Georgetown Football Drops Decision to Harvard, 34-3 in First Meeting

GU fell to Harvard 34-3 in front of a sellout crowd.

Oct. 4, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (2-4, 0-1 Patriot League) could not cross the goal line in several trips deep in Harvard (3-0, 1-0 Ivy League) territory, as the Hoyas dropped their first meeting with the Crimson, 34-3, in front of a sold out crowd at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) scored the Hoyas lone points on a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter. Georgetown twice turned the ball over on downs inside Harvard territory. Junior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 16-of-33 passes for 153 yards, while junior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) gained 55 yards on 16 carries.

Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) led the Hoyas with 11 tackles and one tackle for loss. AIfieri moves into fourth place in GU history with 279 career tackles. Senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) had 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups in the loss.

The Crimson wasted little time, scoring on the game-opening drive as Andrew Casten capped a six-play 5 yard drive with a two-yard plunge into the end zone to take a 7-0 lead with 12:17 remaining in the first quarter.

Georgetown's offense responded, driving 56 yard on nine plays, including a Nolan 21-yard completion to junior wide receiver Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), before converted a 36-yard field goal to make the score 7-3.

Harvard marched back down field with an efficient 79-yard drive, as Casten scored his second touchdown of the game on a 22-yard run. The Crimson missed the ensuing extra-point to take a 13-3 lead with 4:13 mark of the first quarter.

Casten scored once more in the first half, rushing in from the five yard-line to give Harvard a 20-3 lead going into the locker room at halftime.

The Hoyas opened the third quarter, driving into Harvard territory aided by two completions to sophomore wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour). The drive stalled at the six yard line, as GU could not convert on fourth and three to give it back to the Crimson.

Harvard looked to respond, but the Hoyas defense would come up with a big play, as junior safety Garrett Powers stripped the ball from Harvard's Anthony Firkser on a long completion and junior linebacker Matthew Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) recovered at the Georgetown 10 yard line and returned it 30 yards. Georgetown was unable to capitalize on the turnover, giving it back to Harvard three plays later.

Casten scored his fourth touchdown of the game, a three-yard run to give Harvard a 27-3 lead with 1:22 remaining in the third quarter. The Crimson added another score early in the fourth quarter, as Scott Hosch completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Foster to take a 34-3 lead at the 10:22 mark, the eventual final score.

Georgetown travels to Easton, Pa. for next Saturday's return to Patriot League play against Lafayette College. Kick-off against the Leopards is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

NOTES: Nick Alfieri passed Tom Wonica on Georgetown's career tackles list. Wonica was a roommate of Joe Eacobacci, whose No. 35 jersey is worn this season by Alfieri...Alfieri is one tackle away from tying former teammate Dustin Wharton for third in career tackles history.

 

 

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