Crusaders Downed By Crimson 31-14 At Harvard Stadium

Sept. 16, 2006



Final Stats




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Senior wide receiver Matt Fanning (Marlborough, Mass.) caught six passes for a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Harvard 31-14 at Harvard Stadium. On the season, Fanning now has a team-best 16 receptions for 229 yards and two scores. The Crusaders fall to 1-2 on the season with the loss, while the Crimson starts the year at 1-0.

After both teams failed to score on their first two drives of the game, Holy Cross marched 72 yards on five plays to take a 7-0 lead at the 1:58-mark of the first quarter. Sophomore wide receiver Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.) scored the touchdown on a 14-yard pass from junior quarterback Brian McSharry (Abington, Mass.). Harvard came back on its next possession to make the score 7-3, with Matt Schindel kicking a 33-yard field goal at the 11:10-mark of the second quarter.


Brett McDermott scored his first career touchdown at Harvard.

Later in the second quarter, the Crimson drove 62 yards on eight plays to go up 10-7, with Clifton Dawson scoring the touchdown on a three-yard run. Dawson added another touchdown run of one yard with just 31 seconds left before halftime, to give Harvard a 17-7 lead heading into the locker room.

Harvard scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 31-7 lead. Jeff Witt threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Matt Farbotko, while Dawson found the end zone for the third time on the day, scoring from 28 yards out. Holy Cross concluded the scoring late in the third quarter, with an eight-yard touchdown pass from McSharry to Fanning.

McSharry completed 19 of 38 passes on the day for 265 yards, while McDermott totaled five receptions for 65 yards. Dawson led the Crimson offense with 170 yards on 24 carries. Senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) posted a game-high nine tackles to lead the Crusader defense, while Eric Schultz had eight tackles and a sack for Harvard.

Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, September 23, when it travels to Marist for a 7:00 p.m. contest.