Dom “The Bomb” Randolph Streaking at HC

Holy Cross QB Dominic Randolph has thrown a TD pass in 40 straight games.

The original plan was to head up to Worcester, Mass., with some of my college buddies and see the old alma mater, Holy Cross, and the great quarterback Dominic Randolph, battle Lafayette with the Patriot League title on the line.

But then the rains came. And the plans changed.

Instead this Crusader wound up at a Mass for the Sick in his hometown of White Plains, N.Y. at another alma mater — St. Bernard’s. The Bernies.

You know what they say about the best-laid plans…..In the end, it all worked out. Got closer to God, spent some quality time with my dear aunt and godmother, and the Crusaders prevailed.

Yep, Randolph passed for 348 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Holy Cross rallied to defeat Lafayette 28-26 and clinch the Patriot League championship and an automatic playoff berth.

Randolph is a stud. He’s a leading candidate for the Walter Payton Award. He’s been written up by the New York Times and the Boston Globe, among others.

He’s generating NFL interest, hardly an every day occurrence at a small school like Holy Cross. He needs a flashy nickname, like Dom “The Bomb.”

The Streak

Of all the school and FCS (football championship subdivision, formerly Division I-AA) numbers and records Randolph has accumulated, none is more impressive than this one — Dominic Randolph has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 40 straight games.

The all-time NCAA record for most consecutive games throwing a touchdown is 41 — held by Mike Reilly of Central Washington, a Division II school, from 2005–2008. Ty Detmer of Brigham Young threw a touchdown in 35 straight games for BYU between 1989 and 1991.

Randolph’s string of 40 is DiMaggio-esque in stature. Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts holds the NFL record with 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass, and that record is often deemed to the statistical equivalent of Joe DiMaggo’s 56-game hitting streak. Unitas’ record has held for almost 50 years since his streak was snapped against the Los Angeles Rams in 1960.

If Randolph throws a touchdown pass in Holy Cross’ finale next week at Bucknell, and another in the Crusaders’ first playoff game, he would establish the all-time NCAA record with 42.

Randolph’s streak began innocently enough against Marist in September of 2006 when the red-shirt freshman tossed his first career touchdown in a 27-0 Holy Cross win. Few in attendance that warm Saturday evening in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., realized they were seeing the start of history in the making.

Passing Fool

The following week Randolph became a starter against Fordham and passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns. He’s been a passing fool every since.

Randolph is all about putting up big numbers. Consider the following:

  • ·· He has passed for at least 200 yards in 38 straight games
  • · He has tossed 30 touchdown passes this year and 113 in his career
  • · Earlier this year, he broke the Holy Cross and Patriot League records for career passing yards
  • · He has thrown for nearly 13,000 career yards, or nearly seven and a half miles
  • · He broke the Holy Cross career records for completions, pass attempts, touchdown passes and yards of total offense — last year
  • · His career completion percentage of .635 is the best in school history
  • · His 23 career 300-yard passing games and seven 400-yard passing games are both the most-ever by a Crusader.

All that, and he leads his team in rushing too.

Not bad for a quarterback who couldn’t crack his high-school starting lineup

And NFL scouts are taking notice. Don’t be surprised if Dominic Randolph – aka “Dom the Bomb” — winds up inext year n the “league where they play for pay.”

Update: On August 19, 2010, Randolph signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants and reported to training camp.

In four years at Holy Cross, Randolph completed 1,131 of 1,786 passes (63.3 percent) for 13,455 yards and 117 touchdowns. He owns the Holy Cross and Patriot League career records for total offense (14,240 yards), passing yards, touchdown passes, completions and pass attempts. He also set the New England collegiate record for most career passing yards, and broke the NCAA football championship subdivision records for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (42) and most consecutive games with 200 passing yards (41).