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Name: Matthew Sluka 
College: Holy Cross     Number: 9
Height: 6-2   Weight: 215
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2024

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 Data Scout Notes: 2022: 1stC...P1stC...2021: 2ndC



 Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Player News

  12/03/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka accounted for three touchdowns, Peter Oliver ran for 175 yards and scored twice, and No. 8-seed Holy Cross was never threatened in its 35-19 win over New Hampshire in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday. The Crusaders (12-0) never trailed. They advance to play the winner between top-ranked South Dakota State and Delaware. Oliver's 39-yard touchdown run with 7:27 left in the first quarter finished a six-play, 63-yard drive set up after Crusaders safety Walter Reynolds came up with the first of three interceptions of New Hampshire quarterback Max Brosmer. Holy Cross pulled away after a 7-5 halftime lead with two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters. Oliver ran it in from the 4 four minutes into the second half. Later, Sluka threw a 5-yard score to Jalen Coker with 4:17 left in the third for a 21-5 advantage.

That score was set up when Reynolds got his second interception, picking off Brosmer after the ball bounced off the outstretched hand of running back Dylan Laube. Reynolds intercepted the ball at the Crusaders' 30-yard line and didn't stop running until being pushed out of bounds at the Wildcats' 19-yard line. New Hampshire responded with an eight-play, 75-yard drive that lasted a mere 2:10 and ended when Brosmer threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Kyle Lepkowski. That play reduced the deficit to 21-11 just before the end of the third but Holy Cross closed the door when Sluka ran it in from the 3 to end a 10-play, 75-yard drive that lasted more than six minutes. Sluka ran for a pair of scores and carried it 12 times for 103 yards. Oliver amassed his 175 yards on 30 carries. Brosmer threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns to go along with the three interceptions. Holy Cross earned a first-round bye and was hosting a second-round game for the first time in program history. - Holy Cross/AP College Football


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  11/27/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  2022 ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: QB: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr.,...Sluka earned All-Patriot League honors for the second straight season and first team honors for the first time. In 2022, Sluka paced a Holy Cross offense that averaged 39.1 points per game, ranking fifth in FCS. He completed 135 of his 224 attempts for 2,301 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, with only three interceptions on the year, while also running for eight touchdowns and a team-high 918 rushing yards. He recorded over 100 rushing yards in four different games this season. Sluka earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors and the Dr. Edward N. Anderson Trophy following the Crusaders' 53-52 overtime win over Fordham, in which he passed for 291 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 174 yards and one additional touchdown. - Holy Cross Football

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  11/21/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  NOV 21 PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial,...Sluka completed 12-of-15 passes for a career-best 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Crusaders to a 47-10 victory at Georgetown. He also rushed for 77 yards to help Holy Cross finish the season with an undefeated 11-0 record, the first League team to accomplish that feat since 2003. - Patriot League Football

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  11/19/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka and Jordan Fuller scored three touchdowns apiece as Holy Cross clinched its fourth straight Patriot League title with a 47-10 rout of Georgetown on Saturday. Holy Cross (11-0, 6-0), ranked sixth in the FCS coaches poll, is the first team to win four consecutive outright Patriot League titles. Sluka, who was 12-of-15 passing for 301 yards, connected with three receivers for scores and added 77 yards rushing. Fuller carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards with three short-yardage scoring runs. Ayir Asante had 137 yards receiving, including a 42-yard touchdown catch for Holy Cross. The Crusaders finished with 568 yards of offense, including 262 yards on the ground. Pierce Holley completed 29 of 48 passes for 261 yards and threw a touchdown for Georgetown (2-9, 1-5). - Holy Cross/AP College Football

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  11/11/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  OCT 31 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL GEICO OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial,..Sluka was named MVP of the game by completing 15-of-23 passes for 291 yards and four touchdowns in a 53-52 overtime victory over No. 15/22 Fordham...He rushed for a career-high 174 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries to help the Crusaders improve to 4-0 in League play...Sluka orchestrated an offensive effort that produced a season-high 607 yards. It was the first time Holy Cross has had more than 600 yards of total offense since 2017. - Patriot League Football

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  11/05/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka passed for a touchdown and ran for another and Holy Cross defeated Lehigh 42-14 on Saturday to clinch at least a share of its fourth straight Patriot League title. The victory also ensured the Crusaders (9-0, 5-0) of their fourth automatic FCS playoff bid in a row. The 9-0 start is the best for Holy Cross, ranked seventh in the coaches poll, since 1991. It was also the fifth straight win over the Mountain Hawks (1-8, 1-3). Sluka passed for 126 yards with an 6-yard toss to Spencer Gilliam with 11 seconds left in the first half for a 21-7 lead. Sluka added a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Jordan Fuller had three short touchdown runs. Peter Oliver added 136 of the Crusaders' 338 rushing yards and a score. Dante Perri threw for 200 yards and two touchdowns for Lehigh. - AP College Football

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  10/29/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Ayir Asante scored on a double-reverse for a two-point conversion in overtime to lift Holy Cross to a thrilling 53-52 win over Fordham on Saturday in a showdown of high-powered ranked FCS teams. After Matthew Sluka's fourth touchdown pass, a 9-yarder to Justin Shorter, the Crusaders (8-0, 4-0 Patriot League), ranked eighth in the FCS coaches poll, didn't hesitate to go for their 13th-straight regular season win and 15th straight league win. Sluka gave the ball to Shorter going from right to left and headed to the right corner of the end zone. Asante then took the ball from Shorter and swept right with an option to throw to a wide-open Sluka but kept it and easily cruised into the end zone.

Sluka threw for 291 yards and ran for 174 yards and a touchdown. Jalen Coker had six receptions for 131 yards and three touchdowns, two in the fourth quarter, the last tying the game at 45 with 1:24 left. Shorter had seven receptions for 127 yards. Tim DeMorat threw for five touchdowns, the fifth to Dequece Carter on the first play of overtime for the 15th-ranked Rams. He threw for 256 yards with a rushing touchdown. Carter had four catches for 107 yards and three scores, Mikai Felton had four for 92 and two TDs. Julius Loughridge had 125 yards on the ground and Trey Sneed had 104. Holy Cross had 607 yards of offense; Fordham 499. - Holy Cross/AP College Football


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  10/22/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka's 16-yard touchdown pass to Justin Shorter with four minutes left gave Holy Cross a 24-21 win over Lafayette on Saturday, keeping the Crusaders undefeated. Devin Haskins intercepted Ah-Shaun Davis at the Leopards 15-yard line and though the Crusaders missed a field goal, Lafayette couldn't put together a scoring drive on its last possession. Haskins also blocked a punt for the fourth straight game, catching the ball on the fly and returning this one 14 yards for a 17-7 halftime lead. Holy Cross (7-0, 3-0 Patriot League), ranked ninth in the FCS coaches poll, won despite being outgained 329-181 with just 82 rushing yards. Lafayette (2-5, 1-1) had 21 first downs to the Crusaders' seven but the Leopards failed to convert on five fourth downs. Davis threw three touchdown passes and Jaden Sutton had 133 yards rushing for Lafayette. - Holy Cross/AP College Football

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  10/17/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  SEPT 12 FEDEX GROUND FCS NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, QB, Jr., 6-3, 215, Locust Valley, New York,...Sluka's 46-yard pass on the game's final play was answered with a "Hail Mary" touchdown to Jalen Coker as Holy Cross beat Buffalo 37-31, marking the three-time defending Patriot League champion's second consecutive season with an FBS victory. Sluka set career highs for touchdown passes (three, including a 62-yarder), yards of total offense (384) and rushing yards (146). Honorable Mention: Darion Chafin, WR, UIW; Paxton DeLaurent, QB, Southeast Missouri; Tim DeMorat, QB, Fordham; Mike DiLiello, QB, Austin Peay; Jaden Jones, QB, Cal Poly; Dylan Laube, RB, New Hampshire; Parker McKinney, QB, Eastern Kentucky; Tommy Schuster, QB, North Dakota; Jason Shelley, QB, Missouri State; Jaden Shirden, RB, Monmouth. - STATS FCS Football

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  10/12/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  OCT 10 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial,...Sluka threw for 183 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 72 yards and another score in the Crusaders' 57-0 victory over Bucknell at Polar Park. - Patriot League Football

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  10/12/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  SEPT 26 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial,...Sluka threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two more to lead Holy Cross to a 35-10 victory over Colgate. He completed 10-of-21 passes for 147 yards and rushed for 27 yards. - Patriot League Football

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  10/12/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  SEPT 12 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial,...Sluka threw a 46-yard Hail Mary pass to junior wide receiver Jalen Coker as time expired to secure the Crusaders' 37-31 upset victory over FBS opponent Buffalo. The junior quarterback completed 13-of-21 for 238 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 146 yards on 25 carries in the win. - Patriot League Football

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  10/12/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  SEPT 5 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORABLE MENTION: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial,...Sluka completed 13-of-22 passing attempts for 242 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for 102 yards and another score in Holy Cross's 31-17 victory over Merrimack. - Patriot League Football

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  10/08/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka accounted for four touchdowns and undefeated Holy Cross rolled to a 57-0 rout of winless Bucknell on Saturday.The game was played at Polar Park, home of minor league baseball's Triple-A Worcester Red Sox. The teams shared one sideline which was placed in the outfield. Sluka was 10-of-17 passing for 183 yards and connected with Jalen Coker, Spencer Gilliam and Dominik Thomas for scores. Sluka added 72 yards rushing on 11 carries that included a 1-yard TD run. Jordan Fuller added 59 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. The FCS No. 10 Crusaders (6-0, 2-0 Patriot League) had 31 first downs and put up 511 yards of offense, and have scored 30 or more points in each of its six wins. Nick Semptimphelter threw for 60 yards and an interception for Bucknell (0-5, 0-2). Danny Meuser had 76 yards rushing. It was the second consecutive year that Holy Cross has played its EBW Classic at the park. The Crusaders beat Colgate last season. - AP College Football

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  10/01/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, leading undefeated Holy Cross to a 30-21 victory over Harvard on Saturday. Sluka completed 17 of 31 passes for 300 yards. His primary receiver was Jalen Coker, who caught 10 passes for 166 yards with a long of 62 yards. Coker had one touchdown on a 2-yard reception. Sluka also had a 53-yard touchdown pass to Ayir Asante. The Crusaders' first score, a 27-yard run by Sluka, was set up Devin Haskins' block of a Harvard punt. Holy Cross also recovered two fumbles that led to short drives and 10 points.

Holy Cross (5-0), the No. 11 FCS team, had 447 total yards to 366 for Harvard. Leading 27-21 with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter, Holy Cross drove 55 yards in 12 plays to go ahead by a second score when Derek Ng kicked a 49-yard field goal, his third make of the game. Trailing 30-21, Harvard only reached the Holy Cross 37-yard line on the final drive. Harvard's Charlie Dean completed 19 of 34 passes for 262 yards with one touchdown, a 19-yard pass to Kym Wimberly. Aidan Borguet had 80 yards rushing with two touchdowns and Wimberly had 99 receiving yards for the Crimson (2-1). - Holy Cross/AP College Football


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  09/24/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Holy Cross to a 35-10 win over Colgate on Saturday to open Patriot League play, the 12th-straight league win for the three-time defending champions. Sluka had 10 completions for 137 yards with Jalen Corker and Justin Shorter hauling in scoring passes. Sluka kept the ball 10 times for 37 yards, scoring on runs of 3 and 5 yards, the first and last scoring plays in the game. After Sluka's first scoring run, the Raiders (1-3) scored 10-straight points, but in the final minute of the first half, Sluka hit Shorter for 22-yards for a 14-10 halftime lead. Walter Reynolds picked off a Michael Brescia pass on the second play of the second half, and on the next play, Sluka found Shorter for a 29-yard score. Colgate ran 70 plays for 250 yards to 57 plays for 271 for Holy Cross (4-0); however, the Raiders lost the turnover battle 3-0 and were stopped on three of four four-down attempts. Brescia scored Colgate's touchdown on a short run. He was sacked four times. - AP College Football

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  09/17/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns and Holy Cross routed Yale 38-14 on Saturday. Peter Oliver added 16 carries for 119 yards for FCS No. 12 Holy Cross. The Crusaders had 318 passing yards and 253 rushing yards for a 571-306 advantage in total offense. Holy Cross averaged 8.7 yards per play. The score was tied at 7 in the second quarter before the Crusaders got going on offense, scoring touchdowns on four of their next six possessions. A 36-yard pass from wide receiver Jalen Coker to Tyler Purdy was among several long touchdowns in the stretch. Derek Ng capped the scoring for Holy Cross with a short field goal in the fourth quarter. It was the 38th make of his career, setting the school record. Nolan Grooms completed 11 of 21 passes for 98 yards with two interceptions for Yale (0-1). Backup QB Austin Tutas had an 8-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Lindley late in the fourth. Nathan Denny had a 1-yard run early in the second quarter for the Bulldogs' other touchdown. - AP College Football

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  09/10/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Coker as time expired to help Holy Cross beat FBS Buffalo 37-31 Saturday night. 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. - Holy Cross/AP College Football


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  09/02/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka threw two touchdown passes and ran for 102 yards and another score to power Holy Cross to a 31-17 victory over Merrimack in a season opener on Friday night. Sluka ran for a 7-yard score in the first quarter, connected with Ayir Asante for a 24-yard TD in the second and Derek Ng kicked a field goal in both periods to lead Holy Cross to a 19-10 lead at the half. Spencer Gilliam blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety and Ng added his third field goal to stretch the Crusaders' lead to 24-10 after three quarters. Sluka connected with Jalen Coker for a 46-yard score with 9:15 left in the game. Sluka finished with 242 yards on 13-of-22 passing with one interception and he had 13 rushes. Jack Zergiotis completed 15 of 29 passes for 189 yards with one pick for the Warriors. He had an 18-yard TD toss to Pat Conroy with 26 seconds left before halftime and a 33-yard scoring strike to Jacari Carter with 51 seconds left in the game. Holy Cross closed out last season with a loss to Villanova in the second round of the FCS playoffs. - AP College Football

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  08/07/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  2022 PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES): QB Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Jr.,...Junior quarterback Matthew Sluka earned a spot on the team; in 2021, he totaled 1,512 passing yards and 868 rushing yards, passing for 11 touchdowns and rushing for 14 more. He was a three-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week selection. - Holy Cross Football

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  03/07/22 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  2021 ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, So.,...Sluka, the Spring 2021 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, helped pace the Crusader offense all season long. He totaled 1,172 passing yards and 672 rushing yards, passing for 10 touchdowns and rushing for 13 more. He was a three-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week selection. - Holy Cross Football

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  11/27/21 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka connected with Jalen Coker for a touchdown with 14 seconds left and Holy Cross beat Sacred Heart 13-10 on Saturday in the first round of the FCS playoffs. Sluka led Holy Cross on an 11-play, 80-yard drive, ending in a 35-yard touchdown to Coker. Sluka threw it into double coverage and Coker came up with it at the goal line. Holy Cross (10-2) advances to play No. 5 Villanova. Sluka threw for 171 yards and carried it 23 times for 90 yards, and Coker caught five passes for 103 yards. Derek Ng made a 23-yard field goal to put Holy Cross on the board in the second quarter and added a 38-yarder with 8:27 to play. Rob McCoy carried it seven times for 62 yards and a touchdown for Sacred Heart (8-4), which won the Northeast Conference. - Holy Cross/AP College Football

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  11/20/21 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Marco Siderman threw for two touchdowns and Kamryn Molton returned an interception 45 yards for a score as Holy Cross rolled past Bucknell, 45-6 on Saturday to sweep its Patriot League schedule. The Crusaders (9-2) claimed their third straight Patriot League title and advance to the FCS playoffs. Matthew Sluka got the Crusaders on the board with 6:16 left in the first quarter on a four-yard toss to Tenio Ayeni and Peter Oliver made it 14-0, punching in from the 1 on the final play of the first quarter. Siderman threw both of his touchdowns to Justin Shorter, the first a 36-yard connection to make it 20-0. Molton picked off an Ethan Grady pass with 3:30 left to go in the second quarter and Derek Ng added a 36-yard field goal before intermission. Jonathan Abrams carried 10 times for 80 yards to lead a Holy Cross ground game that rolled to 301 yards. - AP College Football

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  11/13/21 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Holy Cross scored the last 35 points of the game to rout Fordham 52-24 on Saturday in a showdown for first place in the Patriot League. Jordan Fuller scored on a 1-yard run 15 seconds before halftime to pull the Crusaders (8-2, 5-0) into a tie at 24, and on their first possession after halftime, he added another 1-yard plunge to start the route. He ended the scoring with a 4-yard TD. Sluka scored on a 1-yard run and a 15-yard scamper and connected with Tenio Ayeni for 54 yards, and Jalen Coker for 42, as the Crusaders won their third-straight league title. Sluka was 11 of 18 for 272 yards and ran it 16 times for 104 yards. Tim Demorat threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Rams (6-4, 4-1), who had their six-game winning streak end. - AP College Football

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  10/30/21 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Marco Siderman threw for a touchdown and ran for another in a five-minute span in the second quarter and Holy Cross beat Lehigh 31-12 on Saturday. Siderman threw a 36-yard score to Jalen Coker with 5:39 left in the first half to give the Crusaders (6-2. 3-0 Patriot League) a 7-3 lead. After Holy Cross' defense stuffed the Mountain Hawks with a three-and-out that generated no yards, Siderman led an 11-play, 63-yard drive that ended with his 1-yard scoring run with 47 seconds left before intermission. Following Tommy Lewis' blocked punt on the Crusaders' Patrick Haughney, Dante Perri threw a 9-yard score to Jalen Burbage to reduce Lehigh's deficit to 14-12. Matthew Sluka's 7-yard touchdown run with 13:52 left to play sealed it. Sluka finished with two rushing touchdowns. Perri threw for 137 yards and a touchdown. Lehigh (0-8, 0-3) has lost 15 straight. The Patriots' last win was in a 27-24 contest against Georgetown on Oct. 26, 2019. - AP College Football

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  10/24/21 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Peter Oliver added a career-high 153 yards rushing and a score, and Holy Cross beat Colgate 42-10 on Saturday night. Oliver scored on a 22-yard run to cap a six-play, 75-yard opening drive and after Colgate went three-and-out, Tyler Purdy ran up the middle and lunged over the goal line for a 4-yard touchdown to give Holy Cross (5-2, 3-0 Patriot League) a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Senior kicker Derek Ng attempted his first career pass late in the third quarter when he took a direct snap on a fake field goal and rolled out to his right before he hit Cullen Honohan with a 9-yard touchdown to make it 35-10. Colgate (2-6, 1-1) was limited to 170 total yards and committed four turnovers. Senior Grant Breneman completed 3 of 9 passes for 38 yards with an interception and freshman Michael Brescia - who has seen his playing time increase as the season endured - was 2-of-7 passing for 21 yards and threw two interceptions. Sluka was 7-of-12 passing for 62 yards with an interception and Marco Siderman, who shares time at quarterback, completed 7 of 11 for 42 yards for Holy Cross. - AP College Football


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  10/16/21 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two scores in Holy Cross' 48-14 victory over Georgetown on Saturday. Sluka was 7-of-10 passing for 136 yards, and he carried it 10 times for 92 yards. Marco Siderman added 116 yards passing, completing 11 of 15. Sluka's 34-yard rushing touchdown made it 41-7. Peter Oliver and Jordan Fuller also had rushing touchdowns for Holy Cross (4-2, 1-0 Patriot). Liam Anderson's 39-yard interception return gave Holy Cross a 28-0 lead at halftime. Pierce Holley and Joseph Brunell each threw an interception for Georgetown (1-4, 0-2). Holley's deep pass to a wide open Joshua Tomas went for 58 yards before getting tackled at the half-yard line, setting up the Hoyas' first touchdown with 6:12 left in the third quarter. - AP College Football

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  09/18/21 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Matthew Sluka passed for 80 yards and rushed for 85 with two touchdowns, Derek Ng made a 47-yard field goal with 48 seconds left and Holy Cross beat Yale 20-17 on Saturday. It was the first time Holy Cross has won at Yale since 1982. Sluka completed 7-of-13 passes and he carried it 19 times for Holy Cross (2-1). Sluka's 1-yard scoring run gave the Crusaders their first lead at 17-14. Yale's Jack Bosman made a 47-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to tie it at 17. Ng's kick capped an eight-play, 18-yard drive that took four-plus minutes off the clock, and Walter Reynolds sealed it with an interception.

The Crusaders started the season with an FBS victory at UConn, 38-28, for their first Bowl Subdivision victory since 2002 - but were upended by Merrimack 35-21 last week in their home opener. Griffin O'Connor threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns for Yale (0-1), which played for the first time since Nov. 23, 2019. O'Connor connected with Jackson Hawes on a 19-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead. Tight end JJ Howland was left wide open over the middle and raced for a 74-yard touchdown, breaking a tackle near the end zone for a 14-0 lead. Howland had three receptions for 102 yards. - Holy Cross Football/AP College Football


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  09/09/21 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  SEPT 6 PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, So., QB, Locust Valley, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial,...Sluka threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for one more to lead Holy Cross to a 38-28 victory over UConn, the program's first victory over an FBS opponent since 2002 and the first by a Patriot League team since 2015...The sophomore quarterback completed 9-of-16 passes for a career-high 123 yards...The 2020-21 Patriot League Rookie of the Year also rushed for 112 yards on 14 carries, including a 76-yard run in the fourth quarter to set up the game-sealing touchdown. - Patriot League Football

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  09/04/21 - QB Matthew SlukaJr/2024, Holy Cross, 6-2, 215 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  Sophomore Matt Sluka passed for two touchdowns, ran for another and his 76-yard keeper in the fourth quarter iced Holy Cross' 38-28 season-opening win at UConn on Saturday. Sluka passed for 123 yards and ran for 112. His long run set up Tyler Purdy's 14-yard TD carry - his second score of the game - to give Holy Cross a 10-point lead with just over eight minutes left. Holy Cross, two-time defending Patriot League champion, gained the FCS playoff field last spring and the defeat of UConn is its first against an FBS opponent since 2002 (Army).

The Crusaders grabbed a 24-21 halftime lead when a Derek Ng's 30-yard field goal sailed through the uprights with three seconds on the clock and never trailed again. Holy Cross' Liam Anderson forced a fumble on UConn's first drive of the second half, recovered by Jared Dyer, and the Crusaders scored in five plays, pushing the lead to 31-21. Ng's ensuing kickoff covered just 23 yards, setting up the Huskies (0-2) at midfield. Jack Zergiotis pulled UConn back within 31-28 with an 8-yard scoring pass to Jayce Medlock. Zergiotis was 17 of 41 passing for 174 yards and three TDs. He was also picked off three times. - AP College Football


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