HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Steve Silva ran for two touchdowns and John
O'Neil threw another to lead Holy Cross over Dartmouth 24-0
O'Neil completed 20 of 34 for 252 yards with one interception
and was sacked twice.
The victory halted a 15-game losing streak for the Crusaders
(1-5), which was Division I football's longest active streak before
the game. Dartmouth (0-5) remains winless.
Holy Cross took a 10-0 lead in the first six minutes as Silva
punched into Dartmouth's end zone from 3 yards out on Holy Cross'
opening drive. Michael Desantis added a career-long 41-yard field
The Crusaders opened their lead to 17-0 on the first play of the
second quarter with O'Neil's 20-yard TD pass to Sean Gruber, ending
a 12-play, 80-yard drive.
Silva ran in a 2-yard TD to wrap up scoring with 14:03 left. He
had 52 yards on 21 carries.
The Big Green had just two first downs in the second half until
the final minute of play. The Crusaders gained 340 yards. Dartmouth
Big Green quarterback Charlie Rittgers was 23 of 49 for 210
yards and no interceptions, but was sacked four times. Bob Murphy
caught seven for 81 yards.