Taggart leads Holy Cross over Fordham 41-21

BY foxsports • November 19, 2011

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.