Georgetown Defense Tightens in Second Half, Still Fall to No. 9/10 Fordham 34-12
Oct. 12, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-5, 0-0 Patriot League) tightened on defense, outscoring No. 9/10 Fordham (7-0) 12-6 in the second half, but the damage had already been done, as the Rams defeated the Hoyas 34-12 on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field.
Freshman quarterback Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional) connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Michael Cimilluca (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex), his first collegiate touchdown pass, with under two minutes remaining to add a highlight in the loss. Barnes went 16-for-31 for 124 yards and a touchdown in his collegiate debut. Senior tight end Daniel Sprotte (Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade) had five catches for a career-high 92 yards in the loss.
Junior Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) starred on defense for the Hoyas, with six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one blocked extra point and an early fourth quarter safety. Junior defensive end Richard Shankle (Atlanta, Ga./South Gwinnett) finished with 7.0 tackles, 1.0 sack and 2.0 tackles for loss of nine yards. Senior Matt MacZura (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Central Catholic) connected on a career-long 49-yard field goal in the third quarter for the Hoyas first points of the afternoon.
The Rams struck first, driving 64 yards, before quarterback Michael Nebrich completed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Brian Wetzel to take a 7-0 lead with 11:30 remaining in the first quarter. Nebrich added an eight-yard rushing touchdown two series later, but Richardson's blocked extra-point, kept the Rams to a 13-0 lead. Fordham's Jordan Chapman followed with a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown. The ensuing two-point conversion gave Fordham a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Hoyas held the Rams to just one score in the second quarter, but it was a quick drive that covered 59 yards in two plays, as Jared Crayton's 13-yard touchdown run gave them a 28-0 lead going into the half.
The Rams' Michael Marando added a field goal with 9:07 remaining in the third quarter to put the Rams in front 31-0, before GU would get on the board.
MacZura, connected on a 49-yard field goal with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter to put the Hoyas on the board for the first time midway through the third quarter. MacZura's field goal was the Hoyas longest since Brett Weiss kicked a 49-yarder in 2011.
The Hoyas defense continued to tighten, as Jordan Richardson continued his big day, recording a safety early in the fourth quarter. MacZura helped set up the safety with a punt that was downed at the two-yard line
After another Fordham field goal, Barnes led the Hoyas on a 11 play 71 yard drive, capped by his first career touchdown pass, with Cimilluca as the recipient with just 1:36 remaining in the game, to make the score to 34-12.
NOTES: The Hoyas defense held Fordham to just 25 offensive points, the lowest offensive point total the Rams have been held to in 2013.