Nov. 14, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (0-10) turned the ball over three times in the first quarter, resulting in three touchdowns for the No. 4 University of Richmond Spiders (9-1), forcing the Hoyas to play from behind for the rest of the afternoon. The Hoyas would not turn the ball over again after the first quarter, scoring 10 points in the second quarter, but the Spiders held on to win 49-10 on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field.
Sophomore QB Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep), in his second career start, went 15-for-33 for 122 yards, while senior slot Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) had five catches for 53 yards. Junior RB Philip Oladeji (Plano, Texas/Plano) carried the ball nine times for 30 yards and the Hoyas lone touchdown.
Junior LB Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) led the Hoyas with 9.5 tackles and freshman DB Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillshouse) made his first career interception, preventing a Richmond touchdown.
Richmond forced a Georgetown fumble on the Hoyas first play from scrimmage, handing the Spiders the ball at the 25 yard line. They would capitalize six plays later, as Ben Keating ran the ball in from two yards out to take a 7-0 lead. Michael Ireland would be the recipient of GU's second turnover, an interception, that once again gave the Spiders a short field to work with. They would keep the ball on the ground, using 12 plays and just under seven minutes, before Tyler Kirchoff scored from the one yard line. Andrew Howard converted the extra point to give UR a 14-0 lead. Another Georgetown fumble and an unsportsmanlike penalty on GU gave Richmond the ball on the Hoyas' 15. On the first play of their drive, Eric Ward connected with Donte Boston on a 15 yard pass in the right side of the end zone to take a 21-0 lead.
Georgetown would respond on its first drive of the second quarter. Freshman WR Brandon Floyd (Bel Air, Md./Loyola Blakefield) snuck behind the secondary and caught Darby's pass for a 32-yard gain down to the Richmond five yard line. A roughing the passer call on Richmond put the ball inside the three yard line and Oladeji ran it in two plays later to get Georgetown on the board. Jose Pablo Buerba's extra point made the score 21-7.
Sophomore WR Jeremiah Kayal's (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) 31-yard punt return and two Richmond penalties gave Georgetown its best field position of the day at the Richmond 33-yard line midway through the second quarter. Darby was able to keep the drive alive, completing a crucial fourth down pass to Lane, as GU moved the ball into range for Buerba to kick a 40-yard field goal to cut the Richmond lead to 21-10.
In the closing minutes of the first half, Eric Ward threw his second touchdown pass of the day, finding Max Prokell for a 32-yard score with under two minutes in the half. The play capped a six play 66 yard drive, giving Richmond a 28-10 lead going into the half.
Richmond wasted little time adding to their lead in the second half, as Tremayne Graham returned the opening kick-off 94 yards for a touchdown, expanding the lead to 35-10.
The Hoyas did not turn the ball over in the second half, but only managed two first downs, as the Spiders would score twice more for an eventual 49-10 victory.
The game proved to be just the second time in eight meetings that both teams scored in the same game. Georgetown's five victories against Richmond in the late 19th century and early 20th century were all shut out victories, while Richmond defeated the Hoyas 48-0 in 2008. The last time both teams scored was in 1934, when Richmond edged Georgetown 14-13.
Georgetown will wrap up its season on Saturday, November 21 when they host Fordham at 1 p.m.