Colgate Hurdles Holy Cross, 45-7

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WORCESTER, Mass. – Colgate turned in its best performance of the season – for the second week in a row, no less – with a 45-7 dismantling of Holy Cross here Saturday.

  The 38-point victory marked the largest winning margin by the Raiders over Holy Cross in 80 football meetings, dating to 1917. Colgate also won its sixth straight in the series to equal the best Raider winning streak against their longtime northeastern rivals.

  Grant Breneman threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a pair of second-half scores, while a pick-six by Dillon DeIuliis on the first play of the second half highlighted three Raider interceptions.

  James Holland Jr., topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the second week in a row, finishing with 109. And four Colgate receivers caught at least three passes.

  That included Thomas Ives, who finished with three receptions for a career-high 92 yards and a touchdown. The TD was a 59-yard reception from Breneman – a one-play drive – that matched Ives' career long catch.

  Colgate put six sacks on the board by six different Raiders. Pat Afriyie earned the 26th quarterback takedown of his career, just 2½ shy of the program record. He was joined on the stat sheet by Connor Buck, Caleb Fell, Nick Ioanilli, Nick Wheeler and Trent Williams.

 Game Recap
• Both teams scored touchdowns on their opening drives of the game. The Raiders marched 84 yards and Holy Cross 83.
• After that, it was all Colgate.
• The best Holy Cross scoring chance came midway in the second quarter when QB Peter Pujals connected with Miles Alexander on a 65-yard completion.
• But the Crusaders botched the snap on the very next play and Abu Daramy-Swaray recovered for Colgate.
• Colgate led 17-7 at halftime but scored 21 in the third quarter to salt the game away.
• In addition to the DeIuliis pick-six, Colgate scoring drives went for 1, 3, 6, 6, 11 and 18 yards.
• The latter resulted in only three points – Chris Puzzi's 26-yard field goal – but sliced 8:44 off the first-half clock.

Stats of the Game
• Holy Cross actually ran 66 offensive plays to 65 for Colgate.
• The Raiders had the ball for 10:12 of the first quarter and finished with a 33:52 to 26:08 edge in time of possession.
• In addition to Ives catching three balls for 92 yards and a TD, Owen Rockett caught four for 59; Tre Caine three for 40; Nick Martinsen three for 13; and Nick Diaco two for 15 and a score.
• Colgate was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after a third-quarter touchdown, but no worries. Puzzi boomed the ensuing kickoff from his own 20 three yards deep into the end zone for one of his five touchbacks in eight attempts.

• Breneman now has 11 touchdown passes in his last five games and 12 for the year. His streak of consecutive passes without an interception is up to 154, covering six complete games.
• Holland with his 109 rushing yards is up to 1,704 for his career, good for 24th all-time at Colgate.
• Diaco caught his second career touchdown pass, a nifty one-handed grab covering 12 yards for the first Raider TD.
• The DeIuliis pick-six was the first for the Raiders since Chris Morgan turned the trick two years ago right here on Fitton Field.
• Cerra's 72-yard punt in the second quarter was a career long and the fifth-longest in program history. His 53.0-yard average on three punts also was a career best.
• This was Colgate's first game outside the state of New York – and first game on grass – since the Aug. 26 opener at Cal Poly.
• Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the first meeting between these teams, a 21-0 Raiders victory back in 1917 in a game played in Utica.

From the Sources

• Colgate head coach Dan Hunt: (On the game) "From start to finish, that was a really good effort. Offensively, with a touchdown on the first drive -- without even having a third down. That was impressive. The defense gives up one score on the first drive of the game and then didn't give them anything the rest of the way and scored and created scores with the turnovers.

  "Your goal as a coach is to improve each week and that's what this team has done. Hopefully, we can continue to do that."

  • Colgate defensive end Pat Afriyie: (On the game) "We played really great on defense. I'm proud of the way our guys played. After that first drive, we came out stout for the rest of the game and pitched a shutout. It was a really good performance. We had great pressure the whole day. It's our job to get in the quarterback's head and rile him up a bit, and we did a good job today."

  • Colgate quarterback Grant Breneman: (On the game) "We had a good game plan coming in. The O-line got some push up front and that opened up some of the pass game, so we had balance on both sides.

  "The defense is playing awesome right now. It's pretty easy when we can sit back and they are scoring points by themselves. And then they put us in position where we only had to go 7 yards to score. They are playing awesome and it makes our lives so much easier."

  • Colgate wide receiver Thomas Ives: (On the game) "It's been nice going week-to-week-to-week having balls come down in our possession. You usually like to use two hands but you've got to come down with it somehow. Getting it done through the air really opens it up on the ground. When we've got both going, it's tough to stop us."

  Listen to the rest of Ives' comments HERE:

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