Sept. 12, 2009
Georgetown University football players marked their calendars for Saturday night, Sept. 12 and a packed house of nearly 3,000 fans came to the Multi-Sport Field excited for the Hoyas home opener against Lafayette, the first night football game played in the facility. It wasn't enough, however, as Lafayette opened up a 21-0 lead at halftime en route to a 28-3 win over Georgetown in front of 2,875 fans.
Lafayette quarterback Rob Curley threw for 259 yards and had three touchdown passes to lead the Leopards, while junior receiver Mark Layton caught seven passes for 107 yards and touchdowns. It was the second-largest crowd at the Multi-Sport Field since its opening in 2005.
The loss was the second-straight for the Hoyas, who fall to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the Patriot League, while Lafayette won its season-opening game to improve to 1-0.
Lafayette's defense set the tone on the opening play of the game, sacking sophomore quarterback James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) on Georgetown's first play. The teams exchanged possessions until midway through the first quarter when Curley converted a third-and-3 for a 15-yard pass play to Michael Bennett to their own 43-yard line. After gaining four yards on a rush, Jerome Rudolph broke free for a 48-yard scoring play to cap a 5-play, 79-yard drive that ate up 2:10 on the clock, giving the Leopards a 7-0 lead.
Curley completed 6-of-11 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter as Lafayette pushed its lead to 21-0 before halftime. On the first drive, junior Mark Layton out-leaped a Hoya defender to catch an 8-yard pass from Curley, capping an 11-play, 55-yard drive that ate up 7:37, increasing Lafayette's lead to 14-0. After forcing Georgetown to turn the ball over on downs, Curley threw a short pass to Layton, who found space in the middle of the field and raced to the sideline and down the field for a 46-yard touchdown, giving the Leopards a 21-0 lead.
Lafayette was dominant in the first half, picking up 296 yards in total offense and holding Georgetown to 35 yards and no first downs.
The Hoyas got on the board on the opening drive of the third quarter when senior Jose-Pablo Buerba (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep) connected on a 33-yard field goal. The drive started when senior running back Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Phillips Academy [Mass.]) took the opening kick 37 yards. Houghton gained six yards on a pair of carries and Brady completed passes to Rick Cosgrove (Chalfont, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) for five yards and one to junior slot Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) for 13 yards, respectively, as the Hoyas moved into Lafayette territory. Lawrence ran for 11 more yards and Houghton gained five as the team moved to the 16-yard line, but the drive stalled and the Hoyas took the Buerba field goal.
After Lafayette increased its lead to 28-3 on a 38-yard pass from Curley to David Morrow, the Hoyas took over at their own 31-yard line. Brady completed 6-of-8 passes for 73 yards - the big play a 26-yard completion to sophomore wide receiver Dishon Hughes (Richardson, Texas/JJ Pearce) - as the Hoays moved to the Lafayette 14-yard line. On fourth-and-7, Brady lofted a pass into the corner that Cosgrove appeared to catch, but he was ruled out of bounds and Lafayette took over on downs.
Brady completed 14-of-29 passes for 113 yards and Houghton had nine carries for 35 yards. Lawrence finished with five catches for 45 yards and senior slot Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) added five catches for 29 yards.
Sophomore Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity) led the defense with nine tackles, while sophomore defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) added 7.5 tackles, two sacks and 4.5 tackles-for-loss.
Lafayette finished the game with 464 yards in total offense while Georgetown finished with 213 yards.
Georgetown remains at home next week, hosting Ivy League foe Yale. Kickoff at the Multi-Sport Field is slated for 1 p.m.