Sept. 19, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team had opportunities, but Yale scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and the Bulldogs pulled away for a 31-10 win over the Hoyas in front of 2,941 fans at the Multi-Sport Field Saturday afternoon.
It was the third-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 0-3 overall, while Yale improves to 1-0.
After Georgetown punted on the opening drive of the fourth quarter, Yale's Chris Smith returned a punt 23 yards and the Bulldogs took over on the 35-yard line. Pat Witt completed a pass of 11 yards to Jordan Forney and, two plays later, threw a 19-yard pass to John Sheffield, giving the Bulldogs a 24-10 lead.
The Hoyas, who gained a season-high 355 yards in total offense, marched on the next drive and were into Yale territory when freshman quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Ariz. / Oaks Christian-Bridgton) connected on a 40-yard pass play to senior Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Canada/Phillips Academy [Mass.]), moving to the 7-yard line. A face mask penalty, however, nullified the play and the Hoyas punted.
On the ensuing possession, Witt completed 4-of-4 passes for 44 yards and Jordan Farrell ran three four for 35 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown run that gave the Bulldogs a 31-10 lead and capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive over 6:17.
Kempf finished the day completing 32-of-59 passes for 332 yards, including a long pass of 68 yards to senior slot Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley), who caught 13 passes for 149 yards.
Yale took advantage of the game's first turnover after Drew Baldwin intercepted a pass from Kempf at the 27-yard line early in the first quarter. The Bulldogs moved to the 18-yard line after a 9-yard pass from Witt to Gio Christodoulou, but the Hoya defense held strong and a penalty moved Yale back five yards. A 50-yard field goal from Tom Mante with 9:23 to play in the quarter gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. The Georgetown offense struggled in the first quarter and after turning the ball over on downs, Yale used a 7-play, 61-yard drive over 3:20 to take a 10-0 lead when Witt completed a 28-yard pass to A.J. Haase for a touchdown.
After gaining only 12 yards in total offense in the opening quarter, Kempf and the Hoyas began moving. Despite a drive that ended with a missed field goal, Kempt completed 4-of-8 passes for 66 yards - including a 38-yard pass to sophomore Dishon Hughes (Richardson, Texas/JJ Pearce) - as the Blue & Gray moved to the 22-yard line.
Kempf put the Hoyas on the board, engineering a 10-play, 42-yard drive that was capped with a 30-yard field goal from senior kicker Jose-Pablo Buerba (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep). The freshman signal caller completed 4-of-8 passes for 41 yards.
Yale opened the game up a bit on the next drive, taking advantage of a 33-yard return from Christdoulou to start near midfield. Witt completed three-straight passes (for 23 yards) and Jordan Farrell ran it in from 19 yards out to give the Bulldogs a 17-3 lead. The Bulldogs had the ball again late in the second quarter, but a sack from senior defensive end Chudi Obianwu (Southampton, N.J./Bishop Eustace) knocked the ball loose and junior Paul Sant'Ambrogio (Bloomfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) picked it up and ran 38 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 17-10 at the half.
After the teams traded possessions to start the second half, Kempf and the Hoyas appeared ready to tie the game when the freshman hooked up with Lane on a 68-yard passing play that move the ball to the 17-yard line, but a pair of penalties pushed the ball back and the Hoyas missed a 34-yard field goal attempt.
Junior linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) had a game-high 17 tackles, one for loss and a sack to lead the defense. Sant'Ambrogio finished with 11 tackles and sophomore David Quintero (Miramar, Fla./Ft. Lauderdale) added 10 tackles.
Georgetown will host Howard next Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Multi-Sport Field in the Second Annual D.C. Cup, which was won by the Hoyas last year. Kickoff on Homecoming Day is slate for 2 p.m.