Crusaders Drop Close Game With San Diego, 37-31

Sept. 11, 2004

Final Stats

WORCESTER, Mass. - San Diego quarterback Todd Mortensen threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Adam Hannula with only two seconds remaining, to break a 31-31 tie and lift the Toreros to a 37-31 victory over the Holy Cross football team at Fitton Field. Mortensen threw for 267 yards and two scores on the day, while Hannula caught seven passes for 92 yards. San Diego improves to 1-1 on the season with the victory, while Holy Cross falls to 0-2.

The loss spoiled an outstanding day by Crusader junior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Covington, Ky.), who caught nine passes for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns, setting new career highs in all three categories. Senior fullback Brian Gavin (Haddonfield, N.J.) also had a big afternoon, catching the first two passes of his career, with both going for touchdowns.

San Diego held a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter, when the Holy Cross offense came to life. Gavin scored his first touchdown on an eight-yard pass from junior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) at the 13:21 mark, then Gruber scored on a 22-yard pass from O'Neil with 2:50 remaining to tie the game at 24-24.

The Toreros came back to go up 31-24 on an eight-yard run by Evan Harney with 1:19 left, after a Crusader fumble gave San Diego the ball on the Holy Cross eight-yard line. But sophomore cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.) returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards to the Torero five-yard line, keeping the Crusaders in the game. Three plays later, O'Neil hit Gavin with a one-yard pass, to tie the score at 31-31. But Holy Cross was unable to force overtime, as Hannula's touchdown in the closing seconds gave San Diego the victory.

The Crusaders will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 18, when they travel to Harvard for a 12:30 p.m. game.