The play where the ball was snapped over Georgetown quarterback Drew Crawford's head, only for him to recover it, dodge a wave of defenders and throw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Glenn Castergine? No, that was not one of the trick plays Hoyas Coach Bob Benson designed for his team's game yesterday against Virginia Military Institute.
But that, along with just about everything else Georgetown's offense tried, worked in a 21-0 victory before 2,874 at Harbin Field on homecoming.
The Hoyas (2-4) finished with 274 yards rushing and 216 passing. In their previous four games, they had not topped 162 yards of total offense and lost all four.
"Successful businesses are all about balance," Benson said. "We had the worst-rated offense in the Patriot League. . . . We needed a change."
Those changes included starting Crawford at quarterback in place of sophomore Keith Allan. Crawford completed his first 10 passes and did not throw an incompletion until 55 seconds were left in the first half.
In a 31-19 loss to Bucknell last week, the Hoyas did not complete their first pass until 3 minutes 13 seconds were left in the third quarter. They entered ranked No. 116 out of 117 Division I-AA teams in passing.
The Hoyas used some trick plays against VMI (0-6). Junior running back Kim Sarin took an option pitch from Crawford, then pulled up and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Janeiro Wooten for a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
"It was something our coaches had seen on film," Crawford said. "When we pitched the ball, everyone on their team would yell, 'run.' They were paying a lot of attention to the pitch."
The Hoyas also tried a reverse -- it was called back for holding -- and a pass off a reverse that was intercepted.
"We pulled out all the 'trick-ems' today," Benson said. "If we're going to be entertaining, it may as well be on homecoming before a joyous crowd."
The crowd was joyous from the outset. The Hoyas led 7-0 following a seven-yard touchdown run by Crawford on the opening possession. They led 21-0 at halftime following the long scoring pass from Crawford to Castergine.
Things were more staid in the second half. Sarin had 18 of his game-high 31 carries in the half. He finished with 180 yards, the ninth-most in school history dating from 1970.
That was more than enough against the Keydets, who beat Georgetown, 42-12, last season.
But they entered yesterday a little wounded. They lost a 21-point lead with 10 minutes to play in a 25-24 loss to Charleston Southern last week.
Senior David Poldiak started at quarterback yesterday; he was third-string in the preseason before the two players ahead of him were injured.
Nathanial Jackson, who began the year as a cornerback, started at running back.
The Keydets finished with 30 yards rushing, 126 passing and nine first downs.
"Our defense dominated today," Benson said.
ELIZABETH CITY STATE 11, BOWIE STATE 0: Kevin Dodson kicked three field goals for the Vikings (3-4, 2-3 CIAA). Bulldogs quarterback Jabali Smith threw five interceptions. Bowie State (3-4, 2-3) gained only eight yards on 37 carries.
WASHINGTON & LEE 22, CATHOLIC 0: The Generals (3-2, 2-0 ODAC) recorded their second straight shutout. It is the third time this season the Cardinals (0-5, 0-2) have gone scoreless in a game. Running back Ed Smith accounted for nearly half of Catholic's offense, rushing for 54 yards on 15 carries.