Scores

Final

Massachusetts 45

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Holy Cross 42

(0-1, 0-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, September 6, 2008

Fitton Field, Worcester, MA

1 2 3 4 T
UMASS 0 21 14 1045
HC 7 21 7 742

Top Performers

Passing: L. Coen (UMASS) - 395 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Nelson (UMASS) - 22 CAR, 82 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Horne (UMASS) - 10 REC, 172 YDS, 2 TD

Massachusetts 45, Holy Cross 42

Associated Press

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Armando Cuko kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to lift the University of Massachusetts to a thrilling 45-42 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday.

Liam Coen completed four crucial passes on the game's final scoring drive for Massachusetts (2-0) from its own 40 -- the longest being a 16-yarder to Jeremy Horne that took the ball to the Holy Cross 25 with 19 seconds remaining. UMass took the clock down to 5 seconds. The Crusaders used two timeouts in an attempt to freeze Cuko, but he still went on to convert the winning field goal.

The defeat overshadowed spectacular offensive performances by upset-minded Holy Cross (0-1), which had led 28-14 late in the first half. Brett McDermott returned a kickoff 88 yards to give the Crusaders a 21-14 lead. UMass, however, rallied after Dominic Randolph completed an 8-yard scoring pass to Freddie Santana for a 28-14 lead.

With 1:02 left in the first half, Coen connected with Horne for a 19-yard scoring pass, the first of three consecutive touchdowns for the Minutemen.

UMass scored on its first two possessions of the second half. Tony Nelson scored on a 4-yard run top tie it, 28-28. Coen then found Joe Sanford for a 25-yard scoring pass for a 35-28 lead.

Penalties helped Holy Cross tie it midway through a fourth quarter. Randolph completed another short scoring pass to Santana for 9 yards to tie the game at 35-35.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UMASS
HC
1st Downs00
Total Yards468375
Passing395249
Rushing73126
Penalties11-1077-68
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers10
Possession24:5935:01

Passing Leaders

MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Coen25/3639511.030
Holy CrossC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Randolph28/442495.730

Rushing Leaders

MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson22823.720
Coen3-9-3.010
Holy CrossCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kielt10515.100
Gass8364.520

Receiving Leaders

MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Horne1017217.220
Cruz58917.800
Holy CrossRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gass10585.800
Chmielinski44411.000

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUMASSHC
TD00:54Jon Brock 15 Yd Pass From Dominic Randolph (Matt Partain Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERUMASSHC
TD13:00Liam Coen 1 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 77
TD09:44Terrance Gass 2 Yd Run (Matt Partain Kick) 714
TD07:46Jeremy Horne 26 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick) 1414
TD07:31Brett McDermott 88 Yd Kickoff Return (Matt Partain Kick) 1421
TD01:49Freddie Santana 8 Yd Pass From Dominic Randolph (Matt Partain Kick) 1428
TD01:02Jeremy Horne 19 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick) 2128
THIRD QUARTERUMASSHC
TD11:45Tony Nelson 4 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 2828
TD05:13Joe Sanford 25 Yd Pass From Liam Coen (Armando Cuko Kick) 3528
TD02:56Terrance Gass 21 Yd Run (Matt Partain Kick) 3535
FOURTH QUARTERUMASSHC
TD07:14Tony Nelson 1 Yd Run (Armando Cuko Kick) 4235
TD02:22Freddie Santana 9 Yd Pass From Dominic Randolph (Matt Partain Kick) 4242
FG00:00Armando Cuko 42 Yd 4542