Georgetown Football Can't Keep Pace With Colgate's Offense in 57-36 Loss
Oct. 20, 2012
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Georgetown University football team (3-5, 0-2 Patriot League) battled back from a three touchdown deficit at halftime to close within one score, but Colgate University's (4-3, 2-0 Patriot League) high-powered offense proved too much to handle in the end a 57-36 loss at Andy Kerr Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore wide receiver Kevin Macari (Stamford, Conn./New Canaan) scored a career-high four touchdowns, with 181 receiving yards on eight catches to help freshman quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) in his collegiate debut. Nolan, who started the season as the Hoyas' fourth quarterback, completed 16-of-37 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions in a losing effort.
Senior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) broke Nick Parrish's program career tackles record of 349 with 17 giving him 364 career tackles with three games left. McCabe currently leads Division I FCS in tackles this season with 116. Senior linebacker Jeremy Grasso (Washington Twp., N.J./Bergen Catholic) had 11 tackles and an interception for the Blue & Gray.
The Raiders offense got to work early, driving 71 yards on five plays in its first series, as Gavin McCarney completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kevin O'Connell. A missed extra point gave Colgate a 6-0 lead.
Nolan, in his first collegiate start, helped the Hoyas answer on the ensuing series. GU drove 57 yards on 10 plays, as Nolan converted a fourth down and seven, finding Macari in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-6 lead.
Colgate could not be slowed on offense, as Nat Bellamy ran 47 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown on the third play of the Raiders second series. A two point conversion put the Raiders in front 14-7. The following series allowed Andrew Burgess to tack on a 22-yard field goal to pull in front 17-7 with 9:59 remaining in the first half.
Jeremy Moore returned the next kick-off for 36-yards and the Hoyas took advantage of a late-hit penalty on the Raiders to start its drive from the Colgate 41-yard line. Five plays later, Nolan found Macari again on a nine-yard pass into the end zone to bring GU within three points at 17-14 with 8:27 remaining in the second quarter.
The rest of the first half would belong to the Colgate, as McCarney and McCord each scored rushing touchdowns in consecutive possessions, before McCarney found O'Connell in the back of the end zone with five seconds left in the quarter to give Colgate a 37-14 lead going into the half.
The Hoyas exploded out of the gates in the second half, as Nolan found Macari for his third touchdown of the day, a 62-yard completion down the right sideline on the third play of the half, to make the score 37-21.
Grasso intercepted McCarney's pass on the second play of the following drive to give the Hoyas the ball back at the Colgate 25-yard line. The Hoyas offense quickly, moved the ball down to the three yard line, before Macari scored his fourth touchdown of the day on a three-yard rush. Nolan had a two-point run to bring the Hoyas within one score, at 37-29 with 11:54 remaining in the third quarter.
Colgate's offense answered, driving 80-yards, before McCord scored from two yards out, for his second touchdown of the day, extending the lead to 43-29. The Hoyas offense stalled on the next drive and McCarney capitalized using an eight-play drive, including a six-yard touchdown pass to CJ Stempeck to take a 50-29 lead.
The Hoyas kept battling, as Nolan found Macari for a 45-yard gain and worked the ball down inside the Raiders five yard line, before Jo'el Kimpela ( Democratic Republic of the Congo/Euless Trinity) scored his first collegiate touchdown on a three yard run, making the score 50-36 with 11:10 remaining in the game.
Georgetown drove inside Colgate territory late in the fourth quarter, but three interceptions on consecutive possessions would seal the Hoyas fate, before McCarney rushed for a 30-yard touchdown with 1:59 remaining in the game to end GU's hopes of a comeback, making the score 57-36.
The Hoyas return to action on Saturday, October 27 when they head to Easton, Pa. to take on the Lafayette Leopards at Fisher Stadium with the kick-off slated for 6:05 p.m. After a bye week, the Hoyas will play its final two games at Multi-Sport Field when they host Bucknell on November 10 and Holy Cross on November 17 for Senior Day.