Holy Cross earned its first Patriot League title since 2009 Saturday, shutting out Georgetown 24-0 at Fitton Field.
The teams played to a draw for the first 25 mintues of the game, but after holding the Hoyas to a fourth down and 1 at its 32, the Crusaders answered with a four play, 68 yard drive, 7-0. On the second play following the touchdown, a pass from QB Gunther Johnson was intercepted and returned untouched for the score, 14-0, and for all intents and purposes the game was over by halftime.
The Hoyas turned the ball over on three of its last four possessions, with its only serious scoring attempt being missed badly on a 32 yard field goal attempt by slumping senior kicker Brad Hurst, who kicked an 11 yard punt earlier in the game.
Georgetown dropped four straight to end the season at 5-6.
Bucknell 20, Georgetown 17
"Who wants it more?," we asked in the Pre-Game Report. Bucknell did.
Four turnovers, a botched punt, and nine penalties sent the Georgetown Hoyas to its third straight loss Saturday, with a likely last place finish in the Patriot League following a 20-17 loss at Bucknell. Holding the Bison to one yard passing and four yards in its first six series, the Hoyas allowed 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for the Bison win, despite holding the Bison on downs three times inside the 20 yard line in the second half.
Saturday's story should have been a tour de force for the Georgetown defense, which stood tall time after time, beginning in the opening drive, where despite a 52 yard kickoff return by Bucknell, the Bison were held to three yards on three plays and forced to punt. Bucknell was held to just two yards on its next series deep in its territory, which set up Georgetown on a short field at the Bucknell 39. A 16 yard run on third and seven by QB Gunther Johnson helped drive the Hoyas in scoring position, where Johnson found WR Joshua Tomas for the score, 7-0, with five minutes to play in the first quarter.
With a couple of trick plays left in the 2019 playbook, the hoyas stunned the homestanding Bison by executing an onsides kick following the touchdown, which set up GU at midfield with all the momentum. Instead of delivering a knockout blow, georgetown breathed new life into the Bison. Three plays into the drive at the Bucknell 41, Jackson Saffold coughed up the ball, which was returned 55 yards for the score. The PAT failed, but the damage was done, 7-6.
Georgetown opened the second quarter with a 10 play, 55 yard drive to the Bucknell six, but the Bison held and forced a field goal. Brad Hurst's kick was a line drive that confused the officials, neither of whom could confirm if it went through. After a brief huddle, the officials awarded the points to the Hoyas, 10-6. The teams traded punts the remainder of the half, with Bucknell not earning a first down until the last series of the first half, finishing with 37 yards in the first half and holding Bucknell QB Logan Bitikofer to 1 for 8 passing for a single yard. Despite it all, the Hoyas were anything but pulling away.
Georgetown found itself some breathing room on Bucknell's first series of the second half, where DB Jonathan Honore picked up a Bitikofer pass at midfield and returned it to the GU 39. On a third and five from the bucknell 15, Joshua Stakely drove 15 yards for the score, 17-6.
The Hoyas' self-inflicted wounds began on its next series. Driving inside Bucknell territory midway through the third, Stakely fumbled the ball at the BU 38. While the defense held, it reversed the momentum that had buried the Bison for much of the game, driving into the red zone before being stopped on a 4th and 6 at the GU 19.
Georgetown's next drive was stalled by penalties. On a third and 11 to open the fourth quarter, Johnson was sacked and flagged for intentional grounding on the same play. Hurst was called out to punt. Hurst's line drive kicking has been a problem in at least one game this season and two last season, and it bit the Hoyas yet again. Described variously by the PL networks announcer as either a blocked punt or that the trajectory of the kick went off the back of one of his blockers, the low grade kick caromed to the GU 18, setting Bucknell up for a two play drive and the score. Its two point conversion failed, but the game was on, 17-12.
With the worst timing possible, Georgetown went three and out for its only series of the second half, giving the ball back to the Bison with 12:27 to play. The Bison went on a four play drive with a 45 yard touchdown pass to Dominic Lyles for the score. A two point conversion gave the Bison the lead, 20-17.
On its next series, Johnson was intercepted at the Georgetown 15, but the defense held Bucknell without a point as Ibrahim Kamara stopped the Bison on fourth and three at the GU 8 and gave the Hoyas new life with 7:22 to play, down three. The offense could do no better than one first down and punted back to the bison with 5:08 remaining, where Bucknell drove 51 yards to the Georgetown 12 before the defense made a second consecutive fourth down stop in the red zone. By this point, however, just 21 seconds remained, and on its first play, TE Isaac Schley fumbled the ball at the GU 26 to end the game.
Georgetown outgained Bucknell 362-236 and had 22 more plays in the game but the outcome turned yet again on turnovers and numerous mistakes, including nine penalties. This was the third straight game the Hoyas folded late, this time despite a healthy lead in time of possession. Four red zone stops inside the 20 without points should have been more than enough to secure the win, but three fumbles and a late interception were more than Georgetown could overcome.
The Hoyas' last hope for a winning season would seem its most daunting, traveling to Holy Cross where the Crusaders are seeking its first PL title in 10 years Saturday.
First downs 23 14
Rushed-yards 48-163 41-134
Passing yards 199 102
Sacks-yards lost 1-8 3-27
Passes 20-34-1 9-19-1
Punts 8-35.1 6-43.8
Fumbles-lost 3-3 2-0
Penalties-yards 9-77 5-49
Time of possession 35:04 24:56
Colgate 24, Georgetown 14
Turnovers, penalties, and poor tackling offered the Colgate Red Raiders only its second win of the season, stepping over the Georgetown Hoyas 24-14 Saturday.
Georgetown was its own worst enemy for a team that is watching a winning season disappear within its grasp. On its first series, a 58 yard Gunther Johnson run was brought back by a holding call, as the teams traded punts throughout the first quarter and combined for just 49 yards between them in the first 15 minutes. The Hoyas looked to be in good position with a drive starting at the Colgate 40 to end the first quarter, but combined for five yards in four plays and returned the ball to Colgate with 51 seconds in the period.
Colgate began its first serious drive thereafter. Despite rushing for an average of just 100 yards per game this season, the Red Raiders went to the ground in a nine play, 41 yard drive resulting in a missed field goal from 42 yards. While unsucessful, it began a run on the ground which Georgetown was increasingly challenged to overcome.
Georgetown got on the board midway in the second, a nine play, 76 yard drive that led Gunther Johnson unimpeded to the end zone with a 28 yard run, 7-0. The Red Raiders answered in an 11 play, 80 yard drive where, on a fourth and one from the Georgetown 27, tight end Nick Diago went into the wildcat formation and matched Johnson's run with a score of his own, 7-7.
Colgate rushed seven times in the drive for a total of 52 yards, over half their season's average.
The Hoyas answered with an eight play, 51 yard drive to the Colgate 24, but stumbled on the delviery. A 42 yard field goal by Brad Hurst abrely made it over the Colgate defensive line and failed to get to the crossbar, and the game remained tied at halftime.
The Hoyas' fortunes turned early in the third quarter with fumbles on consecutive series. A six play drive into Colgate territory sputtered when RB jackson Saffold lsot the ball at the Colgate 40, while Joshua Stakely lost the ball on the fourth play of the second series deep in Georgetown territory, a surising turn of events for a team which had just three fumbles in PL play into this game. Colgate drove to the Georgetown four, where Owen Kessler and Ibrahim Kamara stopped the run and forced a short field goal, 10-7.
Despite Colgate's weaknesses in the secondsary, GU continued to run the ball, with five rushes in a six play drive to open the fourth quarter which stalled at midfield. After an exchange of punts, a holding penalty ended a Gerogetown drive on its 30, forcing a punt back to Colgate wwith eight minutes remaining. On the punt, Colgate returner Abu Daramy-Swaray returned the ball 41 yards, only to see an extra 15 yards added on an unsportsmanklike conduct penalty against the Hoyas moved the ball to the Georgetown 11. Daramy-Swaray rushed 11 yards for the score, 17-7.
Despite a fitful day in the passing game, Gunther Johnson's 64 yard pass to Michael Dereus set up a Georgetown touchdown with 5:41 to play, 24-14, but the georgetown defense had no answers late for the Red raider rushing attack, a nine play drive that was halted on fourth down when a Georgetown penalty led Colgate to go for fourth down rather than take a field goal. On its final series, Gerogetown went three yards in final play, endemic of a game where it lacked any ability to right the ship in the second half.
The two teams combined fir 150 yards in penalties in the game, but the first quarter flag may have been the difference in the game, along with Daramy-Swaray's punt return. Colgate, 1-8 entering the game, has defeated Georgetown in 15 of 16 meetings since 2001.
With two road games to complete the season, the Hoyas have now dropped three of four.
First downs 19 16
Rushed-yards 50-219 36-169
Passing yards 93 148
Sacks-yards lost 2-14 5-38
Passes 12-19-0 10-23-0
Punts 6-39.2 5-43.2
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-yards 6-79 7-71
Time of possession 33:51 26:09
How time has flown for the Class of 2020, who appeared in their their final home game Nov 2.
"Today is a very exciting day for our football program," said head coach Rob Sgarlata at the recruiting class announced on Feb. 3, 2016. "The Class of 2020 has consistently achieved at an extremely high level both in the classroom and on the field. I would like to thank our Recruiting Coordinator, Alex Kolt and my coaching staff for their hard work and dedication. We are blessed to have incredible support in the athletic department and across our main campus. This combined effort has allowed us to recruit a nationally diverse group of student-athletes to the Hilltop. I would like to welcome the Class of 2020 to the Georgetown Football Family."
By the start of training camp in 2016, 21 freshman joined the team, with 15 being honored Saturday. All but three remain at Georgetown. Of the transfers, DB Jarrod Kelley
transferred to Polk State (FL), which does not have a football program. DL Zachary Nolan transferred to Pittsburgh but is not playing football there. Former QB Brock Johnson transferred to UC-Davis after the 2016 season, where he is the third string quarterback for the Aggies, with appearances in three games in 2018 and none to date in 2019.
Lehigh 27, Georgetown 24
A 27 yard field goal with no time remaining carried the Lehigh Engineers (aka Mountain Hawks) to its third straight win, a 27-24 decision over Georgetown at Murray Goodman Stadium. The teams combined for 17 points in the final 2:55 of play to set up the finish.
The Engineers (4-3) scored on each of its first two posessions to lead 10-0 late in the first quarter before the Hoya defense stiffened in the second, forcing a midfield fumble and no first downs in the final 10:16 of the half. An 11 play drive resulted in a short field goal for the Hoyas, 10-3 heading into halftime.
Lehigh could do nothing in the third quarter against the Georgetown defense, combining for one yard in its next three series. The Hoyas answered with a 77 yard, 12 play drive to close to 10-9, but Brad Hurst missed his second kick of the season. Two series later, a 20 yard pass to WR Cameron Crayton gave Georgetown a 16-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Forty nine seconds into the fourth, Lehigh scored on a 11 play, 75 yard drive, 17-16.
Georgetown was held to three and out on its next series, whereupon Lehigh went on a 15 play, 73 yard drive that chewed up 9:14 on the clock, scoring to lead 24-16 with 2:55 to play. Georgetown answered with a 72 yard pass to WR Michael Dereus and a two point conversion to tie with 1:23 left. Lehigh responded with a 48 yard pass to the GU nine and the game winning kick which followed.
First downs 16 20
Rushed-yards 27-64 34-76
Passing yards 267 271
Sacks-yards lost 3-25 0-0
Passes 20-31-0 23-36-0
Punts 5-42.6 5-32.0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 5-31 5-55
Time of possession 27:20 32:40
Georgetown 14, Lafayette 10
A missed field goal and a late game mistake proved mortal to the winless Lafayette Leopards Saturday, as the Georgetown Hoyas survived two late scares in a 14-10 win at Cooper Field Saturday.
Georgetown struck early thanks to a Delano Salgado interception at the Lafayette 21 which set up the Hoyas for its first score. Following a nine yard sack on the second play of the drive, On a 3rd and 19, Johnson stunned the Leopards with a 21 yard run to extend the drive, and converted for the score with an eight yard pass to WR Michael Dereus, 7-0.
After an exchange of punts, Lafayette took over deep in its own territory. QB Keegan Shoemaker went deep to WR Jaden Sutton, who eluded the Georgetown secondary for an 86 yard touchdown, 7-7. Two series later, Shoemaker led the Leopards on a seven play drive and a 44 yard field goal, 14-10.
The Georgetown offense had been inert for much of the first half when the hoyas took over with 6:58 to play before halftime, down three. From then, Georgetown answered with an impressive 16 play drive that consumed all but six seconds remaining in the first half, scoring to give the Hoyas a 14-10 lead at the break. After starting 1 for 7 on third downs, Johnson and the Hoya offense converted 3 for 3 on third downs to maintain the drive.
The second half was a defensive stalemate, trading four punts and two interceptions without consequence, with a total of four first downs between them. Neither team took advantage of turnovers, however. Johnson was picked off by Lafayette's Major Jordan near midfield, but
on the next series when Ahmad Wilson picked off a Shoemaker pass at the 19 and moved out to midfield. A Georgetown drive advanced to the Lafayette 24 before the Hoyas were stopped on a 4th and 1 at the Lafayette 34.
The Leopards took over with 9:52 to go in the game and undertook its most important drive of the day. A 47 yard pass from Shoemaker to WR Nick Pearson took the Leopards to the GU 29, and a defensive pass interference call brought the ball to the GU 15. A seven yard completion to the eight led to a Lafayette timeout with 6:09 to play. With a fourth and four at the GU 8, Lafayette coach John Garrett opted for a field goal attempt instead of a first down and potential touchdown. The kick was wide left.
Georgetown then drove the ball to the Lafayette 24 in a series reminiscent of the first half finish, taking 5:34 off the clock, but failed on a fourth and 2 with 0:32 left. Lafayette then answered with thee quick plays to the GU 40, but on the final play, Shoemaker failed to get out of bounds to set up one more play as the clock expired.
A full recap follows Sunday.
First downs 12 15
Rushed-yards 31-180 36-104
Passing yards 172 160
Sacked-yards lost 2-12 2-6
Passes 13-23-2 21-36-1
Punts 6-35.5 7-38.6
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 8-60 3-29
Time of possession 27:30 32:30
Fordham 30, Georgetown 27
Despite numerous mistakes in this game, it was Georgetown's to win, but a 18 yard touchdown pass with 0:16 to play led Fordham to a 30-27 win at the 80th Homecoming Game today at Cooper Field.
This was a rollicking game with big plays at nearly every turn. Georgetown opened the game with a 81 yard pass from QB Gunther Johnson to WR Michael Dereus to the Fordham one, followed by a Herman Moultrie run for the touchdown. For the third straight game, Georgetown opted to open the scoring by tricking its opponent with a two point conversion, but Fordham was ready for the play and Georgetown returned to the sidelines with a 6-0 lead.
The Georgetown defense opened up crisply, holding Fordham to one first down in its first two possessions. The Hoyas looked to be marching for a second score when QB Joseph Brunell was intercepted at the at the Fordham 41, where the Rams began to move on the ground. Rutgers transfer Trey Sneed rushed on six of FU's first seven plays of a 12 play, 68 yard drive, where QB Tim DeMorat found WR Jack Lynch with an 11 yard touchdown pass near the end of the quarter. Instead of trailing, Georgetown's Khristian Tate blocked the point after and Cameron Deen returned it 90 yards for the two point gift, 8-6.
The first of two DeMorat interceptions set up the Hoyas early in the second. On the second play of a drive, LB Justin Fonteneaux picked off a pass deep in Fordham territory, where Gunther Johnson ran 16 yards for the score, 15-6. Fordham answered with a 12 play drive to the Georgetown 22 before George Ikott picked up a sack on 3rd down and forced a short field goal, 15-9.
Georgetown went backwards in its next series, and fell victim to an old foe in its special teams arsenal--the line drive punting of Brad Hurst. Hurst's punt was blocked and picked up at the Georgetown 18, where the Rams needed a fourth down conversion and seven plays overall to take the lead into halftime, 16-15.
The Rams opened the third quarter with a seven play, 78 yard drive capped by a 31 yard touchdown pass from DeMorat to WR Dequece Carter, 23-15. Georgetown would match the drive with one of its own, an eight play 75 yard drive where Johnson ran for 33 yards before a fumble was recovered by the Hoyas, extending the drive. On a first and goal from the Fordham 10, Johnson sliced through the Fordham defense for the score, but another two point conversion eluded the Hoyas, 23-21.
Little mistakes meant a lot in this game and Georgetown's coaches would do well to look at the Hoyas next drive, following a Fordham punt to the Georgetown six. Johnson connected on passes of 20, 16, and 34 yards to the Fordham 25. Two plays later, Johnson found Joshua Tomas at the Fordham six, but Tomas lost the ball and Fordham recovered. The Rams drove 67 yards into the fourth quarter, missing on a long field goal attempt but tiring out a Georgetown defense which was showing signs of wear and tear.
Back came the Hoyas. A ten play, 70 yard drive energized the Homecoming crowd, where the Hoyas reached third down just once in the series. A one yard Moultrie run put the Hoyas back up front, but another misfire from two point range left the score at 27-23, keeping the door open for the Rams.
The teams traded possessions whereupon Fordham took over at its 20 with 3:02 to play. On first down, DB Leon Agee picked off a DeMorat pass at the Rams' 34, giving Georgetown what it needed to close out the game. Instead, the Hoyas went conservative, and failed on a fourth and 2 at the Fordham 26, giving the Rams the ball with 1:21 remaining, 73 yards away, and no time outs.
DeMorat picked apart a wilting Hoya defense. An 11 yard pass to the Fordham 38. A 20 yard pass to the Georgetown 42. A 25 yard pass to the GU 17. The Hoyas held, forcing three straight incompletions inside 25 seconds to play, but on fourth down DeMorat went to reserve WR Fotis Kokosioulis for the score in the back of the end zone, 30-27.
Georgetown suffered a season high four turnovers, missed three two-point conversions, fumbled the ball inside the Fordham 10, and suffered a block punt which led to a Fordham touchdown. With 525 yards total offense, this should have been enough for a Georgetown win many times over, but instead opens PL play 0-1.
Big Blue! Georgetown 14, Cornell 8
A 39 yard pass from Gunther Johnson to Cameron Crayton broke open a 8-8 stalemate as the Georgetown Hoyas won its fourth straight, 14-8 at Cornell.
The first half was a defensive duel. On Cornell's first possession, a Jonathan Honore interception set up the Hoyas at midfield five minutes into the first quarter. A 33 yard pass to Michael Dereus set up the Hoyas in the Cornell red zone, where QB Gunther Johnson rushed three yards for the touchdown and Joshua Tomas followed up with a three yard run for the two point conversion, 8-0.
Georgetown's defense kept the Big Red in check for much of the half but the Hoyas could not take further advantage. Two drives inside the Cornell 40 were stopped--one by an interception and one by a stop on fourth down. The latter stop led the Big Red to drive late in the half, but missed a 44 yard field goal with a minute to play before halftime.
The teams traded punt for each of the first four possessions of the third quarter, combing for a net of zero yards between them. Cornell took over at midfield with 4:34 in the third. A 20 yard run by all-Ivy RB Harold Coles brought the Big Red to the Georgetown 25, followed by a eight yard pass to the 17. The Big Red converted on a fourth and one at the Georgetown five, than scored on the final play of the third quarter on a five yard Coles run, 8-8.
Three straight six play drives alternated between the teams. Following a Joshua Tomas return to midfield, Georgetown took over with 6:29 to play, where Johnson found Crayton for a 39 yard pass, 14-8. Davis Walker missed the PAT but the Hoyas were back in the lead.
Cornell need a drive but the Georgetown defense was having none of it, forcing a thee and out with 3:10 to play. Aided by a late hit by Cornell on the ensuing punt, Georgetown took over at the Cornell 35, where the Big Red called three straight timeouts and forced the hoyas into a decision on 4th and 8. Instead of a run, Johnson found Tomas on the sidelines for a first down--first called an incompletion by th side judge who mistook Tomas' reaching for the first down sticks as a bobbled catch, but confirmed by the replay that Tomas had indeed caught the ball.
The win is Georgetown's first four game win streak since 2011, its first 4-1 start since 1999, and the first time it has ever defeated Ivy league teams in consecutive weeks, and on the road no less. On to Homecoming!
First downs 17 13
Rushed-yards 41-117 34-122
Passing yards 184 112
Sacked-yards lost 2-21 3-20
Passes 13-20-1 15-23-1
Punts 6-40.7 8-42.9
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties-yards 1-5 5-56
Time of possession 28:06 31:54
Georgetown 24, Columbia 10
Defense was the order of the day as Georgetown defeated Columbia 24-10 Saturday in New York.
Following an exchange of punts to open the game, the Lions took over at midfield and went six plays for the opening score,7-0. The Hoyas held the Lions to just 45 yards thereafter in the first half, forcing a pair of turnovers and opening the door of the offense to get back in the game. With Joe Brunell coming off the bench at quarterback, the Hoyas went on a 10 play drive late in the second quarter to tie the score with 2:08 to halftime, then forced a fumble on the next Columbia possession. A three yard run by RB Herman Moultrie gave the Hoyas a 14-7 lead with 16 seconds in the quarter.
Each team added a field foal in the third quarter before Georgetown went to work in the fourth, a time intensive 13 play, 90 yard drive that extended the lead to 24-10 with just 1:47 remaining.
Brunell finished the game 10-19 for 146 yards and a rushing touchdown. Herman Moultrie led the rushing with 36 yards and two scores, while Joshua Tomas' 104 receiving yards was a team high. In a game that was very close statistically (Georgetown had net seven yard advantage on Columbia), forcing five turnovers was the story of the game for Georgetown.
Georgetown 69, Catholic 0
The Georgetown Hoyas scored on each of its first nine possessions, overwhelming Division III Catholic University 69-0 at Cooper Field Saturday.
The tone was set in the opening series, where the Hoyas (2-1) blocked the opening punt of the Cardinals and scored three plays later, adding a two point conversion with Khristian Tate less than three minutes into the quarter, 8-0. The Cardinals (0-2) gained just three first downs in the first half and failed to cross midfield, a combined 0-8 on third down conversion in the first half.
Georgetown capitalized on every opportunity. A 43 yard field goal by Brad Hurst at the 5:59 mark mae it 11-0, followed by a two play, 53 yard scoring drive, 18-0. Jackson Saffold scored on a five yard TD, 18-0, and a pair of passes to Max Edwards and Joshua Tomas put the score well out of reach early in the second quarter, 32-0. An 76 yard pass reception by Max Edwards and a 66 yard punt return by Joshua Tomas, closed out a 53-0 first half, most in the modern (1964-present) era.
Though time of possession was comparable, the results were not. Georgetown owned a 321-43 advantage in total yards. Catholic opted for a fair catch on three of its first five kickoff returns and six overall in the first half, with an average starting field position of its 21 yard line. With only 43 yards in 30 minutes, and a net punting average of just 25 yards per punt, the Cardinals gave Georgetown an average starting field position at midfield.
The Hoyas added an early field goal, 56-0, before the teams looked to start running out the clock. Despite a midfield fumble by the Hoyas, Catholic's only serious drive failed at the Georgetown 33 with 4:10 in the fourth quarter. A pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter behind quarterback Lorenzo Linsey closed the scoring, while the Hoyas opted not to extend the score after driving inside the CU 10 in the final minute, taking the knee instead.
Four Georgetown quarterbacks saw action in the game, with Gunther Johnson (4-8, 117 yards)
and Joe Brunell (8-9, 97 yards) seeing the majority of plays. A 50 yard run propelled Joshua Stakely to a team high 98 yards on the ground, while Edwards' 76 yard catch brought him to 81 yards on the afternoon.
First downs 4 26
Rushed-yards 23--8 48-353
Passing yards 80 214
Sacked-yards lost 0-0 4-41
Passes 17-28-0 12-17-0
Punts 12-30.9 0-0.0
Fumbles-lost 2-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 3-15 3-20
Time of possession 29:11 30:49
Margin Of Victory
The margin of victory In Saturday's game was the 13th best in school history, and the most since a 80-0 win over Lenoir-Rhyne in the 1927 season.
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Georgetown Signs Three Year Deal With Catholic
Earlier this week, the Third Rail blog posited that Georgetown may be running low on non-conference opponents after 2019. Catholic University confirmed it. Georgetown has signed a three year deal to play the Division III school.
"The germination of Saturday's game began when Catholic Athletic Director Sean Sullivan first communicated with Georgetown officials in August of 2016, " reads the Cardinals' media notes. "They reached out to us," Sullivan said, "and I jumped on it."
"The Hoyas and Cardinals will play again in 2022 at Cardinal Stadium and at Georgetown in 2023."
"It's important for us to have a strong football presence in Washington and the DMV," Sullivan said. "The Georgetown relationship is a significant part of confirming that presence."
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Georgetown 43, Marist 3
The Georgetown defense forced four turnovers en route to a 43-3 win over Marist in the 2019 home opener, the largest margin of victory by the Hoyas since Nov. 20, 1999.
Both teams started slow, but it was the Hoyas that struck first in an eight play, 49 yard drive capped by an 17 yard run by quarterback Gunther Johnson, 7-0. The Hoyas looked to be stopped on a 3rd and 16 at the Georgetown 45, but a roughing the passing penalty helped extended the drive, one of two such penalties that proved decisive in Georgetown's ability to maintain momentum.
After a three and out by the Hoyas to close the first quarter, Marist responded with a 12 play drive to the GU 18 that was converted to a 36 yard field goal, 7-3. Sensing an opportunity, head coach Rob Sgarlata opted to bring in junior QB Joe Brunell to lead the Hoyas for the first series in his college career. After five straight rushes, Brunell aired it out with a 46 yard strike to Michael Dereus and a 14 yarder to Joshua Tomas for the score, With some sleight of hand in a Khristian Tate two point conversion, Georgetown took a 15-3 lead and never looked back.
The drive and conversion was the turning point of the game and sent the Foxes into a hole. Marist fumbled the ensuing kickoff and while the Hoyas did not convert, the Red Foxes seemed rattled. On the next series, WR Jon Kanda fumbled a catch at the Marist 29, where the returning Gunther Johnson converted in a eight play drive that was sided by a Marist roughing the passer penalty that set up the Hoyas at the Marist 7 with 25 second to play. Marist then fell victim to consecutive offsides calls which moved to ball to the one yard line, where Tomas took it over with seven seconds to play, 22-3.
Marist's defense could only watch as the Hoyas dominated the third quarter with touchdowns in each of its three third quarter possessions. Georgetown opened the third quarter with a six play, 71 yard drive, led by 42 yards on the ground by Herman Moultrie and a 32 yard Johnson bootleg that led him untouched into the end zone, 29-3. After a three and out by Marist, Moultrie added another 35 on six carries, with a one yard run to put Georgetown up 36-3 with 3:26 in the quarter.
On its next series, Marist QB Austin Day was picked off by Delano Salgado at the Georgetown 39, where the Hoyas responded with jackson Saffold in charge, with 35 yards on the ground, and Gunther Johnson through the aid, finding Dereus for a 30 yard score, 43-3.
The Red Foxes crossed midfield only twice in the half, giving up their fourth turnover late in the game on an interception. An eight minute Georgetown drive stalled at the Marist five, sparing the visitors from a seventh touchdown on the afternoon.
Herman Moultrie led all GU rushers with 25 carries and 103 yards. Georgetown quarterbacks Gunther Johnson (9-14, 77 yards) and Joe Brunell (5-8, 75 yards) did not overwhelm the stat sheet but didn't throw an interception between them, as the Hoyas were a +4 on turnovers on the afternoon.
First downs 12 24
Rushed-yards 26-52 55-272
Passing yards 192 152
Sacked-yards lost 1-7 1-3
Passes 15-26-2 14-22-0
Punts 5-31.0 4-36.5
Fumbles-lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties-yards 11-92 3-35
Time of possession 23:17 36:43
Saturday's margin of victory was only the 11th time in the last 495 games where Georgetown has won a game by 40 or more points:
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Davidson 27, Georgetown 20
A total of 481 yards of total offense led Davidson College to a 27-20 win over Georgetown in the season opener at Davidson's Richardson Field.
Davidson entered the game with the nation's top rated rushing outfit from 2018 so it was no surprise that the Wildcats opted for the run. In its first 15 plays, 14 were by the run. What was surprising, perhaps, was that a veteran Georgetown defense seemed to struggle against it. The Wildcats took the opening kick and moved with ease, a 15 play, 87 yard drive which consumed over seven minutes and saw Davidson connect on a pair of fourth downs inside Georgetown territory, including a 25 yard run on fourth and one at the GU 26 which set up the fist score, 7-0.
Georgetown's response was its best drive of the day. Quarterback Gunther Johnson was 3-3 to open the drive, advancing the Hoyas to the Davidson 23. Following an 11 yard Johnson run to the Davidson nine, the Georgetown drive collapsed--a pair of rushes inside for a combine no yardage, and two incomplete passes, turning the ball over at the nine.
Davidson answered with a 12 yard rive, keyed by a rare down field pass. A forty yard strike from QB Tyler Phelps to WR Jalen Staples brought the Wildcats back into Georgetown territory, where they opened the second quarter with seven consecutive rushes into the end zone, 13-0, after a missed PAT. Georgetown had yet to earn a tackle for loss in the game.
The Hoyas' next drive was a mess, going -3 yards in thee plays. Following a delay of game penalty, punter Brad Hurst caught a northerly breeze over Richardson Stadium to launch a 76 yard punt to the Davidson one, the longest punt by a GU punter since Jim Mooney in 1930. It was not enough to stop the Wildcats, however, who ground out a 19 play, 99 yard drive, converting on all four third down opportunities, to take a 20-0 lead with 11 seconds to halftime. With the Hoyas' defense unable to solve the riddle of the Davidson offense, the Wildcats held the ball for 22:52 of the first half, with Georgetown getting a grand total of 1:40 in the second quarter, outgained 266-74.
That the Hoyas stayed in this game at all was a tribute to the third quarter, an outlier in a game where Davidson controlled tempo throughout. Georgetown opened the third quarter and struck quickly, with a 51 yard pass from Johnson to Joshua Tomas and a 10 yarder to Cameron Crayton brought the G-men to the Davidson 5. A five yard run from erman Moultrie put the Hoyas on the board, whereupon a line drive PAT from Brad Hurst was blocked, 20-6.
The next three drives ended in failure for the Wildcats, with an interception at midfield and two fumbles in its own territory. While Georgetown was not able to capitalize on the INT, it would not be denied on the fumbles. A six play drive closed the score to 20-13 with 5:00 to play in the third, while the second fumble was returned by George Ikott to the Davidson four, where the Hoyas needed four downs to get the score, 20-20.
The teams traded possessions to open the fourth, with Davidson reclaiming the momentum with just under 10 minutes to play. Going back to the ground, Davidson marched down field on an 11 play, 10 rush, 80 yard drive, with a 19 yard run on a 3rd and one at the GU 29 being the play that drove the Cats into scoring position. Running back William Wicks put the Wildcats back in front at the 4:56 mark, 27-20.
Georgetown's response was ineffective. Aided by a defensive pass interference penalty, a four play drive stalled at midfield, turning the ball back to Davidson with 3:22 remaining, where they ran out the clock.
The Hoyas managed only 89 yards on the ground and excepting the first drive of the game, combined for only 160 yards thereafter for the game. Gunther Johnson started 3-3 for 28 yards and ended up with just 134 yards on the afternoon.
The win, Davidson's first over Georgetown since 2005, also marks the first win since that 2005 game where Davidson has defeated any Division I opponent in the non-conference schedule. The Wildcats will look for a second win Saturday against little-regarded Virginia-Lynchburg, a college of 300 that competes outside the NCAA. Georgetown returns home against Marist.
First downs 11 29
Rushed-yards 27-89 75-355
Passing yards 134 126
Sacked-yards lost 0-0 1-3
Passes 11-19-0 7-9-1
Punts 3-53.0 1-62.0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties-yards 5-22 3-40
Time of possession 19:50 40:10