Oct. 11, 2008
Penn returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and scored another seven points off of a Georgetown interception en route to a 27-7 win over the Hoyas in front of 3,135 fans on Homecoming Day at the Multi-Sport Field. It was the first game for Georgetown after last week's game against Colgate was cancelled due to an outbreak of norovirus on the campus.
Georgetown falls to 1-4 overall while Penn improves to 2-2 overall. It was the sixth win for Penn in six games all-time against Georgetown.
Penn held a 17-0 lead at the half and added 10 more points in the third quarter, with the Hoyas getting on board in the fourth quarter. "You need some positive things to come out of it," Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "I think you saw some enthusiasm with the guys there in the fourth quarter, and that's what I told them, you have to build on those types of things. Obviously, we have to eliminate the errors we made in the first half, but I thought we played better in the second half."
The Hoyas won the coin toss, but deferred to the second half. Quakers junior Chris Wynn followed by returning the opening kick 88 yards to give Penn a quick 7-0 lead. After forcing the Hoyas three-and-out on their first possession, the Quakers - keyed by a 46-yard pass from Robert Irvin to Kyle Derham - moved down to the Georgetown 19-yard line. The drive stalled there and a 36-yard field goal from Andrew Samson made it 10-0.
Georgetown was able to move the ball on its second possession, with sophomore quarterback Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) running for 15 yards, but the Hoyas were forced to punt and Penn scored for the third time in three possessions when Matt Hamscher - who finished with 21 carries for 102 yards - ran in from two yards out, giving the Quakers a 17-0 lead two minutes into the second quarter.
Georgetown drove into Penn territory several times in the first half, but each time the Penn defense turned the Hoyas away empty-handed. Midway through the second quarter, Georgetown had their deepest infiltration into Penn territory, reaching the four-yard line. However, on first-and-goal, Penn linebacker Jake Lewko recovered a fumble on a mishandled snap by Lawrence.
Penn added to its lead on its first possession of the second half. With Kyle Olson taking the snaps, the Quakers drove 41 yards on 10 plays. Samson connected on a season-long 37-yard field goal for a 20-0 lead.
Lawrence was intercepted by Tony Moses late in the third quarter and that set up a two-yard run for Luke DeLuca, giving the Quakers a 27-0 lead.
The Hoyas finally got on the board midway through the fourth quarter, with Lawrence directing an 8-play, 27-yard drive. Georgetown took control on the Penn 27-yard line when junior Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) forced a fumble and senior Ataefiok Etukeren (Phoenix, Ariz./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) made the recovery.
Lawrence threw a seven-yard pass to Keion Wade (East Orange, N.J./East Orange) and ran for seven yards, moving the Hoyas to the 13. Facing a fourth-down and five yards at the eight, Lawrence threw a five-yard completion to freshman Chance Logan (Kingston, R.I./Kingstown) before throwing a one-yard scoring pass to senior tight end Collin Meador (Lyndhurst, Ohio/St. Ignatius Prep).
The Hoyas finished the day with 229 yards in total offense, 168 on the ground and 61 passing. Penn finished with 288 yards in offense, 112 rushing and 176 passing. Lawrence led the Hoyas, carrying the ball 23 times for 98 yards, while he completed 10-of-19 passes for 57 yards. Junior Chris Rau (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) led the defensive unit with nine tackles and forced a fumble. Sophomore Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) added eight tackles.
Georgetown plays again at home next weekend, hosting Bucknell on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Multi-Sport Field at 1 p.m.