1:00 PM ET, October 1, 2005
Yale Bowl, NEW HAVEN, CT
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Holy Cross cornerback Casey Gough had a safety, an interception, and blocked an extra point as Holy Cross held off a late rally by Yale to win 22-19 on Saturday.
Yale (1-2) scored all 19 points in the final 10:09 but an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Holy Cross' Steve Silva with 4 minutes left iced the game for the Crusaders (3-2).
Holy Cross scored on its opening drive, going 70 yards in 13 plays for a 24-yard Mike DeSantis field goal.
Yale's first two drives ended in punts and their third began at their own two. Two plays into that march, an attempted reverse in the end zone ended when Gough brought down running back with Jordan Spence in the end zone for two points.
Sean Gruber extended the lead for Holy Cross early in the second quarter when he ran a reverse in from 9 yards out.
Yale finally got on the board in the fourth quarter, when Mike McLeod scored for a yard out, but Gough blocked the extra point. William Blodgett caught an 8-yard TD pass from Jeff Mroz for Yale's second score in the quarter. The celebration was short lived as Silva returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs capped the scoring as time ran out on Mroz's 41-yard TD pass to Chris Denny-Brown.
John O'Neil finished with 17 completions on 33 attempts for 145 yards. Silva led the Crusaders' ground game with 92 yards on 18 rushes.
Mroz completed 33 of 56 passes for 333 yards and was intercepted twice. McLeod rushed for 110 yards on 28 rushes for Yale.
|3rd Down Conversions||5-14||12-20|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-3|
|FG||7:18||MIKE DESANTIS 24 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 70 yards.
|S||2:51||CASEY GOUGH SAFETY||5||0|
|TD||10:44||SEAN GRUBER 9 YD RUN (MIKE DESANTIS KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yards.
|FG||11:02||MIKE DESANTIS 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||10:09||MIKE MCLEOD 1 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 56 yards.
|TD||4:13||WILLIAM BLODGETT 8 YD PASS FROM JEFF MROZ (ALAN KIMBALL KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:00||STEVE SILVA 84 YD KICK RETURN (MIKE DESANTIS KICK)||22||13|
|TD||0:00||CHRIS DENNY-BROWN 41 YD PASS FROM JEFF MROZ|
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yards.