Hoyas Defense Forces Seven Turnovers to Defeat Lafayette, 20-17
Oct. 27, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Freshman cornerback Cameron Gamble (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) made his first collegiate interception with 32-seconds remaining in the game, sealing a 20-17 victory for the Georgetown University football team (4-5, 1-2 Patriot League) over Lafayette College (5-3, 2-1 Patriot League) on Saturday night at Fisher Stadium. The win is the Hoyas third-consecutive over the Leopards and snaps a four-game losing streak.
Gamble's interception was the seventh and final turnover forced by the opportunistic Hoyas defense. Junior safety Stephen Atwater (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) had a career-game with one interception, one fumble recovery, one tackle for loss and three pass breakups, while senior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) had 16 tackles and a tackle for loss in the victory.
Georgetown's offense received big contributions from a pair of freshman, as quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall), making his second start, completed 15-of-32 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown to freshman running back Jo'el Kimpela (Democratic Republic of the Congo/Euless Trinity). Kimpela finished with a career-high 80 yards on 16 carries and a five-yard touchdown reception. Sophomore wide receiver Kevin Macari (Stamford, Conn./New Canaan) had his second consecutive game with over 100-yard receiving, catching seven-passes for 114 yards.
Georgetown scored first, capitalizing after Atwater intercepted an Andrew Shoop's pass and returned it 19-yards down to Lafayette's 18-yard line. Five plays later, MacZura hit a 26-yard field goal to put GU in front 3-0.
Early in the second quarter, MacZura would extend the lead to 6-0, making a 37-yard field goal, the longest of his career, to cap a 13-play 70 yard drive.
Lafayette would cut the lead in half a series later, taking advantage of a fumbled punt by the Hoyas deep in its own territory. Georgetown's defense would keep the Leopards out of the end zone, but Ryan Gralish converted the 39-yard field goal to make the score, 6-3 with 8:21 left in the second quarter.
Shoop and the Leopards's offense would put together its first extended drive of the game, using eight plays to go 62 yards. Shoop tossed a six-yard touchdown pass to Mark Ross to take a 10-6 lead with 2:51 left in the first half.
Lafayette looked to extend the lead with less than two minutes remaining in the half, driving deep into GU territory, but junior safety Malcolm Caldwell-Meeks (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) made his first collegiate interception on a pass into the Georgetown end zone to end the threat, as the Hoyas went into halftime trailing, 10-6.
The Hoyas offense would find traction late in the third quarter, as Nolan engineered a 10 play, 73-yard drive, eventually finding fellow-freshman running back Kimpela for a five-yard touchdown pass to take a 13-10 lead with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter.
But the Leopards responded. Two series later with 11:50 remaining in the game, Andrew Shoop found Greg Kessel on a 36-yard flea-flicker pass to retake the lead, 17-13.
Lafayette appeared to be gaining momentum, starting a series at the GU 34 after a Lafayette interception and 59-yard return, but two plays later, senior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) forced a fumble and recovered it at the Hoyas 39 yard line to give GU the ball back.
During the Hoyas' next possession, Nolan kept the drive alive completing a 25-yard pass to Jamal Davis on a fourth down deep in Lafayette territory. Junior running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) finished the drive a few play later with a two-yard touchdown run to put the Hoyas back in front, 20-17. Campanella finished the game with 78 yards on 23 carries.
Lafayette had one final chance with under a minute remaining in the game, but Gamble intercepted Shoop's pass to seal the 20-17 Georgetown victory.
The Hoyas have a bye next week before wrapping up its season with consecutive Patriot League games at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas host Bucknell on Saturday, November 10 with kick-off slated for 1:05 p.m.