September 17, 2005

Holy Cross Football Falls 31-21 Against Harvard

Sept. 17, 2005

Final Stats

WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) made six tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team suffered a 31-21 loss to Harvard at Fitton Field. The Crusaders fall to 2-1 on the season with the loss, while the Crimson open their season with a 1-0 record and have now won 12 straight games, the longest active streak in Division I-AA.

Holy Cross senior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) had completed all seven of his attempts in a 13-play, 79 yard drive that culminated in a two-yard touchdown run by senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) that gave the Crusaders a 21-20 lead with 2:18 left in the third quarter.

But Harvard's Liam O'Hagan later completed a 48-yard pass to Ryan Tyler for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter as Harvard rallied for the victory.

O'Hagan, who came in for starter Richard Irvin in the first quarter, completed 15 of 24 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown.

Matt Schindel's 23-yard field goal with 2:30 left put the game out of reach.

Holy Cross, which had averaged 52 points and 428 yards of offense in its first two games, relied on its defense in the first half.

Gough's 42-yard interception return for a touchdown at 9:11 of the first quarter opened the scoring.

O'Hagan threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Corey Mazza to tie it 7-7 at 1:52 of the first, then Clifton Dawson scored on a two-yard run early in the second quarter put Harvard ahead. Dawson ran for 153 yards on 37 attempts.

Junior defensive back Marc Crosby (Saratoga, Calif.) then had an interception set up Holy Cross's second touchdown, a two-yard pass from O'Neil to senior wide receiver Bob Turkovich (Bedford, Pa.) at 7:30 of the second quarter.

O'Hagan's 20-yard run with 4:36 to play in the first half gave the Crimson a 20-14 halftime lead.

The Crusaders return to action next Saturday, Sept. 24, when they travel to Delaware for a 7:00 p.m. game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.