Oct. 30, 2010
BRONX, N.Y. - The Georgetown University football team (3-6, 2-2 Patriot League) scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to rally back against the Fordham University (4-5), but were a score short, as they fell to the Rams 24-19 on Saturday afternoon at Jack Coffey Stadium in Bronx, N.Y.
Junior wide receiver John O'Leary (Stamford, Conn./Trinity Catholic) caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown, including three receptions for 90 yards in the fourth quarter. His two biggest catches, a fourth quarter touchdown and leaping catch over a Fordham defender on a third down and long to set up another touchdown came in crucial moments late in the game. Senior slot Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had six catches for 103 yards and six carries for 26 yards and five kick-off returns for 121 yards for the Blue & Gray.
Andrew Schaetzke followed up a Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week performance with an interception return for a touchdown. Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/ ) and sophomore Robert McCabe each finished with 13 tackles to lead the Hoyas, while David Quintero had 10 tackles and a sack for a loss of eight yards to lead the defense.
The first quarter was all Rams', who were led by the running of Darryl Whiting, who finished with 254 yards on 34 carries. Whiting set up the first Fordham touchdown with a 47 yard run and would score two plays later with a two yard plunge across the goal line. Patrick Murray's extra point made the score 7-0.
For a moment, the Hoyas appeared to catch a break, as junior cornerback Jayah Kaisamba (Fort Worth, Texas/LD Bell) intercepted his fifth pass of the season on a deep ball from Ryan Higgins. But on the return, the ball was popped out of his hands from behind and Fordham recovered the ball at the Georgetown 12 yard line. Three plays later, Whiting scored his second touchdown of the quarter, giving Fordham a 14-0 lead after Murray's extra point.
In the second quarter, junior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) would take the game into his own hands, tipping Higgins' pass into the air, coming down with the interception and then returning it 45 yards for the Georgetown touchdown. Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) converted the extra point, making it 14-7.
Fordham responded quickly with a 38-yard field goal by Patrick Murray at the 8:26 mark in the second quarter, putting the Rams in front 17-7.
The Hoyas appeared to be on their way to closing the gap, after Lawrence turned a screen pass into a 66 yard gain down to the Fordham 10 yard line, but the Hoyas were stalled and missed the field goal. On the Ram's next drive, Kaisamba forced a fumble that was recovered by Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity). GU would move the ball down inside the Rams' 20 yard line, but Brendan Melanophy intercepted a pass in the end zone to end the drive.
After the interception, Fordham went to work behind Whiting, who carried the ball three times for 40 yards on the drive, setting up Jason Caldwell's 20 yard touchdown reception from Higgins, putting the Rams in front 24-7 going into the half.
In the fourth quarter, Georgetown would strike as Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) heaved a deep pass toward the corner of the end zone that allowed O'Leary j to jump over the Fordham defensive back to haul in a 37 yard touchdown, his fifth touchdown of the season, making the score 24-13 after the missed extra point.
O'Leary would be crucial on the Hoyas next scoring drive, making another jumping catch over a Rams' defender to convert a third and 18. Darby rushed for 15 yards on the next play to move into the red zone and the Hoyas would get a pass interference call to get down to the Fordham two yard line. Two plays later, Darby rushed across the goal line from one yard out, cutting the lead to 24-19 with just under eight minutes remaining in the game. o The Hoyas regained possession, with 3:15 remaining in the game, as freshman linebacker Jonathan Brucia (Westfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) stopped Whiting in the backfield on a fourth down and one situation. GU moved the ball across midfield to the 47 yard line, but no further, as Fordham regained possession. GU would have one final chance with under a minute remaining, as Darby completed two passes to Lawrence and one to O'Leary to move the ball across midfield, but time ran out seaing the Rams' 24-19 victory.
Georgetown has a bye on Saturday, Nov. 6 before playing its last two games at home. The Hoyas will host Lehigh University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 13 at Multi-Sport Field, before playing its season-finale the following week against Marist. Tickets still remain for both games and can be purchased by visiting the Hoyas official athletic web site - www.guhoyas.com.