Comeback Falls Short as Georgetown Falls to Fordham, 38-31
Oct. 13, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown erupted for three second half touchdowns and nearly erased a 21-point halftime deficit as Fordham escaped the Multi-Sport Field on the Hoya campus with a 38-31 Patriot League win on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,143 fans. The loss was the seventh-straight this season, and the eighth-straight dating back to last season, for the Hoyas, who fall to 0-7 overall.
"We're very, very disappointed," Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "We haven't won a football game and you don't like moral victories, but they could have folded the tents up and quit at halftime, but I attribute that to our senior leadership. I told them I was very proud of them for the way their protected each other's backs. We were in a hole at halftime and I said that we had to dig ourselves out. Let's scratch and claw and see if we can get back into this."
They Hoyas nearly did. After trailing by 21 points, 31-10, at halftime, the Georgetown offense moved fluidly down the field behind senior quarterback Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wis./Port Edwards) and the defense forced two points, a fumble and a missed field goal and had the ball in their hands, down a touchdown, with four minutes to play.
After Georgetown pulled to within 38-31 on a 26-yard scoring strike from Bassuener to senior Brent Craft (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School), Fordham moved down to the Georgetown four-yard line, but could not get in the endzone. A 23-yard field goal attempt from Adam Danko went wide right and the Blue and Gray took over at their own 13-yard line.
Bassuener threw a four-yard pass to Craft, then moved the team to near midfield with a 25-yard pass to junior Sidney Baker (Atlanta, Ga./Booker T. Washington). The Hoyas gained nine yards on the next two plays, but Fordham stopped the Hoyas on third and fourth down, respectively, and took over on downs with 3:29 to play. The Rams, behind the running of Jonte Coven, who had 27 carries for 152 yards on the day, made three first downs and were able to run out the final minute to escape with the win.
The Hoyas had jumped out to a 7-0 lead, the team's first lead this season on their first touchdown of the first quarter all season, when Bassuener threw a five-yard pass to senior Kyle Van Fleet (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock). From there, the Rams took control of the first half, scoring on all four possessions.
Quarterback John Skelton threw a 15-yard pass to Sylvester Clark to tie the game at 7-all midway through the first quarter, and a 26-yard scoring strike from Skelton to David Moore gave the Rams a 14-7 lead.
Trailing 14-7 at the start of the second quarter, Bassuener was intercepted at the 23-yard line by Fordham's Sam Orah, who returned it four yards. Coven picked up eight yards on the first play and then scored on an 11-yard run as the lead grew to 21-7. Georgetown drove right back and moved to the Fordham 17-yard line before senior kicker Eric Bjonerud (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) booted a 34-yard field goal, making it 21-10. Fordham came back with a 38-yard field goal from Danko to make it 24-10. The Hoyas punted after three plays with 4:31 to play in the half and Fordham moved 51 yards on 10 plays, taking a 31-10 lead after a one-run scoring run from Quassand Lewis.
Fordham took the ball to start the second half and scored to extend the lead to 38-10, but the young Hoyas made things interesting during the final two quarters.
Junior Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) returned the ensuing kick 27 yards, giving the Hoyas the ball at their own 36. The first two passes from Bassuener went incomplete, but on third-and-10, he threw a 16-yard pass to Baker. After running for five yards, Bassuener threw a 27-yard pass to Craft and then ran 16 yards for a touchdown, making it 38-17. The teams traded possessions midway through the quarter and Bassuener engineered a seven-play, 88-yard drive that was capped by a 33-yard pass to sophomore Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley), making it 38-24.
Bassuener completed 33-of-48 passes for a career-high 386 yards as Georgetown racked up a season-high 423 yards in total offense. Baker had a career-high 10 catches for 111 yards, while Van Fleet added seven catches for 72 yards and freshman Alex Carroll (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) had six catches for 50 yards. Sophomore Chris Rau (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) led the defense with 15 tackles, while sophomore Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) and freshman Nick Parrish (Austin, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) each had 11 stops.
Georgetown hits the road for the next three games, beginning next Saturday, October 20 at Bucknell.