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
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
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
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.