Jordan Fuller scores 5 touchdowns, rallies Holy Cross to a 42-20 win over Merrimack

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Holy Cross opened the season ranked No. 5 within the FCS Coaches Ballot.

Holy Cross gained its season opener in opposition to Merrimack, 42-20. Courtesy of Holy Cross Athletics

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Jordan Fuller ran for 4 second-half touchdowns as Holy Cross erased a three-point halftime deficit and defeated Merrimack, 42-20 within the season-opening sport for each faculties on Saturday.

The Crusaders opened the season ranked No. 5 by the FCS Coaches Ballot after profitable their fourth consecutive Patriot League title in 2022 with a program-record 12 wins.

Quarterback Matthew Sluka and receiver Jalen Coker, each seniors and preseason All-People, linked for the primary Holy Cross landing from 29 yards out late within the first quarter. Sluka discovered Fuller from the 14 for a second rating early within the second, however the Crusaders went into intermission down 17-14.

Fuller took over from there, capping three lengthy drives with quick runs for touchdowns, then capping his day with a 28-yard run to the top zone with a minute left.

Fuller completed with 13 carries for 120 yards and 4 touchdowns and pulled in a single go for 14 yards and a fifth landing. Sluka accomplished 9 of 14 passes for 190 yards, with an interception and two touchdowns. Coker completed with 4 catches for 136 yards, together with a 51-yarder.

Gavin McCusker accomplished half of his 30 go makes an attempt for 176 yards to steer Merrimack. Tyvon Edmonds Jr. carried 25 instances for 85 yards and a landing.