WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. ? Monmouth senior tailback Joe Migliore rushed for 97 yards on 24 carries and pair of touchdowns to lead Monmouth to its fourth straight victory, 27-10, over non-conference foe Georgetown Saturday at Kessler Field. The win improves Monmouth to 7-1 while Georgetown falls to 2-5 overall.
Georgetown stayed within 10-7 at halftime, but after the break the Hawks broke the game open.
After the Monmouth defense forced the Hoyas into a three-and-out on their initial drive of the second half, the Hawks' engineered a nine-play,74-yard drive to go ahead 17-7. Monmouth nearly had their drive stopped, but on a fourth-and-10 play, Hawks' punter Sean Dennis couldn't get a punt off, but eluded three defenders and took off up the left sideline for a 28-yard gain to the Georgetown 32. Three plays later, Hawks' sophomore quarterback Brian Boland escaped a collapsing pocket and rolled left, finding a wide-open Billy Worfolk for a 40-yard scoring strike with 8:57 left in the third period.
The teams exchanged fruitless drives, and Dennis booted a 43-yard punt that bounced out of bounds at the Hoya 8-yard line. Two plays later, Monmouth senior linebacker Josh Constantino burst through the middle and hit Georgetown running back Emir Davis (Fr., Trenton, N.J./Hun), jarring the ball loose. The Hawks recovered at the 5-yard line and Migliore scored up the middle on the next play, for a 24-7 Monmouth lead with 4:27 remaining in the third period.
On the Hoyas' next drive, quarterback Drew Crawford (Sr., Supierior, Colo./Fairview) hit wide receiver Dominique Saunders (Sr., Washington, D.C./Eastern) on a post pattern for a 41-yard gain to the Blue and White 26. However, Georgetown was undone by a holding call and a dropped third-down pass and had to settle for a Michael Gillman (Jr., Miami, Fla./Killian) 41-yard field goal at 2:46 of the third quarter.
Georgetown would not threaten again and Monmouth would add an 18-yard field goal with 3:52 remaining for the final margin.
Migliore ran for 65 yards in the first half, ncluding a 24-yard touchdown run at 5:55 of the first quarter to give Monmouth a 7-0 lead. Migliore's touchdown was set up a play earlier, when Boland found Austin over the middle for a 31-yard pass and catch.
Andriola pushed MU's lead to 10-0 at 13:37 of the second, capping an 11-play 47-yard drive.
The Hoyas' closed to within three early in the second. Davis burst over right tackle for a 47-yard gain, then wideout Jasper Ihezie (Fr., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) took an end around and sprinted 24 yards to the end zone to make the score 10-7 at 12:03 of the second.
Davis finished with 69 yards on seven carries for the Hoyas, who totaled 156 yards on the ground. Crawford completed 13-of-25 passes for 130 yards and no interceptions.
Georgetown will be in action again next Saturday, October 30, when they travel to face Patriot league rival Fordham in a 1 p.m. contest.