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GEORGETOWN FOOTBALL GAME DAY BLOG: Lafayette Edition

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Welcome to the Georgetown Football Game Day Blog!

This week the Hoyas take on the Lafayette Leopards at Fisher Stadium in Easton, Pa. The game is the first match up between Patriot League teams this season. It is also the second of three times this season that Georgetown will serve as another school's home-opening opponent (Georgetown will be Yale's home-opener next weekend in New Haven, Conn.).

Pre-Game Fun Facts...

*Series History...Georgetown and Lafayette will meet for the 14th time in series history. Lafayette holds a 10-3 advantage, with the Hoyas last winning in 2003.

*Stringing Together Some W's...The Hoyas victory over Lafayette in 2003 began the last winning streak in program history. Georgetown won three consecutive games, following the win over the Leopards with victories against Stony Brook and at Cornell...The Hoyas will look to string wins together today for the first time since then.

*Nick Parrish and History...(My personal favorite note for today) Senior LB and two-year captain Nick Parrish is 7.5 tackles away from tying Tom Wonica (1993-95) for most career tackles in Georgetown history. Wonica finished a stellar career with 269 tackles, while Parrish currently has 261.5.

*Completely Unrelated to Georgetown Football Note...The trip to Lafayette is somewhat special to me since I was born and raised in Easton, Pa. and my family still resides just blocks away from Fisher Stadium. I was thinking of ways to turn that fact into a game note, so here is my attempt:  Staying at his childhood home, Ryan Sakamoto will travel 0.3 miles (according to Google Maps) to the press box at Fisher Stadium on the campus of Lafayette College for Georgetown's game against the Leopards. The walk is the closest commute Sakamoto has made to a job since walking 489 feet (according to Google Maps) to his job with the City of Easton Recrational Bureau as a Playground Leader at Sullivan Park in 1999.

I'll be blogging (mostly about things relevant to today's game) throughout the day, so you should probably just keep this window open and hit refresh every now and then...updates will appear after the jump.


Pre-Game:
5 p.m.: Just finished going over Georgetown roster pronunciations with Dick Hammer from the Lafayette Radio Network and Jim Finnen the public address voice of Lafayette. As a kid, Finnen's voice was clearly heard on Saturday afternoon's standing in front of my house ... As I was walking to the pressbox, senior left tackle Dan Semler reminded me he had just 10 games left in his career and he was ready for this one. He mentioned the last time Georgetown traveled to Lafayette, how close they played them and how a few bad breaks ruined what could've been a nice upset. If the rest of the squad is as fired up as Semler this should be a good game.

5:30 p.m.: We have audio! Made a quick call to our friends at CBS College Sports and the phone line provided in the press box works, so Georgetown football fans can tune in at GUHoyas.com to hear Chuck Timanus calling all of the action for tonight's game beginning with the pre-game show starting at approximately 5:50 p.m. Remember tonight's audio broadcast is FREE!

6 p.m.: The national anthem and a stirring tribute for the victims of 9/11. I woke up this morning and was watching the news footage on MSNBC from the day. It's still surreal that it happened nine years ago today. ...The captains are now meeting, including Nick Parrish and Dan Semler from Georgetown and Mitchell Bennett and Michael Schmidlein. Georgetown won the toss and will defer to the second half.

1ST QUARTER
Opening Drive: Lafayette started with good field position, but Jeremy Moore, who set a career-high with four tackles, including two for loss last week, started big. First, he broke up a pass on 1st and 10. Then Moore and Parrish stopped the Leopards on a 3rd and 2 to force a punt.

Hoyas Opening Drive: After a nice Scott Darby completion to Patrick Ryan, Phillip Oladeji fumbled for Lafayette to recover at the Georgetown 10 yard line. Tough start.

10:49: Lafayette's Jerome Rudolph rushed for seven yards for a Lafayette touchdown. This is the first time Georgetown has trailed this season.

8:38: Lafayette has been hit by the injury bug early, losing starting linebacker Nate Dixon and now tending to Donald Ellis who is being assisted to the sideline after Scott Darby's seven yard run. Though Matt MacZura is back to punt for the Hoyas on 4th and 3...MacZura's punt was fair caught at the Lafayette eight yard line. 

6:36: Jeremy Moore continues to have a nice day, breaking up a pass, that he nearly intercepted to force a 4th and 7 at Lafayette's 12 yard line. Lafayette's Tom Kondash fumbled the snap on the punt and was tackled at the Lafayette four yard line to give the Hoyas great field position!

5:05: Chance Logan finishes the three play, four yard drive with a one yard touchdown around the right end. Brett Weiss nails the extra point and the score is tied at seven.

1:00: Robert McCabe just had a highlight reel sack that resulted in a loss of seven, followed by a near interception on the next play to stall what looked like a strong Lafayette drive. The Leopards punt was just fumbled by freshman Zack Wilke. Lafayette ball at the GU 11.
  
End of the First Quarter...Lafayette will have the ball at the GU 4 yard line facing 3rd and 3.

2ND QUARTER


14:54: Ryan O'Neil connected with Mark Layton on a four yard touchdown pass to put Lafayette back in front 14-7. The two touchdowns resulting from those fumbles are hurting an otherwise strong defensive performance from Georgetown so far.

9:00: GU was not able to extend its drive punting to Lafayette. The Leopards were able to put together their first long scoring drive, using over four minutes with eight plays covering 59 yards. O'Neil connected with WR Greg Kessel to put Lafayette in front 21-7.

6:40: Darby strung together a few nice passes, finding Max Waizenegger, then Keerome Lawrence for a first down, then Waizenegger again on a screen. Though a false start and two incompletions forced another Georgetown punt.

3:18: Georgetown called for timeout, as Lafayette is driving again behind the strong running of Jerome Rudolph. In the week leading up to the game Georgetown's coaches talked about how much talent Rudolph possesses. He's been strong so far.

2:43: I'm going to start saying good things about the other team. David Quintero came up and made a great play to force a Rudolph fumble. Nick Parrish recovered and ran for an extra five yards to give the Hoyas the ball at Lafayette's 40!

1:22: Darby found Pat Ryan for about seven yards and then to Keerome to get inside Lafayette's 30 yard line. Lafayette was called for its second pass interference penalty of the drive to give the Hoyas the ball at the 14 yard line. Darby found Ryan again to get down to the six and Darby found Lawrence for a Georgetown touchdown! 21-14. You can't say these teams aren't taking advantage of turnovers.

With time expiring: Lafayette's Davis Rodriguez kicked a 29 yard field goal to send Lafayette into the locker room with a 24-14 lead.

HALFTIME: Just finished up with a little halftime talk with the voice of the Hoyas Chuck Timanus. Talked about Jeremy Moore's strong first half and David Quintero coming back to force a couple of turnovers and make some strong plays at the end of the first half. Also, in looking at the stats, I did not realize Scott Darby was 9-of-16 for 62 yards and a TD. Not a bad first half. Probably should've mentioned that on the air, but I'll try to make up for it here.

3RD QUARTER 

Kick-off: Georgetown will receive to start the second half. Oladeji and Keerome are back to receive. Keerome gives the Hoyas nice field position, bringing the ball out to the 39 yard line. Darby goes to work right away finding Lawrence on a screen (Hoyas had three receivers to the left) for about 15 yards. On the next play Darby finds Lawrence again for 10 yards and a first down.

14:12: DARBY TO MAX WAIZENEGGER! Darby found Waizenegger over the middle and Max beat one DB and ran for 51 yards and a touchdown to bring the Hoyas within a field goal.

11:30: Jeremy Moore came up on a Lafayette screen pass to knock Mark Layton down for a three yard loss. After six-yard completion for the Leopards a false start penalty created a third and long. QB Ryan O'Neil pulled the ball down and ran for 13 and a first down at the 40 yard line...Andrew Schaetzke knocked the Leopards back to the 50 with his second sack of the day.

5:27: You probably could not ask for a more opportune time for Wayne Heimuli to come down with his second interception of the season than after Lafayette took a large chunk of time and moved the ball down inside of the GU 6 yard line. O'Neil was throwing into the end zone when the ball was tipped into the air for Heimuli. Georgetown is now driving with under five minutes in the third quarter, with an injured Leopard on the field.

3:40: Darby keeps moving the football. Pat Ryan made a great diving catch for a first down and Kenny Furlough made his first catch of the game for five yards as GU has moved the ball into Lafayette territory.

2:51: GEORGETOWN TAKES THE LEAD!!! Phillip Oladeji takes the ball through the right side for a 30 yard touchdown to put Georgetown in front 28-24. Definitely a highlight reel run. During the drive Georgetown looked like they were starting to move the ball on the ground with some success, as Darby also had a big run earlier.

NOTE: Every Georgetown touchdown has come from a Lafayette turnover. A gem of a note from The Morning Call's Paul Reinhard, who mentioned O'Neil's incompletion on 2nd and 4 in the third quarter was his first incompletion that didn't touch a Georgetown players hand.

End of 4th Quarter: 4th and 1 Lafayette at the GU 26.

4TH QUARTER

15:00: Rudolph converts a 4th down for Lafayette to keep the ball moving.

13:20: Huge Georgetown stops forcing Lafayette into a 33 yard field goal. Rodriguez misses wide right as the Blue & Gray maintain a 28-24 lead. Matt Dougherty, the Director of Media Relations commented on how synced up the Hoyas offense is looking through the first three quarters, particularly how good the offensive line looked. How coincidental that this very story was posted on GUHoyas.com last night: http://www.guhoyas.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/091010aab.html

10:33: After a beautiful Matt MacZura punt the Leopards are driving again. Mark Layton made an outstanding catch after Moore tipped O'Neil's pass. Then O'Neil picked up over 10 yards with his feet.

7:57: Andrew Schaetzke is having a pretty big day. Not sure I've talked about this as much as I should have. Schaetzke got into the backfield, hit O'Neil forcing a fumble that was recovered by Danny Thompson Jr. ending another scoring drive and giving the Blue & Gray the ball at the 17.

7:46: Wow! In what looked like a Scott Darby interception was actually a Lafayette pass interference call giving Georgetown the ball at the Lafayette 32.

5:45: Keerome Lawrence made a great diving grab over the middle to keep a Georgetown drive alive and the clock running. But a five yard rush and a short Waizenegger catch were not enough to keep the chains moving as Georgetown will punt with about 4:30 on the clock in the fourth quarter.

4:28: Lafayette will take over from their own 15 after another strong Matt MacZura punt.

4:15: Andrew Schaetzke just picked up his third sack of the day. He has been a force. Just as I was typing that sentence he got into the backfield again forcing O'Neil to pull the ball and run for about five yards. 3rd and 11 Lafayette.

2:30 and counting: Lafayette is forced to punt on a 4th and 5. Zack Wilke makes the catch and picks up a few to get to the Lafayette 46. That's where the Hoyas will start with 2:21 in the game (Lafayette still has all their timeouts).

2:07: Phillip Oladeji carried for four yards to create a 4th and 6. Lafayette just used their second timeout. MacZura will again be punting.

1:58: Lafayette will take over at their own 18 with one timeout left. O'Neil picked up a big completion over the middle to the 38 and then threw a pass as he was hit hard. O'Neil is now being tended to by the training staff. 

1:11: Marc Qulling is now in for Lafayette and is getting harassed in the backfield. He almost threw an interception to Steven Atwater. But Quilling just made a huge completion to Brian Hall.

1:00 Jayah Kaisamba just intercepted Quilling's pass attempt at the four yard line to give the Hoyas the ball back with a minute left. Darby is going to take the knee as Lafayette will not be able to stop the clock. On the jumbotron Kevin Kelly is hugging David Patenaude, Brad Dunlay is shaking hands, the coaches in the press box can be heard all the way down the hall. The clock has just expired and the Georgetown players are holding off on the celebrations until the shake hands.     

  
 




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Looks like a lot of mental mistakes... not a terribly hard thing to correct, looks like the rest is there!

Glad to see GU is finally playing competitive football with wins possible!

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