Senior quarterback Tim Barnes suffered a injury late in the first quarter, sending the Hoyas' hopes for this game into yet another tailspin, as Columbia walked over the Hoyas 35-14 at Wien Stadium today in the third installment of the Lou Little Cup game.

Georgetown started off strong in the early moments of the game, driving 47 yards in nine plays to set up Brad Hurst for a 50 yard field goal, which fell short. But after holding the Lions on 4th and one at the GU 35, Barnes led the Hoyas back into Light Blue territory, with a pair of passes keying an eight play drive that drove to the Columbia 26 before stalling and settling for a Hurst field goal attempt from 44 yards. Hurst's second attempt went wide, a pair of opportunities that Georgetown would not get the rest of the afternoon.

Following a three and out by the Lions, Georgetown started deep in its own territory late in the first, where on a third and seven, Barnes was popped with a late hit in front of the GU bench. The Hoyas got the penalty yardage, but never recovered on the field. Barnes left the game and was replaced by junior QB Clay Norris, evoking memories of the Hoyas' fall in the 2016 Harvard game after Norris replaced Barnes. While not to the same caliber as the Crimson, Columbia quickly exposed Norris' inexperience, bringing the Hoyas' game to as near a complete stop as has been seen in many years.

After the penalty, the Hoyas managed only four yards over the next three downs. On the punt, a fake was ordered for punt team member Khristian Tate, who had been a running back in high school. Tate got off to a slow start on the fake and the Lions contained him four yards short, setting up the Light Blue in Georgetown territory. Senior QB Anders Hill led the Lions on an eight play drive that saw Columbia reach the end zone on an 18 yard pass from Hill to sophomore WR Josh Wainwright, 7-0.

Norris' first full drive took the Hoyas to a net of -12 yards, the next series gained just five yards. On the ensuing punt, the Hoyas' special teams had yet another miscue, as the center snap caromed off a blocker and set up the Lions at the GU 25. Hill answered with a four play drive and an 11 yard pass to Wainwright, 14-0.

Georgetown's next two drives netted five yards. Hill answered with a methodical eight play drive to wind down the first half, finding Wainwright for his third TD with just seven seconds to halftime, 21-0. Following Barnes' injury, Georgetown finished the half with just six yards on the ground and 24 in the air.

The Hoyas needed to make a statement in the third quarter and just didn't get it. Its next two drives netted only six yards, and Columbia put the game away to end the third quarter, an 11 play drive where the Lions scored on the first play of the fourth quarter with a 12 yard run from Chris Schroer, 28-0.

With the game out of reach, Georgetown picked up a couple of late scores. Norris got the Hoyas on the board with a six play drive capped by a 56 yard pass to Branden Williams and a two yard pass to RB Carl Thomas for the score, 28-7. The Lions matched the score with a seven play drive of its own, 35-7, then Norris found WR Michael Dereus in a seam that left him alone up the middle, an 83 yard touchdown pass that was the Hoyas' longest pass play in 20 years, 35-14.

The late scores were little consolation for a Georgetown team that was outplayed from start to finish. The Hoyas were held to a net of two yards rushing in 22 attempts, and were outgained 347 to 257 overall. One key stat? In the prior two games of the series, Columbia surrendered five turnovers, including four in the narrow 17-14 loss to the Hoyas last fall. In this game, the Lions did not commit any turnovers, and scored on five of its six possessions in the red zone. Georgetown had just one red zone possession all afternoon.

The 35 points is the most scored by Columbia in a non-conference game in seven years and marks its first 2-0 start since 2006. Georgetown has now lost 10 of its last 11 dating to the 2016 season.

Barnes' injury was not disclosed on the Ivy league broadcast--he was seen with a towel over his head in various views of the GU bench. The degree and duration of his injury will be vital to see if Georgetown can compete over the next two weeks with Ivy opponents more experienced than Columbia, beginning with Harvard next week at RFK Stadium. The Hoyas enter Saturday's game with an all-time record of 6-31-1 (.160) against Ivy schools and 0-3 all time versus Harvard, with Saturday's game the last game in the four game series begun in 2014.

Game statistics:


                          GEORGETOWN         COLUMBIA
First downs                       12               25
Rushed-yards                    22-2           44-189
Passing yards                    255              158
Sacked-yards lost               2-22              0-0
Passes                       17-31-0          20-35-1
Punts                         5-45.0           5-44.8
Fumbles-lost                     1-1              0-0
Penalties-yards                 8-90             4-45
Time of possession             24:09            35:51
 
 

Well, the head of the Jack the Bulldog mascot didn't make it to Times Square, but Saturday's Georgetown-Columbia game made a rare appearance on ESPN College Gameday.

The popular pre-game show was broadcast this week at Times Square, an unusual departure from its regular stops at college campuses. Given the fact that Georgetown-Columbia was the only scheduled game in New York City today, the panelists picked the game. The results:

Former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard didn't know that Georgetown played football, but said he knew about Georgetown from Patrick Ewing and thus chose the Hoyas.

Celebrity guest Keegan-Michael Key picked Columbia.

Former Indiana coach Lee Corso picked Columbia.

Former Ohio State QB Kirk Herbstreit called to the show's resident stats expert, Chris "Bear" Fallica, who advised him to go with Georgetown.

 
 
ADDITIONAL COVERAGE

In one of the biggest announcements for Georgetown Football in the Patriot League era, University officials announced that the September 30 game with Harvard has been moved to RFK Stadium.

I am very excited to have the opportunity for our student-athletes to play in historic RFK Stadium against a quality Ivy League opponent in Harvard University," said head coach Rob Sgarlata in a GUHoyas.com release. "We constantly talk about Defending the District and are committed to recruiting the local student-athletes from the talent-rich DMV area. This game will provide an incredible opportunity to showcase our program while competing against one of the top academic and athletic programs in the country. I am looking forward to seeing the local and national Hoya football family at RFK for the game."

"It is great to be playing at RFK Stadium in one my favorite and most historic cities on the continent," said Harvard coach Tim Murphy

The game marks Georgetown's first off-campus home game in 67 years. The Hoyas lost 7-6 to George Washington at Griffith Stadium on November 25, 1950.

"The historic stadium provides an enhanced platform for these student-athletes to have an experience that will last a lifetime and we're happy to partner with Georgetown and Harvard to create memories for the players, students, alumni and fans," said Erik Moses, senior vice president and managing director of Events DC, which manages the stadium and the nearby DC Armory.

While the game will not reach RFK's capacity (45,696), there are opportunities to reach a larger segment of fans than those who see the Hoyas on-campus, and to provide tailgating opportunities not available in the Georgetown area. RFK Stadium is located on the Metrorail Blue, Orange, and Silver Lines, and includes more than 8,000 parking spaces adjacent to the stadium at 23rd and East Capitol Street.

Tickets are favorably priced at $7 and $12 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Georgetown's top 10 home crowds to date have all been in the era prior to 1950. Its largest on-campus crowd was on November 20, 1965, where a crowd of 9,002 packed Kehoe Field to see Georgetown play Fordham.

Owing to the size of Cooper Field, the nation's smallest Division I stadium, Georgetown has not played before more than 3,500 since the unfinished structure was erected in 2005.

Largest Attendance, Home Games Since 1887

Source: HoyaFootball.com

9/26/1941 W 16 6 Mississippi Griffith Stadium 25,000
11/16/1929 T 0 0 West Virginia Griffith Stadium 20,000
10/4/1947 W 40 7 Fordham Griffith Stadium 18,023
10/17/1941 W 25 0 George Washington Griffith Stadium 18,000
10/28/1939 W 7 0 George Washington Griffith Stadium 17,500
11/2/1946 W 18 6 George Washington Griffith Stadium 16,556
10/4/1946 L 0 6 Wake Forest Griffith Stadium 16,000
10/12/1946 W 8 7 Fordham Griffith Stadium 16,000
10/19/1940 W 46 4 Virginia Tech Griffith Stadium 15,000
11/23/1940 W 8 0 George Washington Griffith Stadium 14,000
 
 

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