Oct. 11, 2014
Momentum swung both ways throughout the game, as the lead changed hands four times for a pair of teams in search of their first Patriot League victory.
The Blue & Gray piled up a season-high 447 yards of total offense, including 282 yards on the ground. Junior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) finished with a career-high 159 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown, while senior running back Daniel Wright (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) had 106 yards on 15 carries in the losing effort, but it was not enough to overcome 115 penalty yards and three lost turnovers.
The Hoyas defense was just as opportunistic, taking the ball away from Lafayette three times, as well. Senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) finished with eight tackles and three sacks in a losing effort.
Junior safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) helped set up the Hoyas first score after intercepting his third pass of the season early in the first quarter.
Kimpela and junior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) had consecutive 15-yard runs to move the ball into Leopard territory. Nolan did the rest through air, finishing the drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to sophomore tight end Matthew Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph Regional), his first collegiate touchdown, to give GU a 7-0 lead with 7:23 remaining in the first quarter.
Georgetown took the ball away from Lafayette again on the next series, as senior defensive tackle Peter Daibes (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) forced and recovered a fumble, then rushed to the Lafayette 13-yard line. Wright caught a pass down to the two-yard line before a 15-yard penalty on the Hoyas forced a field goal attempt that was blocked.
The defense forced a punt, allowing the offense to go back to work. Nolan completed a pass to sophomore wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) to midfield as the first quarter ended. GU kept the ball on the ground, as Kimpela scored on a 19-yard touchdown run around the left side to take a 14-0 lead with 11:58 remaining in the second quarter.
Lafayette stormed back beginning on their ensuing possession. The Leopards put together its first extended drive of the game, using 10 plays to set up a one-yard touchdown run by running back Ross Scheuerman.
A pair of 15-yard penalties stalled the Hoyas next drive, before Jared Roberts returned a punt 81 yards to the GU three yard line. From there, Scheuerman tied the game with a three yard rush going into halftime.
Lafayette kept rolling in the third quarter driving quickly inside the Hoyas' 10 yard line. The defense stood strong, as junior linebacker Matthew Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) recorded a tackle for loss to force a 25-yard field goal, but the Leopards took their first lead of the game at 17-14 with 10:57 remaining in the third quarter.
Penalties continued to halt Georgetown drives. GU had two of its three third quarter drives stalled by 15 yard penalties, as they had nine penalties for 115 yards through the game.
The offense got back on track in the fourth quarter, as Kimpela and Wright continued to find holes. On the ninth play of team's first fourth quarter drive, Nolan completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Hill to take a 21-17 lead with 8:44 left in the game.
The Leopards took advantage of a GU pass interference call on its following drive to set up the eventual game-winner on Scheuerman's five-yard touchdown run, his third of the game with 5:24 left in the game.
Georgetown had two more chances, but were stopped on a fourth down and one on its next drive and threw an interception with under a minute left in the game to suffer a 24-21 loss.
The Hoyas have a bye week before returning to Multi-Sport Field for Homecoming against Patriot League rival Bucknell. The game will be broadcast live on Hoyavision via the Georgetown University Athletics official website - www.GUHoyas.com.
NOTES: Jo'el Kimpela and Danny Wright became the first pair of Hoya rushers to cross the 100-yard mark since Nick Campanella and Aaron Aiken accomplished the feat in GU's 2012 season-opener at Davidson...With seven tackles, senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) has 286 career tackles to move into third in GU history in front of former teammate Dustin Wharton (280)...Alec May's three sacks give him 25 for his career to move him to fifth in program history with 25...19.5 of May's career sacks have come in his last nine games.