Oct. 7, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Sophomore quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) completed 30 of 39 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 35-30 victory over Brown at Fitton Field. Randolph set new career highs for passing yards, completions and touchdown passes, while posting the most passing yards by a Crusader since the 2002 season. Holy Cross improves to 4-2 overall on the season, while the Bears fall to 1-3.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 4:38-mark of the first quarter, when Randolph hit junior wide receiver Thomas Harrison (Wilmington, N.C.) with a nine-yard touchdown pass, capping an eight-play, 81-yard drive. Brown came right back on its next possession to tie the score at 7-7, as Joseph DiGiacomo threw a 28-yard scoring pass to Lonnie Hill.
Holy Cross took the lead for good early in the second quarter, as Randolph and Harrison hooked up again, this time for a 29-yard score. The Bears were able to cut the lead to 14-10 on a 28-yard field goal by Steve Morgan, before Randolph found senior tight end Frank Herlihy (West Seneca, N.Y.) for a one-yard touchdown pass with just 10 seconds left in the half, giving the Crusaders a 21-10 lead at the break.
Early in the third quarter, junior strong safety Kent Flanders (Atlanta, Ga.) intercepted a pass, and on the very next play Randolph tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.), making the score 28-10. Holy Cross appeared to have the game in hand, before a lucky bounce off a deflected pass landed in the hands of Brown's Hill, resulting in a 61-yard touchdown pass. The Bears then added a 22-yard scoring pass from DiGiacomo to Paul Raymond to cut the lead to 28-23 with 8:38 remaining.
On the ensuing drive, the Crusaders marched 80 yards on eight plays to put the game away, with sophomore tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.) scoring the touchdown on a one-yard run. Brown was able to add another touchdown in the closing minutes on a one-yard run by Akin Oyalowo to conclude the scoring.
Junior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.) led all Holy Cross receivers with 10 catches for 118 yards, setting new career highs in both categories. McDermott added a career-high seven receptions for 67 yards, while Harrison caught six passes for 87 yards. Gass led all rushers with 65 yards on 18 carries, while also posting two receptions for 26 yards. For Brown, DiGiacomo completed 28 of 51 passes for 401 yards, but was also intercepted twice and sacked three times. Hill also had a strong game for Bears, finishing with 11 catches for 206 yards.
Defensively, senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.) led the Crusaders with 11 total tackles, while senior linebacker Chris Nielsen (Center Line, Mich.) posted three sacks. Eric Brewer led the Bears with eight total tackles.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, October 14, when it travels to Dartmouth for a 12:30 p.m. game.