Holy Cross 24

(1-5, 1-1 away)

Dartmouth 0

(0-5, 0-3 home)

12:30 PM ET, October 16, 2004

Memorial Field (Dartmouth), Hanover, NH

1 2 3 4 T
HC 10 7 0 724
DART 0 0 0 00

Top Performers

Passing: C. Rittgers (DART) - 210 YDS

Rushing: S. Silva (HC) - 21 CAR, 52 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Gruber (HC) - 5 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Holy Cross 24, Dartmouth 0

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Steve Silva ran for two touchdowns and John O'Neil threw another to lead Holy Cross over Dartmouth 24-0 Saturday.

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 goal.

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 managed 276.

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.