Oct. 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - Despite forcing No. 10 Lehigh (7-0, 1-0 Patriot League) into a season-high seven turnovers, the Georgetown University football team (3-4, 0-1 Patriot League) could not avenge its loss from last season's Patriot League Championship Game, falling to the Mountain Hawks, 17-14 at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday afternoon.
Senior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had a career-high three interceptions, including an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown, and recovered a fumble to lead a GU defense that forced seven Mountain Hawks turnovers. Moore's big day propelled him into the career lead in interception return yardage in the Patriot League and past Jim Bolger for the most interception return yards in program history. Sophomore cornerback Daniel Wright (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) also had an interception and a fumble recovery for the Hoyas.
After being forced to punt on the first possession of the game, Georgetown turned the tables, forcing a Lehigh fumble on the second play of the Mountain Hawks' series, with Moore pouncing on the ball to allow the Hoyas offense to begin at the Lehigh 31. Senior tight end Tucker Stafford (Riverside, Conn./Greenwich) had an 18-yard reception, followed by two rushes from Dalen Claytor (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody) to set up a Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) two-yard touchdown run, giving GU a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Lehigh took advantage of a Georgetown fumble, taking over possession at the Hoyas' 31 yard line, before Zach Barket scored on a one-yard touchdown to conclude an eight play scoring drive for the Mountain Hawks, tying the game at seven.
Momentum seemed to be turning, as Lehigh forced a punt and then moved the ball into GU territory on its ensuing drive, but Moore picked off the Michael Colvin pass at the GU 20 yard line and ran it back 80-yards for a touchdown, his second interception return for a touchdown this season, giving the Blue & Gray a 14-7 lead.
Moore picked off another pass three plays later, as Georgetown responded by driving down to the Lehigh five yard line. Lehigh's defense held strong, forcing a field goal attempt, which was blocked. Four plays later, Moore intercepted another pass, this one off of a ball tipped at the line by McCabe, and returned it 12 yards to the Lehigh 39 yard line with nine seconds left in the half. Stephen Skon (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) completed an eight-yard pass to Stafford with two seconds on the clock, but the Hoyas were unable to convert the following 48-yard field goal as time ran out on the first half.
Lehigh opened the third quarter with a quick nine-play drive, capped by Keith Sherman's one-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 14 points.
The Hoyas defense continued to force Lehigh miscues, as junior linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) forced and recovered a Lehigh fumble on Lehigh's following series. Junior linebacker Sean Campbell (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) forced a fumble one series later, that was recovered by Wright, but Lehigh's defense would hold strong keeping GU off the scoreboard.
Early in the fourth quarter, Lehigh's Jake Peery would break the tie with a 29 yard field goal, giving the Mountain Hawks a 17-14 lead, with 10:59 remaining in the game.
Skon and the Hoyas had its final chance with 1:22 remaining in the game, as Skon completed passes to Stafford, Max Waizenegger and Kenneth Furlough to get down to the Lehigh 20-yard line, but the Hoyas game-tying field goal attempt from 37-yards would sail wide left to give Lehigh the 17-14 win.
NOTES: Robert McCabe finished with a game-high 16 tackles, and a half sack for his 15th consecutive double-digit tackle game. McCabe now has 347 career tackles, two shy of the program record, set by Nick Parrish in 2010...Jeremy Moore's two interception returns for touchdowns this season ties him for the program single-season record. Moore has scored three defensive touchdowns this season.