Sept. 11, 2010
EASTON, Pa. - Junior cornerback Jayah Kaisamba (Fort Worth, Texas/LD Bell) intercepted a Lafayette pass at the Georgetown three yard line with one minute left in the fourth quarter to seal the Georgetown University football team's (2-0, 1-0 Patriot League) 28-24 victory over Lafayette (0-1, 0-1 Patriot League) on Saturday evening at Fisher Stadium. The victory was the Hoyas' first Patriot League win since 2007.
After falling behind 21-7 in the second quarter, Georgetown's defense allowed just a field goal the rest of the way, forcing four Leopards turnovers, three coming deep in Georgetown territory. Junior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) finished with 2.0 sacks, 4.0 tackles for loss for 23 yards and a forced fumble. David Quintero (Miramar, Fla./Fort Lauderdale) had 12 tackles and a forced fumble and Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) had 12 tackles and a sack to almost overshadow senior captain Nick Parrish finishing with eight tackles to become Georgetown's leader in career tackles with 270.5.
Junior Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) played another turnover free game, completing 18-of-30 for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball eight times for 26 yards. The offense also showed flashes of big play ability, as sophomore SLOT Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) scored on a 51-yard reception and senior RB Phillip Oladeji (Plano, Texas/Plano East) on a 30-yard run.
The Hoyas started slow, as Oladeji fumbled at the Hoyas 14 yard line on the team's first possession. Two plays later, Jerome Rudolph ran to the left side for seven yards and a Lafayette touchdown, taking a quick 7-0 lead.
Georgetown would answer quickly, taking advantage of a costly Lafayette miscue, as punter Tom Kondash dropped a snap and was tackled at the Lafayette four yard line. Junior RB Wilburn "Chance" Logan (Kingston, R.I./North Kingstowne) would take it in from a one yard out to even the score at seven.
Sophomore cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) deflected a pass and helped make a crucial third down stop on Lafayette's next possession, but the Hoyas would fumble a punt at their own 11 yard line to set up a Mark Layton touchdown catch from Ryan O'Neil. The Leopards scored five minutes later on Greg Kessel's three yard catch from O'Neil to take a 21-7 lead.
The Hoyas defense would tighten up, as Quintero would force a fumble that was recovered by Parrish on Lafayette's next drive. That was when the Hoyas hurry up offense came to life, as Darby found Patrick Ryan twice and Keerome Lawrence twice, including a six yard pass to Lawrence in the end zone to cut the lead to a touchdown.
The Leopards would get a 29 yard field goal from Davis Rodriguez just before the half to go into halftime with a 24-14 lead.
Darby did not waste time in the second half, finding Waizenegger, who beat one defensive back and ran 51 yards into the end zone on the third play of the half, to cut the lead to 24-21.
Junior safety Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity), who finished the game with nine tackles, intercepted an O'Neil pass in the end zone to give the Hoyas the ball at their own 20 yard line. Oladeji would cap the Hoyas 10 play, 80 yard drive, with a 30 yard run to the right side to give the Hoyas their first lead at 28-24.
From there Georgetown's defense would bend, but not break to a Lafayette offense that compiled 509 yards of total offense. The Leopards would miss on a 33 yard field goal in the ensuing drive.
In the fourth quarter, after Lafayette had driven down to the Georgetown 17 yard line, Schaetzke got into the backfield and forced a fumble from O'Neil that was recovered by Danny Thompson, Jr. With under two minutes remaining Lafayette once again looked to drive, this time behind quarterback Marc Quilling. The Leopards got down inside the Hoya 15 yard line, but Kaisamba saved the game for the Hoyas, intercepting a pass with a minute left to seal the second consecutive win of the season for Georgetown.
The Hoyas will look for three in a row for the first time since 2003 when they travel to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale in the Bulldogs home opener next weekend. Live audio of the game can be heard on GUHoyas.com with Chuck Timanus providing the play-by-play.