Sept. 18, 2010
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Georgetown University football team (2-1, 1-0 Patriot League) fell victim to a last minute drive by Yale (1-0), capped by Patrick Witt's one yard touchdown as time expired in a 40-35 loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday at the Yale Bowl. The loss is the Hoyas first of the season, after opening 2-0 for the first time since 1999.
Junior quarterback Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass/St. John's Prep) went 24-for-47 for 340 yards, two touchdown passes and an interception. Senior SLOT Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had eight catches for 129 yards and three carries for six yards and a touchdown in his return to New Haven. It was the first time the Hoyas have had a 300 yard passer and 100 yard receiver since last year's game against Yale.
Sophomore cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had the Hoyas first kick-off return for a touchdown since 2004 along with seven tackles and four pass break-ups, while senior linebacker Paul Sant'Ambrogio (Bloomfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) had 11.5 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss and a pass break up in the loss.
Georgetown rallied back from a 27-14 halftime deficit by scoring 21 points in the third quarter, led by a pair of New Haven, Conn. natives, Moore and Lawrence. Moore changed the complexion of the game with the opening kickoff in the second half, taking it 85 yards for the Hoyas' first kick-off return for a touchdown since Jesper Ihezie did it against Lehigh in 2004. Junior cornerback Jayah Kaisamba (Fort Worth, Texas/LD Bell) intercepted Witt's pass on Yale's ensuing drive, to set up Keerome Lawrence's eventual six yard run to give the Hoyas a 28-27 lead.
Another Connecticut native, junior wide receiver John O'Leary (Stamford, Conn./Trinity Catholic) would make his first reception of the season an important one, catching a seven yard touchdown pass from Darby in the left corner of the end zone for the Hoyas third touchdown of the third quarter. Lawrence had two catches for 32 yards and Jeff Burke took a screen pass 36 yards inside the five yard line to set up the Darby to O'Leary touchdown, giving Georgetown a 35-27 lead.
Yale's Alex Thomas, who scored three touchdowns on the afternoon, would answer on the Bulldog's next drive. Thomas capped a nine-play 66 yard drive with a 10 yard touchdown to close the gap to 35-34.
The Bulldogs were poised to take the lead after using 11 plays to make it down to the Georgetown one yard line. Jeremy Grasso and Nick Parrish each made tackles to keep Yale out of the end zone and Witt's third down pass into the end zone was incomplete to bring on the field goal unit. Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) was able to bust through Yale's line to block the field goal, giving the Hoyas the ball back at their own six yard line.
The Blue & Gray were unable to pick up a necessary first down to run the clock out on Yale, giving the Bulldogs the ball back at their own 36 yard line with 1:27 left in the game. It proved to be too much time for Witt and the Bulldogs' who scored the final touchdown as time expired to drop the Hoyas 40-35.
In the first half, Yale would be the first to break through in an early battle for field position. After a Bulldogs' punt pinned Georgetown inside their own five yard line, the Yale defense took advantage of a Georgetown fumble, with Jordan Haynes recovering and running it in from four yards to take a 7-0 lead.
Sophomore WR Jamal Davis (North Lauderdale, Fla./Coral Springs) hauled in a 40 yard pass from Darby with a Yale defensive back in tight coverage. The pass was tipped and bobbled but Davis landed in the end zone for a Hoyas' touchdown. Brett Weiss' extra point tied the score at seven on a drive set up by a 54 yard kickoff return by freshman Dalen Claytor (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody).
Yale regained the lead in the second quarter, as Thomas would take a screen pass from Witt 20 yards into the end zone for the Bulldogs' first offensive touchdown of the day. Alex Barnes' converted the point after and Yale took a 7-0 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The Hoyas answered quickly on the following drive. Philip Oladeji (Plano, Texas/Plano East) would find a crease and then the end zone on a 17 yard run to tie the score at 14.
The Bulldogs' Alex Thomas would score for the second time, this time rushing for six yards out to put Yale back in front, 20-14 with under five minutes remaining in the first half. Yale would score once more before the end of the half as Witt found Chris Blohm for a 10 yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds remaining in the half, giving the Bulldogs' a 27-14 lead at the half.
Georgetown will open its home schedule on Saturday, September 25 against Patriot League rival Holy Cross at 2 p.m. It is homecoming week for the Hoyas, who play their home opener after opening the season with three consecutive road games.