Sept. 10, 2016
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Georgetown University football team totaled 358 yards of offense, blocked two field goals and the defense held Marist College 0-of-13 on third down conversions as the Hoyas defeated the Red Foxes, 20-17, on Saturday evening at Tenney Stadium. The win moved GU to 2-0 on the season, the first time the Blue & Gray has won its first two games since 2012, while Marist fell to 0-2.
Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional) was 23-of-45 passing for 208 yards and one touchdown and he also ran 12 times for 32 yards. Alex Valles (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) rushed 15 times for 93 yards and Christian Bermudez (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School) also had 26 yards rushing and a touchdown. Justin Harrell (New Orleans/Newman) led the receiving corps with eight catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) finished with six tackles and 0.5 sacks. His biggest contribution, however, came on special teams where he blocked a pair of Marist field goal attempts. J’V’on Butler (Melbourne, Fla./Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) led the defense with seven total tackles.
Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) was 2-of-3 on field goal attempts, connecting from 28 and 25 yards, and hit both his PAT attempts. Harry McCollum (Arlington Heights, Ill./Saint Viator) had nine punts for 356 yards, averaging 44.5 yards per kick.
After two straight three-and-out possessions, the Hoyas were able to put together a drive midway through the first quarter, Key first-down receptions from Brandon Williams (Germantown, Md./Northwest) and Matthew Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph Regional) helped fuel an 11-play, 51-yard drive that ended with a Darmstadter 28-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Marist answered on the next possession, striking on a 50-yard touchdown pass that the receiver tipped to himself as he crossed the goal line. A Barnes interception on a tipped ball led to a field goal to give the Red Foxes a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The score remained the same until late in the second quarter. Having trouble finding momentum on offense, the Hoyas turned to their special teams for a boost. On the first drive, McCollum booted a 40-yard punt that Blaise Brown (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine/Loomis Chafee) made a diving catch on to pin Marist on its own 3-yard line. Midway through the quarter, with the Red Foxes driving, Kiselick blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt to keep it a one-score game.
Two drives later, the Hoyas were able to put together another 11-play drive, this time led by Harrell who had two catches for 36 yards, including a 25-yard catch-and-run. The drive ended with a 25-yard field goal from Darmstadter, cutting the deficit to 10-6 at halftime.
Neither side could muster much offense at the beginning of the third quarter until a 24-yard pass from Barnes to Buckman quickly brought the Hoyas to the Marist 24-yard line. Three plays later, on fourth-and-1 from the 15-yard line, Bermudez broke around the right edge and scampered to the end zone, giving the Hoyas their first lead since the first quarter, 13-7.
The lead was short-lived as Marist drove right down the field on three plays, taking the lead back, 17-13, on a 29-yard touchdown pass.
GU answered right back with its third 11-play drive of the game. A 19-yard pass to Harrell on third-and-eight gave the Hoyas first-and-goal from the 5-yard line. Four plays later, on fourth-and-goal from the three, Barnes found Harrell again, this time for a three-yard score to put GU ahead, 20-17.
Georgetown’s defense made two more stops, including another Kiselick blocked field goal on a 48-yard attempt and a David Akere (Carrolton, Texas/Hebron) pass breakup on fourth-and-16 with 1:38 left.
The Hoyas will have a bye week before returning home to take on Ivy League foe Columbia in a homecoming matchup for the Lou Little Trophy on Saturday, September 24. Kickoff at Cooper Field is set for 2 p.m. Last season, GU defeated the Lions, 24-16, in New York.