Sept. 6, 2014
DAYTON, Ohio - The Georgetown University football team (0-2, 0-0 Patriot League) could not keep track of University of Dayton's (1-0, 0-0 Pioneer League) prolific rushing attack, as the Hoyas fell 23-14 on Saturday afternoon at Welcome Stadium in the program's first meeting with the Flyers.
The Hoyas defense created two turnovers, as junior linebacker Matthew Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) forced a fumble to go with 11 tackles and junior linebacker Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) intercepted a pass. Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) also had 11 tackles and a pass breakup, but Dayton's running back Connor Kacsor set a program record with 307 rushing yards to keep the chains moving.
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 19-of-35 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown for the Hoyas, while senior running back Daniel Wright (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) and sophomore wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) each scored their first career touchdowns in a losing effort.
Dayton scored on its first drive from scrimmage, using nine plays to move just 26 yards. Placekicker William Will booted a career-long 49-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead with 12:58 remaining in the first quarter. Will extended the lead to six early in the second quarter, finishing a 12-play 67 yard drive.
The Hoyas responded . On a third down and 12 at their own 29 yard line, Nolan found freshman wide receiver Justin Harrell (New Orleans, La./Newman) for 33 yards to get across midfield. Nolan later found sophomore wide receiver Tommy Jesson (Orlando, Fla./East River) for 12 yards to get into the red zone. Five plays later Wright crossed the goal line on a one-yard carry. Sophomore kicker Ben Priddy's (Davidsonville, Md./Severn) extra-point gave GU a 7-6 lead with 8:09 remaining in the first half.
The lead was short-lived, as Kacsor broke a 43-yard touchdown run at the 1:30 mark in the second quarter to take a 13-7 lead into halftime.
Satchell forced a fumble on Dayton's third play of the third quarter and junior Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) recovered to give the Blue & Gray the ball at their own 30 yard line. Georgetown drove to the Flyers' 23 yard line, but were stalled after failing to convert a fourth down and one yard.
Dayton's quarterback Will Bardo extended the lead on the following drive, finding Branden Johnson on a 19-yard touchdown pass to take a 20-7 lead with 4:30 remaining in the third quarter. The Flyers threatened to break the game open after GU went three-and-out on its next drive. Dayton again drove into Georgetown territory, but Alfieri tipped a pass that Kiselick intercepted to give Georgetown the ball back.
The Hoyas did not waste the opportunity as Nolan went to work, completing a 21-yard pass to Hill and then a 36-yard pass to sophomore tight end Matthew Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph Regional). On a fourth down and goal, Nolan found Hill, who won a jump ball over a Dayton cornerback in the back corner of the end zone, bringing the Hoyas within a touchdown at 20-14.
Will capped a 14-play drive of nearly seven minutes with a 31-yard field goal at the 7:04 mark in the fourth quarter, putting the Hoyas beind 23-14. It would be the last score for either team, as Dayton ran another three minutes off the clock later in fourth quarter to seal the game.
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, September 13 when they take on Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. with a free live streaming audio available on the Georgetown University official athletics website - www.guhoyas.com.