Nov. 11, 2006
Easton, Pa. - In the highest scoring game of the season, Lafayette College held on to defeat the Georgetown University football team, 45-14 this afternoon in front of 4,942 fans at Fisher Stadium in Easton, Pa. The Hoyas fall to 2-8 overall and 0-5 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards remain in the Patriot League title race with a 4-1 league mark and move to 6-4 overall.
After a three and out by the Hoyas on their opening drive, the Leopards took the ball for a quick four-play, 54-yard scoring drive to open up a 7-0 lead. Capping the 1:19 drive was an eight-yard scoring run by Jonathan Hurt to the right side.
Georgetown quickly answered with a strong drive of its own to even the score at seven with 6:25 remaining in the first quarter. Junior Erik Carter (Bowie, Md./Good Counsel) pounded the ball into the end zone from three yards out for his first collegiate rushing touchdown and second score of the season to complete the 5:02 drive. The Hoyas went 70 yard in 10 plays, nine of which were on the ground, including 42 yards from freshman Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Canada/Phillips Academy).
Lafayette took back the momentum on the ensuing kickoff, as Shaun Adair took the kick back 90 yards for the touchdown, putting the Leopards back on top, 14-7.
Lafayette continued to keep the pressure on the Hoyas, forcing another three and out, then put together an eight-play, 64-yard drive to open up a 21-7 score with 41 seconds left in the first frame. Hurt posted his second rushing touchdown of the first quarter from 15 yards out to conclude the drive.
The Hoyas bounced back and on the first play of the second half, Houghton took a screen pass from junior Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wis./John Edwards-Western Reserve Acad.) and went 81 yards for his third receiving touchdown of the season. The connection was the longest play from scrimmage by the Georgetown this season and the third longest reception in program history, as there has twice been an 88 yard reception, last on October 4, 1997.
Lafayette took advantage of a Georgetown penalty to expand the lead back up to two touchdowns at 28-14 with 9:34 remaining in the first half. After Rick Ziska missed a 32 yard field goal attempt, the Hoyas were charged with a roughing the kicker penalty to keep the drive alive. On the next play from scrimmage, Hurt went seven yards the middle for his third touchdown of the day. In all, the Leopards drive was 11 plays for 80 yards over 5:09.
The Leopards put together another long drive, seven plays for 61 yards, on their next possession, but were held to a 36-yard field goal by Ziska to make the score 31-14.
The first half was turnover free until the final two minutes, where the teams combined for three giveaways. On a 4th and 9 on Lafayette's 35, the Hoyas went for it with less than two minutes and go, but were stopped two-yards short. Georgetown's defense took the ball back on the first play from scrimmage on the ensuing drive on an interception by junior Nmandi Obiako (Bladensburg, Md./Bladenburg) off a tipped pass by sophomore Ataefoik Etukeren (Litchfield Park, Ariz./The Lawrenceville School). However, Lafayette returned the favor two plays later was Bassuener was hit has he let go of the ball and was picked off in the end zone by Macel Quarterman with less than a minute remaining in the half, keeping the score at 31-14 going into the break.
After punts by both teams to start the second half, Lafayette took the ball down the field on an 88 yard drive to expand their lead to 38-14. On the sixth play of the 2:57 possession, Maurice White darted through the middle and broke a couple tackles for a 24-yard TD rush.
The Hoyas had a promising drive going on the next possession, as they drove deep into Lafayette territory. However, Bassuener was intercepted by Daniel Liseno on an attempted shovel pass at the Lafayette eight yard line, stopping the Georgetown drive.
Both teams would punt on their next possessions, but Lafayette would respond with a 90-yard drive, on only five plays, the next time they touched the ball to add an insurance touchdown, making the score 45-14. Hurt capped the drive with his fourth score of the afternoon, a five yard dash.
Houghton, the Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the past two weeks, had another solid all-around game, leading the Hoyas with 20 rushes for 88 yards and 2 receptions for another 84. Bassuener was accurate through the air, connecting on 12-of-20 for 150 yards.
Joe Ort set a new Leopards single-game record with 10 receiving yards on 274 catches, helping Joe Maurer to his first 300-yard passing game of the season, throwing the ball for 305 yards. Aside from the four rushing TDs, Hurt also had 22 rushes for 135 yards.
Georgetown concludes the 2006 season on Saturday, November 18, traveling to Fordham for a 12:30 kickoff.
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