October 21, 2013

Holy Cross To Battle Lafayette On Family Weekend

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Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-5, 1-1 PL) vs. Lafayette (1-5, 1-0 PL)
Date: October 26, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Fitton Field (23,500), Worcester, Mass.
Television: Charter TV3, Worcester; Andy Lacombe, play-by-play; Ed Zaloom, 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

The Series With Lafayette
This will be the 28th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the gridiron, with Lafayette leading the all-time series 15-12. Holy Cross had won four straight games between the two schools, before the Leopards posted a 30-13 victory at Fisher Stadium last year. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold a slim 7-6 advantage with two straight wins. The schools first met on Sept. 20, 1986, with Holy Cross coming out victorious 38-14 in Easton.

Series Quick Facts
Overall: Lafayette leads, 15-12
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 7-6
At Fitton Field: Holy Cross leads, 7-6
Current Win Streak: Lafayette, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Lafayette: 5-4
Frank Tavani vs. Holy Cross: 7-6

Holy Cross On Family Weekend
The Crusaders have posted an all-time record of 29-26-1 in Family Weekend games. Holy Cross has lost its last two games on Family Weekend to Fordham (36-32 in 2012) and Georgetown (19-6 in 2011), but had won its previous two Family Weekend contests (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. Holy Cross and Lafayette have met on Family Weekend on three previous occasions, with the Leopards winning twice (27-17 in 1995 and 31-27 in 1993) and the Crusaders claiming one victory (63-53 in 2001).

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, Fordham's Carlton Koonce took home the trophy, after leading the Rams to a 36-32 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).

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 eight games this season, he leads the team with 47 receptions for 585 yards and six scores. During the Harvard game, Fess posted a season-best 11 catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Previously at Dartmouth, he caught nine passes for 138 yards. A few of Fess' other top games this year have come against Central Connecticut (five receptions for 63 yards and two scores), Towson (six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown) and Monmouth (five receptions for 47 yards and a score). 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. 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 181 catches for 1,903 yards and 12 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Fess currently ranks third all-time at Holy Cross in career receptions, and needs 10 more catches to break the all-time school record of 190 set by Jeff Laboranti from 1994-1997.

Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 28th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 84-68 (.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.

Pujals Takes Over At Quarterback
Freshman Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) has taken over as the starting quarterback for the Crusaders this season, and is currently one of 20 candidates for the Jerry Rice Award, presented annually by the Sports Network to the top freshman in the Division I football championship subdivision. Last week against Colgate, he accounted for 287 yards of total offense and two scores. During the Bucknell game, Pujals completed 19 of 29 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 80 yards and three more scores on 13 carries. Previously against Harvard, he hit on 33 of 50 attempts for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns. Pujals also had a huge game at Dartmouth, connecting on 25 of 37 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing 17 times for 125 yards and two more scores. 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 year, he has now connected on 115 of 177 attempts for 1,294 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions, while running the ball 77 times for 302 yards and six scores. Pujals also had a streak of 165 consecutive passes thrown without an interception from Sept. 21-Oct. 19.

Acquah Playing Well Up Front
Senior defensive end Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.) is playing a key role along the Holy Cross defensive front this year. He currently ranks fifth on the team with 37 total tackles this season. Last week against Colgate, Acquah totaled three tackles with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Previously against Harvard, he led the team with seven total tackles and one quarterback sack. Earlier this year against Monmouth, Acquah made a season-high nine tackles, including six solo stops. He also had eight tackles against Towson, five tackles at Bryant and three tackles at Central Connecticut. 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 115 tackles, four sacks and 11 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 15 career starts. In eight games played so far this year, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 405.2 total yards, 165.6 rushing yards and 28.8 point per game. Fifth-year senior left guard Casey Bessemer (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) leads the team with 30 consecutive games started and 41 career games played. Fifth-year senior left tackle Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) owns 30 starts in 31 career games played, and senior right tackle Blake Berresford (Montoursville, Pa.) has started all 21 of his career games played. The starting lineup is rounded out by senior center Jay Knighton (Pottstown, Pa.) with 26 career games played and 15 starts, and junior right guard Ryan Schnieber (Cincinnati, Ohio) with eight starts in eight games played.

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 eight games played, he has averaged 41.2 yards on 34 punts, with 13 fair catches and nine kicks downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Macomber has also scored 44 points this season, hitting five of eight field goal attempts and 29 of 31 extra points. In addition, he has averaged 62.4 yards on 40 kickoffs with 13 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 Crusader, Macomber has now made 27 of 36 field goals and 74 of 83 extra points, for a total of 155 points scored. His 27 career field goals made currently rank third all-time at Holy Cross.

The Last Meeting With Lafayette
Roman SanDoval totaled nine tackles with a quarterback sack and a pass breakup, but Holy Cross was defeated by Lafayette 30-13 at Fisher Stadium on Oct. 20, 2012. Steven Elder completed 22 of 34 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, while Mike Fess made nine catches for 93 yards. Lafayette was led by Andrew Shoop, who hit on 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards and two scores, in addition to rushing 10 times for 21 yards and a touchdown. After the game began with a scoreless first quarter, the Leopards took a 6-0 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run by Shoop. Ryan Gralish then added a 31-yard field goal late in the second quarter, and Lafayette led 9-0 heading into the locker room. The Leopards increased their lead to 16-0 early in the third quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass from Shoop to Mark Ross. Holy Cross then responded with a 12-yard scoring strike from Elder to Alex Schneider, making the score 16-6. Early in the fourth quarter, Shoop hit Brandon Hall for a 28-yard touchdown to put Lafayette up 23-6. Kalif Raymond then returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, to keep the Crusaders in the game. But the Leopards' Vaughn Hebron would add a one-yard scoring run with 3:12 left to play, putting the game away.

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 eight games played, he leads the team with 55 total tackles, including 45 solo stops and two tackles for loss. During the 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 185 total tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

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, he has now caught 25 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 13 times for 67 yards and a score, returned 16 kickoffs for 372 yards and brought back six punts for 30 yards. Last week against Colgate, Raymond led the team with 148 all-purpose yards, including a six-yard touchdown catch. Previously at Bucknell, he posted a career-best 206 all-purpose yards, with a 14-yard touchdown reception. Earlier in the season, Raymond played well against Harvard (76 all-purpose yards and a five-yard scoring run in the second overtime) and Dartmouth (126 all-purpose yards with a 20-yard touchdown catch). 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 in 2012 (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.

Bhaya Enjoying Strong Season
Sophomore strong safety Matt Bhaya (Haddonfield, N.J.) has developed into one of the top players in the Holy Cross secondary this season. He currently ranks second on the team with 49 total tackles this season, to go along with two interceptions and a team-best seven pass breakups. During the victory at Bucknell, Bhaya totaled 10 tackles with a key interception and a pass breakup. Previously at Dartmouth, he recorded 10 tackles and one pass breakup. Bhaya also had a big game in the season opener at Bryant, totaling seven tackles, and interception and three pass breakups. In 2012, he made eight total tackles as a backup safety and on special teams. Over the course of his collegiate career, Bhaya has now recorded 57 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups.

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 five tackles and forcing two fumbles at Dartmouth, then returning an interception 79 yards for a touchdown at Bucknell. He has now recorded 24 tackles on the year. Freshman tailback Gabe Guild (Overland Park, Kan.) currently ranks fourth on the team in rushing with 189 yards and a touchdown on 46 carries, and also stands fifth on the team in receiving with 12 catches for 164 yards and a score. Last week against Colgate, he rushed 15 times for a season-best 68 yards and a touchdown. Freshman wide receiver Jake Wieczorek (Cumming, Ga.) has become an all-around factor, returning 11 kickoffs for 211 yards, catching nine passes for 185 yards, bringing back two punts for 23 yards and rushing three times for 13 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 rushed the ball seven times for 36 times and a score, and freshman free safety Luke Ford (Wilmette, Ill.) has made three tackles with a quarterback sack.

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 56-52 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 53-44 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.

Defense Takes It Away At Bucknell
The Holy Cross defense forced a season-high five turnovers during the Oct. 12 victory at Bucknell. The Crusaders intercepted four passes on the day, in addition to forcing one fumble. That marked the most turnovers Holy Cross had forced in a single game since taking the ball away five times at Georgetown on Sept. 22, 2008. On the season, the Crusaders have now caused a total of 15 turnovers, with eight interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.

Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Six Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 19. As a team, Holy Cross stands seventh in the nation in first downs and 10th in punt returns. The rankings:

Category Rank   Player / Team Avg. / Pct.
Points Responsible For 5   Peter Pujals 18.0
First Downs 7   Holy Cross 22.9
Punt Returns 10   Holy Cross 14.1
Fewest Penalty Yards 17   Holy Cross 40.0
Third Down Conversions 19   Holy Cross 46.7
Fewest Penalties 23   Holy Cross 5.0
Pass Efficiency 24   Peter Pujals 146.5
Receptions 26   Mike Fess 5.9
Total Offense 27   Peter Pujals 266.0
Turnovers Caused 28   Holy Cross 1.9
Forced Fumbles 32   Kyle Young 0.3
Completions 33   Peter Pujals 19.2
Punting 38   John Macomber 41.2
Passes Defended 43   Matt Bhaya 1.1
Passing Yards 43   Peter Pujals 215.7
Kickoff Returns 47   Kalif Raymond 23.3
All-Purpose Yards 48   Kalif Raymond 117.0


Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, but stands 0-4 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 368-178-27 (.666). 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 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 seventh-most in the nation by any team in the football championship subdivision so far this season.

Crusaders Among League Leaders
Five Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Oct. 19. Senior kicker John Macomber leads the league in punting (41.2 yards/punt) and ranks fifth in field goals (0.6 made/game). Senior wide out Mike Fess stands fifth in the conference in both receptions (5.9 catches/game) and receiving yards (73.1 yards/game), while freshman quarterback Peter Pujals ranks third in pass efficiency (146.5 rating), passing yards (215.7 yards/game) and total offense (266.0 yards/game). In addition, sophomore wide out Kalif Raymond stands third in the league in kickoff returns (23.3 yards/return) and fifth in all-purpose yards (117.0 yards/game), while sophomore strong safety Matt Bhaya and junior cornerback Ben Coffaro (Cincinnati, Ohio) are tied for fifth in interceptions (0.3 picks/game). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (14.1 yards/return); while ranking second in turnover margin (-0.1 turnovers/game) and kickoff returns (21.4 yards/return); and standing third in scoring offense (28.8 points/game), total offense (405.3 yards/game), rushing offense (165.6 yards/game), rushing defense (188.5 yards/game) and net punting (36.1 yards/punt).

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.

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.

Tradition Of Excellence
The 2013 campaign marks the 118th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 610-491-54, 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.

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

Crusader Vision
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
Updates on Holy Cross football can be found through the Holy Cross Athletics pages on the following social media networks:

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Twitter: @GoHolyCross
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Scouting The Leopards
Lafayette enters this week's game with an overall record of 1-5 on the season, including a 1-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards have lost their last two games, and are coming off a 35-16 setback at Harvard last Saturday. Junior tailback Ross Scheuerman has led the Lafayette offense by rushing for 609 yards and eight touchdowns on 115 carries this year. Senior wide out Mark Ross has a team-best 37 receptions for 525 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore quarterback Andrew Dzurik has hit on 62 of 115 passes for 741 yards and three touchdowns with nine interceptions. Defensively, the Leopards are led by senior linebacker Mike Boles with 44 tackles, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Frank Tavani is now in his 14th season as Lafayette's head coach, and has posted an overall record of 72-80. The 2004 Patriot League Coach of the Year, Tavani served as an assistant coach with the Leopards for 13 years before taking over as head coach.

Quick Hits
Senior placekicker John Macomber has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... Senior linebacker Tyler Zeoli (King of Prussia, Pa.) led the team with seven tackles and his first career interception during the Colgate game. He currently ranks third on the team with 42 total tackles this season ... Senior wide receiver Nate Stanley (Euclid, Ohio) caught five passes for 74 yards and his first career touchdown against Harvard, then totaled five catches for 46 yards and another score at Bucknell. He now ranks second on the team with 28 catches for 307 yards and two touchdowns this season ... Junior cornerback Ben Coffaro is tied for the team lead with two interceptions on the year, in addition to making 31 tackles and breaking up four passes ... Sophomore tailback Elad Covaliu (Rockville, Md.) ranks second on the team with 290 rushing yards and one touchdown on 61 carries, to go along with 10 catches for 66 yards and another score ... Junior free safety Logan Silver (Eugene, Ore.) led the team with 11 total tackles during the victory at Bucknell. He now ranks fourth on the team with 29 total tackles this season ... Junior wide receiver Tyler Artim (Whitehall, Pa.) caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown during the Bucknell game, and now stands fourth on the team with 21 receptions for 237 yards and two scores ... The Holy Cross athletic department  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) ... At the Oct. 5 game against Harvard, the Crusaders wore 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.