Holy Cross: No. 13 Crusaders open Patriot League play with blowout win against Colgate

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Another week, another statement made by the Crusaders.

This wasn’t the offensive explosion we’re used to seeing from Holy Cross, but there was very little doubt in Hamilton, NY as the Crusaders rolled over Colgate 35-10.

Now at 4-0 (1-0 Patriot League), Holy Cross continues to show that they are a true FCS title contender, despite the disrespect shown by the poll voters last week following the dominant victory over Yale.

After multiple 500+ yard offensive performances, the Crusaders only had 271 total yards, but the defense held the Raiders to just 250 and a 3-for-16 clip on third down while forcing three turnovers.

Matt Sluka threw for 147 yards on 10-of-21 passing with two touchdowns. Jordan Fuller had 46 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries while the team had 104 yards on the ground total. Jalen Coker hauled in three passes for 48 yards and. touchdown.

It did take a while for Holy Cross to get going in this one, but once the Crusaders got their feet under them this wasn’t really a contest. Sluka made it 7-0 early with a three yard touchdown run, but Colgate scored 10 unanswered in the second to briefly go up 10-7. A blocked punt with less than two minutes left in the second set up a Sluka to Shorter 22-yard TD pass in the final minute to make it 14-10 at the break.

Coker hauled in his TD less than a minute into the third quarter to push the lead to 21-10. A sack on fourth down from Jake Reichwein set up Holy Cross’ next score, a one yard run from Fuller to make it a 28-10 game late in the third.

With just 4:27 remaining in the game, Sluka had a TD run from five yards out to cap the scoring and Liam Anderson added a late interception to help give the Crusaders an important league win on the road, even if it wasn’t always pretty at times.

Now, Holy Cross renews its rivalry with Harvard at home next Saturday in what has now become one of the best matchups not only locally, but across all of FCS football.