Hoyas Defense Stifles Colgate in 40-17 Homecoming Victory
Oct. 22, 2011
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (6-2, 2-1 Patriot League) held the Colgate Raiders' (4-4, 0-2 Patriot League) offense in check for most of the afternoon, intercepting three passes, including one by junior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) for a 50 yard touchdown to earn a 40-17, victory during Homecoming Weekend at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday afternoon.
McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) had a game-high 15 tackles to go with his first career touchdown, while junior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had seven tackles and two interceptions and blocked a punt and sophomore linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) had 13 tackles and a sack. Senior placekicker Brett Weiss made four field goals and had two touchdown-saving tackles in the victory.
The Hoyas, who came into the game with the nation's tenth best rush defense, held the nation's eighth best rushing offense to under half of its season average, while outrushing Colgate 162-121. Senior running back Wilburn Logan (Kingston, R.I./North Kingstowne) led five Hoyas' runners with 73 yards on 11 carries.
Georgetown's win over Colgate was the Hoyas first, after eight consecutive losses dating back to 2002, as the Blue & Gray clinched its first winning season since 1999.
GU took control from the opening kick-off, forcing a Colgate punt, before sophomore wide receiver Jamal Davis (North Lauderdale, Fla./Coral Springs) caught a short pass from senior quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy), then broke several tackles down the right sideline on his way to a 63 yard touchdown pass to put the Hoyas in front, 7-0.
Weiss made a touchdown saving tackle on the ensuing kick-off, but it only delayed a Nate Eachus touchdown to cap a six-play 48 yard drive with a two yard scoring run to tie the score with 8:56 remaining in the first quarter.
Weiss put the Hoyas back in front in the second quarter with a 29 yard field goal, his first of four on the afternoon, giving the Blue & Gray a 10-7 lead.
After a Hoyas defensive stand, freshman punt returner Kevin Macari (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) gave the GU offense strong field position with a 60 yard punt return to the Colgate 11 yard line. Sophomore running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) scored five plays later on a one-yard touchdown dive, to put GU in front 17-7 with just under six minutes remaining in the first half. The touchdown was Campanella's team-leading seventh of the season.
Georgetown kept the ball on the ground on its final drive of the first half, with Isaiah Kempf scoring on a four yard keeper to take a 24-7 lead. The Hoyas offensive line paved the way for sophomore running backs Dalen Claytor (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody), who had 17 yards and Brandon Durham (Mesquite, Texas/Dallas Christian), who added 24 yards during the drive. Durham finished the game with 42 rushing yards on six carries, while Claytor finished with 23 yards on seven carries.
Colgate placekicker Joe Uglietto hit a 43-yard field goal to close the gap to 14 points, 24-10 at the end of the first half.
Midway through the third quarter, Weiss hit a 30 yard field goal to extend the lead to 27-10, a score that was set up by a Moore interception. Weiss hit a 21 yard field goal on the Hoyas next possession to open up a 20-point lead, 30-10. McCabe ruined Colgate's first drive of the fourth quarter, intercepting a pass and returning it 50 yards for a Georgetown touchdown, to put the Hoyas in front 37-10. The touchdown was the first of McCabe's career.
Weiss connected on one more field goal, a 37 yarder, with 6:35 remaining in the game to put the Hoyas in front 40-10.
Ryan Smith led Colgate on one final scoring drive, completing a 25 yard pass to Chris Looney in the end zone for the Raiders first touchdown since the first quarter on the way to a 40-17 final.
The Hoyas travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on Patriot League rival Holy Cross next Saturday, October 29 at 1 p.m., before returning home to play Fordham on Nov. 5 at Multi-Sport Field for Senior Day. Tickets are still available for that game 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.