Sunday, October 13, 2013

College Football: Fordham 34 Georgetown 12

Richard Shankle (#9) sacks Fordham's Mike Nebrich

First the good news: The Georgetown Hoyas outscored No. 9 ranked Fordham 12-6 in the second half of their Saturday showdown at Multi-Sport Field, in front of 1,831 faithful. Now the bad news: Those same Rams burst out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, and 31-0 less than six minutes into the third quarter. Fordham improved to 7-0 on the season, while the Hoyas slipped to 1-5. Although both teams are in the Patriot League, the Rams don't qualify (given their full allotment of scholarships this season.)

It was foolhardy to expect the Hoyas to pull out a victory over a ranked opponent; but a better effort (especially after a bye week) was certainly in order for the first half. Fordham junior QB (and Burke, VA's own) Mike Nebrich tore through Georgetown's defense to the tune of 405 yards and one TD on an incredible 35-45 passes. He also ran the ball 12 times for 67 yards and another TD (an 8-yard run with just under three minutes left in the first quarter.)

Mike Nebrich throws for 405 yards

Georgetown managed to apply some pressure in the second half, led by junior DE Richard Shankle who came up big with seven tackles and a key sack on a 3rd and 3 play. Fellow junior lineman Alec May had a solid game as well, totaling seven tackles and two for a loss, including a safety in the fourth quarter that narrowed the lead to 31-5.

Alec May celebrates his 4th quarter safety

On the offensive front, freshman QB Tim Barnes came on in relief of Isaiah Kempf, connecting with senior wideout Michael Cimilluca (6-40-1) on a 15-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. WR Elliott Owusu dropped a sure TD with 1:30 left in the third, or Barnes could have thrown for two scores. Barnes finished with 124 yards on 16-31 passing: Fordham outgained Georgetown 536-293 for the game. They also almost doubled the Hoyas in first downs (29-16) as well.

Hoyas RB Nick Campanella runs for 52 yards on 11 carries

Nebrich's stellar effort was almost matched by receiver Tebucky Jones, who hauled in a game-high 12 catches for 182 yards (including a 46-yard grab in the 2nd quarter, that set up a Jared Crayton 12-yard run for Fordham's fourth score.) Jones now has 50 catches on the season; while Crayton scored a TD for the second week in a row.

Matt MacZura nails a 49-yard field goal in the 3rd quarter 

Fordham looks to improve to 8-0 next Saturday, when they visit Yale (3-1, 1-1 Ivy.) Meanwhile, the Hoyas travel to Bethlehem, PA to battle conference foe Lehigh (5-1) before returning home to host Colgate (1-5) on October 26th.