Oct. 9, 2004
WORCESTER, Mass. - Lehigh quarterback Mark Borda threw five touchdown passes, including four in the first half, to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 42-14 victory over the Holy Cross football team. Lehigh (4-1, 1-0 Patriot League) rolled up a 35-7 halftime lead. The Mountain Hawks struck quickly, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions.
On Lehigh's fourth offensive play, Borda found Kevin Zebluim in the back of the end zone for a nine-yard score. Borda then engineered a three-play, 63-yard drive on Lehigh's next possession, connecting with running back Marques Thompson on a 32-yard screen pass for another score.
Tight end Adam Bergen then caught a 13-yard scoring pass over the middle, extending the lead to 21-0 with 13:25 left in first half. Bergen caught two touchdown passes. Borda was 18-for-24 and 295 yards for the day, and received the Johnny Turco Award as the Most Valuable Player of Holy Cross' Homecoming game.
Holy Cross got on the board when senior tailback Steven Silva (East Providence, R.I.), culminating an 11-play, 76-yard drive, ran four yards to cut the lead to 21-7. An ensuing onside kick was recovered by Lehigh, and the Mountain Hawks marched 48 yards on eight plays. Eric Rath scored on a 4-yard run. Borda also connected with Gerran Walker for a 33-yard score before halftime.
Holy Cross senior defensive end Kyle Trodden (Sussex, N.J.) intercepted Borda's pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, making it 35-14. Borda's fifth touchdown pass was an 18-yarder to Bergen in the fourth quarter to conclude the scoring.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, October 16, when it travels to Dartmouth for a 12:30 p.m. contest.