Sept. 15, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Thomas Harrison (Wilmington, Del.) with 19 second remaining in the fourth quarter, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 31-28 victory over Harvard at Fitton Field. Randolph completed 29 of 55 passes on the day for 339 yards and four touchdowns, and received the Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player of Holy Cross' Homecoming game. The Crusaders improve to 1-1 on the season with the victory, while the Crimson open their year with an 0-1 record.
After a scoreless first quarter, Harvard jumped out to a 14-0 lead, as Matt Lagace caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Liam O'Hagan, then O'Hagan scored on a one-yard run. Holy Cross responded with a 10-yard scoring pass from Randolph to junior wide receiver Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.), and added a 26-yard field goal by junior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.) on the final play of the quarter, to make the score 14-10 at the break.
The Crusaders then took the second half kickoff and marched right back down the field, with Randolph throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.), putting Holy Cross in front 17-14. Later in the quarter, Randolph hit junior wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.) with a 14-yard scoring strike, in increase the Crusader lead to 24-14.
Harvard refused to go away, as O'Hagan tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to Corey Mazza, then Cheng Ho scored on a 47-yard run, putting the Crimson back in from 28-24 with 12:10 left in the fourth quarter. But the Crusader defense stiffened, forcing Harvard to punt on its next three possessions, giving Holy Cross one last chance from its own 23-yard line with 1:19 remaining. The Crusaders then marched 77 yards in six plays, with Harrison's catch concluding the scoring.
Maher led all Holy Cross receivers with nine catches for 75 yards on the day, while McDermott added eight receptions for 96 yards and Harrison totaled six catches for 98 yards. Junior tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.) led the Crusader ground game with 66 yards on 13 carries. O'Hagan completed 19 of 30 attempts for 264 yards and two scores for the Crimson, while Ho added 116 rushing yards on 24 carries. Senior linebacker Mark Kelliher (Whitman, Mass.) led the Holy Cross defense with seven total tackles and one tackle for loss, while Glenn Dorris had seven tackles, a sack and an interception for Harvard.
The Crusaders return to action next Saturday, Sept. 22, when they play host to Georgetown in their Patriot League opener. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Fitton Field.