Sept. 27, 2008
Washington, D.C. - A highlight-reel day by sophomore Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Trinity) was not enough to hold off the Holy Cross Crusaders (1-2, 1-0 Patriot League), as the Georgetown University football team (1-3, 0-2 Patriot League) fell 38-14 on Saturday at the Multi-Sport Field. Parrish did the scoring at linebacker for the Hoyas, with two interception returns for touchdowns, including a 95-yard return and a 31-yard return.
The Crusaders had a well-balanced attack that kept the Georgetown defense on the field for most of the game, as Holy Cross held the ball for 40:32, more than twice of the Hoyas 19:28 on offense.
Georgetown started the game with the ball, but a Holy Cross interception put the Crusaders in great field position. Dominic Randolph took the ball into the end zone soon after on a fourth-down quarterback sneak to put the Crusaders up 7-0. Later in the first quarter, Randolph found Brett McDermott on a 14-yard pass to take a 14-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter the Hoyas defense was again pushed back into the red zone, but the momentum quickly changed when Parrish intercepted a Randolph pass and returned it 95 yards to put the Hoyas on the board and cut the Crusaders lead in half, 14-7. It was the second-longest interception return in Georgetown history.
With the momentum seemingly turning toward the Hoyas, freshman quarterback James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) threw a 35-yard pass to senior slot Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake), who made an acrobatic catch along the sideline. However, Georgetown fumbled three plays later, leading to a 12-yard Terrance Gass touchdown run, making the score 21-7. Holy Cross added a field goal before halftime, holding a 24-7 lead over the Hoyas at the break.
The second half began as the first half had for the Hoyas, who allowed two more passing touchdowns by Randolph.
Parish put GU on the scoreboard again with his second interception return for a touchdown, this time a 31-yard return in the second-half. A Randolph pass was deflected and bounced right into the linebacker's hands, pulling the Hoyas to within 31-14.
Brady finished the game with 128 yards on 15-30 passing. His top target was freshman Keion Wade (East Orange, N.J./East Orange) who had five catches for 49 yards. Parrish and freshman Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity) had 11 and 10 tackles respectively to lead the Hoyas.
The Hoyas head back on the road next weekend, playing their third conference opponent, Colgate. Kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 4 is slated for 1 p.m.