Hoyas Cannot Keep Pace With Brown in 37-10 Homecoming Loss
Sept. 29, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-2, 0-0 Patriot League) was held scoreless in the second half, while the Brown Bears (2-1, 0-1 Ivy League) took advantage of strong field position to spoil Homecoming on the Hilltop for the 3,215 fans in attendance, defeating the Hoyas 37-10 at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday afternoon. The game was the Hoyas second consecutive home sellout crowd.
After falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, the Hoyas' sophomore quarterback Stephen Skon (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) engineered two consecutive scoring drives, the first leading to an 18-yard field goal by junior Matt MacZura (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Central Catholic) and the second resulting in a 23-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Zack Wilke (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) to tie the score at 10.
Georgetown was unable to overtake the Bears, as Brown scored twice to take a 20-10 lead into halftime. In the second half Brown kept the momentum, becoming the first opponent in 2012 to outrush the Hoyas, leading to two touchdowns and a field goal to drop the Hoyas 37-10.
Skon completed 17-of-31 passes for 147 yards, with three interceptions and one touchdown. Wilke led the team with four catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. Senior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) had 13 tackles and a half tackle for loss, while sophomore safety Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./The Hotchkiss School) had 13 tackles with a fumble recovery to lead the defense.
Brown jumped out quickly in the first quarter, starting its first two drives in Georgetown territory. They would score on both, as Brown quarterback Pat Donnelly found Andrew Marks on a seven-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Alex Norocea kicked a 22-yard field goal on the Bears' next drive to take a 10-0 lead with 6:08 remaining in the first quarter.
The Hoyas answered on the following series, as Skon drove the Hoyas 10 plays for 72 yards down to the one-yard line. GU was unable to cross the goal line, as MacZura came on to kick an 18-yard field goal, making the score 10-3.
Georgetown's defense forced Brown to go three-and-out on its next series, as the Blue & Gray took over at its own 47 yard line. This time GU found the end zone, as Skon scrambled to the right sideline and found Wilke in the front corner of the end zone to tie the score at 10 with 11:22 remaining in the first half.
Brown would again start inside Hoya territory, as Spiro Theodhosi capped the eight play drive with an 18-yard touchdown run, to regain the lead, 17-10 with 5:57 remaining in the half. Norocea would make it 20-10 with a 35-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half.
The second half would be all Brown, as Donnelly found Tellef Lundevall for an 11-yard touchdown with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, on a GU punt attempt, MacZura lost the snap then had his punt blocked after gathering it and trying to kick it out of the Hoyas end zone, Matt Shannon would fall on the ball in the end zone for another Brown touchdown, making the score 34-10. Norocea later converted his third field goal of the game, a 34-yarder to make the score 37-10, the eventual final score.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday October. 6 when the travel to Bronx, N.Y. to take on Fordham University. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Hoyas return home to Multi-Sport Field on Saturday, October 13 when they open Patriot League play with defending PL Champions Lehigh. Kick-off for that game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.