Sept. 19, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League) struck first, but fell victim to big plays on defense and special teams by Dartmouth College (1-0, 0-0 Ivy League) to fall 31-10 on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd at Multi-Sport Field.
Senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford[Choate Rosemary Hall]) completed 31-of-53 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown, but two interceptions led to a pair of early touchdowns for the Big Green. Eight different receivers caught passes for the Hoyas led by junior wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour), who finished with eight catches for 101 yards.
Junior linebacker Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic) had a game-high 12 tackles, with one pass breakup, while seniors Hunter Kiselick, (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and Matt Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) and sophomore Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) all registered two tackles for loss apiece to lead a defense that held Dartmouth to just 14 first downs and three-of-12 on third down conversions throughout the game. GU out gained Dartmouth 331-298 on offense.
Nolan capped an eight-play drive with a 31-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Matt Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph Regional) to give the Hoyas a 7-0 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the opening quarter. The lead would not last long.
A 63-yard punt return by Dartmouth’s Ryan McManus set up Dalyn Williams’s nine-yard touchdown run, tying the score at seven apiece with 2:27 left in the first quarter. They struck again quickly, this time aided by Troy Donahue’s interception return to the Hoya 13 yard line. Brian Grove scored one play later to put GU in a 14-7 hole, despite Georgetown allowing just one Big Green first down in the first quarter.
Dartmouth extended the lead early in the second quarter, intercepting a Nolan pass and returning it eight yards for a touchdown to take a 21-7 lead.
The Hoyas added one more score in the second quarter, as junior placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) connected from 30-yards to conclude a 15-play, 60-yard drive. Nolan completed seven passes during the drive to help GU take more than seven minutes off the clock, making the score 21-10 going into halftime.
Georgetown held the Big Green to a 20-yard field goal, after a third quarter opening drive inside the Hoya 10 yard line. But Dartmouth added a touchdown late in the quarter when Williams completed a 27-yard pass to Dylan Mellor, taking a 31-10 lead, the eventual final score
Early in the fourth quarter, Georgetown used 13 plays to drive inside the Dartmouth five yard line, but was kept out of the end zone on a fourth down play. It would be the last time GU threatened in the red zone, sealing GU’s first home loss of the season.
The Blue & Gray continue a three-game Ivy League stretch when they travel to New York City, N.Y. to take on Columbia University for the Lou Little Trophy on Saturday, September 26. The opening kickoff from Lawrence A. Wien Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.
NOTES: Kyle Nolan became the first Hoya quarterback to eclipse the 300-yard mark since Isaiah Kempf did it against Marist in 2013. Members of the 1965 Georgetown University football team were recognized at halftime. The Hoyas also recognized over 50 influential Georgetown professors as part of the football program’s Faculty Fellows initiative.