Nov. 15, 2008
Bronx, N.Y. - Fordham opened up a 10-0 lead at the half and added another score in the third quarter en route to a 17-0 win over Georgetown in front of 2,758 fans at Jack Coffey Field Saturday afternoon.
Georgetown finishes the 2008 season with a 2-8 overall record, while Fordham, which has one game remaining, improves to 5-5 overall and 1-4 in the Patriot League.
Leading 10-0 at the half, the teams exchanged possessions at the start of the second half, but a first down pass from sophomore quarterback Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) was picked off by Fordham's Kelvin Colbert, giving the Rams the ball at the 29-yard line. Two plays later, Fordham quarterback John Skelton threw a 26-yard pass to Jon Arnold, capping a three-play, 29-yard drive and gave the Rams a 17-0 lead.
The Hoyas began moving the ball in the fourth quarter, with freshman quarterback Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) moving GU to the 25-yard line, but the team could not muster anything further.
The teams exchanged possessions in the first quarter, with Fordham gaining 122 yards, including 91 on the ground, and moving into Georgetown territory twice. Both times, however, the Hoya defense stopped the Rams at about the 30-yard line as the hosts went for it twice on fourth down.
The Rams got on the board late in the second quarter when John Skelton threw a one-yard scoring pass to Stephen Skelton, capping a 16-play, 78-yard drive that ate up 7:27. The Rams had moved the ball down within the 10-yard line and advanced to the 1-yard line, but were stopped by Georgetown on third down. Fordham went for it on fourth down, the fourth time they had done so in the first half, and finally converted with Skelton converted the pass with 3:15 to play in the half.
Georgetown, which had only 16 offensive plays in the first half, moved the ball to near midfield on the next possession, but stalled and was forced to punt. The Rams moved the ball 29 yards over eight plays and were stopped at the 15-yard line. A 25-yard field goal from Adam Danko with 40 seconds left gave Fordham a 10-0 lead at the break.
Fordham finished the day with 391 yards in total offense on 93 plays, while Georgetown had 99 yards on 47 plays. Darby completed 12-of-27 passes for 70 yards, while senior tight end Collin Meador (Lyndhurst, Ohio/St. Ignatius Prep) caught two passes for 23 yards. Sophomore running back Phillip Oladeji (Plano, Texas/Plano East) had five carries for 28 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) had a game-high 11 tackles to lead the defense, while senior defensive end Ataefiok Etukeren (Phoenix, Ariz./The Lawrenceville [N.J.]) School) had 11 tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss.