Nov. 10, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University football team lost on Senior Day this afternoon at Multi-Sport Field to Patriot League foe Colgate, 45-12. Senior kicker Eric Bjonerud (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) knocked home two field goals and fellow classmate, running back Kyle Van Fleet (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock) had a 16-yard touchdown run as the Hoyas were within five late in the first half. The Hoyas finished the season 1-10 overall, 1-5 in the Patriot League. The game ended with 1:17 to play after a scary injury to Colgate running back J.J. Bennett.
On Colgate's final offensive drive of the game, Bennett came off the right side on third down and was hit by a Hoya defender. The hit not only knocked the ball loose, but also took Bennett out of the game with a severe injury. Tony Thornton (Blackwood, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) recovered the ball and gave GU the football back with 1:17 to play in the game. Bennett remained on the field for 15-20 minutes, surrounded by medical staffs and coaches from both sides before finally being carted off the field. As he left the field, he gave a "thumbs-up" sign to the teams and crowd, twice.
For Georgetown in the contest, Matt Basseuner (Port Edwards, Wis./Port Edwards) finished 16-of-24 for 122 yards and a touchdown. He was also the team's leading rusher, running the ball 19 times for 85 yards. Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario/Phillips Academy) finished with four catches for 54 yards and junior Sidney Baker (Atlanta, Ga./Booker T. Washington) snagged four passes for 32 yards. In his final game on the Hilltop, Darren Craft (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) led the Hoyas in tackles with 12.
On the opening possession of the game, CU quarterback Alex Relph was intercepted by George Cullen (Janesville, Wis./Janesville Craig) at the Colgate 43. The interception was the first of the season for Cullen, and the fifth by a Hoya this season. Riding that early momentum, the Hoyas converted a third-and-five on a Basseuner 22-yard run and Bjonerud converted a 25-yard field goal for a 3-0 GU lead.
After Colgate slowly marched the ball back down the field and was able to even the score at 3-3 on a 37-yard field goal by Mike Buck, the Hoyas got the ball back. The Blue and Gray converted consecutive third-down conversions via a pass interference penalty and then an eight-yard run by Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsely). Georgetown faced a fourth-and-inches at the Colgate 8 before they let the first quarter come to a close. The Hoyas set up for what appeared to be a chip-shot field goal for Bjonerud, however, Georgetown faked and Basseuner swung a pass out to Bjonerud in the left flat for the first down. Despite picking up the first down at the Colgate 4, the Blue and Gray could not punch it in for six and then had their field goal attempt blocked.
Colgate answered with their first touchdown run of the game, a one-yard plunge by Bennett to put the Raiders ahead, 10-6. On Georgetown's third offensive drive, they faced a third-and-six in their own territory. Colgate would commit a roughing the passer penalty to sustain the Hoya drive and on the next play, Basseuner threw a 29-yard strike to Houghton which put the ball on the Raider 22. The Georgetown drive would stall once again in the red zone, but Bjonerud converted his second field goal of the game from 24 yards to end an eight-play, 63-yard drive and cut the deficit to one point, 10-9.
It didn't take long for Colgate to respond as on their very first play, Relph threw a 73-yard bomb to Erik Burke and put Colgate ahead, 17-6. The pass play was the longest of Relph's career. For the game, Relph finished 13-of-14 for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Colgate also had two receivers go over the century mark as Burke finished with 101 yards and Pat Simonds finished with 102.
Now down by eight, GU got the ball back a Basseuner 10-yard run turned into a 25-yard play when Colgate was flagged for a personal foul, unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, after the whistle. The play and penalty gave the Hoyas a first down at the CU 40. After a couple plays, GU faced yet another fourth down play. On fourth-and-one, Basseuner was able to draw a Colgate defensive lineman offside to prolong the drive. The very next play saw Van Fleet scamper in from 16 yards out to cut the score to 17-12. The Hoya two-point conversion attempt was intercepted. The drive amassed 62 yards in seven plays.
Colgate was able to march right back down the field in only six plays and Jordan Scott ran it home from 23 yards out to put Colgate back in front by double-digits, 24-12, with 22 seconds left in the half. Scott and Bennett both went over the century mark for the Raiders, with Scott carrying the ball 23 times for 183 yards and two scores and Bennett carrying the rock 19 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns. In the second half, Georgetown punted every time they had the football (four drives) and amassed only five first downs. Colgate's offense was the exact opposite as they scored touchdowns on three of their four possessions before the game was called due to Bennett's injury.