Oct. 31, 2015
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Georgetown University football team (4-5, 2-2 Patriot League) scored twice in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome a 17-point first half deficit, falling to the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks (4-4, 2-1 Patriot League), 33-28, on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Stadium.
The Hoyas outscored Lehigh, 21-9, after halftime, as senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford [Choate Rosemary Hall]) threw three-second half touchdown passes, the last score coming with 1:41 left in the game. Lehigh recovered the ensuing onside kick and was able run the remaining time off the clock.
Nolan completed 25-of-38 passes for 355 yards and a four touchdown passes, while senior receiver Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) had a career-day with 10 catches for 195 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore receiver Luke Morris (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) had six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown, while senior receiver Harry Glor (Boston, Mass./Belmont/Deerfield) had a career-high two touchdown receptions in the loss.
Sophomore safety David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) led the defense with nine tackles, while sophomore linebacker Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) had eight tackles. Junior linebacker Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic) had four tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss.
The Hoyas offense was struck by penalties at crucial moments throughout the day, having three touchdowns called back, despite only being flagged six times for 54 yards. The penalties proved to halt momentum at critical times.
The Mountain Hawk offense started quickly, driving into GU territory on their first possession to set up placekicker Ed Mish's 41-yard field goal to take a, 3-0, lead. Lehigh running back Micco Brisker capped a six-play drive with a two-yard touchdown rush on the next possession, taking a 10-0 lead with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Lehigh extended its lead early in the second quarter, as Mayes found Troy Pelletier for an 11-yard touchdown, taking a 17-0.
Georgetown answered on its next drive, as Nolan led a 10-play, 65-yard drive deep into Lehigh territory. A Lehigh defensive lineman deflected Nolan's pass, but Glor caught the ball and dove across the goal line to put GU on the board, making the score 17-7.
Pelletier caught his second touchdown of the game with 1:08 left in the second quarter, putting GU in a 24-7 hole going into halftime. Mish added another field goal for the Mountain Hawks after the break to extend the lead to 27-7.
Nolan completed three-consecutive passes to Morris on the Hoyas' following possession to work into Lehigh territory, before senior running back Jo'el Kimpela's (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) 22-yard rush moved the offense to the one-yard line. Nolan found Glor on the next play for a one-yard touchdown to bring GU within two scores, at 27-14.
Momentum shifted toward Georgetown, when the defense stopped Lehigh on a fourth down and short situation to force a turnover on downs. Nolan continued to look for Morris during the drive, eventually connecting with him on a 19-yard touchdown pass, cutting the Lehigh lead to six, 27-21, early in the fourth quarter. Lehigh quarterback Nick Shafnisky scored on a one-yard rush three minutes later to extend their lead back to two scores, at 33-21.
GU was unable to score on its next drive after sophomore running back Alex Valles (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) was called back due to a holding penalty, but the Hoya defense forced Lehigh to a three-and-out possession getting the ball back with just over three minutes remaining. Another holding penalty wiped out what would have been 52-yard touchdown pass to Valles. Later in the drive, Nolan found DeCicco for a 17-yard touchdown pass, bringing the team within five points, at 33-28.
The Hoyas did not get another chance on offense, as Lehigh was able to get one final first down and run the remaining time off the clock, sealing Georgetown's fate.
After the bye week, Georgetown returns to action at Cooper Field for Senior Day when they host No. 10 Fordham on Saturday, November 14. The opening kickoff with the Rams is scheduled for noon with a pre-game ceremony to honor the program's seniors.