Lafayette 35, Georgetown 17
Energized by their win last week against Davidson, the Georgetown Hoyas entered today's game against Lafayette believing this was one of their better chances to pick up a Patriot League victory. After all, Lafayette hasn't had a winning record in nine years.
Instead, the game turned into another Patriot League loss for Georgetown. Unable to contain the Leopards' passing attack, the Hoyas fell, 35-17, before 7,699 at Fisher Field.
Georgetown (2-5, 0-4) has lost 10 straight games in the Patriot League since joining the conference last season. Lafayette improved to 4-3, 2-0.
Despite the loss, the Hoyas continued to show improvement. The offense gained more than 300 yards for the second straight week and for only the second time this season, and another young player had a breakout game. Sophomore wide receiver Kurt Bennett, who had caught just one pass this season, caught two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
"Yes, we're young," senior quarterback David Paulus said. "Yes, this is completely different than what we've been doing the last couple years. We're growing. I hate to say it, but it can't get any worse. We haven't won a Patriot League game. We're going to do it. We're due."
Georgetown has had little trouble winning out of conference, going 5-2 since joining the Patriot League, but today it was done in by Lafayette's passing game.
Leopards quarterback Marko Glavic threw for a career-high four touchdowns, completing 22 of 34 passes for 275 yards. Wide receiver John Weyrauch made the Hoyas' secondary miserable, catching nine passes for 162 yards.
"The biggest issue facing this football team right now is we have very, very young people playing in our secondary, extremely young," Georgetown Coach Bob Benson said. "We started two freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. It just takes its toll when you're week in and week out facing better passing teams."
Meantime, Georgetown's offense struggled to find a rhythm early. The Hoyas did not gain a first down, except by penalty, until 10 minutes 39 seconds remained in the second quarter. Their first first-down conversion of the half came on a broken play as Paulus, unable to find an open receiver, ran 33 yards up the left sideline to set up Michael Gilliam's 42-yard field goal that cut Lafayette's lead to 14-3 with 9:08 left in the first half.
Paulus led the team in rushing with 76 yards on seven carries. He completed 10 of 24 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
It wasn't until Georgetown trailed 35-3 with less than nine minutes to play that the offense finally sprang to life. Led by their underclassmen, the Hoyas put together a 12-play, 62-yard drive that culminated with Bennett's 11-yard touchdown catch.
Sophomore Ryan Joyce carried the ball twice during that drive for a total of 12 yards. Freshman Jesse Paterson also ran for a seven-yard gain, and sophomore Janeiro Wooten caught his first pass of the season, a 21-yarder that helped sustain the drive.
Wooten caught another pass, a 14-yarder, on the Hoyas' final drive that helped set up Bennett's second touchdown -- a 15-yarder from Paulus with 18 seconds remaining.
"It's tough," Bennett said. "This is the second year [in the Patriot League]. This is what coach brought us [underclassmen] here to do, to step up. We're not going to expect to take over the league in two years. We're going to fight through it and before you know it, we'll be right up there."