Sept. 20, 2008
New Haven, Conn. - Yale scored 13 points in the second quarter and took advantage of two third quarter interceptions as the Bulldogs beat Georgetown, 47-7, in front of 12,771 fans at the Yale Bowl on Saturday afternoon. Georgetown falls to 1-2 overall this season, while Yale won its season opener, improving to 1-0.
Yale won the toss and deferred, but Georgetown was forced to punt after having picked up a first down on a 16-yard pass from sophomore Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) to junior back Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Phillips Academy [Mass.]). The Bulldogs took advantage, with Ryan Fodor throwing a 61-yard pass to Jordan Forney on the first play of the drive to move the ball to the 24-yard line. One play later, Fodor threw a 21-yard pass to Forney to finish a three-play, 85-yard drive that ate up 1:21 on the clock.
The Hoyas again picked up a first down on the next drive - Lawrence throwing a 14-yard pass to freshman back Keion Wade (East Orange, N.J./East Orange) - but failed to convert needing one yard for another first and punted. The teams traded possessions and Yale took over at its own six-yard line with 4:34 to play, needed eight yards for a first down and picked up 11 to continue a drive that ended in a Tom Mante 39-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Georgetown struggled in the second quarter and was forced to punt three times, twice after three plays and once after four plays. Still, Yale was not able to capitalize until late in the first half. The Bulldogs took over at midfield with 8:30 to play and moved down to the Hoya 25-yard line, but faced a fourth down with seven yards to go. Quarterback Brook Hart picked up 13 yards and two plays later, threw a five-yard scoring pass to Shebby Swett with 1:36 to play in the half.
The Hoyas punted after four plays and Yale took over with 56 seconds left and the ball at its own 36-yard line, but Hart completed three passes and moved the Bulldogs to the 12-yard line with less than 10 seconds left. Mante followed with a 29-yard field as time expired, pushing the score to 20-0 at the break.
After exchanging possessions to start the second half, the Hoyas stopped a Yale drive when junior defensive end Chudi Obianwu (Southampton, NJ./Bishop Eustace) forced a fumble that was recovered by senior Nick Umar (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery). Lawrence, however, was intercepted by Steven Santoro at the 45 and returned it 32 yards to the GU 13-yard line. Hart followed with a 13-yard pass to Forney, making it 27-0. On the next possession, a Lawrence pass on first down was picked off by Adam Money and returned 60 yards for a touchdown, pushing the lead to 34-0.
Freshman James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) took over on the next possession and led the Hoyas to their lone score of the game, a 26-yard scoring pass to senior slot Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake). Brady completed 4-of-4 passes for 54 yards on the drive, a six-play, 80-yard drive that ate up 1:32 on the clock.
Brady finished the day completing 15-of-25 passes for 130 yards,
Freshman defensive back Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity) had a game-high 11 tackles and two tackles-for-loss to lead Georgetown, while sophomore linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) added nine tackles, including for losses.
Georgetown plays its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 27 against Holy Cross. Kickoff at the Multi-Sport Field is slated for 1 p.m.