Sept. 17, 2011
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - PGeorgetown Falls Short in First Road Game, Hoyas Lose to Yale, 37-27
WASHINGTON - Georgetown Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly said at halftime that he thought this year's game with Yale was looking similar to last year, when it was decided on the last play. And at halftime, it appeared Kelly was right, as the Hoyas trailed 21-20 at the break. Yale, however, scored 16-straight points and opened up a 37-20 lead en route to a 37-27 win over the Hoyas in front of 12,246 fans at the Yale Bowl Saturday afternoon.
It was the first loss of the season for the Hoyas, who fall to 2-1 overall while Yale won its season opener.
Trailing 21-20 at the half, Georgetown had the ball to start the second but went three-and-out. Yale used a 7-play, 71-yard drive over 2;38 and took a 27-20 lead after a 10-yard pass from Patrick Witt to Chris Smith. The extra-point was blocked, keeping the game at one possession.
The Hoyas, however, struggled in the third quarter, with three punts and one interception, and could not get the offense going. A 4-hyard run from Witt capped a 3-play, 31-yard drive early in the fourth quarter and extended the Bulldogs lead to 37-20. Senior quarterback Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) threw a 27-yard pass to freshman slot Kevin Macari (Stamford, Conn./New Canaan) midway through the fourth quarter, narrowing the gap to 37-27, but that was as close as Georgetown would get.
The Hoyas had a chance to cut into the lead late in the game, but a drive stalled out at the Yale 28-yard line and a 45-yard field goal attempt from senior kicker Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) was off the mark and the Bulldogs ran the clock out from that point.
Georgetown went into the half trailing by only one point, 21-20, after Weiss kicked the second of his two field goals, a 26-yarder that split the uprights as time expired. The Hoyas had taken the ball over on their own 20-yard line and moved all the way down to the four-yard line, facing a 4th-and-one, but a false start moved them back to the six as they went for the field goal. Yale had taken its second lead of the game late in the second quarter when Chris Smith capped a 5-play, 86-yard drive by catching a 31-yard pass from Patrick Witt, giving the Bulldogs a 21-17 lead.
After a high-scoring first quarter, the teams exchanged punts on a pair of possessions, with Georgetown taking over at the Yale 43 after stopping the Bulldogs inside the 20-yard line. An 8-yard run from Brandon Durham (Mesquite, Texas/Dallas Christian) was followed by a 15-yard penalty on Yale. Two more runs from Durham left the Hoyas short of a first down, but Weiss booted a 44-yard field goal, giving the Hoyas a 17-14 lead.
Leading 14-7 in the later stages of the first quarter, Yale tied the game when Mordecai Cargill caught an 18-yard pass from Witt with 2:13 to play in the half. The drive started at the Georgetown 35-yard line after Chris Smith returned the kickoff 49 yards, his second return of at least 40 yards.
Georgetown responded on its first drive, moving the ball 68 yards over nine plays and in 3:45, tying the game when junior wide receiver Jeff Burke (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) threw an 18-yard halfback option pass to Darby, who had just entered the game. Junior quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy [Maine]) started the game and the drive was aided by 34 yards of rushing from sophomore halfback Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic). Yale jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on the opening drive of the game. An 82-yard kick return from Chris Smith put the ball on the Hoya 17-yard line to start the game and a 4-yard run from Mordecai Cargill put the Bulldogs on the board.
Darby finished the day 16-of-26 for 135 yards, while Kempf was 16-of-24 for 115 yards and one score. Campanella ran 13 times for 65 yards and senior slot Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) caught seven passes for 38 yards and Macari had five catches for 52 yards. Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) led the Hoyas with 10 tackles while senior Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) added six tackles, one sack and two tackles-for-loss.
Georgetown is back on the road next weekend, visiting Marist on Saturday, Sept. 24.