He put up big numbers in each of his first two games against Dartmouth, but last year saw his season come to a premature end when he suffered a broken leg in the second quarter as the Green went on to enjoy its largest margin of victory over Holy Cross in 19 years (35-10).This year, Pujals has thrown for over 350 yards twice, ranks fifth in passing yards among FCS QBs and last week torched the Wildcats defense for five touchdown tosses.Two others have at least 11 grabs, helping the Crusaders spread the field.The ground game is led by a three-headed monster in Diquan Walker, Gabe Guild and Miles Alexander, each of whom has 20-25 carries.Home Opener Versus Holy Cross Following another successful season opener last week — Dartmouth has won eight straight openers — with a 38-7 romp at Stetson, the Big Green will have a decidedly tougher test with the 25th-ranked Holy Cross Crusaders invading Memorial Field in the 2017 home opener.The Crusaders received their first national ranking in seven years thanks to a dismantling of ninth-ranked New Hampshire last week, 51-26, not to mention a narrow defeat at FBS member Connecticut three weeks ago and a 20-0 blanking of Bucknell in their Patriot League opener.
The powerful offense is guided by a familiar figure to Big Green fans, fifth-year quarterback Peter Pujals.
Wildcat QB Jared Gerbino and junior RB Matthew Shearin both ran for touchdowns as well as Dartmouth spread the wealth in the backfield.
The air attack sputtered a bit, amassing just 82 yards, including minus-three in the first half, on 7-of-13 passing.
Five different players scored their first Big Green touchdowns, and the ground game churned out 324 yards, the most in four years.
Junior Rashaad Cooper (14 carries, 97 yards, TD) and senior Ryder Stone (17-96) provided nearly 200 of those rushing yards, with senior QB Jack Heneghan (9-57) keeping the Hatter defense bewildered.He is not the dual threat he was when he first arrived in Worcester, but has become quite an accomplished pocket passer.