Georgetown Falls to No. 16/18 Lehigh, 45-24 in Patriot League Opener
Oct. 19, 2013
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Georgetown University football team (1-6, 0-1 Patriot League) scored on three of its four second half possessions, but it was too little, too late, as they fell to No. 16/18 Lehigh (6-1, 1-0 Patriot League), 45-24 at Goodman Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Mountain Hawks had built a 38-3 halftime lead, before senior running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) tied a career-high with three touchdowns, all in the second half. Campanella finished with a career-high 129 rushing yards on 23 carries in the losing effort for the Hoyas.
Senior placekicker Matt MacZura (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Central Catholic) connected on a 23 yard field goal in the second quarter, GU's only first half points. Senior wide receiver Zack Wilke (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) returned to the lineup with six catches for 53 yards, while sophomore quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 19-of-30 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in his first start of the season.
The Mountain Hawks wasted little time, opening the game with a three-play scoring drive, capped by Sean Farrell's first of three rushing touchdowns, with 13:54 on the clock in the first quarter. Just over 10 minutes later the Mountain Hawks used a more deliberate drive, this time spanning 12 plays, before Keith Sherman rushed in from the six yard line to take a 14-0 lead with 3:21 remaining in the first.
Farrell scored his second rushing touchdown of the day, five seconds into the second quarter, as Lehigh continued to widen the margin.
On the following drive, the Hoyas responded. Nolan drove the team 82 yards using 13 plays to get down inside the Lehigh five-yard line. Freshman wide receiver Justin Hill drew a pass interference call and senior running back had an 18-yard run down the left sideline to take Georgetown inside the Lehigh five yard line. A penalty pushed the Hoyas back, as they settled for a 23-yard field goal from MacZura, bringing the score to 21-3.
Lehigh answered quickly, driving 71 yards on five plays, before Farrell's third rushing touchdown of the half. Ryan Pandy added a 41-yard field goal and Derek Gaul caught a four-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left in the half to give the Mountain Hawks a 38-3 lead going into the locker room.
The Hoyas offense came alive in the second half, opening with a 15-play drive. Campanella had a 25-yard run to help set up his own eight-yard touchdown run to make the score 38-10. Lehigh came right back with a 13-play, 88 yard drive, as Sherman scored his second rushing touchdown of the day to take a 45-10 lead.
Campanella found the end zone again on an nine-yard rush, capping a nine-play 61 yard drive early in the fourth quarter, making the score 45-17. He would score again on the Hoyas next drive, this time on a seven-yard pass from Nolan, making the score 45-24, the eventual final.
Georgetown returns home next Saturday when they host Colgate at Multi-Sport Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Tickets are still available by visiting WeAreGeorgetown.com. Fans can also view a live broadcast on the Hoyas official athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Matt Fetters, Brandon Small and Chuck Timanus calling the action.