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holy cross 38, yale 14

Holy Cross football offense gets on a roll in rout of Yale

WORCESTER — Matthew Sluka threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns and the Holy Cross football team routed Yale, 38-14, on Saturday.

Peter Oliver added 16 carries for 119 yards for FCS No. 12 Holy Cross.

The Crusaders had 318 passing yards and 253 rushing yards for a 571-306 advantage in total offense. Holy Cross averaged 8.7 yards per play.

The score was tied at 7 in the second quarter before the Crusaders got going on offense, scoring touchdowns on four of their next six possessions. A 36-yard pass from wide receiver Jalen Coker to Tyler Purdy was among several long touchdowns in the stretch.


Derek Ng capped the scoring for Holy Cross with a short field goal in the fourth quarter. It was the 38th make of his career, a school record.

Nolan Grooms completed 11 of 21 passes for 98 yards with two interceptions for Yale (0-1). Backup QB Austin Tutas had an 8-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Lindley late in the fourth. Nathan Denney had a 1-yard run early in the second quarter for the Bulldogs’ other touchdown.