Holy Cross Runs Away from Lehigh 56-0
WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior tailback Domenic Cozier rushed 24 times for a career-high 208 yards and a touchdown to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 56-0 victory over Lehigh on Family Weekend at Fitton Field. Following the contest, Cozier received the Edward N. Anderson Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Crusaders’ Family Weekend game. Holy Cross improves to 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League with the win, while the Mountain Hawks fall to 1-7 on the season and 0-3 in the conference.
The Crusader offense racked up a season-high 540 total yards on the afternoon, including 405 rushing yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Holy Cross limited Lehigh to just 203 total yards and forced four turnovers.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 4:45-mark of the first quarter on a 22-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Geoff Wade to senior tight end Derek Mountain. Freshman tailback Peter Oliver ran two yards for a score early in the second quarter, before a 16-yard touchdown scamper by Cozier made the score 21-0. Just before halftime, Wade found senior wide out Martin Dorsey with a 26-yard scoring strike to put Holy Cross up 28-0 at the break.
In the third quarter, junior tailback Miles Alexander scored on a four-yard run and Wade threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Dorsey to make the score 42-0. The Crusaders then concluded the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wade to sophomore wide out Tenio Ayeni and a nine-yard touchdown run by Oliver.
Senior linebacker Ryan Brady led the Holy Cross defense with nine tackles, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss, while sophomore defensive lineman Benton Whitley finished with six tackles, two quarterback sacks and three tackles for loss.
Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 3, when it travels to Lafayette for a 12:30 p.m. game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
• Cozier’s 208 rushing yards were the eighth-most ever by a Holy Cross player in a single game.
• The 56-point margin of victory was Holy Cross’ largest since defeating Lehigh 63-6 on Sept. 26, 1987.
• Alexander ran 11 times for 118 yards and a score, to give the Crusaders two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since Nov. 8, 1997, at Lehigh (Joe Chambers and John Aloisi).
• The 56 points scored were the Crusaders’ most since scoring 59 points at Lehigh on Oct. 20, 2007.
• The 405 rushing yards were Holy Cross’ most since running for 419 yards at Central Connecticut on Sept. 14, 2013.