BRONX, N.Y. – Senior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) caught seven passes for 94 yards and a touchdown, but the Holy Cross football team was defeated by No. 9 Fordham 32-30 at Jack Coffey Field. Fess broke the all-time school record for receptions with 3:59 remaining in the second quarter, and now has 194 catches during his collegiate career. Holy Cross falls to 3-7 on the season, while Fordham improves to 9-0 overall.
Freshman quarterback Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) completed 23 of 38 attempts for 238 yards and three touchdowns on the day, in addition to rushing for 88 yards and a score on 18 carries. Michael Nebrich led the Rams by completing 39 of 49 passes for a school-record 524 yards and a touchdown.
Holy Cross opened the scoring at the 2:46-mark of the first quarter on a five-yard touchdown run by Pujals. Fordham came back with an 11-yard scoring run by Carlton Koonce, to pull in front 7-6. The Crusaders regained the lead early in the second quarter, when Pujals threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kyle Toulouse (Arlington, Va.). Senior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) then booted a 46-yard field goal, and Pujals connected with Fess on a 37-yard scoring strike to give Holy Cross a 23-7 lead. But Nebrich ran 10 yards for a score with just 12 seconds left before halftime, making the score 23-14.
Early in the third quarter, Nebrich scored on a seven-yard run to cut the Crusaders' lead to 23-21. The Rams then regained the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter, with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Nebrich to Brian Wetzel. Michael Marando added a 39-yard field goal for Fordham to make it a two-possession game, before Holy Cross concluded the scoring with a five-yard touchdown pass from Pujals to senior wide receiver Nate Stanley (Euclid, Ohio).
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Nov. 9, when it travels to Lehigh for a 12:30 p.m. game.