Nov. 14, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (4-6, 2-3 Patriot League) fell short in its comeback bid against No. 16 Fordham (9-2, 5-1 Patriot League), falling to the Rams, 38-31, on Senior Day at Cooper Field.
The Hoyas trailed, 28-7, midway through the second quarter, before senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford/Choate Rosemary Hall) led two scoring drives before halftime. Nolan rushed for a 12-yard touchdown and completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Harrison Glor (Boston, Mass./Belmont Hill/Deerfield) to bring GU within a touchdown at halftime. The Hoyas kept momentum in the second half, tying the game at 31 with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter, but a late Fordham touchdown, followed by an interception in the end zone with 27 seconds remaining sealed the Hoyas' fate.
Glor finished with a career-high seven catches for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Nolan completed 28-of-46 pass attempts for 328 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Senior defensive end Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) had four tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, 1.0 sack, an interception and a pass breakup, while senior linebacker Matt Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) finished with nine tackles to eclipse 200 career tackles in their final game at Cooper Field.
Riding the emotion of a pre-game Senior Day ceremony, the Hoyas struck quickly, as sophomore running back Alex Valles (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) helped GU to an early first quarter lead, rushing around the left end for a 19-yard touchdown, the first of his collegiate career.
The Rams went to work scoring the next four touchdowns to quiet the crowd. Fordham's quarterback Kevin Anderson connected with Jonathan Lumley on two touchdown passes during a 28-0 run. Sophomore running back Chase Edmonds had a five yard touchdown run, his nation-leading 20th of the season.
Fordham linebacker Stephen Hodge returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown to put the Hoyas in a 28-7 hole with 6:37 remaining in the first half.
Georgetown was not done, as sophomore Isaac Ellsworth (Belfort, Texas) returned a kickoff, 83-yards to the Fordham 12-yard line to spark the Hoyas. Two plays later, Nolan rushed in for the score, making the score 28-14 with 6:11 remaining in the first half. The Blue & Gray pulled within one touchdown, as Nolan drove GU into Fordham territory within the last minute in the first half. He found senior wide receiver Harrison Glor (Boston, Mass./Belmont Hill/Deerfield) for a 17-yard touchdown with seven seconds left in the second quarter, making the score 28-21.
Fordham opened the second half with a 40-yard field goal from Alejandro Cardenas, to take a 10-point lead at the 8:44 mark in the third quarter.
The Hoya defense would stop Fordham on its next drive, as Kiselick intercepted a pass giving the ball back to the GU offense 40 yards away from the end zone. Four plays later, Nolan found freshman wide receiver Brandon Williams (Germantown, Md./Northwest) for a 26-yard touchdown to make the score, 31-28.
Sophomore placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) tied the game at 31 with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter, but the Rams took the ensuing kickoff 76 yards to set up a three-play 21-yard drive, capped by a 10-yard touchdown rush by Jarred Brevard, the eventual game-winner.
The Hoyas moved the ball inside the Fordham red zone on their final drive, but an interception into the end zone with 27 seconds remaining ended the valiant comeback effort.
NOTES: Prior to the game the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed, Associate Athletics Director Dan Trump and Sgarlata honored the 16 seniors and their families during an on-field ceremony.