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Holy Cross 37, Buffalo 31

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Matthew Sluka threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Coker as time expired to help Holy Cross beat FBS Buffalo 37-31.

Holy Cross (2-0), ranked No. 16 in the FCS coaches poll, beat UConn 38-28 to open its 2021 season and give the Crusaders their first win over an FBS opponent since 2002.

Alex McNulty kicked a 52-yard field goal with 31 seconds left in regulation to seemingly force overtime and, after a touchback on the ensuing kickoff, the Crusaders took possession at their own 25 with no timeouts. Sluka scrambled for a 10-yard gain, hit Coker for a 12-yard gain to near midfield and then connected with Justin Shorter for 7 yards before killing the clock with 4 seconds to play. Sluka half-rolled to his left to bide time before launching an arcing pass down the right side where Coker made a high-point catch over four defenders at the 1 and lunged into the end zone.

Cole Snider threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Justin Marshall in the first quarter and Mike Washington scored on a 5-yard run to cap a nine-play, 85-yard drive that gave Buffalo 14-0 lead about 4 minutes into the second quarter.

Coker scored on a 62-yard catch-and-run Derek Ng made a 28-yard field goal to give Holy Cross its first lead of the game at 31-28 midway through the fourth quarter.

Snider was 23-of-34 passing for a career-high 305 yards and three TDs with no interceptions for Buffalo (0-2).

Sluka completed 13 of 21 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns and added 146 yards rushing on 25 carries. Coker finished with four receptions for 147 yards.

Jordan Fuller had touchdown runs of 2 and 4 yards for Holy Cross.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter HolyCrBuff
Buff TD 3:11 Justin Marshall 20 yd pass from Cole Snyder (Alex McNulty kick) 0 7
Second Quarter HolyCrBuff
Buff TD 10:56 Mike Washington 5 yd run (Alex McNulty kick) 0 14
HolyCr TD 4:58 Jordan Fuller 4 yd run (Derek Ng kick) 7 14
Buff TD 2:50 Quian Williams 59 yd pass from Cole Snyder (Alex McNulty kick) 7 21
HolyCr TD 0:17 Ayir Asante 17 yd pass from Matthew Sluka (Derek Ng kick) 14 21
Third Quarter HolyCrBuff
HolyCr TD 7:25 Jordan Fuller 2 yd run (Derek Ng kick) 21 21
Buff TD 7:08 Justin Marshall 69 yd pass from Cole Snyder (Alex McNulty kick) 21 28
HolyCr TD 2:32 Jalen Coker 62 yd pass from Matthew Sluka (Derek Ng kick) 28 28
Fourth Quarter HolyCrBuff
HolyCr FG 7:12 Derek Ng 28 yd FG 31 28
Buff FG 0:31 Alex McNulty 52 yd FG 31 31
HolyCr TD 0:00 Jalen Coker 46 yd pass from Matthew Sluka 37 31
Team Stats
  Holy Cross Buffalo
First downs 23 25
  Rushing 11 11
  Passing 8 14
  Penalty 4 0
3rd Down Efficiency 6-14, 43% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 45-219 31-159
Passing Yards 238 305
Return Yards 24 108
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-22-0 23-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--10 1--1
Punts 5 4
Punts-Average 43 36
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-25 10-91
Time of Possession 32:04 27:56
Holy Cross Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Sluka 13 21 238 3 0
Buffalo Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Snyder 23 34 305 3 0
Holy Cross Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Sluka 25 146 5.8 0
J. Fuller 10 51 5.1 2
P. Oliver 8 18 2.3 0
T. Purdy 1 4 4.0 0
J. Coker 1 0 0.0 0
Buffalo Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Washington 12 55 4.6 1
C. Snyder 8 51 6.4 0
R. Cook Jr. 6 33 5.5 0
A. Henderson 4 22 5.5 0
Holy Cross Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Coker 4 147 36.8 2
J. Shorter 3 30 10.0 0
A. Asante 3 28 9.3 1
T. Purdy 1 14 14.0 0
D. Thomas 1 11 11.0 0
S. Gilliam 1 8 8.0 0
Buffalo Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Marshall 5 116 23.2 2
Q. Williams 8 105 13.1 1
R. Mangas 2 32 16.0 0
C. Harrity 2 17 8.5 0
J. Gassett 4 14 3.5 0
R. Cook Jr. 1 11 11.0 0
M. Johnson 1 10 10.0 0
Holy Cross Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Buffalo Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Holy Cross Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Haughney 5 215 43.0
Buffalo Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Baltar 3 88 29.3
C. Snyder 1 56 56.0
Holy Cross Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Buffalo Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Q. Williams 1 14 14.0
Holy Cross Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Shorter 1 24 24.0
Buffalo Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Cook Jr. 4 94 23.5
Holy Cross Missed FG
Player Length
Buffalo Missed FG
Player Length




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