The Holy Cross Football team rode the momentum from last week’s win over Georgetown with a commanding 42-20 victory over rival Fordham on Saturday in the Bronx. Seniors Gabe Guild and Peter Pujals led the team’s offensive attack, gaining 529 yards of total offense to Fordham’s 388. Guild ran for 108 yards and a score, while Pujals threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 89 rushing yards, as the pair fittingly led the Crusaders to their first win over the Rams since 2011, snapping Fordham’s five game head-to-head win streak.
A week ago, I criticized the team for its lackluster performance during its string of losses to Dartmouth, Lafayette, Monmouth, Yale, and Colgate. Georgetown was clearly an inferior opponent, sitting winless in the Patriot League and 1-8 overall. Nonetheless, beating Fordham, although they are not the team they were last year, serves as a testament to the program’s progress under interim coach Brian Rock. The last two weeks have uncovered the team’s dominance on both sides of the ball evident early in the season. The Crusaders look to carry last week’s big win into the season finale tomorrow against Lehigh, winners of three of their past four contests. While Lehigh has a championship on the line as it sits atop the standings along with Colgate and Lafayette, Holy Cross has the opportunity to provide a dynamic statement to the conference as it wraps up its 2017 season. The Fordham win was big, but one against Lehigh would be even bigger as the Crusaders look to finish their season in signature fashion.