WASHINGTON - Despite finishing with more total yards of offense, the Georgetown University football team fell to Lafayette College, 7-0, on Saturday afternoon in a Patriot League matchup at Cooper Field. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in league play, while the Leopards improve to 3-6 on the year and 3-1 in conference action.
Georgetown’s defense only allowed 166 yards of offense all day, holding the Leopards to 101 yards in the air and 65 yards on 36 rushes. Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) led the way with a game-high 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss (TFL) and one sack. Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) was also in double figures with 10 tackles, adding 2.0 TFL.
Gunther Johnson (Anthem, Ariz./Boulder Creek/Arizona) finished with 76 yards on 12-of-26 passing, while also rushing for a team-high 56 yards. Carl Thomas (Floirissant, Mo./Lutheran North) had 22 yards on five rushes, while Max Edwards (Germantown, Md./Georgetown Prep) and Michael Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass./Williston Northampton) had 28 and 27 yards receiving, respectively.
On its first two possessions, Lafayette drove into Georgetown territory, but the defense held strong to force long field goal attempts that were both missed. On the Leopards’ third drive, Tate broke through the line on a third-and-three and sacked Lafayette’s quarterback for a 13-yard loss to force a punt.
After a strong bunt from Brad Hurst (Helen, Ga./White County) was called back due to a penalty, the Leopards drove 45 yards on five plays, scoring on an 11-yard pass to take a 7-0 lead with 4:31 left in the second quarter.
In the second half, the GU defense held Lafayette to just 26 yards of total offense, including minus-two yards in the fourth quarter. Tate and Bryan Jefferson (Vienna, Va./Annandale) both had crucial TFLs in the fourth quarter to force quick Lafayette possessions.
Georgetown’s offense had a pair of drives down near the Lafayette 30-yard line, moving the ball on rushes by Johnson as well as first down completions to both Tommy Jesson (Orlando, Fla./East River) and Dereus. However, both drives ended in interceptions in the end zone as the Hoyas looked to get on the scoreboard.
Johnson again drove the offense into Lafayette territory with less than four minutes remaining, including a 19-yard catch-and-run to Edwards on third down. However, a penalty negated another first down pass and the Hoyas eventually turned the ball over on downs and Lafayette took a knee to run out the clock.
Georgetown will travel to Bucknell next weekend for its final road game of the season. Kickoff at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Nov. 11.