Oct. 30, 2004
WORCESTER, Mass. - Bucknell quarterback Daris Wilson ran for 252 yards and scored five touchdowns to lead the Bison to a 42-27 win over Holy Cross at Fitton Field. Wilson received the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award as the Most Valuable Player of Holy Cross' Family Weekend game. Bucknell improves to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League with the victory, while Holy Cross falls to 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the league.
Senior tailback Steven Silva (East Providence, R.I.) had 224 all-purpose yards on the day to lead the Crusaders, with 69 rushing yards, 49 receiving yards and 96 yards on kickoff returns.
Holy Cross controlled the game in the first half, and took a 20-14 lead into the lockerroom. Sophomore placekick Mike DeSantis (Belle Mead, N.J.) kicked two first-half field goals, while junior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Covington, Ky.) caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) and Silva had a two-yard scoring run.
Wilson scored on a three-yard touchdown run to give Bucknell a 21-20 lead midway through the third quarter. The teams then traded touchdowns set up by long kickoff returns.
Silva had a 69-yard return, leading to a 13-yard scoring pass from O'Neil to junior wide out Bob Turkovich (Bedford, Pa.). Then, Bucknell linebacker Andrew Decker fielded a line-drive kick and took it 67 yards to the Holy Cross 14, setting up Wilson's 10-yard scoring run. That gave Bucknell a 28-27 lead.
Wilson scored two touchdowns in the fourth on runs of 15 and 9 yards as Bucknell put the game away.
Holy Cross returns to action next Saturday, November 6, when it plays host to Marist on Senior Day. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Fitton Field.