It wasn't Ohio State-Michigan or Texas-Oklahoma. There weren't 80,000 fans at Georgetown's Kehoe Field yesterday for the Georgetown-Catholic football game. But the 2,702 who overflowed the stands on a cold and windy day saw an intracity rivalry as good as any.
In the days preceding yesterday's 24-10 Georgetown victory over Catholic, there were cookouts and pep rallies on the Georgetown campus. Over at Catholic, they were selling "Hoyas Busters" T-shirts. Before the game, a tailgater or two could be spotted in the parking lot.
But what really added spark to this game -- which for the last 11 years has been played for the Stephen Dean Memorial Trophy (Catholic has a 6-5 advantage) -- was Catholic's 56-6 victory last year in which the Cardinals threw a pass for their final touchdown, irking the Hoyas, who claimed the score was being run up.
Said Georgetown running back Peter Clays, who yesterday had 110 yards and a 68-yard touchdown run that put the Hoyas (4-3) ahead, 17-10: "I felt like I got my nose rubbed in it."
Although Catholic (2-6) has an almost entirely new staff this year, including Coach Ro Waldron, a friend of Georgetown Coach Scott Glacken, the Hoyas used last year's loss to their advantage during practice. "When something happens like last year, you don't have to remind them," Glacken said after the game. "It sticks in your craw.
"If you want it bad enough . . . well, you can see what happened out there."
What happened was a surprising offensive display by a Georgetown team that was averaging 2.2 yards per rush and 92.7 per game.