WASHINGTON - Playing at historic RFK Stadium, the Georgetown University football team lost to Harvard University, 41-2, on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 1-3 overall, while the Crimson improves to 2-1.
Clay Norris (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) finished 13-of-29 passing for 129 yards. Isaac Ellsworth (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) had a strong game, accumulating 282 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 50 yards on eight carries and also had seven kick returns for 232 yards, including a 62-yard return to open the second half.
Blaise Brown (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine/Loomis Chaffee) led the defense with two interceptions, including one in the end zone, and tied with David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) for game-high honors with nine tackles. Wesley Bowers (Fort Washington, Md./Bishop McNamara) added eight tackles, while Jake Johnson (Corapolis, Pa./West Allegheny) had a team-high three pass breakups.
The defense got off to a quick start as Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) forced a fumble on the third play of the game that was recovered by Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep).
Following a three-and-out by the Hoyas, Harvard returned a punt 91 yards for the touchdown to give the Crimson a 7-0 lead with 12:38 left in the first quarter.
The Hoyas drove the ball on their next possession, as Norris completed first down passes to three different receivers and also rushed for a first down. The drive ended, however, on a strip sack and the Crimson answered with a nine-play, 66-yard drive, extending their lead to 14-0 on an 11-yard rushing touchdown.
Georgetown's defense came up with another big stop as Brown made a diving interception in the end zone on the first play of the second quarter to stop another long Harvard drive. However, just three plays later, a Norris pass was intercepted and returned 23 yards for the score to give Harvard a 21-0 lead with 14:38 time left in the second quarter.
Down 24-0 following a 26-yard field goal, the Hoyas got on the board when Harvard snapped the ball out of the end zone on a punt attempt, giving GU a safety to make it 24-2 with 2:23 left in the half.
The Crimson added a touchdown to take a 31-2 lead into the break, and kicked a field goal on their first possession of the second half to open a 34-2 advantage. A fourth-quarter touchdown completed the scoring.
The Hoyas will hit the road for its final nonconference game of the year, playing at Princeton University on Saturday, October 7. Kickoff at Powers Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.