Football rammed by Fordham

November 19, 2014

The Georgetown University football team (2-9, 0-5 Patriot League) dropped their sixth straight contest on Saturday as they lost 52-7 to Fordham University (10-1, 6-0 PL) in their penultimate game of the season.

The Hoyas were overpowered in nearly every facet of the game, surrendering just shy of 500 yards of offense to the Rams, while only mustering 251 yards of offense themselves. Despite coming off a bye week, the Blue and Gray struggled early, falling 24 points behind in the first half.

“I don’t think the bye week helped us,” Georgetown Head Coach Rob Sgarlata said. “I think we came out slow to be quite honest with you.”

On their opening drive, the Rams methodically marched 71 yards down the field in 10 plays to open the scoring with a touchdown. Georgetown was unable to respond as they were forced to punt quickly on their first two possessions. At the end of the first quarter, Fordham once again controlled the pace of the game as they went on a 16-play drive that stretched into the second quarter. Fortunately, the Hoyas managed to hold the Rams to a short field goal, raising the deficit to a manageable 10 points.

However, the Hoya offense couldn’t seem to put anything together. A quick three-and-out handed the ball back to the red-hot Fordham offense with a short field. The Rams quickly capitalized on the excellent field position and the tired Blue and Gray defense by scoring another touchdown to put them ahead 17-0.

Following a great kickoff return from senior running back Daniel Wright, the Georgetown offense began to string together successful plays. Unfortunately, the Hoyas took a gamble on fourth down, which didn’t pay off. Junior quarterback Kyle Nolan’s pass fell incomplete, ending the drive.

The Rams and Hoyas traded possessions before Fordham was able to add another touchdown to make it 24-0. Georgetown refused to quit, however, and they showed signs of life by blocking a Fordham field goal attempt as time expired in the half.

“I’ve been in football for 36 years. I haven’t been around a group like this where they love playing together,” Sgarlata said.

Fordham continued to dominate the game after halftime, adding three more touchdowns in the third quarter to make the score 45-0. Nevertheless, Georgetown showed resilience and finally broke through for a touchdown pass from Nolan to junior wide receiver Jake DeCicco at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Rams would proceed to add another touchdown later in the quarter to account for the final score of 52-7.

As the team approaches its final game, Sgarlata took a moment to compliment the seniors who will be graduating in 2015.

“If you look through top to bottom, these kids have been through a lot together. They’ve had some successful seasons, they’ve had some winning years, and their dedication hasn’t wavered at all,” he said.

Georgetown will look to finish their year on a high note when they face Holy Cross (4-7, 2-3 PL) this Saturday at 12 p.m. at home on Multi-Sport Field.

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