Nov. 20, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sophomore placekicker Mike DeSantis (Belle Mead, N.J.) kicked a 35-yard field goal in overtime, to break a 28-28 tie and lift the Holy Cross football team to a 31-28 victory over Georgetown at Harbin Field. The Crusaders finish the 2004 season with an overall record of 3-8 and a 1-5 mark in the Patriot League, while the Hoyas fall to 3-8 overall and 0-6 in the league.
Georgetown had the ball first in overtime, but was able to gain only one yard on its first three plays from scrimmage. Senior defensive end Kyle Trodden (Sussex, N.J.) and sophomore linebacker Sain Karim (Burlington, Vt.) combined for a key five-yard tackle for loss during the series. The Hoyas then lined up to attempt a 43-yard field goal, but the snap went over the holder's head, giving possession to the Crusaders.
Holy Cross had a pair of incomplete passes on its first two plays of overtime, before senior running back Steve Silva (Providence, R.I.) carried for an eight-yard gain, setting up DeSantis' 35-yard field goal attempt.
In the first quarter Holy Cross took a 7-0 lead on its opening drive of the game, with Silva scoring the touchdown on a nine-yard run. Georgetown responded with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Drew Crawford to Craig Agnello, tying the score at 7-7 after one quarter.
In the second period, the Crusaders regained the lead on a 20-yard scoring pass from junior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) to junior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Covington, Ky.). But the Hoyas tied the score at 14-14 before halftime on a one-yard pass from Crawford to Jordan Jarry.
Georgetown then opened up a 28-14 midway through the third quarter, with Crawford scoring on a 38-yard run and throwing a 67-yard touchdown pass to Janeiro Wooten. But Holy Cross would come back with two touchdowns of its own, tying the score at 28-28 in the fourth quarter to force the overtime. O'Neil connected with Gruber on a 16-yard scoring pass, then threw a 36-yard touchdown to freshman wide out Thomas Harrison (Wilmington, N.C.).
Silva finished the day with 103 rushing yards on 21 attempts, in addition to posting a team-best seven receptions for 46 yards. O'Neil completed 20 of 38 attemtps for 229 yards, while both Harrison and Gruber had four catches. Kim Sarin led the Georgetown offense with 169 rushing yards.
Senior linebacker David Fitzpatrick (Long Beach, N.Y.) led the Holy Cross defense with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, while senior defensive end David Mitchell (Fort Worth, Texas) had seven tackles, a forced fumble and a sack.