Sept. 26, 2009
Georgetown freshman quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Ariz. / Oaks Christian-Bridgton) threw for 232 yards in his second collegiate start and added a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as a pair of first half touchdowns from Howard in the first half held up as the visiting Bison held on for a 14-11 win over the Hoyas in front of 2,630 fans on a rainy, damp Homecoming afternoon on the Hilltop. The win also gave Howard a victory in the Second Annual D.C. Cup, a matchup between the only two Football Championship Subdivision teams in the District of Columbia.
It was the fourth-straight loss for the Hoyas, and the fifth-straight dating back to last season, as the team falls to 0-4. Howard won its first game this season, improving to 1-2.
Leading 14-3 midway through the fourth quarter, Howard took over on its own 2-yard line after stopping Georgetown four times after the Blue and Gray had made their way deep into Bison territory. The Hoya defense did its job, stopping Howard and forcing a punt. Taking over at the Georgetown 46-yard line, Kempf put the Hoyas in Howard territory with a 16-yard completion to senior slot Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley). After running for two yards, Kempf completed a pair of passes to sophomore wide receiver Dishon Hughes (Richardson, Texas/JJ Pearce), including a 17-yard touchdown pass. The Hoyas converted the two-point conversion when Kempf completed a pass to Hughes and the lead was cut to 14-11.
Howard, however, used a 14-play, 50-yard drive that ate up more than six minutes on the clock and moved to the Hoya 19-yard line. A 36-yard field goal attempt from Dennis Wiehberg went wide right and gave the Hoyas another chance with 2:07 to play. On the first play of the drive, Kempf dropped back to pass and his attempt was intercepted by Howard's Will Croner at the 18-yard line, sealing the win.
After forcing the Bison to punt on the game's opening drive, Kempf drove the Hoyas to a score on the team's opening drive. Kempf completed 5-of-8 passes for 40 yards - with freshman Brandon Floyd (Bel Air, Md./Loyola Blakefield) catching three for 29 yards and senior tight end Henry Bowe (Minneapolis, Minn./Minnetonka) making a 10-yard reception - as the Hoyas had a first down on the Howard 21-yard line after a catch from Floyd. The drive stalled but senior kicker Jose-Pablo Buerba (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep).booted a 33-yard field goal to give Georgetown a 3-0 lead.
The teams traded possessions before Howard took the ball over with 2:12 left in the quarter and used five plays over 50 yards in 1:55 and took a 7-3 lead when Keith Austin-Bruce ran it in from five yards out.
The Bison surprised Georgetown on the ensuing kickoff, using an onside kick that worked successfully and gave Howard possession on its own 40-yard line. Quarterback Floyd Haigler engineered a seven-play, 60-yard drive, highlighted by a 35-yard scoring pass to Brandon Marshall, giving the Bison a 14-3 lead.
Kempf finished the day completing 23-of-49 passes for 232 yards, with three interceptions and one touchdown. Seven different players caught passes, with Hughes leading the way with four for 79 yards. Floyd caught four passes for 44 yards, Lane had four for 42 yards, senior Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Canada/Phillips Academy [Mass.]) had four for 24 yards and sophomore Jeremiah Kayal (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) added four for 22 yards. Houghton also had seven rushing attempts for 55 yards.
Junior linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) recorded a game-high 10 tackles, sophomore Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) added nine tackles, including one for loss, and junior Paul Sant'Ambrogio (Bloomfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) picked up seven tackles.
Georgetown hits the road next week, returning to Patriot League action when the team visits Bucknell. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa. Live audio of next week's game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing all of the action.