; Tom Kelleher, color; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
The Series With Harvard
This will be the 67th meeting between the Crusaders and the Crimson on the gridiron, with Harvard leading the all-time series 40-24-2. The schools have split the last six games in the series, but prior to that the Crimson had been victorious in nine out of 10 contests. For all games played at Fitton Field, the series is tied at 7-7, although the Crusaders have been victorious in the last three contests. In addition, the home team has won the last seven games played between the teams. Holy Cross' Tom Gilmore stands 3-6 against Harvard as a head coach, to go along with an 8-8 record against the Crimson as an assistant coach (at Pennsylvania, Columbia, Dartmouth and Lehigh), and a 2-2 mark as a player (at Pennsylvania).
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Harvard leads, 40-24-2
In Worcester: Tied, 7-7
At Fitton Field: Tied, 7-7
Current Win Streak: Harvard, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Harvard: 3-6
Tim Murphy vs. Holy Cross: 13-5
In Overtime: Harvard leads, 1-0
Holy Cross In Homecoming Games
The Crusaders have posted an all-time record of 33-30-1 in Homecoming games. Holy Cross has won six of its last eight games on Homecoming weekend, but was defeated by Dartmouth 13-10 last season. The Crusaders previously won 11 straight games on Homecoming weekend from 1982-1992, before going through a 12-year stretch from 1993-2004 during which they were just 2-10. Prior to the 2005 season, the Crusaders had dropped three straight contests on Homecoming weekend. This year's game will mark the fifth time Holy Cross has faced Harvard in its Homecoming contest. In the previous Homecoming meetings between the schools, Holy Cross won in 2007 (31-28) and 2011 (30-22), while Harvard was victorious in 1999 (25-17) and 2003 (43-20).
Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy On The Line This Week
The Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy has been presented annually to the most outstanding player in Holy Cross' Homecoming game since 1965. It is given in memory of Johnny Turco (Class of 1952), a former star halfback who is a member of the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame and the Holy Cross Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. There are only three players who have won the honor two times in their careers (Joe Segreti in 1988 and 1990; Dominic Randolph in 2007 and 2009; and Ryan Taggart in 2010 and 2011). Last season, Dartmouth placekicker Riley Lyons won the Turco Memorial Trophy after kicking the game-winning field goal with just one second remaining as the Big Green defeated Holy Cross 13-10.
Holy Cross Against The Ivy League
The Crusaders have enjoyed a good deal of success against Ivy League opposition during Tom Gilmore's tenure as head coach. Holy Cross stands 16-13 against Ivy League foes under Gilmore's direction, including a 1-0 mark so far this season with a victory over Dartmouth. The 16-13 mark over the last 10 years includes an 8-2 record against Dartmouth, a 4-3 mark against Brown, a 3-6 record against Harvard and a 1-2 mark against Yale. The Crusaders' all-time record against the Ivy League stands at 109-142-9 (31-23-3 against Brown, 6-2 vs. Columbia, 0-5 against Cornell, 37-36-4 vs. Dartmouth, 24-40-2 against Harvard, 3-2 vs. Pennsylvania, 3-7 against Princeton and 4-27 vs. Yale).
SanDoval Steps Up In Final Year
Fifth-year senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) is once again among of the top players on the Holy Cross defense this year. Through five games played, he leads the team with 43 total tackles, including 34 solo stops and two tackle for loss. In last week's victory at Dartmouth, SanDoval led the team with a season-high 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss. He previously made 11 tackles against Monmouth, while posting five tackles and returning a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown at Central Connecticut. Earlier in the year, SanDoval totaled eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup against Towson, and made seven tackles at Bryant. Last season, he recorded 75 tackles, including three sacks and five tackles for loss. In 2011, SanDoval recorded 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 173 total tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Fess Keeps Making Catches
Senior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) is once again among the top players on the Holy Cross offense this year. In five games so far this season, he leads the team with 29 receptions for 377 yards and four scores. In last week's victory at Dartmouth, Fess led the team with nine catches for 138 yards. Previously against Monmouth, he caught five passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. Earlier in the season, Fess totaled five catches for 63 yards and two scores at Central Connecticut, had six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown against Towson, and caught four passes for 48 yards at Bryant. In 2012, he led the team with 80 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games played. Fess' 80 total receptions on the year were the second-most ever by a Crusader in a single season, behind only Ari Confesor's 90 catches in 2003. In 2011, Fess earned second team All-Patriot League honors after ranking second on the team with 45 receptions for 417 yards and two scores. He has now totaled 163 catches for 1,695 yards and 10 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Fess currently ranks third all-time at Holy Cross in career receptions, and needs 28 more catches to break the all-time school record.
Pujals Steps In At Quarterback
Freshman quarterback Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) earned his first career start at Dartmouth last week, and turned in an outstanding performance. He completed 25 of 37 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns against the Big Green, in addition to rushing 17 times for 125 yards and two more scores. Pujals brought the Crusaders back from behind on three different occasions in the game, and also directed a 14-play, 67-yard drive in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal. In addition, his 415 yards of total offense against Dartmouth were good for the 12th highest single-game total in school history. Earlier in the season against Monmouth, Pujals came off the bench to complete 12 of 19 passes for 129 and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for a team-high 22 yards on nine carries. On the season, he has now connected on 38 of 58 attempts for 419 yards and four scores, while running the ball 29 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
Acquah Playing Well Up Front
Senior defensive tackle Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.) is playing a key role along the Holy Cross defensive front this year. Acquah ranks fifth on the team with 27 total tackles this season. During the Monmouth game, he made a season-high nine tackles, including six solo stops. Earlier this year against Towson, Acquah tied for the team lead with eight tackles. He also posted five tackles at Bryant, three tackles at Central Connecticut and two tackles at Dartmouth. A second team All-Patriot League selection last year, Acquah recorded 54 total tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for loss in 2012. A few of his top games last year were against New Hampshire (career-high 10 tackles, pass breakup, blocked extra point) and Lafayette (eight tackles). In 2011, 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 112 tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Veterans Anchor Offensive Line
Holy Cross boasts a great deal of experience along the offensive line this season, including four players with at least 12 career starts. In five games played so far this year, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 372.4 total yards, 164.0 rushing yards and 24.0 point per game. Fifth-year senior left guard Casey Bessemer (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) leads the team with 27 consecutive games started and 38 career games played. Fifth-year senior left tackle Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) owns 27 starts in 28 career games played, and senior right tackle Blake Berresford (Montoursville, Pa.) has started all 18 of his career games played. The starting lineup is rounded out by senior center Jay Knighton (Pottstown, Pa.) with 23 career games played and 12 starts, and junior right guard Ryan Schnieber (Cincinnati, Ohio) with five starts in five games played.
Acquah & Fess Named Captains
Holy Cross has two captains for the 2013 football season. Senior defensive end Gary Acquah and senior wide receiver Mike Fess were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These two players have taken over the leadership role from Tom Mannix, Gerald Mistretta, Roman SanDoval and Sean Whited, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2012 campaign.
The Last Meeting With Harvard
Harvard's Colton Chapple completed 13 of 18 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns, to lead the Crimson to a 52-3 victory over Holy Cross in a driving rain storm at Harvard Stadium on Sept. 28, 2012. Harvard opened the scoring at the 12:49-mark of the first quarter on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chapple to Ricky Zorn. The Crusaders responded with a 27-yard field goal by John Macomber, before a 35-yard scoring strike from Chapple to Cameron Brate made the score 14-3. D.J. Monroe then returned a blocked punt 23 yards for a touchdown, and the Crimson led 21-3 at the end of the first quarter. Chapple would throw two more touchdown passes in the second quarter, for 14 yards to Kyle Juszczyk and 19 yards to Brate, and Harvard led 35-3. A three-yard scoring run by Chapple and a four-yard touchdown run by Rich Zajeski then made the score 49-3 at halftime. The Crimson's David Mothander kicked a 39-yard field goal midway through the third quarter for the only scoring in the second half. Ryan Laughlin completed nine of 24 passes for 105 yards for Holy Cross, and also rushed 14 times for 29 yards. Kalif Raymond added 156 yards on eight kickoff returns and 35 yards on two punt returns, while Tom Mannix totaled 11 tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups.
Macomber Heads Up Kicking Game
Senior John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) is once again handling all of the kicking duties for Holy Cross this year. In five games played, he has averaged 41.7 yards on 28 punts, with 10 fair catches and six kicks downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Macomber has also scored 24 points so far this season, hitting three of four field goal attempts and 15 of 16 extra points. In addition, he has averaged 61.5 yards on 22 kickoffs with five touchbacks. Macomber had an outstanding game in the victory at Central Connecticut, scoring 10 points and booting a career-long 63-yard punt. He also played well at Dartmouth, scoring seven points and kicking the game-winning 23-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. In 2012, Macomber earned second team All-Patriot League honors as both a placekicker and a punter. He ranked second on the team with 55 points scored last year, hitting 10 of 13 field goal attempts (including a long of 46 yards) and 25 of 26 extra points. Macomber also averaged 40.9 yards on 62 punts in 2012, with a long of 59 yards and 23 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He previously led the team in scoring during the 2011 season with 56 points, hitting 12 of 15 field goals and 20 of 26 extra points. Macomber also led the Patriot League in field goal percentage in 2011, 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 25 of 32 field goals and 60 of 68 extra points, for a total of 135 points scored. His 25 career field goals made currently rank third all-time at Holy Cross.
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, but stands 0-2 at home so far in 2013. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 368-176-27 (.668). 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).
Crusaders In The Patriot League
Looking ahead to its 28th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 83-67 (.553) 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.
Freshmen Make Presence Felt
In addition to quarterback Peter Pujals, several other freshman have found their way into the Holy Cross lineup during their first season of collegiate competition. Freshman linebacker Kyle Young (Roxbury, N.J.) has become a factor, totaling 10 tackles in his first collegiate start at Central Connecticut, then making five tackles and forcing two fumbles at Dartmouth. He has now recorded 17 tackles on the year. Freshman tailback Gabe Guild (Overland Park, Kan.) currently ranks fourth on the team in rushing with 108 yards on 29 carries, and also stands fifth on the team in receiving with 10 catches for 158 yards and a score. During the Central Connecticut game, he scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 39-yard reception. Freshman wide receiver Jake Wieczorek (Cumming, Ga.) has become an all-around factor, returning 11 kickoffs for 211 yards, catching four passes for 76 yards, bringing back two punts for 23 yards and rushing once for two yards. In the Dartmouth game, he scored the first touchdown of his Holy Cross career on a 33-yard catch. In addition, freshman tailback Brendan Flaherty (Beverly, Mass.) has also found his way into the lineup, rushing the ball five times for 27 times and a score at Central Connecticut.
Raymond An All-Purpose Threat
Sophomore wide receiver Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has become a key player for the Holy Cross offense this season, in addition to being a threat as a kick returner. After missing the first two games of the season due to injury, Raymond has now caught 12 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, rushed nine times for 50 yards, returned six kickoffs for 116 yards and brought back three punts for 13 yards. During last week's victory at Dartmouth, he totaled 126 all-purpose yards, including a 20-yard touchdown reception. Last year, Raymond earned first team All-Patriot League honors as a return specialist. He brought back 32 kickoffs for 777 yards and a touchdown last year (good for an average of 24.3 yards per return), in addition to returning 19 punts for 101 yards. During the 2012 game at Lafayette, he returned a kickoff 80 yards for his first career touchdown. Earlier last season at Colgate, Raymond brought back eight kickoffs for 178 yards, to place third on the all-time Holy Cross single-game list for kickoff return yards. He also totaled a career-best 191 all-purpose yards at Harvard in 2012, to earn Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.
Crusaders Among League Leaders
Three Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Sept. 28. Senior kicker John Macomber leads the league in punting (41.7 yards/punt) and ranks fourth in field goals (0.6 made/game). In addition, senior wide out Mike Fess stands fourth in the conference in both receptions (5.8 catches/game) and receiving yards (75.4 yards/game), while sophomore strong safety Matt Bhaya (Haddonfield, N.J.) ranks third in passes defended (1.4 defended/game). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in net punting (38.3 yards/punt), while ranking second in punt returns (17.7 yards/return) and turnover margin (-0.2 turnovers/game), and standing third in scoring offense (24.0 point/game), scoring defense (27.2 points/game), rushing defense (209.6 yards/game) and pass efficiency (122.2 rating).
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Four Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Sept. 28. As a team, Holy Cross stands 10th in the nation in punt returns and 24th in net punting. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg. / Pct.|
|Forced Fumbles||5||Kyle Young||0.5|
|Punt Returns||10||Holy Cross||17.7|
|Passes Defended||19||Matt Bhaya||1.4|
|Net Punting||24||Holy Cross||38.2|
|Field Goal Percentage||38||John Macomber||75.0|
|Receiving Yards||49||Mike Fess||75.4|
Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is now in his 10th season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2013. He has guided the Crusaders to an overall record of 55-50 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 52-42 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 led the Crusaders to winning records in seven straight seasons from 2005-2011, 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.
Crusaders Run Wild At CCSU
During the Sept. 14 victory at Central Connecticut, Holy Cross ran the ball 72 times for 419 yards. The Crusaders tied the school single-game record with their 72 rushing attempts, while their 419 rushing yards were their most since running for 583 yards on 72 carries against Columbia on Oct. 29, 1983. Holy Cross also picked up 28 of its 33 total first downs against the Blue Devils on the ground, breaking the Patriot League single-game record of 23 rushing first downs which had been accomplished four times before. The Crusaders' 419 rushing yards also tied for the fifth-most in the nation by any team in the football championship subdivision so far this season.
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2013 campaign marks the 118th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 609-489-54, good for a .552 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Holy Cross' 607 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.
Holy Cross Attempts To Post Another Winning Season
In 2013, the Crusaders will attempt to finish with a winning record for the eighth time in a nine-year span. The Crusaders had a streak of seven straight winning seasons snapped last year, when they went just 2-9 overall. 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 in 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 seven-year run, the last time the Crusaders posted a winning mark in seven straight seasons was from 1986-1992.
Football Legends Ring Of Honor Inducts Fourth Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross honored three former football standouts on Sept. 21, as the fourth class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. Tom Greene (Class of 1959), Dave Quehl (Class of 1976) and Johnny Turco (Class of 1952) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the Monmouth 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 have previously been inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor include Ronnie Cahill (Class of 1940), George Connor (Class of ex1946), Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Bruce Kozerski (Class of 1984), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Pat McCarthy (Class of 1963), 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), Jeff Wiley (Class of 1989) and Joe Wilson (Class of 1973).
Crusaders Claim Preseason Honors
Several Holy Cross players received preseason honors from various organizations heading into the 2013 campaign. Senior wide receiver Mike Fess led the way, being named a second team All-American by USA College Football. Senior placekicker and punter John Macomber was selected to the watch list for the Fred Mitchell Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate placekicker at any level outside of the football bowl subdivision. Macomber, senior defensive end Gary Acquah and sophomore wide receiver Kalif Raymond were all selected to the College Football Performance Awards Watch Lists for the Football Championship Subdivision. Macomber is a candidate for the Placekicker Award, Acquah is up for the Defensive Lineman Award and Raymond is a candidate for the All-Purpose Performer Award. In addition, Holy Cross claimed six spots on the 2013 preseason All-Patriot League team: Senior John Macomber (placekicker and punter), senior Gary Acquah (defensive line), senior Mike Fess (wide receiver), senior Kyle Pedretty (offensive line) and sophomore Kalif Raymond (return specialist).
Holy Cross Picked Third In Patriot League Preseason Poll
The 2013 Crusaders were picked to finish in third place in a preseason poll of the Patriot League's head coaches and sports information directors. Holy Cross received a total of 35 points in the poll, to trail only Colgate and Lehigh. The rankings:
|Rank||School (1st place votes)||2012 Record||Points|
|1.||Colgate (8)||8-4 / 6-0 PL||68|
|2.||Lehigh (6)||10-1 / 5-1 PL||56|
|3.||Holy Cross||2-9 / 2-4 PL||35|
|4.||Lafayette||5-6 / 2-4 PL||32|
|5.||Georgetown||5-6 / 2-4 PL||26|
|6.||Bucknell||3-8 / 1-5 PL||15|
Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2013 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 43rd season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 27th 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. All of the Crusaders' games will also be available free of charge over the internet by clicking 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 five games shown on live television during the 2013 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013 campaign:
Sept. 28 at Dartmouth: Fox College Sports Central
Oct. 5 vs. Harvard: Charter TV3
Oct. 19 vs. Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Oct. 26 vs. Lafayette: Charter TV3
Nov. 9 at Lehigh: Service Electric
Live video streaming of most 2013 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders as part of the Patriot League Network, is available free of charge. 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 free of charge. For more details, click here.
Crusaders On Social Media
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Scouting The Crimson
Harvard enters this week's game with an overall record of 2-0 on the season, including a 1-0 mark in the Ivy League. The Crimson defeated San Diego 42-20 in their season opener, before posting a 41-23 victory over Brown last week. Junior quarterback Conner Hempel has completed 41 of 56 passes for 641 yards and five touchdowns with one interception, in addition to running for 60 yards and a score on 20 carries. Sophomore tailback Paul Stanton has a team-best 155 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, while senior wide out Ricky Zorn has a team-high 10 receptions for 182 yards and two scores. On the defensive side of the ball, junior cornerback Norman Hayes leads the Crimson with 16 tackles, two interceptions and three tackles for loss. Head coach Tim Murphy is in his 20th season at the helm of the Harvard program, where he has a record of 130-61. Murphy's career record stands at 162-106-1, including five seasons as the head coach at Cincinnati and two years as head coach at Maine.
At this week's game against Harvard, the Crusaders will wear pink shoelaces as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... During the Dartmouth game on Sept. 28, the Holy Cross coaching staff took part in Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the American Football Coaches Association to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne muscular dystrophy ... Sophomore strong safety Matt Bhaya has recorded a team-best six pass breakup so far this season, to go along with 31 total tackles and an interception ... Senior linebacker Tyler Zeoli (King of Prussia, Pa.) totaled seven tackles with two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble during the Central Connecticut game. He now ranks third on the team lead with 29 total tackles this season ... Senior tailback Reggie Woods (Bowie, Md.) ran the ball 24 times for a career-high 153 yards during the victory at Central Connecticut ... Junior wide receiver Tyler Artim (Whitehall, Pa.) caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in the season opener at Bryant, and is now tied for second on the team with 12 receptions for 140 yards ... Junior free safety Sam Jones (Canal Winchester, Ohio) ranks seventh on the team with 20 tackles so far this year, with one sack and a team-high three tackles for loss.