Sept. 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team's (2-2, 0-0 Patriot League) defense held Brown University (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) without a touchdown and forced four turnovers, while the offense gained a season-high 250 yards on the ground to defeat the Bears 17-3, highlighting the Hoyas 50th Anniversary celebration of the return of football to the Hilltop.
With the stands at Multi-Sport Field full of Georgetown football alums who were responsible for reviving the program in the mid-1960's, senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) keyed the defensive effort with a career-high four sacks to help earn the program's first victory over Brown. Junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) intercepted two passes and broke up two more, as the defense has now allowed just three points in the last nine quarters of play.
"The defense did a great job, we gave up some yards but we didn't give up many points," Head Coach Rob Sgarlata said following the win. "It's a big deal to beat Brown. That's a good coaching staff, that's a well-established program. To beat a team like that, for us, is a big deal because that's where we want to be. We want our guys to expect to win and I think today is a validation of that and hopefully we can put these two wins together as a launching point and continue to get better every day."
On offense, junior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) rushed for a career-high yards on 18 carries, while senior Daniel Wright (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) had 90 yards on seven carries, including a 57-yard touchdown run, to lead a rushing attack that averaged over six yards per carry.
"Looking back on the stats this is one of the most dominant games we've had running the football," Sgarlata said. "We felt confident to call the offensive line's number and let them go and have Jo'el and Danny have great days." "The offensive line did a great job of pushing and making holes for me and Danny," Kimpela said. "Danny had a great run and I think we just complement each other and try to make each other better every day."
The Hoyas red zone defense proved stout in the first half, limiting the Bears to just three points on two drives inside the 20 yard line. The Bears used seven plays to drive 76 yards inside the Hoyas' 10 yard line, when sophomore linebacker Tyrell Williams (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) knocked the ball loose and senior defensive tackle Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) recovered at the GU two yard line to halt the drive just seconds into the second quarter.
Brown scored first midway through the second quarter after driving inside the Hoyas 10 yard line once again. A tackle for loss by junior linebacker Matthew Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) and two incomplete passes forced a 22-yard field goal from Grant Senne to give Brown a 3-0 lead.
Georgetown wasted little time before taking the lead, as Wright broke to the outside and rushed for 57 yards for a Georgetown touchdown to cap a three-play drive. Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) converted the extra point to put GU in front 7-3 with 7:04 remaining in the second quarter.
On the ensuing drive, Scott intercepted his first pass of the game, to halt a Brown drive, but the Hoyas would lose the ball three plays later on a fumble at the Bears 30 yard line. The Hoyas defense would again hold strong, as they took a 7-3 lead into the half.
Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) extended the lead on the Hoyas second drive of the second half, leading a seven-play, 57-yard scoring drive. Nolan, who completed 18-of-28 passes for 177 yards on the day, found junior wide receiver Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) on a 25-yard touchdown pass over the middle to give the Blue & Gray a 14-3 lead with 7:40 left in the third quarter.
The Hoya defense continued to force Brown miscues as Scott intercepted his second pass of the game and third in the last two weeks on the Bear's following drive. Later in the third quarter junior Dezmond Richardson (Euless, Texas/Grant/Euless Trinity) forced a fumble that was recovered by senior linebacker Wardell Crutchfield III (Pomona, Calif./Baldwin Park).
Darmstadter, who is four-for-four on field goal attempts this season, added three more points for the Blue & Gray with 6:53 left in the game when he converted a career-long 44 yard field goal, making the score 17-3, the eventual final score. May added his final two sacks of the game on Brown's last drive to force a turnover on downs, sealing the program's first victory over Brown and just its third over an Ivy League opponent in program history.
Georgetown opens Patriot League play on Saturday, September 27 when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Colgate. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
NOTES: Alec May has 15.5 sacks in his last seven games dating back to last season. His 8.5 sacks this season gives him 21 career sacks, just one behind Nabil Al-Sabih (1987-90), who finished his career on the Hilltop with 22, for seventh in program history.