Nov. 17, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) completed 29 of 42 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns, to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 27-20 victory over Colgate at Fitton Field. Randolph had the second-most passing yards in Holy Cross history, while setting new career highs for both passing yards and total offense (473 yards). The Crusaders conclude the 2007 season with an overall record of 7-4, finishing tied for second in the Patriot League at 4-2. The Raiders also end the year at 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
Colgate scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the game, to take a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. Jordan Scott scored both times for the Raiders, on runs of four yards and one yard. Holy Cross put its first points on the board midway through the second quarter on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to junior tailback Terrance Gass (Sicklerville, N.J.), then junior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.) added a 41-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10 at halftime.
The Raiders increased their lead to 20-10 on their first possession of the third quarter with a nine-yard scoring run by Scott, but Mike Buck's extra point attempt was wide left and the Crusaders were down by just 10 points. Partain then kicked his second field goal of the day, from 27 yards out, to make it a seven-point game.
Colgate drove back down the field into the red zone, before senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) intercepted a pass in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. Holy Cross then marched 80 yards in just four plays, with Randolph tossing a 26-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Brett McDermott (Mansfield, Mass.), tying the score at 20-20. The Crusaders forced the Raiders to punt after just five plays on their next possession, then came right back down the field with Randolph tossing a three-yard touchdown pass to senior wide out Justin Maher (Milford, Conn.) for the winning score. Colgate had one more chance in the closing seconds, but senior defensive end Adam Sadowski (Tuscon, Ariz.) sacked Alex Relph near midfield on the final play of the game to secure the victory.
McDermott led all receivers with seven catches for 88 yards, while senior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.) added six catches for 87 yards, and senior wide out Thomas Harrison (Wilmington, N.C.) has five receptions for 107 yards. Scott led the Raiders with 206 rushing yards on 39 carries.
Defensively, Gough totaled five tackles and two interceptions, while junior cornerback Kyle Mushaweh (Woodbury, Conn.) had nine tackles and an interception.