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Official Release: Holy Cross 35, Lehigh 21

The official release is out from last weekend's loss at Holy Cross.

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns as the Crusaders rallied past visiting Lehigh by a 35-21 score at Fitton Field on Saturday afternoon. Trailing 21-nothing, Lehigh (2-5 overall, 1-1 Patriot League) battled back to tie the score in the third quarter, before the Crusaders put together the game’s final two scores. Senior captain Matt McGowan had a career day for the Mountain Hawks, rushing for 178 yards and one touchdown to go along with two receptions for 66 yards and another score. His 178 rush yards were the most by a Mountain Hawk since 2003.

“I’m disappointed obviously,” Lehigh head coach Andy Coen said after the game. “I thought we came in with a good game plan and in that first quarter we didn’t execute very well, particularly on defense. We had missed tackles and a few other missed assignments. I was happy with how we came back after being down 21-0. But you can’t spot a team 21 points, especially a team as good as this. And then when we did get back and had a chance to take the lead, we turn the ball over on consecutive possessions. We seem to be our own worst enemy.”

Former Lehigh assistant coach (and current Holy Cross skipper) Tom Gilmore talks in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette's wrap-up of the game about the difference in his squad after halftime:

“We showed we could win a close game,” said Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore, whose team snapped a 21-21 tie with a pair of fourth-quarter scores. “I think this is a little bit of a turning point for us. I think it will give us the confidence and the motivation to finish the season strong.”

Senior DB Quadir Carter, however, did garner Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the game:

Following a career day in Lehigh’s game at Holy Cross this past weekend, senior safety Quadir Carter was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The Bethlehem native notched a career-high with 13 tackles against the Crusaders as well as a pair of interceptions.

However. we hear from the Morning Call that senior WR Sekou Yansane is out indefinitely:

Sekou Yansane, one of Clark's favorite targets, is expected to miss considerable time after suffering a head injury Saturday.

And coach Coen also re-emphasizes that Lehigh has everything to play for:
''We can't take anything for granted,'' Coen said. ''But if we go down there and win that game, we're 2-1 in the league and Holy Cross, Lafayette, and Colgate -- the three teams tied for first place in the league -- all have to have to play a round-robin against one another. If we win this week, we can get ourselves back in the mix."


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