Nov. 3, 2007
BRONX, N.Y. -- Junior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Fordham 24-21 at Jack Coffey Field. Randolph completed 32 of 53 passes on the day and also rushed for 26 yards on five carries, to finish with 335 yards of total offense. Holy Cross falls to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Patriot League, while the Rams improve to 8-2 on the season and 5-0 in the conference.
Fordham opened the scoring at the 12:38-mark of the first quarter, when Jonte Coven ran 61 yards for a touchdown. The Rams then increased their lead to 14-0 late in the first quarter on a 26-yard scoring pass from John Skelton to Cody Kritzer. The Crusaders scored their first points midway through the second quarter, when Randolph tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.), and trailed 14-7 at halftime.
The Rams built their lead back up to 14 points in the third quarter, when James Crockett recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. But Holy Cross came right back with a 19-yard scoring pass from Randolph to junior wide receiver Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.).
Midway through the fourth quarter, Adam Danko kicked a 32-yard field goal to put Fordham up 24-14. The Crusaders then marched right back down the field, with Randolph tossing a two-yard touchdown pass to McDermott to cut the lead down to three points. But Holy Cross was not able to score again when it got the ball back with 1:26 left in the game, and Fordham held on for the win.
McDermott caught a game-high nine passes for 106 yards, while junior wide receiver Jon Brock (Acworth, Ga.) added seven receptions for 61 yards. Coven led Fordham by rushing for 167 yards on 29 carries.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, Nov. 10, when it plays host to Lafayette at 12:00 p.m.