Hoyas Can't Overcome Lafayette's Big Third Quarter in 45-27 Loss
Nov. 2, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-8, 0-3 Patriot League) was not able to overcome three third quarter touchdowns by Lafayette College (3-5, 3-0 Patriot League), falling 45-27 on Senior Day at Multi-Sport Field.
The loss snaps the Hoyas three-game win streak against a Leopards team that moves into sole possession of first place in the Patriot League with the victory. The game was the final home game for 24 Georgetown seniors, the winningest class for the Hoyas since joining the Patriot League in 2001.
Senior tight end Daniel Sprotte (Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade) had a career-day with two touchdowns on 11 catches for 102 yards. Junior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) led the Hoyas defense with 12 tackles and 3.0 sacks, while junior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/Hotchkiss School) had 10 tackles and one sack.
On the Leopards first drive, May's sack set up a long fourth down for the Leopards, but quarterback Drew Reed scrambled and connected on a 36 yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Dixon to take a 7-0 lead with 8:50 remaining in the first quarter. It would be the only score of the first quarter.
Senior running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) found a crease on a third down and short situation, and rushed 37 yards for a touchdown, capping a 10 play, 81 yard drive, tying the score at seven with 12:54 remaining in the half. The touchdown moved Campanella into a fourth place tie for all-time rushing touchdowns (21) and fifth in career touchdowns (24).
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 29-of-44 passes for 253 yards, three interceptions, two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in the loss.
Lafayette intercepted a GU pass deep in its own territory to its next scoring drive. The Leopards drove 86 yards with Ross Sheuerman rushing in from two yards out to take a 14-7 halftime lead.
After Reed's touchdown pass to Mike Duncan on the Leopards second possession, Lafayette would capitalize on a pair of Georgetown interceptions. Pat Creahan capped a short drive with a two-yard touchdown reception, before Mark Ross added another, to take a 35-7 lead with just under five minutes in the third quarter.
Kyle Nolan and the Hoyas would respond, driving 78 yards in nine plays, as Daniel Sprotte (Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade) caught a nine-yard touchdown pass, making the score 35-13 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Lafayette's Matt Smalley followed with a 98-yard kick-off return for a touchdown to take a 42-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Sprotte would find the end zone for the second time, as Nolan led a 12 play, 68 yard drive, capped by his six yard pass to Sprotte, making the score 42-20. Lafayette's Ryan Gralish added a 22-yard field goal with 4:08 left in the fourth quarter to take a 45-20 lead. Nolan would lead GU to one more score, capping the 12-play, 70 yard drive with a three yard scoring run, to make the score 45-27, the eventual final score.
Georgetown will have a bye next Saturday, before traveling to Bucknell and Holy Cross to finish the 2013 season.