Sept. 28, 2013
WASHINGTON - Three consecutive scoring drives by Princeton (1-1, 0-0 Ivy League) between the second and third quarter provided too large a deficit for the Georgetown University football team (1-4, 0-0 Patriot League) to climb back from in its 50-22 loss on Homecoming Saturday in front of a sold out Multi-Sport Field crowd.
The Hoyas fell behind early, but a first quarter rushing touchdown from senior running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) and a 14-yard fumble return for a touchdown by sophomore safety Cameron Gamble (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) gave the Hoyas a 12-8 lead.
The Hoyas lead was short-lived, as Tigers quarterback Quinn Epperly scored his second of four rushing touchdowns, before Brian Mills ran 53 yards for a score on the following possession to take a 22-12 lead. Senior kicker Matt MacZura's (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Central Catholic) brought the Blue & Gray within a touchdown, with his 23-yard field goal, but two more Epperly touchdowns and a Connor Michelsen touchdown pass to Connor Kelley put the game out of reach in the third quarter, taking a 43-15 lead.
Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) added his second rushing touchdown of the game, a one-yard score with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter. Campanella rushed for a season-high 88 yards, while his two rushing touchdowns move him into a fifth place tie with John Burke with 18 career rushing touchdowns.
Princeton's Roman Wilson had a three yard touchdown run for the game's final score with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter, making the score 50-22, the eventual final.
Freshman wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) finished with a career-high five catches for 69 yards to lead the Hoyas. Hill helped set up both of GU's touchdowns, taking the ball to the one yard line on the first scoring drive and to the three on the final drive, setting up both of Campanella's scores. Senior running back Dalen Claytor (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody)had nine carries for 64 yards for the Hoyas.
Junior defensive end Richard Shankle (Atlanta, Ga./South Gwinnett) had a career-high 11 tackles, one sack, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries in the loss. Junior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) returned from injury and had 10 tackles and one tackle for loss.
NOTES: Senior safety Stephen Atwater (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) faced his younger brother DiAndre Atwater, a sophomore Princeton running back, for the final time of their collegiate careers on Saturday. The two, who were high school teammates in Georgia, had played against each other just once in their football careers, last season at Princeton.