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Georgetown Football: 2010 Season Recaps
Game #1: Davidson (Sep. 4)
"It's a tough loss, because we expected to win this game."--Davidson RB Kenny Mantuo
Georgetown ended a 12 game losing streak in its 2010 season opener, a 20-10 victory at Davidson College Saturday night before 4,733 at Richardson Stadium.
The two teams traded punts early before Davidson QB Matt Heavner was picked off by Georgetown LB Patrick O'Donnell at the DC 41, which the Hoyas converted via a 36 yard run by RB Philip Oladeji and a three yard touchdown run by QB Scott Darby, 7-0. The Wildcats went three and out on its next series, and a 10 yard return by Zack Wilke set the Hoyas up at midfield. Georgetown drove it down the field, a nine play, 54 yard drive that saw Oladeji gain 33 of his game-high 65 yards in three carries, setting up a five yard TD run by freshman Brandon Durham to extend the lead to 14-0.
The Wildcats mounted a strong comeback on its next series, but a offensive holding penalty at midfield added yardage that the Cats could not overcome. Despite three straight pass completions, including a five yard pass on 4th and 8, the drive fell short and the Hoyas took over with 5:58 to play, forcing Davidson to call three timeouts to save what was left of the clock.
Davidson regained the ball with a Georgetown punt to its 12 with 2:12 to play. Aided by a roughing the passer penalty, the Wildcats moved the ball to midfield with 1:31 to play, only to give up an interception by DB Wayne Heimuli at the Georgetown 26.
The Hoyas outgained the Wildcats 296-212. Darby was 14-23 for 130 yards, with Oladeji leading all rushers with 64 yards on 15 carries. Although Georgetown had only four more offensive plays than did Davidson (67-63), they owned a full one yard advantage on yards per play (4.4 to 3.4).
The Hoyas go back on the road for its Patriot League opener Saturday versus Lafayette.
GEORGETOWN DAVIDSON First downs 18 14 Rushed-yards 44-166 27-46 Passing yards 130 166 Sacked-yards lost 3-8 1-9 Return yards 31 12 Passes 14-23-0 21-36-2 Punts 8-37.5 7-37.4 Fumbles-lost 1-0 0-0 Penalties-yards 7-65 2-12 Time of possession 31:31 28:29
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Game #2: Lafayette (Sep. 11)
Rallying from a 14 point second quarter deficit, the Georgetown Hoyas turned in its single best effort of the Patriot League era in a 28-24 win at Lafayette, ending a 13 game losing streak in league play. The crowd of 7,635 at Fisher Stadium saw the Leopards (0-1) lose its first game to Georgetown in seven years.
To watch the opening moments of the game, however, fans on either side of the gridiron would have been hard pressed to even consider such an outcome. Off a punt from Lafayette's first possession, Georgetown RB Philip Oladeji fumbled at the 12 and set up the Leopards for an easy score, 7-0. Amazing, it would be the first of a trifecta of miscues on both sides, as the Leopards promptly bobbled the ball on its next punt (officially a -8 yard rush), setting the Hoyas up at the Lafayette four and a three play drive, where Wilburn Logan got across the end zone for a 7-7 score with 5:05 in the first quarter.
Special teams lightning struck again two series later, when Zack Wilke muffed a Lafayette punt and the Leopards collected another gift, this time at the GU 11, connecting on an easy two play drive, 14-7. Georgetown went three and out and the Leopards went to work again, an eight play drive aided by a fair catch interference penalty on the GU special teams which saw the Leopards take a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter.
Georgetown's offense was sluggish and first downs were in short supply. Outgained 82-26 in the first quarter, the Hoyas had one first down to Lafayette's four.
Georgetown punted for the third time in four series with 7:14 to play in the second quarter, which saw the Leopards move into Georgetown territory. RB Jerome Rudolph, who rushed for six of his 18 first carries in the series, was hit by DB David Quintero at the Georgetown 37, losing the ball and seeing Georgetown LB Nick parrish recover the ball for Lafayette's second turnover of the game. In many respects, it may have been a turning point, as the Hoyas responded with a nine play, 60 yard drive, aided by two pass interference calls, that ultimately saw slot back Keerome Lawrence get a six yard TD pass on third and two at the GU 6 and close the score to 17-14.
Lafayette outgained the Hoyas 509-265. It is believed to be only the second Georgetown win in the modern era (the other being a a 57-56 OT shootout over Butler in 2000) that the Hoyas gave up 500 or more total yards of offense and won (see chart below).
"It was a true team win," said Georgetown coach Kevin Kelly, picking up only his second PL win in five seasons. "I can't tell you how big it is for our program at this point in time."
Congratulations to everyone for a memorable game, now, on to Yale.
GEORGETOWN LAFAYETTE First downs 13 31 Rushed-yards 23-93 42-166 Passing yards 172 343 Sacked-yards lost 1-4 3-23 Return yards 4 -2 Passes 18-30-0 35-48-2 Punts 6-34.3 3-33.0 Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-2 Penalties-yards 4-29 8-65 Time of possession 19:47 40:13
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Game #3: Yale (Sep. 18)
In a game that saw the teams combine for 986 yards, it came down to a one yard quarterback sneak as time expired to give Yale a 40-35 win over Georgetown at the Yale Bowl Saturday. The Hoyas (2-1) scored three touchdowns in the first seven minutes of the third quarter and held the lead until the final play of the game, with a number of memorable offensive, defensive, and special teams efforts in an outstanding team effort.
Yale's first drive appeared reminiscent of its 47-7 rout of the Hoyas at the Yale Bowl in 2008, as the Bulldogs returned the opening kickoff to the Georgetown 41 and was inside the Georgetown red zone in just three plays. The defense stood its ground and forced a 36 yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Georgetown's Danny Thompson, one of three kicking miscues that hurt Yale all day, and may have forced its hand in the eventual game winner.
The teams began a series of drives interrupted by punts through much of the quarter, a quarter marred by frequent penalty calls. Yale quarterback Patrick Witt began a series of assaults against the Georgetown secondary midway in the quarter, completing three straight to get into Georgetown, with a long pass averted by an soaring block from 5-10 sophomore DB Jeremy Moore. Yale punted deep into Georgetown's territory, where the Hoyas coughed up the ball inside its 10 for the second time in as many games, with linebacker Jordan Haynes picking up the fumble and rolling in for the score, 7-0. Left unsaid, at least by the officials, was that Yale was caught in a defensive line change on the play and 12 men were on the field at the time of the fumble, but officials made no effort to discuss it further.
Georgetown needed an answer and got it, thanks to a 54 yard kickoff return by Dalen Claytor and a two play drive capped by an acrobatic catch by Jamal Davis on a 40 yard pass from QB Scott Darby, 7-7. The drive sent the message to the small Yale crowd (9,358) that Georgetown was not going away in this one.
The teams traded drives into the second quarter, whereupon Witt led the Elis on a nine play, 85 yard drive, reaching third down just twice, the latter of which Witt found RB Alex Thomas out of the backfield for a 20 yard pass, 14-7. Georgetown returned the favor with a 11 play, 60 yard drive that featured five penalties, including a Yale head shot on slot back Keerome Lawrence that spurred the Hoyas on. A 22 yard pass on 3rd and 15 from Darby to Patrick Ryan got the Hoyas into scoring territory, where RB Philip Oladeji broke through the Yale line for a 17 yard touchdown, 14-14.
First down, no gain.
Yale brought out PK Barnes to take the lead via a short field goal, but a stunning GU surge blocked the 18 yard chip shot. Just as Georgetown left points on the field in Darby's interception, coach Tom Williams' decision to go for three left Yale a point short, 35-34, with time growing shorter.
Georgetown needed to run clock--it went to the air on a 3rd and 3 to pick up a first down with three minutes left, but opted to go to the ground for three running plays that left a 4th and 1 at its 26. The New Haven Register criticized the Hoyas for going conservative, but coach Kevin Kelly could not give Witt and the Bulldogs such short field position and Georgetown chose to punt it back with 1:27 and two time outs left.
Witt wasted no time at his 36 yard line: 17 yards to Thomas, 23 yards over two passes to Christodoulou. On a 3rd and 1 at the 24 with under a minute, Thomas rushed for nine yards to the to the 14, on a successive 3rd and 6 with 13 seconds left, Thomas was caught at the one.
The clock stopped on Thomas' first down with seven seconds and the officials seemed to delay getting the ball set. With a moment in his favor, coach Williams opted to go for the touchdown. Witt got under center and pushed ahead for the one yard score. The Yale scoreboard kept the clock running and the one yard run took the remaining seven seconds off the clock as the Yale players rushed onto the field. Because of the officials' inattention to the clock, the succeeding unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was waived off.
"I was a little shocked when we called the quarterback sneak," Witt said. "I knew if we didn't get in it was game over." In post-game comments, Witt envisioned walking over and throwing the winning ball into the stands (as Yale legend Brian Dowling famously did in a 1967 win over Princeton) but the pigskin fell short of the bleachers in the post-game toss. Witt's 407 yards was the sixth highest total in Yale football history, and the second most ever given up by the Hoyas, eclipsed only by a 527 yard barrage suffered in a 40-14 loss to Johns Hopkins in 1991.
For all its own offensive firepower (its 443 total yards being the most in a game since 2007) Georgetown's pass defense continues to be inconsistent. Despite a number of impressive stops and individual play, particularly by Jeremy Moore, the Hoyas gave up 543 yards overall, 11th most in school history, and gave up 500 or more yards in consecutive weeks for the first time ever. . The 32 first downs allowed tied for second all-time.
Darby finished 24-47 for 340 yards, sixth best in Georgetown's modern era. Keerome Lawrence led all GU receivers with eight catches and 129 yards. Rushing was less effective, with Philip Oladeji leading the stat chart with 54 yards on 10 carries.
In 14 games since 2001 where Georgetown gave up 500 yards, GU is 1-13, with last week's Lafayette game being the only win under such circumstances. That a team could give up so many yards and still be one play removed from an upset is impressive, but in the final analysis Yale had too many opportunities to score, and the last was the one they needed.
For a student body that has only read about this team's exciting play over the last three weeks, Saturday offers a chance to see the new-look Hoyas in person, as Georgetown welcomes Holy Cross for Homecoming. The Crusaders (1-2) were defeated at Harvard, 34-6.
GEORGETOWN YALE First downs 20 32 Rushed-yards 28-103 35-136 Passing yards 340 407 Sacked-yards lost 2-12 0-0 Return yards 0 24 Passes 24-47-1 35-55-1 Punts 7-35.4 6-38.5 Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0 Penalties-yards 9-78 5-45 Time of possession 24:04 35:56
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Game #4: Holy Cross (Sep. 25)
"It feels great. All the fans were out there watching, it feels great to make them proud."--RB Philip Oladeji, in the Washington Post
The surprising Georgetown Hoyas survived nearly 40 minutes of defensive serve and volley to score two fourth quarter touchdowns in a 17-7 win over Holy Cross at Multi-Sport Field Saturday, earning Georgetown its first Homecoming win in four seasons and its first over Holy Cross since 1999.
With nearly 5,000 registrants, this was the largest Homecoming Weekend crowd since 1970 (when the Grateful Dead was the Homecoming band at McDonough Gym), but tickets sold out a half hour before game time and many tailgate participants were left to watch the game through a fence. Students that had heard of the new-look Georgetown offense probably expected fireworks, but the first half was anything but.
Holy Cross' opening drive carried the Crusaders into Georgetown territory, but the drive was halted at the GU 39 with an alert play by lineman George Cullen in stopping a 4th and 1 rushing play. For the next 27 minutes, fans were treated to a punting exhibition--13 of the next 14 drives of the half ended in punts, with only five first downs between the clubs during the span.
Georgetown's best drive of the half began in the first quarter and ended early in the second: a nine play, 41 yard drive which ended on downs at the Holy Cross 25. But for its part, the Crusaders could mount no effective offense. Holy Cross managed just one first down in the second quarter entering the final play, which appeared to be an incomplete pass at its 41. As the MSF scoreboard went to zero, Georgetown players began to head to the temporary area at the Southwest Quad in place of a locker room, but Holy Cross had called a timeout. The officials wound the play clock after the time out with players still leaving the field, but at least the defense stayed around, preventing a major embarrassment. Holy Cross aired out a long pass with the crowd (and a few GU players) looking to see what was going on, but DB Wayne Heimuli tackled WR Mike Fess at the GU 27 to formally end the half, 0-0. Holy Cross held a meager 146-143 advantage in total yards, with Scott Darby passing just 4-7 for 22 yards.
"Overall on defense, we did a good job," said HC coach Tom Gilmore. "But the big difference was third- and fourth-down conversions in the second half.” Georgetown converted all three fourth down plays in the second half, and converted on all three red zone possessions.
Georgetown goes back on the road Saturday for a key Patriot league matchup at Colgate. The Red Raiders took a loss at Syracuse Saturday but have defeated the Hoyas seven consecutive times since 2002. Of course, Georgetown has had a away of breaking streaks this season.
Game statistics follow below:
HOLY CROSS GEORGETOWN First downs 12 19 Rushed-yards 25-86 42-167 Passing yards 176 191 Sacked-yards lost 1-8 0-0 Return yards 8 30 Passes 25-39-1 26-44-0 Punts 9-42.6 8-35.6 Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-yards 5-46 4-45 Time of possession 27:30 32:30
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Game #5: Colgate (Oct. 2)
After a 383 yard effort against Holy Cross, a flat Georgetown offense managed just 113 yards in a 34-3 loss at Colgate Saturday.
For a series, at least, Georgetown stood toe to toe with one of the nation's best offenses. Colgate opened the game with a grueling 16 play, 72 yard drive, with eight of the 16 plays going to junior running back Nate Eachus. A holding call negated a Colgate touchdown, and the Hoyas held for a 20 yard field goal, 3-0. Helped by a 34 yard kickoff return, Georgetown started at midfield and drove to the Colgate 22, tying the score at 3-3. Unfortunately, it was the most productive drive of the day, as no subsequent Georgetown drive managed more than 21 yards the rest of the day.
Each team traded punts until the Hoyas' second punt was dropped by a Colgate returner and recovered by Nate Zimmel at midfield. Georgetown's play calling stayed conservative, with Darby taking three QB draws and throwing two passes for a total of -1 yard. At the 10:59 mark of the second quarter, GU punted back its best field position for the rest of the game, and Colgate never looked back.
After four of its first five games on the road, Georgetown returns to Multi-Sport Field Saturday for an out of conference game with Wagner College at 1:00 pm.
GEORGETOWN COLGATE First downs 6 25 Rushed-yards 18-37 68-304 Passing yards 76 126 Sacked-yards lost 2-11 0-0 Return yards 0 5 Passes 15-24-0 12-17-0 Punts 6-31.5 2-46.0 Fumbles-lost 3-2 3-1 Penalties-yards 4-40 5-73 Time of possession 19:21 40:39
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Game #6: Wagner (Oct. 9)
Despite a defensive effort which forced four interceptions and held their opponents to just three points with 10:04 remaining in the game, turnovers of its own cost the Hoyas a bitter overtime loss to Wagner College Saturday, 22-16, before a small and increasingly frustrated crowd at the unnamed Multi-Sport Field Saturday. Georgetown was twice unable to hold a 10 point lead and allowed Wagner to dominate the final half of the game, and then some.
Georgetown owned the field position battle early in this one. each of its first three drives at or past midfield. After missing a 28 yard field goal in its second drive, the Hoyas held the Seahawks to -10 yards in its next drive and set up at the Wagner 42. A five play drive followed, with QB Scott Darby driving 12 yards for the score. 7-0. Georgetown's Jayah Kaisamba picked off the first of three interceptions in the next four series, setting up georgetown at its 25, but the offense soon sputtered. A 70 yard punt by Matt MacZura (the best in a game since 1991) backed the Seahawks up to its 21, where the Hoyas picked off another pass in GU territory, but could do no better than punting it back. After an exchange of punts, Kaisamba picked of another pass, this one at the Wagner 26, setting up the Hoyas to take charge with 29 seconds in the half. Darby threw three incompletions and the Hoyas settled for a 29 yard Brett Weiss field goal, 10-0.
"We beat an Ivy League team [in Week 2] for the first time and now a Patriot League team," said Wagner head coach Walt Hameline. "It’s a good thing for our program and a good thing for our institution."
WAGNER GEORGETOWN First downs 19 13 Rushed-yards 41-110 41-140 Passing yards 209 68 Sacked-yards lost 1-16 3-13 Return yards 94 36 Passes 24-45-4 10-24-2 Punts 5-41.4 6-47.2 Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-1 Penalties-yards 13-100 4-37 Time of possession 34:27 25:33
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Game #7: Bucknell (Oct. 16)
Georgetown continued its October march down the standings Saturday, a flurry of mistakes, missed opportunities and turnovers in a 24-21 loss to Bucknell before an oversold crowd of 2,821 at unnamed Multi-Sport Field.
The 2010 offense, which introduced a crisp, efficient style of play to Georgetown's offense in September, looked more like the 2009-era offense in the first half. The Hoyas opened the game with three plays and -2 yards, and the GU defense than had to withstand a grueling 17 play drive from the Bison, encompassing 70 yards and nine minutes off the clock. The Bison drove to the GU 17 before a offensive penalty and a pair of defensive stops led to a 39 yard field goal try, which sailed right.
An 11 yard pass play helped move the Hoyas near midfield in its next drive, but opponents have long since figured out that a wildcat formation with Keerome Lawrence means a run, and the Bison shut down Lawrence and forced a punt. Unfortunately for Georgetown, the punt sailed well over Matt MacZura's head near the Georgetown 10 yard line, the first of a number of special teams missteps common to a team lacking focus. MacZura did all he could to avoid the turnover deep in GU territory by punting the ball, but it landed four yards short of the original fourth down line of scrimmage. Also going against Georgetown--a face mask penalty on Bucknell waived off by a overmatched officiating crew.
The Bison took over at the Georgetown 46 and went to work, largely in the air. Bucknell QB Brandon Wesley faced a third and 14 at the GU 36 and found RB Tyler Smith open for a first down, then caught the defense unprepared when it executed a trick pass from receiver Frank DeNick to an open Smith at the eight. Smith took the ball in from seven yards out, 7-0.
Another head scratcher from the officials played to the Bison. After three straight incompletions by Kempf at midfield, a punt received a fair catch signal from Bucknell's but Bryce Robertson but he took the catch on the fly and began to run. When tackled by GU's Nick Campanella, officials tagged Campanella with a personal foul. Although the defense held in the ensuing drive, it played into a 10 penalty, 109 yard effort for the Hoyas.
The teams traded punts late into the third quarter when Kempf led the Hoyas on an eight play, 74 yard drive, hitting WR Max Waizenegger with a 43 yard pass to give the Hoyas a 21-17 lead. After the Bison went three and out, a 60 yard punt pinned the Hoyas at its 10. Having the lead into the fourth quarter, all the offense needed to do was to get out of its own end zone on the ground and control the clock.
Instead, the play from the sidelines was a flare pass that Bucknell LB Sean Rafferty picked off untouched at the 12 and went in for the stunning touchdown. The one play not to call, and Georgetown called it.
The shell-shocked MSF crowd saw the pass-only Hoyas go three and out with 10:34 to play, but the defense forced a stop and GU took over with 6:09 to play. Much as it did last week with 14 straight rushing plays against Wagner to ill effect, Kempf was now on a run of 16 consecutive pass attempts, a measure of predictability that was astounding. With a second and three at the BU 27, Kempf was stuffed in the backfield, and on third down, failed to connect with Keerome Lawrence with a sure first down.
With 3:08 to play, down three, PK Brett Weiss was available for a 48 yard attempt with no appreciable wind. Weiss was 5-6 on field goals this season, but the staff opted to go for it. Fourth and seven... but instead of reaching out for the first down with time on its side, the call went for the goal line, with Kempf throwing a 40 yarder past Kenneth Furlough in coverage. Bucknell ran out the clock thereafter.
Georgetown's offense was almost entirely on the pass. The Hoyas only attempted four rushing plays in the entire second half, all by QB Isaiah Kempf, with another two carries ending in sacks. Kempf accounted for eight of a team-low 16 rushing attempts all day, collecting just 41 yards.
Kempf finished the day 18-34 for 252 yards, Darby 5-8 for 34 yards. Georgetown held a 272-43 advantage in second half total yards, but this stat should say it all why the winless Bucknell Bison are winless no more: Bucknell scored its 10 second half points on two drives totaling 15 yards.
BUCKNELL GEORGETOWN First downs 17 14 Rushed-yards 47-129 16-41 Passing yards 137 286 Sacked-yards lost 3-26 1-4 Return yards 13 28 Passes 12-22-0 23-42-1 Punts 5-44.8 7-30.9 Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1 Penalties-yards 6-65 10-109 Time of possession 38:44 21:16
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Game #8: Sacred Heart (Oct. 23)
After scoring 10 points in the first nine minutes of the game, the Georgetown Hoyas appeared to have righted the ship following three straight losses in the month of October.
Appearances can be deceiving.
For the final 51 minutes of Saturday's game with Sacred Heart, it was business as usual for the now-sliding Hoyas, with a mix of offensive woes, a tired defense, and spotty special teams play which added another loss to Kevin Kelly's record, this a 33-20 setback before 3,189 in Fairfield, CT.
Sacred Heart entered the game having dropped six straight, so a good start was vital for Georgetown to establish momentum, and they did just that. The Hoyas held the Pioneers without a first down on each of its first two possessions, and converted each successive series into points. Its first series drove 45 yards in nine plays, stalling inside the SH ten after a fall start and some predictable play calling (five straight rushes) held the line and Georgetown took a 27 yard field goal from Brett Weiss for the lead, 3-0. On its next series, QB Scott Darby was able to get a better mix of plays, keyed by a 21 yard pass play to Jeremiah Kayal and a 15 yard run by Dalen Claytor to set up a one yard Darby run and a 10-0 lead with 5:34 in the first quarter. This lead, ten, tied the largest lead held by the Hoyas all season.
Sacred Heart QB Dale Fink woke up the Pioneers through the air. Fink completed 4 of 7 passing for 59 yards to drive the Pioneers to the GU 17, but a big sack by lineman Andrew Schaetzke backed up the Pioneers and forced a 39 yard field goal by PK Jesper Fredriksson.
After controlling the ball for 6:49 in its first two possessions, the Georgetown offense began a run of quick, low-impact drives which swung momentum to the Pioneers and foretold a battle of attrition for the defense. Of the next ten drives of the game, only one lasted more than 2:07.
On Georgetown's next series, the drive lasted just four plays until RB Philip Oladeji coughed up the ball at midfield. The defense held the Pioneers to and three and out, thanks to some fine pass defense, but the offense was back to its old ways when, on the next series, Darby threw an interception at the Georgetown 32. Three plays, 14 seconds, and the defense was back on the field again.
It wouldn't take long for Sacred Heart to take advantage, as Fink went long to WR Gary Coles for the score, 10-10.
The GU coaching staff pulled Darby and added Isaiah Kempf into the rotation. Kempf threw two incompletes and suffered two sacks in the next series, where a short MacZura punt failed to pin the Pioneers back. A ten play, 62 yard drive consumed five minutes of the quarter, where another defensive stop led SHU to connect on a Fredriksson field goal, his fourth, to go up 33-13. Kempf completed six straight passes in a drive to close to 33-20, but the Hoyas went four and out on its final series and Sacred Heart ran out the clock for their first win since its season opener.
The Hoyas managed 106 total yards on its first two possessions and 80 yards on its touchdown drive with the game out of reach. In the remaining 45 plays, just 121 yards, not counting the two fumbles, one interception, and one punt block returned for a touchdown. The Pioneers gained 376 yards on the Hoyas, but the Hoya defense surrendered only two touchdowns and forced five field goal attempts, understating the threat of a blowout had the field goals been converted to touchdowns. The 13 point margin of victory for Sacred Heart is telling for a Georgetown team that gave up 14 points from turnovers, further contributing to a slide that threatens to derail the 2010 season.
GEORGETOWN SACRED HEART First downs 18 22 Rushed-yards 32-110 37-81 Passing yards 188 295 Sacked-yards lost 3-23 3-28 Return yards 12 36 Passes 20-37-1 22-39-0 Punts 6-25.3 5-37.8 Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0 Penalties-yards 1-5 4-34 Time of possession 26:28 33:32
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Game #9: Fordham (Oct. 30)
Turnovers and special teams errors failed Georgetown once again, this time in a 24-19 loss to Fordham that marked GU's fifth straight loss.
The teams traded punts to open the game before the Hoyas spin the quarterback wheel again, bringing in Isaiah Kempf just 3:16 after Scott Darby had opened the first series. Going three and out, Georgetown gambled early, opting for a fake punt at its own 21 that netted a first down, but Georgetown punted it back at midfield. Fordham went to work behind RB Darryl Whiting, whose 47 yard run off tackle led a seven play, 80 yard drive that took just 2:06 and gave Fordham the 7-0 lead.
Darby returned to the lineup in the next series, a six play drive that punted the ball back to Fordham. Aided by a return to midfield, Fordham QB Ryan Higgins went long on first down, but was picked off at the GU 20, DB Jayah Kaisamba fumbled the ball on return and the Rams recovered, setting up at the GU 13 and scoring five plays later, 14-0.
Georgetown was comparable in total offense (454-422) but was badly outgained on the ground. Led by Darryl Whiting's 251 yards (the most by an opponent rusher since Colgate's Jordan Scott ran for 257 yards in the 2005 season finale), Fordham put up 318 yards on the ground compared to just 80 for Georgetown. Of the 80, almost half (39 yards) came on just three carries.
"Whiting's impressive showing comes in what is becoming a lineage of huge rushing performances against the Hoyas," wrote Nick Carroll of the Fordham Ram. "Last year, Whiting ran for 172 yards against the Hoyas and in 2008 [Xavier] Martin ran for 186 yards."
The Georgetown quarterback shuffle was a draw. Darby was 11-20 for 170 yards, Kempf 13-26 for 172. Georgetown gave up six quarterback sacks compared to just one for Fordham.
Was it the fumbled interception, the interception in the end zone, the kicking game, the rush defense? As with each of Georgetown's last five losses, it was a team effort, and one that the Hoyas will look back with regret when all is said and done.
GEORGETOWN FORDHAM First downs 20 25 Rushed-yards 36-80 55-318 Passing yards 342 136 Sacked-yards lost 6-25 1-8 Return yards 55 17 Passes 24-46-1 13-24-2 Punts 5-34.8 4-39.3 Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-1 Penalties-yards 5-45 3-30 Time of possession 30:24 29:36
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Game #10: Lehigh (Nov. 13)
Despite forcing three first half turnovers, the Georgetown Hoyas were unable to avert the team's sixth consecutive loss, a 24-7 loss to Lehigh that assured the Engineers its first Patriot League title in six seasons and continued Georgetown's season of lost opportunities.
A crowd of 2,819, many of them Lehigh partisans, saw Georgetown open up with the kind of offensive outlays that have bred trouble early in games this year. Two rushes for no gain led to a 3 yard pass play on 3rd and 11, and on the ensuing punt, Matt MacZura's kick went only 16 yards, setting up Lehigh in Georgetown territory. The Engineers drove to the GU 14 before the Hoyas' defense held, with a field goal opening the score at 3-0.
A six play, 16 yard drive proved to be Georgetown's best drive throughout much of the half. The teams traded punts for the remainder of the first quarter, and after three series with QB Scott Darby, offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude dropped Darby for Isaiah Kempf, who played the remainder of the game. Kempf's first series looked promising when he threw a 45 yard pass to Keerome Lawrence, but the play was called back due to holding and the Hoyas punted a fourth consecutive time.
Lehigh opened the third quarter returning to the run, with 32 yards on the ground in a drive that drove to the GU 23. Georgetown's defense came up big again when DL Andrew Schaetzke sacked Lum for a loss of 13 yards, keeping the Engineers out of field goal range. The Hoyas began their longest drive by time all season, a 14 play drive that consumed 11:33 of the third quarter clock. A two yard Keerome Lawrence rush helped extend the drive on 4th and 1 at the Lehigh 39, but when the Hoyas faced a 4th and 2 at the 29, the coaching staff opted to go for a field goal instead of a first down.
As it has frequently during the losing streak, the special teams failed the Hoyas. Brett Weiss' 46 yard attempt sailed wide right, and it marked a turning point in the game. Lehigh began to control the field and the clock, wearing down a Georgetown defense that had more than held its own for the first 40 minutes of the game against the top rated team in the league. Lehigh would score on three of its next five series to put the game out of reach.
The first of the scores came with relative speed. Lum connected on passes of 27, 12, and 27 yards to advance to the GU 3, where RB Michael Colvin took it n for the touchdown, 13-7. Georgetown went three and out on its next series, but the coaches inexplicably opted to go to a wildcat formation on 4th and one at its 38, which the Lehigh defense promptly stuffed. For its part, the Brown and White failed on a 4th and 6 at the GU 34, but the offense did nothing with it, going three and out.
The Georgetown series proved increasingly ineffective. With Kempf having the reputation as a pass-first quarterback, Lehigh keyed its defensive plans thusly. Taking over with 9:49 in the game, Kempf threw three incompletions and GU punted it back. Lehigh went on a 9 play, 55 yard drive with rushes of 11 and 21 yards to put the Engineers securely in the lead, converting on a two point conversion to extend the lead to 21-7.
Special teams foiled the Hoyas yet again as Jeremy Moore fumbled the ensuing kickoff return and the Engineers converted for a field goal, 24-7. In its final drive Kempf threw nine times, was sacked once, and turned the ball over on downs at the Lehigh 38. One kneel down was all that was required for Lehigh to win its first Pl title in six seasons and its first outright title since 2001. The post-game celebration on the unnamed Multi-Sport Field marked the second opponent to win the PL title on Georgetown's home field in five years, as Colgate took home the 2005 title in what would be Bob Benson's last game as head coach.
Georgetown's offense was far too inconsistent to seriously threaten in this game. The Hoyas' first four drives netted just 19 yards, while the four before Lehigh closed the scoring collected just 18 yards. With Georgetown's offensive M.O. well known to opposing coaches by now, Scott Darby was 2-5 for 11 yards, Isaiah Kempf 18-36 for 155. Lehigh's Chris Lum was 24-46 for 297 yards, and the Engineers outrushed the Hoyas 144-48, with 24 rushing yards under Darby's direction in the first quarter and 34 yards thereafter under Kempf. Georgetown managed just 2.1 yards per rush compared to nearly four yards a rush for Lehigh.
From a 3-1 start, Georgetown will seek to avoid finishing 3-8 in its finale versus Marist on Saturday.
LEHIGH GEORGETOWN First downs 22 11 Rushed-yards 37-144 23-48 Passing yards 297 166 Sacked-yards lost 1-13 1-10 Return yards 18 9 Passes 24-48-3 20-41-0 Punts 4-33.3 8-34.5 Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-yards 7-50 2-15 Time of possession 32:05 27:55
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Game #11: Marist (Nov. 20)
"I truly feel that this class will provide depth and competition at every position. The quality of this class is exciting not only for the coaching staff, but for Georgetown Football."--Kevin Kelly, May 4, 2007
Saturday's finale with Marist ends a long and frustrating season for a senior class which has endured through four grueling seasons of football.
The 2007 season opened at Stony Brook with a 35-28 loss, though few would have imagined the 28 points scored by the Hoyas that evening would be matched only four more times in four years. After 43 games and one norovirus outbreak, the Class of 2011 plays its final game against the only team it has defeated more than once--Marist. Of Georgetown's six wins over the last four seasons, two came to Marist, both at home and both in November. Unfortunately, in the midst of a six game slide which has scuttled the 2010 season, there are no guarantees.
This has been a vital group of players whose leadership and commitment has helped the Hoyas through some tough times. Please take the opportunity to attend the game and show these seniors your support.
In addition to these players, 17 other members of the Class of 2011 contributed to the team. All but two are still at Georgetown and will be on course to graduate with their class.
Georgetown ended a six game losing streak in a defensive-minded 14-7 win over Marist, ending the 2010 season at 4-7.
The first quarter was an exercise in futility for Georgetown's offense--by contrast, Marist (3-8) saw its best offense early in the game, driving deep into GU territory on its first possession, but missing a 42 yard field goal. The Hoyas went three and out and suffered a 21 yard punt by freshman Matt MacZura, which set up the Red Foxes at midfield. A 20 yard pass from Marist QB Tommy Reilly to WR Joe DeSimone keyed a six play, 50 yard drive that was capped by RB Ryan Dinnebeil scoring from four yards out, 7-0.
The teams traded punts into the second quarter, whereupon the Red Foxes suffered the first of three interceptions, and a turning point at that. On a first down at midfield, Reilly's screen pass was picked off by junior DL Andrew Schaetzke, who advanced the ball to the Marist 28. Six plays later, Philip Oladeji took a one yard carry for the score, 7-7.
Entering the fourth quarter, the GU defense backed up Marist again, setting up the Hoyas at midfield, but Darby found Maniero on a second INT three plays later. Mainiero appeared ready to return the pass for the touchdown, but Darby made a touchdown-saving (and perhaps game-saving) tackle at the GU 15 with 11:36 to play. Two offensive penalties pushed the Red Foxes back to its 30, and an eight yard sack by DL Danny Thompson Jr. pushed Marist out of field goal range altogether, forcing a reluctant punt with 9:53 left.
Georgetown rushed the ball five straight time but had to punt the ball back, settling for a 27 yard punt by MacZura which favorably gave Marist the ball at the GU 49. The GU defense mounted another stop, led by a Paul Sant'Ambrogio sack which forced Looney and the Red Foxes out of field goal range and Marist punted it back again with 4:50 to play. This time, the Hoyas ran out the clock, a ten play drive which netted four of Georgetown's 18 first downs for the game.
Darby finished the game 15-29 for 127 yards, with Philip Oladeji leading GU runners with 17 carries for 71 yards. In a season where no Georgetown rusher topped 100 yards, Oladeji's 71 was the second best individual output of the season. The story, however, was the defense, holding the Red Foxes to fewer yards over each of the four quarters: 117 in the first, 91 in the second, 85 in the third, and a negative-18 in the fourth.
Georgetown ends the 2010 season 4-7, its best finish since the 2005 season but continuing a 12th consecutive season under .500. Georgetown looks to return as many as 15 starters next season, while it honored its four-year senior lettermen in pre and post-game events.
MARIST GEORGETOWN First downs 16 18 Rushed-yards 33-71 35-159 Passing yards 232 127 Sacked-yards lost 7-37 0-0 Return yards 54 37 Passes 20-36-3 15-29-2 Punts 8-34.3 8-33.5 Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0 Penalties-yards 11-80 5-51 Time of possession 34:42 25:18
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