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.
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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