WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team fell to Fordham University, 17-9, on Saturday afternoon in a Patriot League matchup at Cooper Field. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in conference play, while the Rams improve to 2-6 on the season and 1-2 in league action.
Gunther Johnson (Anthem, Ariz./Boulder Creek/Arizona) finished 17-of-35 for 196 yards passing with a touchdown. Michael Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass./Williston Northampton) caught four passes for 83 yards, while Brandon Williams (Germanton, Md./Northwest) hauled in a team-high five catches for 46 yards. Alex Valles (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) led the rushing attack with 40 yards on eight carries.
Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) led all players with 11 tackles, tying a season high. AJ Schimmelpfennig (Atlanta, Ga./Lambert) finished with nine tackles, while Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) added eight tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Brad Hurst (Helen, Ga./White County) punted 10 times on special teams, averaging 44.2 yards per kick with a long of 55 yards, twice pinning Fordham inside its own 20-yard line. He also had touchbacks on all three of his kickoffs and connected on his only field goal attempt.
Fordham put together a pair of long drives in each of the first two quarters, but the Hoya defense held strong in the red zone, forcing the Rams to just a pair of field goals from 30 and 31 yards. Trailing 6-0 late in the second quarter, the Hoyas were given a second chance after a roughing the kicker penalty gave them a first down. On the next play, Johnson found Dereus on a 57-yard pass to bring the ball to Fordham's 10-yard line. Two plays later, Johnson hit Max Edwards (Germantown, Md./Georgetown Prep) for a 12-yard scoring pass to tie the score at six with 3:11 left. It was the first career touchdown for Edwards.
Georgetown's PAT kick was blocked and returned by Fordham for a two-point conversion to give the Rams an 8-6 lead, which they carried into the locker room at halftime.
The Hoyas opened the second half with an 11-play, 67-yard drive that resulted in a 27-yard field goal from Hurst to give GU a 9-8 lead. Johnson completed first-down passes to Williams and Valles on the drive, while rushing for one himself.
Fordham answered right back, however, marching 75 yards on five plays and scoring on a 10-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-9 lead. A two-point conversion try failed.
Neither team could muster any offense on its next few possessions until the Rams moved down into the Georgetown red zone on their first drive of the fourth quarter. The GU defense held again, forcing a 31-yard field goal that gave Fordham a 17-9 lead with 9:18 left to play.
Georgetown could not manage a first down on any of its final three possessions, and Fordham effectively ran out the clock to seal the game.
The Hoyas will head back out on the road next weekend, traveling to Worcester, Mass., for a matchup against Holy Cross on Saturday, Oct. 28. Kickoff at Fitton Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.