WORCESTER, Mass. – Lafayette quarterback Drew Reed hit on 21 of 22 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns, to lead the Leopards to a 41-23 victory over the Holy Cross football team at Fitton Field. Following the contest, Reed received the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders' Family Weekend game. Holy Cross falls to 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League with the loss, while Lafayette improves to 2-5 on the season and 2-0 in the conference.
Freshman tailback Gabe Guild (Overland Park, Kan.) led the Holy Cross offense by carrying the ball 23 times for a career-high 142 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) completed 20 of 36 passes for 222 yards and one score, while senior wide out Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) finished the day with a team-best six receptions for 63 yards.
Lafayette opened the scoring at the 8:19-mark of the first quarter on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Reed to Ross Scheuerman. A 33-yard field goal by senior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) made the score 6-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Reed threw a pair of touchdown passes for Mark Ross in the second quarter, allowing the Leopards to build a 20-3 lead. Tyler Robinson then intercepted a pass after the ball was deflected at the line of scrimmage, and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown to make the score 27-3. Pujals threw a 16-yard scoring strike to junior wide receiver Tyler Artim (Whitehall, Pa.) later in the quarter, and Lafayette led 27-10 at halftime.
Scheuerman caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Reed in the third quarter, then Reed and Ross hooked up for a 31-yard score early in the fourth quarter, giving the Leopards a 41-10 advantage. Guild would add a pair of touchdown runs for the Crusaders, from nine yards and two yards, to conclude the scoring.
The Crusaders return to action next Saturday, Nov. 2, when they travel to Fordham for a 1:00 p.m. game.