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Coker scores in closing seconds, Holy Cross advances in FCS

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) 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.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: M. McCray1742
Passing TDs: M. McCray9
Rushing Yards: M. Grant1288
Rushing TDs: M. Grant9
Receiving Yards: N. Brantley410
Receiving TDs: N. Brantley2
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/4 vs. Bucknell W 21 - 0
9/11 at Bryant L 6 - 17
9/18 vs. Morgan State W 21 - 7
9/25 at Dartmouth L 3 - 41
10/2 at Howard L 17 - 22
10/9 vs. Merrimack W 20 - 10
10/16 vs. Central Connecticut State W 27 - 17
10/23 vs. Duquesne W 31 - 13
11/6 at Saint Francis U W 14 - 13
11/13 vs. Wagner W 27 - 0
11/20 at LIU W 38 - 14
11/27 at Holy Cross L 10 - 13
Northeast
  Conference Overall
Sacred Heart 6-1 8-4
Duquesne 5-2 7-3
Bryant 5-2 7-4
Central Connecticut State 4-3 4-7
St. Francis (PA) 4-3 5-6
Merrimack 2-5 5-6
LIU-C.W. Post 2-5 2-8
Wagner 0-7 0-11
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4153 (39)
Passing Yards: 1783 (96)
Rushing Yards: 2370 (10)
Points per game: 20.5 (87)
Yards per game: 377.5 (45)
Touchdowns: 27 (86)
Field Goals: 12 (34)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 2941 (10)
Passing Yards: 1244 (1)
Rushing Yards: 1697 (65)
Points per game: 14.0 (5)
Yards per game: 267.4 (7)
Touchdowns: 18 (8)
Field Goals: 8 (40)
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