Sunday, September 29, 2013

College Football: Princeton 50 Georgetown 22

 Hoyas senior Nick Campanella (#10) scores in the 1st quarter 

Tigers Maul Hoyas at Homecoming

Homecoming. Perfect weather. Sold-out Multi-Sport Field. The stars appeared aligned for a much needed win for the Georgetown Hoyas; but the visiting Princeton Tigers (1-1) would have none of it, crushing the Hoyas 50-22 before 2,981 (almost half of who, were dressed in orange.) Backup QB Quinn Epperly scored on his first four carries, part of a staggering 326 net yards rushing against a Hoya defense that looked thoroughly overmatched at times.

The Hoyas (1-4) have given up 43, 45 and 50 points disrespectfully in their past three games; and simply have to make some major adjustments, if they're going to salvage their season. Princeton held a 30-19 advantage in first downs and a +199 difference in total yards (542-343) scoring 22 points in the first quarter and 21 in the third. After senior Matt MacZura converted on a 23-yard field goal midway through the second quarter (cutting Princeton's lead to 22-15) the Tigers scored 21 straight points to put the game completely out of reach.

Princeton QB Quinn Epperly (#4) scores his 1st of four TD runs

Epperly scored on runs of 1, 1, 7 and 59 yards, raising his two game total to 5 rushing touchdowns (and 1 pass.) His 59-yard scamper early in the third, put Princeton up 36-15. Up to then, the Hoyas were actually hanging in... led by a solid run game (Nick Campanella 20-89-2 and Dalen Claytor 9-65.) Even the defense had its moments, as Cameron Gamble scored a TD on a 14-yard fumble recovery return, after senior DB Dustin Wharton delivered a big hit on Princeton QB Connor Michelsen. Junior DL Richard Shankle had a great all-around game, accounting for 11 tackles, a sack and two QB hurries.

Dustin Wharton (#11) nails QB Connor Michelsen. The Hoyas scored a TD on the play

But in the end, the Hoyas couldn't stop Princeton when they had to. Case in point: A 16-yard toss from Tyler Roth to Will Powers midway through the first quarter. The bad news? Roth is Princeton's punter. That's right... a fake punt. Speaking of punts, there were a total of 19. 19 in a game that featured 10 touchdowns: Talk about making the most of 60 minutes.

Michelsen (#12) throws for 181 yards and a TD
Georgetown looks to right their ship on October 12th at home vs. Fordham, after a week off. It's the Patriot League opener for the Hoyas... Conference game #2 for the undefeated Rams (5-0.) Head coach Kevin Kelly seems to have his work cut out for him.

Tough day for Hoyas QB Isaiah Kemp (0 TDS, 1 INT)

Click here for yesterday's box score.