Oct. 17, 2009
Georgetown jumped out to a 7-0 lead, took a 14-7 lead in the second quarter and was tied at halftime, but No. 17/18 Colgate took advantage of two second half Hoya turnovers en route to a 31-14 win in front of 1,875 fans at the Multi-Sport Field on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon in the Nation's Capitol.
The loss was the seventh-straight, and eighth consecutive dating back to last season, for Georgetown, which falls to 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the Patriot League. The Raiders improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
The teams had gone into the half with the scored tied at 14-all after a strong first half for the Hoyas. Georgetown took control of the ball to start the second half, but could not move the ball on the opening drive and was forced to punt. The Raiders, who lead the country in rushing offense, were pinned down on their own 4-yard line, but Colgate went to the ground 13 times on a 16-play drive that lasted 7:32. Nate Eachus carried the ball eight times for 43 yards and quarterback Kyle Sullivan had one for 15 yards as Colgate moved deep into GU territory. Sullivan capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Pat Simonds with 4:35 to play in the quarter, giving the Raiders a 21-14 lead.
The Hoyas started the next possession at the Colgate 44-yard line and three runs from senior back Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Phillips Academy [Md.]) moved GU to the 37 before a first down pass from freshman quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Ariz./Oaks Christian [Calif.]) was intercepted by Demetri Diamond.
Colgate again used its rushing attack to milk the clock, with Jordan McCord carrying four times for 16 yards to get near midfield. Sullivan ran for seven and threw a 14-yard pass to Simonds, but after an 11-yard McCord run, the Hoya defense held as `Gate settled for a 30-yard field goal from Evan Colborne, making it 24-14.
On the ensuing Drive, Kempf ran for 10 yards and was at midfield when he was stripped by Colgate's Carlton Walker and the Raiders took over again. Facing a third down-and-12, Eachus broke free for a 53-yard touchdown run, giving Colgate a 31-14 lead.
The Hoyas had jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter thanks to their special teams. The Raiders had the ball on their 30-yard line and made one first down, but stalled. As Trevor Lawler went to kick, his punt was blocked by junior Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) at the 35-yard line and picked up by freshman Brandon Floyd (Bel Air, Md./Loyola Blakefield), who ran it in 34 yards for the touchdown. The kick from senior Jose Pablo Buerba (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep) was good and Georgetown had a 7-0 lead with 12:14 to play in the first quarter.
The Hoyas were forced to punt after three plays, but the kick went only 11 yards and Colgate took over on the Georgetown 39-yard line. Eachus ran seven times for 25 yards and Sullivan had two carries for five yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run that tied the game with 2:22 left in the quarter.
Colgate again had possession at the end of the quarter, but was forced to punt early in the second. Taking over at the Raider 49-yard line, Kempf picked up a first down when he threw a 30-yard pass to junior Philip Oladeji (Plano, Texas/Plano East), moving the Hoyas to the 19-yard line. A 2-yard run from senior Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) was followed by a 10-yard completion to Oladeji, moving the Hoyas to the 7-yard line. On second down, Kempf found a hole in the middle of the field and raced in for the touchdown, giving the Hoyas a 14-7 lead.
The Raiders took advantage of another short punt on the next Georgetown possession and took over at the Hoya 49-yard line. Colgate stuck with its ground attack with Sullivan and Jordan McCord each rushing for seven yards. After a 14-yard completion to Doug Rosnick, McCord ran two more times, the latter a 19-yard scoring run that tied the game with 5:08 to play in the half.
Kempf completed 8-of-26 passes for 106 yards and ran 14 times for 31 yards, while Oladeji had seven carries for 48 yards.
Eachus had 27 carries for 158 yards to lead Colgate, while McCord finished with 19 carries for 94 yards and Sullivan had 14 carries for 62 yards. He also completed 13-of-20 passes for 125 yards, with Simonds catching 12 passes for 11 yards.