Crusaders head to Brown on Saturday
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross football team will play its fourth straight road game when it heads to Brown for a 12:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game between the Crusaders and the Bears will be shown live by NESNplus and ESPN+, and can be heard on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.
Holy Cross stands at 2-3 so far this year, and is coming off a 21-14 victory at Bucknell in its Patriot League opener. The Crusaders also own a win over New Hampshire (13-10), while falling to Syracuse (41-3), Navy (45-7) and Yale (23-10). Holy Cross currently ranks ninth in the nation in fewest penalty yards (37.0 yards per game) and 11th in turnover margin (+1.0 turnovers per game).
Junior quarterback Connor Degenhardt has led the Crusader offense by hitting on 79 of 152 passes for 945 yards and two touchdowns, while senior running back Domenic Cozier has rushed the ball 47 times for 185 yards. Junior wide out Tenio Ayeni has posted a team-best 23 receptions for 273 yards and a score, with senior tight end Derek Mountain adding 16 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior defensive back Joe Lang leads the team with 38 tackles, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive back Chris Riley has added 36 tackles and an interception, while freshman linebacker Jacob Dobbs has totaled 34 tackles, a quarterback sack and two fumble recoveries.
Brown stands 1-2 overall this season with an 0-1 mark in the Ivy League. After defeating Bryant 35-30 in their season opener, the Bears have dropped their last two games to Harvard (42-7) and Rhode Island (31-28).
Junior quarterback E.J. Perry has led the Brown offense by completing 70 of 111 passes for 765 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions, in addition to rushing the ball 38 times for 327 yards and two scores.
Sophomore running back Allen Smith has carried the ball 29 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns, while senior wide out Demitri Jackson has totaled 12 receptions for 109 yards and a score. Junior linebacker Davis Bak has led the Bear defense with 21 total tackles, and freshman defensive back Cooper DeVeau has added 18 tackles and three pass breakups.
Saturday’s game will be the 61st all-time meeting between the schools, with Holy Cross leading the series 32-25-3. The Bears have won four straight and five of the last six meetings between the teams.
After the contest at Brown, Holy Cross will return home to face Harvard as part of Homecoming weekend on Saturday, Oct. 19.