Sept. 13, 2008
Easton, Pa. - Lafayette scored a touchdown in the third quarter and added another in the fourth to break open a close game, beating Georgetown, 24-6, in the Patriot League opener for both teams at Fisher Stadium Saturday night.
The Hoyas fall to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards improve to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
Lafayette took a 10-0 lead into the half and extended it late in the third quarter on a one-yard run from Tyrell Coon, capping a nine-play, 66-yard drive and giving the Leopards a 17-0 lead. A fourth quarter touchdown from Rob Curley with less than a minute left in the game provided the final score.
The Hoyas got on board in the fourth quarter when sophomore quarterback Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) capped a nine-play, 92-yard drive with a two-yard run. GU missed the extra point and trailed 17-6. The drive was started by freshman quarterback James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's), who completed a 53-yard pass to senior tight end Collin Meador (Lyndhurst, Ohio/St. Ignatius Prep) on the opening play of the drive. For the drive, Brady completed 6-of-8 passes for 90 yards.
Trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, the Hoyas limited Lafayette to three plays and only two yards and took over on their own 23-yard line. Georgetown put together a strong drive, moving all the way to the Lafayette 19-yard line before the drive stalled.
Brady and Lawrence spearheaded the attack. Brady completed four passes for 36 yards - three passes to senior wide receiver Brent Tomlinson (Hoffman Estates, Ill./St. Viator) and one to junior slot Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Phillips Academy [Md.]) - and Lawrence had three carries for 26 yards. The biggest play of the drive was a 20-yard run by Lawrence on 3rd down with seven yards to go that moved the ball to the Lafayette 12-yard line.
After the field goal was blocked, the Hoya defense did its job, stopping the Leopards in their tracks and forcing a punt after three plays. On 2nd down with seven yards to go for a first down, however, Brady was intercepted by Lafayette's Neil Goldsmith, who returned it 37 yards to the Hoya 30. The Leopards moved the ball to the 10-yard line and had a first down, but stops by junior Chris Rau (Avon, Ohio/Avon) and then another from Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) and Danny Thompson (Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay) kept Lafayette out of the endzone. The Leopards settled for a 23-yard field goal from David Rodriguez, taking a 10-0 lead with 13 seconds left in the first half.
Lafayette wasted no time getting on the board in the first quarter, moving 10 plays and 71 yards and taking a 7-0 lead on a one-yard run by rob Curley. The Hoyas had a pair of drives in the opening 15 minutes, but could not muster anything on the offensive side and punted.
The Hoyas had 276 yards in total offense, 70 on the ground and 206 passing. Brady completed 12-of-28 passes for 141 yards, while Lawrence was 9-of-12 for 65 yards and ran 13 times for 42 yards. Tomlinson caught four passes for 53 yards and Mychal Harrison (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) had four catches for 31 yards. Parrish led the defense with 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles-for-loss, while junior Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) added nine tackles.
Georgetown closes out its three-game road swing to start the 2008 season next weekend, visiting Yale for a non-league on Saturday, Sept. 20. Kickoff at the venerable Yale Bowl is slated for 1 p.m.