Cornell Spoils Homecoming Celebration for Georgetown, 45-7
Sept. 29, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Cornell opened up a 21-0 halftime lead and running back Luke Siwual had 93 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Big Red posted a 45-7 win over Georgetown on Saturday at the Multi-Sport Field, spoiling Homecoming Day for the Hoyas. The loss ends a seven-game win streak that Georgetown had on its Homecoming Day.
Georgetown falls to 0-5 overall with the loss, while Cornell improves to 2-1 overall.
The Big Red jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the break thanks to Siwula, who had 11 carries for 56 yards. Taking possession to open the second half, Cornell moved 63 yards on nine plays and extended its lead to 28-0 on an 11-yard run from Siwula. The Hoyas were forced to punt after three plays and Cornell went 58 yards before stalling on the Georgetown 22-yard line. A 40-yard field goal from Peter Zell split the uprights, giving the visitors a 31-0 lead.
The Hoyas got on the board late in the third quarter when senior quarterback Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wis./Port Edwards) engineered a 58-yard drive over three plays that lasted 43 seconds, capped by his own five-yard scoring run. The big play of the drive was a 53-yard completion from Bassuener to senior Kyle Van Fleet (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock). Bassuener threw a 13-yard pass to Van Fleet and the fullback raced down 30 yards before finally being dragged down. After an incomplete pass, Bassuener dove into the endzone, putting the Hoyas on the board.
Cornell added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, a nine-yard run from Randy Barbour, and a 14-yard run from Stephen Liuzza.
Georgetown had 288 yards in total offense, 115 on the ground and 173 through the air. Bassuener completed 12-of-23 passes for 173 yards, while Van Fleet caught five passes for 84 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Robert Lane (Raleigh, N.C./Grimsley) had nine carries for 59 yards to lead the ground game, while sophomore Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario/St. Michael's) added 11 carries for 22 yards. Freshman Mychal Harrison (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) had three catches for 31 yards and junior Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) returned six kicks for 114 yards.
Freshman Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) led the defense, tallying a game-high 12 tackles, while junior Ataefiok Etukeren (Litchfield Park, Ariz./Lawrenceville School) and sophomore Scott Coffman (Sugarland, Texas/Strake Jesuit) had 10 tackles apiece.
Georgetown hits the road again next week, traveling to Philadelphia for a non-league matchup at Penn. Kickoff at Franklin Field is slated for 1 p.m.