WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- John O'Neil completed 21 of 33 passes
for 268 yards and three touchdowns, while tailback Steve Silva
added 121 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, to lead Holy
Cross to a 44-13 rout of Marist on Saturday.
The win enabled Holy Cross to avoid its first winless season at
home since 1996. It also marked the largest margin of victory for
Holy Cross (2-7) since its 49-17 win over Dartmouth in 2001.
O'Neil also rushed for a touchdown, a 32-yard scramble and threw
scoring passes of 4 and 17 yards to Francis Herlihy and Luke Dugan,
respectively, giving Holy Cross a 21-0 lead just 7:44 into the
Silva's two-yard touchdown run, with 9:48 left in the second
quarter, padded the Crusaders' cushion to 28-0 before Marist (3-6)
answered with a 7-yard touchdown run from Brian Kiraly with 4:07
left before the half.
Silva's second touchdown with 10:59 left in the third quarter
gave Holy Cross a 35-7 lead.
Marist made a second-half comeback attempt with Obo Ehikioya's
3-yard touchdown run for the Red Foxes with 5 minutes left in the
But Holy Cross' Matt Dugan blocked Bradley Rowe's point-after
kick and ran 93 yards untouched for two points and a 37-13 Holy
O'Neil connected with Herlihy on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the
fourth quarter to close the scoring for Holy Cross.