Sept. 26, 2015
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford[Choate Rosemary Hall]) rushed for a touchdown then connected with junior wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) for another score 16 seconds later just before halftime, taking the Georgetown University football team (2-2, 0-0 Patriot League) from a seven-point deficit to a seven-point lead. The Hoyas never looked back, defeating Columbia University (0-2, 0-0 Ivy League), 24-16, to capture the Lou Little Trophy on Saturday afternoon at Robert K. Kraft Field.
The Blue & Gray capitalized on a pair of special teams miscues by Columbia on both sides of the halftime break. Nolan connected with Hill for the first time two plays after senior fullback Troye Bullock (Suitland, Md./DeMatha) recovered a squib kick deep in Columbia territory in the second quarter. In the third quarter, one play after the Lions missed a 31-yard field goal, Nolan found Hill, this time for an 80-yard touchdown pass, building the Hoya lead to 24-10.
Georgetown becomes the first recipient of the Lou Little Trophy, established this year to honor the Hall of Fame coach, who spent six successful seasons on the Hilltop in the 1920’s, before a storied career at Columbia that lasted for over 20 seasons.
Nolan completed 21-of-32 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 41 yards and another touchdown. Hill finished with four receptions and a career-high 118 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown reception that helped seal the victory for the Blue & Gray.
Senior Matt Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) led the defense with 13 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble, while junior linebacker Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic) had six tackles and one interception in a winning effort. Sophomore cornerback Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) had three pass breakups and three tackles.
Both teams threatened on their opening drives, but neither team came away with anything to show as an offensive pass interference call ended GU’s deep drive and the Lions missed a 40-yard field goal midway through the first quarter.
Columbia’s Cameron Nizialek opened the scoring, connecting on a 29-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead 12:43 remaining in the second quarter.
GU responded on their next drive, as junior placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Fairfax, Va./George Mason) connected on a career-long 46-yard field goal to tie the score at three apiece. Columbia took the lead back quickly, driving eight plays, capped by Cameron Molina’s two-yard touchdown run to take a 10-3 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first half.
The rest of the half belonged to Georgetown. Nolan led an 11-play drive, before scoring the Hoyas’ first touchdown on a fourth and goal rush. Junior placekicker Ben Priddy (Davidsonville, Md./Severn) squibbed the following kick to keep it away from Columbia’s kick returner Alan Watson. GU was rewarded for the play call as Bullock recovered the kick at the Columbia 21 yard line with 29 seconds left in the half. Nolan found Hill for two plays later for a 15-yard touchdown pass to give GU a 17-10 at the end of the second quarter.
Columbia seemed to find a rhythm to start the third quarter, driving down to the Georgetown six yard line in eight plays. A sack from freshman defensive tackle Brennen Sawicki (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) and a holding penalty forced a 31-yard field goal attempt that was missed, giving GU the ball at their own 20 yard line. On the next play, Nolan found Hill alone down the right sideline for an 80-yard touchdown pass to take a 24-10 lead.
The Blue & Gray allowed just one more scoring drive the rest of the way, as Molina scored for the second time with 2:08 left in the game, but a failed kick gave GU a 24-16 cushion, as the Lions did not have a timeout remaining.
Junior tight end Matt Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph Regional) recovered the ensuing onside kick and returned it 14 yards to the Columbia 31 yard line, before GU kneeled for the final three plays to seal the victory and claim the Lou Little Trophy.