A fourth-quarter defensive collapse ended Georgetown's unbeaten season and eight-game home winning streak yesterday afternoon. Davidson scored three touchdowns in the final 15 minutes to beat the Hoyas, 28-27, in a nonconference game. The Hoyas (5-1) had not lost at home since Nov. 27, 1997.
"We needed to close it out and we didn't," Georgetown Coach Bob Benson said. "We're not doing enough things to finish people off. There's too much sloppiness to win."
The Hoyas had a chance to win when they regained possession of the ball on their 18-yard line with 1 minute 8 seconds remaining, but the offense that had produced a dramatic come-from-behind 41-40 overtime victory last week fell short against Davidson. A capacity homecoming crowd of 2,475 sat in stunned silence when place kicker Paul Wiorowski's 52-yard field goal attempt, which would have won the game for Georgetown, sailed wide left as time expired.
It was the first win for the Wildcats (4-3) against a Division I-AA opponent in Coach Tim Landis's seven seasons at the Divison I-AA independent school.
The Hoyas' defense, which had limited opponents to 8.75 points per game the first four games of the season, held Davidson to one touchdown through three quarters. Then the Wildcats switched quarterbacks on their last play before the fourth quarter. Freshman Paul Nichols took over for junior Shaun Tyrance and his mobility sparked the offense.
"The first half, a lot of guys were doing what they needed to do, got the game plan going," said Georgetown senior linebacker Adam Krugman, who led the team with 17 total tackles. "In the second half, we got a little lazy. We let up on a lot of things, just started losing it. Guys were trying to do more than they needed to do."
Behind Nichols, the Wildcats drove 99 yards in 21 plays. The series was capped by a seven-yard touchdown run by Eric Ferguson that narrowed the Hoyas' lead to 27-14. Davidson converted five third downs and a fourth-and-eight during that drive.
Georgetown quarterback J.J. Mont's interception gave the Wildcats the ball back, and they went 82 yards in 15 plays with Nichols carrying the ball three yards for the touchdown. The Wildcats trailed 27-21.
Davidson recovered an onside kick on Georgetown's 48-yard line and needed only 43 seconds to take the lead. Nichols carried the ball 10 yards up the middle to put Davidson ahead, 28-27. Georgetown's defense was on the field for 13:38 of the fourth quarter.
CATHOLIC 49, METHODIST 21: Senior running back Andrew Notarfrancesco set the school career scoring record and sophomore quarterback Derek McGee threw for a personal best 332 yards to lead the Cardinals at DuFour Field.
Notarfrancesco set the mark on his second touchdown of the day--a 10 yard pass from McGee that put the Cardinals (5-1) ahead, 42-0, with 8:21 left in the third quarter. The touchdown gave Notarfrancesco 332 points, eclipsing the previous high of 328 by Matt Taylor.
BOWIE ST. 20, ELIZABETH CITY 6: In Elizabeth City, N.C., Rod Williams intercepted three passes to help the Bulldogs (3-3) snap a two-game losing streak. The hosts dropped to 0-7.