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Welcome to the Georgetown Football Game Day Blog on a brisk day in the Bronx!

Today's Georgetown vs. Fordham game marks the 55th meeting between the two schools, with the Rams holding a 30-21-3 edge...It is also the only game in town today, with the Yankees being eliminated in the American League Championship Series!! I'm going to avoid making that comment out loud in the press box, as I suspect there may be a few, still sour, fans.

Fordham has a GREAT looking campus', one of the better we've seen this year, though that could be biased since this is the nicest day we've had for a football game this year. Either way, looks almost out of place when you venture a few blocks in any direction in the heart of the Bronx, which is also a fantastic place to be as well (unless you're an Orioles fan on a Yankees game day).

As I type, Georgetown's first wave of players is out in full pads warming up under the direction of Strength and Conditioning Coach Carl Johnson. Meanwhile, the Hoyas special teamers are warming up on the field with Brett Weiss easily hitting 30 yarders. Freshman punter David Conway, the Australian product, is bouncing the football and catching it on the run like he was playing Rugby or Australian rules football.

Back to today's game: While Fordham is technically a Patriot League opponent, the game will not count in league standings due to the Rams being deemed ineligible for their decision to give merit-based scholarships. If you would like to read more about the specifics of what this means CLICK HERE 

Whether it counts in the Patriot League standings or not, today is still a chance for the Hoyas to win its fourth game of the season, the first time since 2005 they would be able to accomplish that feat. The win would also count historically in league standings, as a win would be the first time in team history the Hoyas have defeated three PL opponents in a season.

On offense, the Hoyas will look to keep up their efficiency in the red zone. The Hoyas have scored on 21-of-23 trips, including 14 touchdowns, the best in the league and tied for eighth best in the country. Junior wide receiver John O'Leary leads the team with four touchdowns, more impressive when you consider he has played in five games this season.

I'll have more football related info (along with random observations from Fordham) as we move along, so you should probably just keep this window open and hit refresh every now and then...updates will appear after the jump.  

The Public Address announcer, Fordham Radio and our very own Chuck Timanus have Georgetown's starting lineups for today's game. Now it's your turn.
WR: John O'Leary - four touchdowns in five games
LT: Dan Semler
LG: Donald Rhodes
C: Erik Antico
RG: Thomas Gallagher - making his first career start
RT: Rob Bates
TE: Michael McIntyre
WR: Patrick Ryan
QB: Scott Darby
RB: Philip Oladeji

DE: Danny Thompson, Jr.
DT: George Cullen
DE: Andrew Schaetzke - reigning Patriot League Player of the Week
OLB: Jonathan Brucia - first career start
ILB: Nick Parrish -  309.5 career tackles and counting!
ILB: Patrick O'Donnell
OLB: Robert McCabe
CB: Jayah Kaisamba
FS: David Quintero
SS: Wayne Heimuli
CB: Jeremy Moore

K: Brett Weiss
P: Matt MacZura
KR: Jeremy Moore & Zack Wilke
PR: Zack Wilke

PRE GAME: We just finished the National Anthem performed by the Fordham Ramblers (a Fordham student acappella group - think Georgetown Chimes)...Nick Parrish and Dan Semler are at midfield for the coin toss, as the Hoyas have to take a wide turn around the Rams cheerleader tunnel. Luckily we did not need to detour like that when driving in to the city this morning...The Hoyas will receive the kick after losing the coin toss.

15:00 Keerome Lawrence took the opening kick-off out to the 25 yard line where the Hoyas will begin...Darby is sacked for a loss of around 10 on the play...A Claytor carry for about five and a great Lawrence catch and run is only able to get GU back to 4th and 9 as MacZura will punt.

12:45: Just like GU's opening drive David Quintero sacks Fordham's Ryan Higgins to start the drive...Nick Parrish makes a tackle on 2nd down to bring up 3rd and 15...Schaetzke puts pressure on Wayne, forcing the QB to throw the ball into the ground and just like that the Rams will punt back to GU.

11:31: Isaiah Kempf is into the game for GU at QB and picks up two yards on a keeper, then one yard on another one...Kempf's 3rd and 7 pass attempt for O'Leary  is batted down by Fordham's Ahmed Haruna, as MacZura will come on again to punt from the GU21...AND WE HAVE A TRICK PLAY! Nathan Zimmel takes the snap and runs 14 yards for a first down, as the GU drive continues.

9:29: After Zimmel gives the Hoyas second life on the drive, Kempf goes to work completing two passes to O'Leary, before the carry by Keerome Lawrence for five yards gives the Hoyas another first down...The Hoyas dodge a close one, as Isa Abdul-Quddus almost picks off a pass intended for Jeremiah Kayal. The Hoyas will talk it over with a timeout.

7:51 GU Ball 3rd and 5: Kempf completes a short pass to Claytor who breaks a tackle and gets enough to move the chains. As we have seen throughout the season, Claytor is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. Kempf goes back to him twice more, picking up a short gain on first and then getting popped and losing the ball on second down. A long pass over the middle for Lawrence falls incomplete as MaZura will put from the GU 39...The punt goes into the end zone to give Fordham the ball at their own 20.

6:28: FORDHAM Ball 1st and 10 at their own 20:  In three plays Fordham has now taken the ball down to the GU 11 yard line on a long carry by Darryl Whiting...Whiting continues to find running room as he gets into the end zone from two yards out to put the Rams in front, 6-0. Patrick Murray's extra point sails through the uprights to make the score FORDHAM 7 - GEORGETOWN 0.

4:17: GU Ball 1st and 10 at their own 14: Darby is back in at QB for the Hoyas, but loses a yard on two carries to start the drive, setting up 3rd and 11 from their own 13...Luck is on the side of the Hoyas early, despite the early deficit, as Darby's pass goes through the hands of a Fordham player into the hands of Jeff Burke for a first down. Jeremiah Kayal makes another reception for five yards to start the Hoyas new set of downs...Three incomplete passes later the Hoyas are forced to punt.

1:51: The luck may have run out...Jayah Kaisamba intercepts Higgins deep pass after tipping it up to himself and hauling it in one-handed, but on the return the ball was knocked loose from behind and Fordham recovered at the Hoyas 12 yard line. Yikes!

0:05: Darryl Whiting scored his second touchdown of the first quarter on another short plunge across the goal line. Murray makes the extra point to make the score FORDHAM 14 - GEORGETOWN 0.

0:03:Keerome Lawrence picked up huge yardage on the kick-off return, bringing the ball out to the GU 48 yard line, as time expires on the first quarter.

15:00: GU Ball 1st and 10 at GU48: Darby is in at QB and hands to Lawrence for a gain of eight on the play...Kempf now under center on second down passes to Keerome again just inches shy of the first down. A penalty on GU makes it 3rd and 6, as Kempf's pass for Kayal is broken up, as MacZura comes on to punt. 

13:33: Fordham Ball  1st and 10 at F13: The Hoyas defense tightens up stuffing the Rams. Higgins keeps the ball himself on 3rd and long, picking up the first down. At 10:29 Fordham converts another 3rd down to move the ball across midfield for the third time today.

10:00 ANDREW SCHAETZKE MAKES A HUGE PLAY! Schaetzke tips the Higgins pass, intercepts it and runs it 45 yards for a touchdown to put the Hoyas on the board for the first time. Weiss makes the extra point, that sneaks over the fence onto highway behind the end zone. Last count that ball has been hit by two cars. It's return to action is doubtful. FORDHAM 14 - GEORGETOWN 7

9:53: FORDHAM ball 1st and 10 own 45: The Rams continue to find room up the middle, as Carlton Koonce picks up 30 yards on the first carry of the drive down to the GU 25. Schaetzke and the Hoyas defense are starting to put pressure on Higgins, as Patrick Murray will come on to attempt a 38 yarder...Murray's kick is good making the score FORDHAM 17 - GEORGETOWN 7.  

8:18: Keerome Lawrence returns the ball to the 23 where they will take over...1st and 10 GU 23...Keerome Lawrence with a beautiful run on the Kempf screen pass. Lawrence runs it down the right sideline, making a brilliant cut back for 67 yards to the Fordham 11 yard line...Philip Oladeji finds some inside running room picking up six yards down to the five yard line...Oladeji catches a screen pass for another two yards to bring up 4th and 3...Weiss is on to attempt a 21 yarder...Weiss' kick sails wide right, as the score remains 17-7.

5:20: FORDHAM BALL 3rd and 8 at own 22...The Rams convert another 3rd down with a nine yard pass to Whiting. But another big play from the Georgetown defense. Jayah Kaisamba forces a fumble that is recovered by Wayne Heimuli at the Rams' 41.

4:33: GU Ball 1st and 10 at Rams 41: Kempf goes long for Kenny Furlough on the first play, but it falls just behind his hands. On second down Kempf finds Max Waizenegger, who has been a sure-handed target all year, picking up 26 yards on the reception...Keerome Lawrence picks up nine yards on the reception to make it 3rd and 3 from the Rams' 13, but Kempf's pass is intercepted in the end zone to turn the possession back to the Rams' at their own 20.

3:03: FORDHAM Ball 1st and 10 at own 20: Whiting picks up 15 yards through the middle to get the Rams started. Whiting continues to pick up chunks of yardage taking the ball down to the GU 20 yard line. Jason Caldwell just caught a TD pass from Higgins and Murray made the extra point to make the score FORDHAM 24 - GEORGETOWN 7.

1:25: Another huge return from Keerome Lawrence, who takes it out to the 50 where the Hoyas will get started...Philip Oladeji catches a screen pass from Kempf and makes a leap over a Fordham defender to get to the 34. That would prove the lone highlight of the drive, as Kempf was sacked on fourth down to give the ball back to Fordham.  

0:12 Darryl Whiting picks up another big gain. According to the official stats he now has 142 yards on 16 carries. Fordham has called a timeout to set up a 42 yard field goal attempt, that hits the upright and falls in front of the goal posts.

0:03: Kempf will down the ball as we go into halftime FORDHAM 24 - GEORGETOWN 7


15:00: Weiss sets to kick off to Fordham...A holding penalty on Fordham during the return puts the ball at the Fordham 21 with 14:52 on the clock.

14:52 Fordham Ball 1st and 10 at own 21: On second down Schaetzke pressures Higgins who throws out of bounds just above the reach of Jonathan Brucia. Much like in the first half, Higgins avoids the pressure and converts a fourth down, this time to Stephen Skelton for 14 yards...Whiting picks up nine yards on his first carry of the second half. Whiting gets another first down with eight more yards. The Hoyas stuff two consecutive plays and Higgins throws an incompletion on third down to force a Fordham punt. The ball will be downed at the GU10.

12:19 GU Ball 1st and 10 at own 10: Darby is back in at QB and hands off to Oladeji on the first two plays to pick up 13 yards and a first down...GU lines up three WR's to the right, fake the screen to Keerome and finds Kayal downfield for a 22 yard completion...Keerome takes a reverse pitch on first down for nine yards, inches short of another first down...Oladeji almost lost the football, after picking up a first down, he was able to recover...Lawrence finds a chunk of yardage down the left sideline, but a holding penalty negates the carry. 1st and 17 GU...The Hoyas drive stalled from there. Matt MacZura will come on to punt on 4th and 15.

7:30: Fordham Ball 1st and 10 at own 27: Jeremy Moore is back into the game and promptly breaks up Higgins' pass attempt to Patrick Miller...Darryl Whiting is good. He picks up 21 yards out to the 48 for another first down...Koonce picks up another first down on a nine yard carry...Nick Parrish just made his 11th tackle of the day, as Fordham continues to milk the clock...GU forces Fordham to a field goal attempt from 38 yards, but Murray misses wide left as the score remains 24-7.

2:30: GU Ball 1st and 10 at the 21: Oladeji starts the drive with a carry for four yards and Jeff Burke takes a screen from Kempf, breaks a tackle and picks up 20 + yards...Burke makes another big catch in line with the sticks for a first down...Max Waizenegger makes another catch for a GU first down on a huge 3rd down conversion. Time runs out on the third quarter with Fordham still leading 24-7.

15:00 GU BALL 2nd and 10 at the Rams' 37...Darby is now in at QB with four WR's. He'll run on the first play and pick up about one. And just like that Georgetown's offense does something that shocks the Fordham pressbox. Darby throws a bomb toward the end zone, as John O'Leary goes up over top of a Rams' CB to haul in the touchdown. O'Leary has scored five touchdowns in six games. If O'Leary plays you might as well mark him down for a TD. Weiss extra point misses the mark, making the score FORDHAM 24 - GEORGETOWN 13.

12:12 The Hoyas force Fordham to punt on three plays, as they will take over with Darby under center at their own 31 yard line...Another HUGE catch by John O'Leary, once again making an adjustment and going up over a Fordham cornerback to convert a 3rd and 18...Scott Darby picks up 15 yards on the option keeper to move GU down to the Fordham 15 yard line. Darby's pass to Dalen Claytor was ruled pass interference, giving the Hoyas the ball at the two yard line. Scott Darby will sneak across the goal line for the one yard rush, his fourth rushing TD of the season. The Hoyas will fail on the 2 point conversion making the score FORDHAM 24 - GEORGETOWN 19.

5:18: Fordham has done a good job all day of taking time off the clock and converting on third downs. They are now faced with a 3rd and 11 from their own 45 yard line. The Rams will get a first down on a Georgetown holding play, though to keep the drive alive...Darryl Whiting, who now has 234 rushing yards on 32 carries will continue to run the clock...We're now under 3:30 as Fordham will attempt to go for it on 4th and 1. Fordham calls their first time out of the half.

Jonathan Brucia may have just made the tackle of the game, stopping Whiting in the backfield to turn the ball over to the Hoyas. A HUGE TACKLE FROM THE FRESHMAN MAKING HIS FIRST START!

2:57: GU Ball 1st and 10 at own 41 yard line...Philip Oladeji just picked up a first down to move the ball past the midfield mark as the clock continues to tick...Ed Hesselgren is into the game for the injured Thomas Gallagher...Darby is almost picked off on second and eight. The Hoyas now have three receivers to the right with O'Leary on the left. Play of the game for GU. 4th and 8 on the Fordham 47. Four WR's with Oladeji in the backfield. A flag is down as Darby was in the grasp of a defender. The flag will go against Georgetown. With 1:34 left in the game Fordham will take over with a 24-19 lead. Fordham just took a time out, they have one left. Georgetown has two timeouts remaining.  

0:40 GU Ball 1st and 10 at own 20 yard line...GU will get one more chance, as Keerome Lawrence makes the first reception of the drive for a first down and wisely gets out of bounds. John O'Leary makes another catch to get the ball to the GU 47 and another first down...The Hoyas fall a few seconds short as Keerome Lawrence is stopped at the Fordham 45 in the middle of the field as time runs out.

Another tough loss, for GU, the fifth straight. Hope everyone enjoyed the blog, despite the outcome. We have a bye next week, but I hope to see all of you out at Multi-Sport Field on Nov. 13 when Georgetown football returns to action against Lehigh.  



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