Georgetown took advantage of five interceptions and a pair of bad snaps that went for safeties to defeat Holy Cross, 34-16, today in the season opener for both teams before 5,170 at Fitton Field.
"I don't know that we played great," Hoyas Coach Bob Benson said, "but we did what we had to do in an opener to win. We didn't make any crucial mistakes, but they did."
The Hoyas showed little ability to move the ball in the first half, yet wound up with a 16-9 lead after Holy Cross quarterback Ryan Collar threw four interceptions. Hoyas quarterback J.J. Mont was 6 of 22 for 77 yards in the first half; Hoyas rushers contributed just 46 yards, 14 of them on a scramble by Mont.
Collar threw 11 interceptions last season.
"We knew that their quarterback threw a lot of interceptions last year," said cornerback Jim Gallagher, who intercepted Collar twice today. "We came out attacking . . . changed up our coverages to some things they had never seen before."
Gallagher gave Georgetown a 7-6 lead with 9 minutes 43 seconds left in the opening quarter, intercepting a pass and returning it 66 yards for a touchdown.
Holy Cross took the lead again on Frank Traupman's 42-yard field goal. But Collar was victimized again late in the quarter. Backup safety Ryan O'Donoghue cut in front of wide receiver Steve Green and intercepted Collar's pass deep in Hoyas territory, returning it 31 yards to the Holy Cross 47. Paul Wiorowski's 37-yard field goal gave the Hoyas a 10-9 lead.
Georgetown extended its lead to 16-9 midway through the second quarter on a four-yard run by Rob Belli that capped the Hoyas' best drive of the half, a 14-play, 77-yard march that had been set up by Mike Turnamian's interception.
Barely four minutes into the second half, Holy Cross tied the game on a 52-yard pass play from Collar to wide receiver Kendy Hall. But Mont, who finished 16 of 44 for 302 yards, shook off his early struggles and directed the Hoyas to a pair of scores. He connected with George Sumner for a 37-yard touchdown and with Reid Wakerfield for a 57-yard score.
MILLERSVILLE 41, BOWIE STATE 0: John Flamish ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns and Drew Folmar threw for two scores as host Millersville (Pa.) won its season opener.
Folmar had a 53-yard touchdown pass to Sean Scott to give Millersville a 27-0 lead in the third quarter, followed by a 13-yard scoring strike to Dondre Gilliam in the fourth to give Folmar a school-record 51 touchdown passes for his career. Folmar surpassed the mark held by Greg Moylan, who threw 50 between 1993 and 1996.
Flamish had touchdown runs from one and 13 yards out in the first quarter, and Ali Johnson added a five-yard touchdown run as Millersville scored on its first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead. Bowie State (1-1) was held to 149 yards of total offense and nine first downs in the game.
CATHOLIC 46, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 12: Host Catholic forced six turnovers and running back Andrew Notarfrancesco rushed for three touchdowns as the Cardinals improved to 1-1. Linebacker Brian Hee, who led Catholic with 11 tackles, scored on a 26-yard interception return to give the Cardinals a 39-6 lead with 1:23 remaining in the first half. Notarfrancesco scored on runs of three, nine and five yards, and Greg Stokes hit three field goals. Franklin & Marshall fell to 0-1.