Sept. 7, 2008
Washington, D.C. -
It took more than 100 years for Georgetown University and Howard University to play a college football game, one more
day wasn't going to bother anyone. The Inaugural D.C. Cup had been slated for Saturday but, thanks to Tropical Storm Hanna, the game was move to Sunday afternoon. And the thrilling finish was worth the wait. Georgetown scored nine points in the fourth quarter and held off a last minute drive from Howard as the Hoyas topped the Bison, 12-7, in front of 6,085 fans at William T. Greene Stadium.
"I'm happy for these young men and for the men downstairs getting ready to get on the bus," Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "They worked extremely hard in the off season, it was a long preseason and we had a one-day delay. They just kept scratching and clawing. It could have gone either way, but we're extremely happy."
Trailing 7-3 early in the fourth quarter, Freshman quarterback James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) engineered a five-play, 69-yard drive that was capped off on a 31-yard touchdown pass to senior slot back Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake), giving the Hoyas a 9-7 lead after a missed extra point. The Hoyas had taken over at their own 31-yard line after stopping the Bison on downs. After a one-yard run that closed out the third quarter, Brady opened the fourth quarter with a 37-yard pass to Mitchell down the sidelines, putting the Hoyas on the Howard 31. After two incomplete passes, Brady found Mitchell behind a Howard defensive back and lofted a pass to give the Hoyas the lead.
Howard came back strong on the next drive, but after moving to the Georgetown 36-yard line, the drive stalled, capped off on the second of two sacks for senior defensive lineman Ataefiok Etukeren (Phoenix, Ariz./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]).
Georgetown took over on its own 20 with 9:22 to play and proceeded to eat up 6:19 on the clock and moved down to the Howard 13-yard line before sophomore kicker Casey Dobyns (Highland, Md./Georgetown Prep) booted a 30-yard field goal, giving the Hoyas a 12-7 lead.
Howard had one more chance after a 40-yard field goal was missed by Dobyns, and the Bison moved to the Georgetown 34-yard line with less than a minute on the clock. Howard quarterback Floyd Haigler lost the ball and Georgetown senior Chris Parker (Stone Mountain, Ga./Tucker) recovered as the Hoya offense came on in victory formation.
Howard had jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a five-yard pass from Haigler to Willie Carter. The Hoyas teams traded possessions before the Bison took over near midfield. Haigler completed a 16-yard pass to Arlandus Hood and then threw a 25-yard pass to Brandon Sherman to put Howard on the Georgetown six-yard line. The Hoyas pulled to within 7-3 midway through the second quarter. Howard had taken over near midfield, but a pass from Haigler was intercepted by GU defensive back Paul Sant'Ambrogio (Bloomfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) at the Hoyas 36 and returned 11 yards.
Georgetown finished with 233 yards in total offense, gaining 96 from the running game and 137 from the passing game. Brady finished the day 12-of-20 for 131 yards, while Mitchell caught two passes for 68 yards. Sophomore quarterback Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had 14 carries for 38 yards and junior back Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Phillips Academy [Mass.]) had seven carries for 30 yards.
The Hoya defense was impressive throughout, limiting Howard to 281 yards in total offense, including 98 on the ground. Georgetown finished with four quarterback sacks, had 11 tackles-for-loss, recovered three fumbles, broke up three passes and had one interception. Junior Chris Rau (Avon, Ohio/Avon) led the defense with a team-high nine tackles, while senior Travis Zorrilla (Lynn, Mass./St. John's Prep) had seven tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss. Etukeren had five tackles, two sacks and three tackles-for-loss.
The Hoyas remain on the road next weekend, opening up Patriot League play on Saturday, September 13 at Lafayette. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m.