Scores

Final

Holy Cross 41

(6-5, 4-2 Patriot)

Fordham 21

(1-10, 0-6 Patriot)

1:00 PM ET, November 19, 2011

Coffey Field, Bronx, NY

1 2 3 4 T
HC 7 7 7 2041
FOR 14 7 0 021

Top Performers

Passing: R. Taggart (HC) - 334 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: E. Houghton (HC) - 15 CAR, 153 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: G. Wilson (FOR) - 5 REC, 113 YDS, 2 TD

Holy Cross 41, Fordham 21

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Ryan Taggart accounted for 397 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead Holy Cross in a 41-21 victory Saturday over Fordham, which fired coach Tom Masella after the game.

Taggart was 24 of 37 for 334 yards and three TDs, and had 63 yards and a TD on 18 carries.

Ricky Otis finished with 11 tackles to lead the Crusaders' defense, which held Fordham scoreless in the second half.

The Rams (1-10, 0-3 Patriot League) led 21-14 at halftime, before Taggart and Eddie Hougton scored two touchdowns each.

Masella, a former New York City firefighter who came to Fordham after coaching at Central Connecticut, was 27-40 in six years at the Bronx-base school.

Taggart hit Kyle Toulouse on a 71-yard pass midway through the third quarter to tie it, before running for a 6-yard TD with 10:01 to play. Houghton then had TDs of 38 and 3 yards.

Houghton finished with 153 yards on 15 carries for Holy Cross (6-5, 4-2).

Ryan Higgins had 238 yards and two touchdowns on 23 of 41 passing for the Rams.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
HC
FOR
1st Downs3127
Total Yards582445
Passing334289
Rushing248156
Penalties6-404-34
3rd Down Conversions4-116-17
4th Down Conversions2-22-4
Turnovers10
Possession29:4730:13

Passing Leaders

Holy CrossC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taggart24/373349.030
FordhamC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Higgins23/412385.820

Rushing Leaders

Holy CrossCARYDSAVGTDLG
Houghton1515310.2238
Taggart18633.5115
FordhamCARYDSAVGTDLG
Whiting20924.6021
Lacroix6315.2010

Receiving Leaders

Holy CrossRECYDSAVGTDLG
Toulouse410526.3171
Mistretta55811.6024
FordhamRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson511322.6244
Koonce8526.5016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERHCFOR
TD11:03Charles McCall 5 Yd Pass From Ryan Taggart (John Macomber Kick) 70
TD05:14Greg Wilson 44 Yd Pass From Ryan Higgins (Michael Marando Kick) 77
TD01:21Greg Wilson 40 Yd Pass From Ryan Higgins (Michael Marando Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERHCFOR
TD14:06Jon Smith 25 Yd Pass From Ryan Taggart (John Macomber Kick) 1414
TD00:37Carlton Koonce 6 Yd Run (Michael Marando Kick) 1421
THIRD QUARTERHCFOR
TD08:03Kyle Toulouse 71 Yd Pass From Ryan Taggart (John Macomber Kick) 2121
FOURTH QUARTERHCFOR
TD10:33Ryan Taggart 6 Yd Run (John Macomber Kick) 2821
TD05:21Eddie Houghton 38 Yd Run (John Macomber Kick) 3521
TD01:57Eddie Houghton 3 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 4121