Sept. 4, 2010
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) - Junior quarterback Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) was named Georgetown's starting quarterback earlier in the week and celebrated the distinction by completing 14-of-23 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 66 yards and another touchdown, as the Georgetown University football team (1-0) defeated Davidson College, 20-10 in the season-opener at Stephen B. Smith Field at Richardson Stadium on Saturday evening.
Phillip Oladeji (Plano, Texas/Plano East) carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards and caught three passes for 44 yards and Chancellor Logan (Kingston, R.I./North Kingstowne) carried eight times for 60 yards to snap a 12 game losing streak for Georgetown.
"I don't know how many yards Phillip Oladeji had, but he was running hard," Georgetown head coach Kevin Kelly said. "That was the key in the second half, was that we ran the football well and we hadn't done that in the past."
Meanwhile, Georgetown's defense held Davidson to just 46 yards rushing and took advantage of two costly Wildcats' interceptions, one by senior linebacker Patrick O'Donnell (Media, Pa./Penncrest) and junior safety Wayne Heimuli (early in the game.
O'Donnell picked off Matt Heavener's pass to give GU the ball at the Davidson 41 yard line, their best field position to that point in the game. The offense quickly went to work, as Darby found Oladeji out of the backfield. Oladeji followed blockers down inside the 10 yard line for a 36 yard gain. A play later Darby would rush into the end zone from three yards out to give the Hoyas an early 7-0 lead.
Freshman slot Brandon Durham (Mesquite, Texas/Dallas Christian) capped the Hoyas nine play, 54 yard scoring drive taking a reverse from Darby around the right side into the corner of the end zone after a crushing block from senior right tackle Rob Bates (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep). Oladeji keyed the drive, picking up large chunks of yardage each time he touched the ball, carrying the ball four times for 33 yards during the drive.
For the first quarter and a half the Hoyas defense had held the Wildcats' to just one first down. But Davidson's Kenny Mantuo would cut into the Hoyas lead with 49 seconds remaining in the second half, capping a six-minute long drive with a three yard run to make the score 14-7 at the half. During the drive Davidson converted on two fourth downs to keep the chains moving.
"We let down a little at the end of the second quarter," Kelly said. "We made some mental errors, we weren't in the right places and we weren't tackling well, so we told them at halftime that we were going back to our basic front and coverage and we did that."
Georgetown's defense would tighten up, limiting Davidson to just a Ben Behrendt 22-yard field goal the rest of the way.
The Hoyas took a two score advantage in the fourth quarter as sophomore receiver Jeffrey Burke (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) caught a 12 yard pass from Darby to cap a four-minute 11 play drive. Facing a third down and long Darby found Patrick Ryan on a screen for 16 yards. Three plays later, Logan found a hole and rushed 32 yards, untouched to Davidson 12 yard line. Darby followed with the pass to Burke in the left corner of the end zone to put the Hoyas in front 20-12.
Heimuli picked off James Carkhuff's second down pass attempt to all but end the game, as the Hoyas kneeled on the ball twice to run the clock out on a 20-10 victory.
NOTES: The victory snaps the Hoyas 12 game losing streak and is the first win since defeating Marist, 13-12 on Nov. 18, 2008.