Nov. 8, 2008
Washington, D.C. - With two minutes remaining on the clock, and the Georgetown University football team (2-7) holding on to a slim lead, senior defensive end Nick Umar (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) intercepted a Chris Debowski pass to secure a 13-12 win over the Marist Red Foxes (3-7) a fitting home-finale for the senior on Senior Day.
Prior to the game, Nick Umar was one of the 14 seniors honored for their time with the Blue & Gray.
The Hoyas were led by a pair of sophomore running backs. Philip Oladeji (Plano, Texas/Plano Easts) ended the game with 100 yards on the ground on only 13 carries, while Geoffrey Schnorr (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) added 52 yards on the ground, 40 coming in a crucial fourth quarter.
Georgetown started strong, forcing the Red Foxes to punt after a sack by Travis Zorrilla (Lynn, Mass./St. John's Prep) on third down. But a bad snap led to a Rick Cosgrove (Chalfont, Pa./LaSalle College HS) blocking the punt, giving the Hoyas the ball on Marist's 32-yard line. After the punt block, Georgetown was forced to gamble early by going for it on fourth-and-one, with Oladeji converting the play with a four-yard run. The drive was capped off by a 13-yard pass from Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) to Colin Meador (Lyndhurst, Ohio/St Ignatius Prep).
Marist did not take long to answer the Georgetown scoring drive. The Red Foxes started their drive on their own 32-yard line, but did not have any trouble running the ball. They were led by Bo Ehikioya, who gained 39-yards in the first quarter. Ehikioya scored on a three-yard run to pull the Red Foxes within one, 7-6 after a missed extra point.
The Red Foxes third drive was similar to second. Debowski ran for first downs on three straight third down conversions. The Hoyas were finally able to stop the run, pushing the Red Foxes back one yard. After another Georgetown stop Marist found itself facing a third down and eleven. A reverse by Will Brown tricked the Hoyas, and went for a 34-yard gain. Ehikioya scored his second touchdown of the game on a four-yard run, but Jayah Kaisamba (Fort Worth, Texas/LD Bell) blocked the extra point to keep it a five point game, 12-7.
Lawrence fumbled on the Hoyas next offensive play, giving Marist the ball at the Hoyas 24-yard line, but the defense did not let Marist score. Linebacker Nick Parrish (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) and defensive lineman Danny Thompson, Jr. Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay) broke through the line and were able to stop Ehikioya on a fourth down to take the ball back.
Lawrence did not let the fumble effect his next drive, effectively passing the ball down the field. Oladeji started off the drive with a 32-yard gain to move the ball to the Georgetown 48-yard line. Lawrence then went to the air, first connecting on a 12-yard pass to Mitchell. Jose-Pablo Buerba was able to connect on a 24-yard field goal to pull the Hoyas within two, 12-10 going into the half.
Mychal Harrison (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) was key in the lone scoring drive of the second half, catching two passes that led to first downs. The second catch was a 22-yard gain that put the Hoyas on the Marist 23 yard line. Eventually Buerba connected on his second field goal of the afternoon, this time a 31-yarder, putting the Hoyas ahead 13-12. The one-point lead is all the Georgetown defense needed. In the fourth quarter the defense intercepted two passes, the first by Kaisamba. The final interception by Umar that virtually ended the game, leading to a Hoyas victory.
Georgetown will travel to Bronx, N.Y. to take on the Fordham Rams to conclude its season on Saturday, November 15. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.