Sept. 14, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League) fell behind by four touchdowns midway through the third quarter, a hole to deep to climb out of, as the Hoyas fell to Marist (1-2, 0-0 Pioneer League), 43-23 on Saturday night at Multi-Sport Field.
The loss snaps Georgetown's eight-game winning streak in night games and its six consecutive wins against Pioneer League opponents. The Red Foxes were plus three in the turnover battle, turning two of those turnovers into touchdowns to hurt the Hoyas.
Senior wide receiver Zack Wilke (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) had a career-high 10 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore wide receiver Jake DeCicco had seven catches for a game-high 118 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Senior quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) completed 35-for-52 passes with 398 yards and two touchdowns, the most passing yards for a GU quarterback since 1998.
Junior defensive tackle Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) had seven tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss for a Hoyas defense that was without leading tacklers Dustin Wharton and Nick Alfieri. Junior Patrick Boyle (Wheaton, Ill./Benet Academy) led the team with 12 tackles.
Turnovers hurt the Blue & Gray early, as Jake Marston intercepted the Hoyas first pass attempt of the game and Chuckie Looney made the Hoyas pay, capping an eight-play 57 yard drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to Armani Martin, to take a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point. The Red Foxes tacked on three more points on the ensuing drive as Jesse Signa kicked a 43-yard field goal to lead 9-0 with 7:04 remaining in the first quarter.
Jo'el Kimpela helped the Hoyas close to within three points, capping a seven-play 62 yard drive with a two yard touchdown run, his second of the season. The Hoyas could not convert the extra point, to make the score 9-6 with at the 9:30 mark in the second quarter.
Matt MacZura (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Central Catholic) tied the score with 3:21 remaining in the first half, making a 44-yard field goal, his first of the season, pulling the score even at nine.
Marist would take over on the next drive, going 79 yards on six plays to score once more, as Looney rushed in front six yards out to give the Red Foxes a 16-9 lead going into the half. Looney opened the third quarter with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joe Tralli to take a 23-9 lead early in the third quarter. It took Marist one play to score on its next drive, before a GU fumble allowed the Red Foxes to score four straight touchdowns to take a 37-9 lead with 4:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Georgetown would continue to fight. Late in the third quarter, Kempf kept a drive alive converting a fourth and short on a five-yard pass to Wilke. Kempf found Zack Wilke five plays later in the back of the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown pass to make the score 37-16.
The Hoyas followed that up with another long scoring drive. This time Kempf converted a fourth down and 11 on a 17 yard pass to DeCicco. Two plays later he found DeCicco on a 19-yard touchdown pass, bringing the Hoyas within two touchdowns, at 37-23.
The Red Foxes converted three third downs on its next drive, before scoring for a final time to put the game out of reach, as GU fell 43-23.
The Hoyas return to action next Saturday, when they travel to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown University. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Fans can listen to a free live audio broadcast of the game on the Georgetown University official athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the play-by-play. Fans can also find in-game updates by following Georgetown Football's twitter account @HoyasFB.