No. 25 Holy Cross Scores Twice Late to Hold Off Georgetown, 20-7

Sept. 5, 2009

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WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  Georgetown jumped on top of Patriot League favorite Holy Cross with a touchdown on the game's opening drive and nearly made it stand.  The Hoya defense came up time and time again throughout the game, but a 13-yard touchdown pass from league offensive player of the year Dominic Randolph early in the fourth quarter gave the Crusaders a 13-7 lead as they held on for a 20-7 win in front of 5,897 fans at Fitton Field Saturday afternoon.

Georgetown led 7-3 at the half after sophomore quarterback James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) threw a 33-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.  The Hoya defense limited Holy Cross to 181 yards in total offense in the first half, including 11 yards rushing on 12 carries.

The teams exchanged punts to start the third quarter, but Randolph, last year's Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, completed two passes of at least 20 yards, the latter a 23-yard completion to Bill Edger that moved Holy Cross to the Hoya 3-yard line.  For the second time in the game, however, Georgetown held the Holy Cross offense to only three points, as the drive stalled inside the 10 with a 19-yard field goal from Rob Dornfied.

Leading 7-6 heading into the fourth quarter, the Hoya offense could not pick up where it started the game, with three straight possessions in the final 15 minutes resulting in three punts.  Randolph and the Holy Cross offense took advantage.  Randolph threw an 18-yard pass to Paul Nielsen just 39 seconds into the fourth quarter to cap a 2-play, 31-yard, giving the hosts a 13-7 lead.  

The Hoyas punted after three plays netted only eight yards on the next drive, but an interception from sophomore defensive back Rick Rattay (Maumer, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) - one of two in the game for him - gave GU the ball once again.  Sophomore quarterback Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) - who came in midway through the third quarter - and the Hoyas punted again after three plays and Holy Cross took over on their own 29-yard line.  Randolph capped an 8-play, 71-yard drive with a 7-yard pass to Edger, giving the Crusaders a 20-7 lead they would not relinquish.

Georgetown got things started in fantastic fashion, jumping on top of Holy Cross on the opening drive.  The Crusaders won the toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Hoyas the ball.  For the second time in the series, Brady and Georgetown converted on fourth down.  This time, Brady found junior slot Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) alone on the near sideline and he waltzed into the end zone for a 33-yard score.  The kick from senior Jose-Pablo Buerba (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep) capped a 12-play, 65-yard drive that ate up 4:10 on the clock and gave Georgetown a 7-0 lead.  It was only the fourth time in the last 11 games the Hoyas scored in the first quarter.

Georgetown forced Holy Cross on its first possession, but the Hoyas had a punt form senior Brian Josephs (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) blocked midway through the quarter, giving the Crusaders possession deep in GU territory.`  The Hoya defense, however, set the tone for the remainder of the half.  Georgetown held the Crusaders' high-powered offense in check and forced Holy Cross to settle for a 22-yard field goal from Dornfried.

Brady completed 11-of-23 passes for 77 yards and one touchdown, while Darby finished 8-of-17 for 54 yards.  Senior running back Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario/Phillips Academy) had eight carries for only 19 yards as the Hoyas gained only 38 yards on the ground.  Sophomore David Quintero (Miramar, Fla./Ft. Lauderdale) had 6.5 tackles to lead the defense, while senior Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) finished with six.  Senior Chudi Obianwu (Southampton, N.J./Bishop Eustace) had five tackles, two for loss and one sack, while sophomore Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity) added five tackles, one sack and three tackles-for-loss).

Georgetown plays its home opener next Saturday, Sept. 12, hosting Patriot League rival Lafayette.  The game kicks off at 6 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field, the first night game for the football team at home.  Fans can watch all of the action live on, with Chuck Timanus calling the game on HoyaVision.  The game will be aired lived by RCN and can be seen on a tape-delayed basis on MASN (dates and times to come).



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