Oct. 10, 2015
Post Game Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRCGdGLDWpI&feature=youtu.be
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-3, 1-0 Patriot League) celebrated Homecoming Weekend with its largest margin of victory over a Patriot League opponent, defeating Lafayette College (1-5, 0-2 Patriot League), 38-7 at newly-minted Cooper Field.
The Hoyas turned in their most complete performance in front of a full homecoming crowd, including Peter and Sue Cooper and the Cooper family, who were on-hand for the announcement of the renaming of the field prior to the game.
Senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford[Choate Rosemary Hall]) treated the crowd with a career-high five touchdown passes, including two to senior wide receiver Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), while completing 28-of-36 passes for 311 yards. Nolan became the Hoyas' career leader in pass attempts and completions during the victory, while DeCicco had seven catches for a career-high 124 yards. Senior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) had 84 yards on 16 carries to lead the ground attack.
The Hoya defense turned in a strong performance, holding Lafayette to one score and just nine rushing yards, while forcing three turnovers. Junior defensive end Phil Novacki (Great Falls, Va./Langley) had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, while senior defensive end Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) had four tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Senior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside [N.C.]) had an interception and two pass breakups.
Nolan helped the offense out of the gate quickly, leading a six-play scoring drive on GU's first possession. Nolan tossed a short pass to junior tight end Matt Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph Regional), who followed blockers into the end zone from 19 yards out to give the Hoyas a quick 7-0 lead. Junior placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Fairfax, Va./George Mason) extended the lead on GU's following drive, connecting on a 35-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Leopards moved into Georgetown territory for the first time late in the first quarter, but the Hoya defense kept them out of the red zone, forcing a 44-yard field goal attempt. Senior safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) blocked the attempt to keep Lafayette off the scoreboard.
Nolan and the Hoyas offense responded off the blocked field goal, driving 73 yards in nine plays, as Buckman caught his second touchdown pass of the game, his first career multi-touchdown game, to give GU a 17-0 lead at the 10:50 mark in the second quarter.
Lafayette answered on its ensuing possession as Drew Reed capped a 12-play drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to Matt Mrazek. The Leopards completed a crucial fourth down play to keep the drive alive, leading to their first points of the game.
The Hoyas struck once more before the end of the half, as Nolan converted a third down with a 27-yard touchdown pass to DeCicco to take a 24-7 lead into halftime.
Georgetown's offense continued to roll after halftime, as Nolan and DeCicco connected again for a 15-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 31-7 with 9:58 remaining in the third quarter.
The Blue & Gray added one more score in the third quarter, as Nolan capped a five-play, 53-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour), his fifth touchdown reception of the season, to take a 38-7 lead, the eventual final score.
Georgetown returns to action at Cooper Field on Saturday, October 17, when they host Patriot League rival Colgate University with the opening kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.