Oct. 15, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Georgetown University football team (5-2, 1-1 Patriot League) scored 14 fourth-quarter points, as junior wide receiver Jeff Burke (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) and junior quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) each threw touchdown passes to defeat Howard University (3-4), 21-3 on Saturday afternoon at Greene Memorial Stadium to claim the Mayor's Cup.
Georgetown led, 7-3, heading into the fourth quarter of a game characterized by pressure-minded defenses, before the Hoyas' offense began to click. On its first drive of the final quarter, Kempf moved the Hoyas down to the Howard eight yard line, running for a crucial first down on a third and long situation deep in their own territory. At the eight yard line, Kempf pitched to Burke on a reverse and Burke ran wide before tossing his second touchdown pass of the season to senior tight end Tucker Stafford (Riverside, Conn./Greenwich) to put the Blue & Gray in front 14-3.
Later in the fourth, junior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) picked off a Howard pass attempt and returned it to the four yard line. Two plays later, Kempf found senior running back Wilburn Logan (Kingston, R.I./North Kingstowne) out of the backfield, as Logan ran into the right side of the end zone to put the Hoyas in front 21-3, the eventual final score.
The Hoyas' defense got off to a strong start, as sophomore cornerback Stephen Atwater (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) intercepted the first pass attempt of the game, his second of the season, but the Hoyas were unable to capitalize on the field position against a tough Howard defense.
GU's Matt MacZura (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Central Catholic) and Howard's Bryan Jackson traded punts for much of the first half before the Hoyas were able to get on the board late in the second quarter. Sophomore SLOT Zack Wilke (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) got involved in the offense, catching a pass to cross midfield for 20 yards, then taking a reverse 37 yards down to the Howard six yard line. A play later sophomore running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) rushed for his team-leading sixth touchdown of the season to give GU a 7-0 lead.
Early in the third quarter, Howard would get on the board, as Parker Munoz converted on a 29 yard field goal to make the score, 7-3.
The Hoyas defense would hold strong the rest of the way. Senior defensive lineman Daniel Lenihan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and junior linebacker Jeremy Grasso (Washington Twp./N.J./Bergen Catholic) each recovered fumbles, while McCabe led the team with 13 tackles.
The Blue & Gray will return home for the first time in five week next Saturday, October 22 when they host Patriot League rival Colgate at 2 p.m. for Homecoming at Multi-Sport Field. Tickets for either of Georgetown's two remaining home games can be purchased by calling the Hoyas box office at (202) 687-HOYA (4692) or visiting the team's official website - GUHoyas.com - and visiting http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-footbl-tickets.html.