Holy Cross prepares for FCS playoffs with perfect all-time record

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Holy Cross enters the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs with a perfect 11-0 record, something accomplished twice before in program history. multiple marquee wins with exciting finishes. In the second game of the season on Sept. 10, Holy Cross upset Buffalo — which competes in the Football Bowl Top Subdivision of NCAA Division I football — with a last-second 46-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Sluka to Jalen Coker. Sluka’s Ave Maria at Coker took the top spot in SportsCenter’s Top 10. The following week, the Crusaders beat eventual Ivy League champion Yale by 24 points in Worcester and started October with a victory at Harvard, their first road victory over the Crimson since 2000. That fall saw marked the first time Holy Cross beat Harvard and Yale in the same season. The best win of the season, however, came two days before Halloween when Holy Cross hosted nationally ranked Fordham. The Crusaders trailed the Rams 45-38 with less than two minutes left, but Coker caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Sluka to tie the game and send him into overtime. Fordham scored on his first offensive play in overtime, but Sluka threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Justin Shorter to answer. But instead of scoring the extra point to tie the game, Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney decided to go for the win. a 53-52 win over the only other Patriot League team to qualify for this year’s playoffs. This year marks the first time the Crusaders have been ranked in the playoffs since 1983, when they were No. 2 in a 12-team pool from the current 24-team pool. The last time Holy Cross finished the regular season 11-0 was 1991. The only other Crusaders team to go 11-0 was the 1987 team which finished No. 1 in the final national poll and featured Gordie Lockbaum , who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting as a two-way player at running back and defensive back. “Congratulations players, coaches, family, staff, fans, everyone. So proud of you guys,” Lockbaum said in a video message to the team. “Congratulations again. Let’s do it in the playoffs.” The Holy Cross offense averaged 39.1 points and 238.4 rushing yards per game, both ranking in the top 10 nationally, thanks in large part to Sluka. Sluka finished with 2,301 yards and 25 touchdowns. in the air with just three interceptions. He ranks first in the FCS with 17.04 passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns. Additionally, the junior rushed for a team-record 918 yards, the most by an FCS quarterback this season, and eight other touchdowns. He finished eighth in the nation in total offense with 292.6 yards per game. Sluka is one of 30 finalists for the Payton Award, which is the FCS tier equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. For guiding Holy Cross to a perfect record and the conference championship, Chesney was named Patriot League Coach of the Year and is one of 16 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the FCS National Coach of the year. The Crusaders are to set up their second-round game against winner New Hampshire on Saturday. -Fordham game at 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 at Fitton Field. Holy Cross will aim to travel to the FCS National Championship game on January 8 in Frisco, Texas, which will air at 2 p.m. on WCVB Channel 5.

Holy Cross enters the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs with a perfect 11-0 record, which has been accomplished twice before in program history.

The undefeated season ended with the Crusaders’ fourth straight Patriot League title, a first in conference history, and included several big wins with thrilling finishes.

In the second game of the season on September 10, St. Croix upset Buffalo – who competes in the Football Bowl Upper Subdivision of NCAA Division I football – with a last-second 46-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Sluka to Jalen Coker.

Sluka’s Hail Mary at Coker took the top spot in SportsCenter’s Top 10 Games.

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The following week, the Crusaders defeated the eventual Ivy League champion Yale 24 points in Worcester and started October with a victory at Harvardtheir first road win over the Crimsons since 2000. That fall marked the first time Holy Cross beat Harvard and Yale in the same season.

The best win of the season, however, came two days before Halloween when Holy Cross hosted Nationally ranked Fordham. The Crusaders trailed the Rams 45-38 with less than two minutes left, but Coker caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Sluka to tie the game and send him into overtime.

Fordham scored on his first offensive play in overtime, but Sluka threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Justin Shorter to respond. But instead of scoring the extra point to tie the game, Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney decided to go for the win.

Ayir Asante picked up the ball on a backhand and ran it into the end zone for a two-point conversion, giving the Crusaders a 53-52 win over the only other Patriot League team to make the playoffs this year’s playoffs.

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With their perfect record and another Patriot League title, Holy Cross earned a first-round bye and the No. 8 seed in the FCS playoffs. This year marks the first time the Crusaders have been ranked in the playoffs since 1983, when they were No. 2 in a 12-team field from the current 24-team field.

The last time Holy Cross finished the regular season 11-0 was in 1991. The only other Crusaders team to go 11-0 was the 1987 team which finished No. 1 in the last national poll and included Gordie Lockbaum, who finished third in the Heisman. Vote for the trophy as a two-way player at running back and defensive back.

“Congratulations players, coaches, family, staff, fans, everyone. So proud of you.” Lockbaum said in a video message to the team. “Congratulations again. Let’s do it in the playoffs.”

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Holy Cross’ offense averaged 39.1 points and 238.4 rushing yards per game, both ranking in the top 10 nationally, thanks in large part to Sluka.

Sluka finished with 2,301 yards and 25 touchdowns through the air with just three interceptions. He ranks first in the FCS with 17.04 passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns.

Additionally, the junior rushed for a team-record 918 yards, the most by an FCS quarterback this season, and eight other touchdowns. He finished eighth in the nation in total offense with 292.6 yards per game.

Sluka is one of 30 finalists for the Payton Award, which is the FCS tier equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

For guiding Holy Cross to a perfect record and the conference championship, Chesney was named Patriot League Coach of the Year and is one of 16 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the National Coach of the League. year of the FCS.

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The Crusaders are scheduled to host their second-round game against the winner of Saturday’s New Hampshire-Fordham game at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Fitton Field.

Holy Cross will be aiming to make it to the FCS National Championship Game on Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas, which airs at 2 p.m. on WCVB Channel 5.

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