Sept. 4, 2004
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior running back Steven Silva (East Providence, R.I.) recorded 123 total yards from scrimmage, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team (0-1) was defeated by Duquesne (1-0) 31-7 in the 2004 season opener. Silva rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on only 10 carries, while also catching a team-high six passes for 40 yards.
Duquesne opened the scoring at the 5:57 mark of the first quarter, when it capped an eight-play, 65-yard drive with a 19-yard field goal by John Harris. The Crusaders had a chance to tie the score late in the quarter, but a bad snap on a field goal attempt caused Holy Cross to turn the ball over on downs. The Dukes then marched 92 yards to increase their lead to 10-0, with Dan Spriggs scoring on a 20-yard pass from Niel Loebig.
The Dukes extended their lead to 24-0 before halftime, whith Loebig throwing two more touchdown passes. He connected on a 30-yard strike to Bruce Hocker, then hit Chris Campbell with a 41-yard scoring pass. Duquesne then went up 31-0 in the third quarter on Loebig's fourth touchdown pass of the game, this one going to Michel Warfield from four yards out. Holy Cross would score its only points on the game in the fourth quarter, when Silva capped a 71-yard drive with a 16-yard scoring run.
Holy Cross junior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) completed 17 of 35 passes for 167 yards on the day, while junior wide out Bob Turkovich (Bedford, Pa.) had five receptions for 36 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker David Fitzpatrick (Long Beach, N.Y.) recorded 13 total tackles, including one tackle for loss
The Crusaders will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 11, when they play host to San Diego in a 1:00 p.m. game at Fitton Field.