Sept. 25, 2010
WASHINGTON - Senior RB Philip Oladeji (Plano, Texas/East Plano) and junior WR John O’Leary (Stamford, Conn./Trinity Catholic) each scored fourth quarter touchdowns to help lift the Georgetown University football team (3-1, 2-0 Patriot League) over Holy Cross (1-3, 0-1 Patriot League) on Homecoming Saturday at Multi-Sport Field. It was the Hoyas first victory over the Crusaders since 1999 and first homecoming win since 2006.
Georgetown continued its strong play in the red zone scoring on each of its three trips inside the Crusaders’ 20-yard line, with a field goal from junior kicker Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys’ Latin) and the touchdowns from Oladeji and O’Leary. Junior QB Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John’s Prep) completed 26-of-44 passes for 191 and a touchdown and carried the ball 24 times for 98 yards. Junior safety Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity) had six tackles and two pass breakups, junior CB Jayah Kaisamba (Fort Worth, Texas/LD Bell) had 4.5 tackles 0.5 sack and 1.0 tackle for loss. Sophomore LB Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) led GU with 7.5 tackles in the victory.
After a scoreless first half, Holy Cross took advantage of a Georgetown turnover, the game’s first, when Mude Ohimor picked up a Darby fumble and ran it 34 yards to the Georgetown 41 yard line. Six plays later Ryan Taggart found Gerald Mstretta on a 13 yard touchdown pass to give the Crusaders a 7-0 lead.
The Hoyas would answer on the ensuing drive, as Darby would convert two fourth down and seven plays, one to Jeremiah Kayal and another to Jamal Davis, to work the Hoyas down to the Holy Cross 13 yard line. From there, Weiss connected on a 31 yard field goal, the Hoyas first of the season to make the score 7-3.
Freshman punt returner Zack Wilke (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew’s) set up the Hoyas next scoring drive with a 14 yard punt return to give the Blue & Gray the ball at Holy Cross’ 41 yard line. Darby connected with Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) twice on the drive working the ball down to the seven yard line, where Oladeji rushed through the middle to pick up his third rushing touchdown in four games to go in front 10-7.
Georgetown’s defense forced the Crusaders’ offense to go three and out again, before taking over at the 50 yard line. Taking a direct snap, Lawrence rushed for 22 yards to get the ball down to the nine yard line. Three players later Darby would find O’Leary all alone in the middle of the back of the end zone for the Hoyas second touchdown of the afternoon to take a 17-7 lead.
Senior LB Paul Sant’Ambrogio (Bloomfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) intercepted Taggart on the Crusaders’ final drive to seal Georgetown’s 17-7 victory over Holy Cross.
Georgetown will travel north to take on Patriot League foe Colgate University on Saturday, October 3, at 1 p.m. The Hoyas next home game is on Saturday October 9 when they host Wagner at 1 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field.