November 15, 2008

Crusaders Rally To Post 27-26 Road Victory At Lafayette

Nov. 15, 2008

Final Stats

EASTON, Pa. - Senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) hit on 28 of 49 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 27-26 victory over Lafayette at Fisher Field. The Crusaders improve to 7-3 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot League with the victory, while the Leopards fall to 7-3 on the season and 3-2 in the conference.

Holy Cross trailed 26-20 late in the fourth quarter, when Randolph threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Rob Koster (Bellerose, N.Y.) with just six seconds remaining. Senior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.) then added the extra point to give the Crusaders the one-point victory.

Lafayette had opened the game by taking a 7-0 lead at the 9:54-mark of the first quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Marc Quilling to Shaun Adair. Holy Cross came back on its next possession to tie the score at 7-7, with Randolph throwing a 39- yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.). The Leopards went back in front in the second quarter on a pair of field goals by Davis Rodriguez, from 22 yards and 39 yards, and took a 13-7 lead into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Lafayette increased its lead to 20-7 on a two-yard touchdown run by DeAndre Morrow. Partain then kicked a pair of field goals, from 23 yards late in the third quarter and 32 yards early in the fourth quarter, making the score 20-13. Then, with just 5:36 left to play, Randolph threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Nick Cole (Tucson, Ariz.) to tie the game at 20-20.

The Leopards regained the lead on their next possession, with Morrow scoring on a 26-yard run, but Rodriguez's extra point attempt was wide left, leaving Lafayette with just a six-point lead, 26-20. Randolph then directed the Crusaders on a 10-play, 72-yard drive to win the game.

Koster finished the game with the first three receptions of his collegiate career for 83 yards, while McDermott added eight catches for 107 yards. The Leopards were led by Morrow with 111 yards on 15 carries.

On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Brian Billman (Westerville, Ohio) made a team-high 12 tackles, and junior linebacker Anthony Campbell (New Albany, Ohio) added six tackles, including three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 22, when it travels to Colgate for a 1:00 p.m. game.