Fordham 42

(4-1, 1-0 Patriot)

Holy Cross 35

(0-4, 0-1 Patriot)

1:00 PM ET, October 2, 2004

Fitton Field, Worcester, MA

1 2 3 4 T
FOR 7 14 0 2142
HC 7 17 3 835

Top Performers

Passing: D. Daniels (FOR) - 197 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Hunte (FOR) - 20 CAR, 139 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Gruber (HC) - 2 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Fordham 42, Holy Cross 35

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Mike Melvin caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Derric Daniels with 11 seconds left, giving Fordham a 42-35 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.

Fordham had taken possession at the Holy Cross 42-yard line with 13 seconds remaining after the Crusaders failed to run off the clock deep in their own territory. On third down, Daniels threw the ball into the end zone and Melvin wrested the ball away from a Holy Cross defender.

Holy Cross (0-4, 0-1 Patriot), trailing 35-27 in the fourth quarter, tied the game with 4:45 remaining. Steven Silva caught a 14-yard pass from John O'Neil and threw a halfback option pass to Sean Gruber for a two-point conversion.

Daniels also ran for two touchdowns and Jamal Hunte added 139 yards and two TD runs Fordham (4-1, 1-0).

O'Neil threw for three touchdowns and 193 yards for the Crusaders.

On the first play from scrimmage, O'Neil connected with Gruber for a 51-yard touchdown pass. Fordham replied with a 12-play, 90-yard scoring drive, with Daniels scoring on a 13-yard scramble in which he evaded four tacklers.

Silva scored on a 2-yard run and Mike DeSantis added a 40-yard field goal to give Holy Cross a 24-14 lead with 3:07 left in the first half.

But Daniels led Fordham on a 5-play, 75-yard drive in the final minutes of the half, capped by Hunte's 2-yard TD run with 4 seconds left, cutting the lead to 24-21.

Holy Cross took a 27-21 lead on DeSantis' 38-yard field goal. But Hunte scored two touchdowns on runs of 5 and 20 yards, giving Fordham a 35-27 lead with 13:57 remaining.

The loss extended Holy Cross' school-record 14-game losing streak extending back to last season.