Washington, DC-October 15--Georgetown University employed a methodical, balanced offensive attack and an opportunistic defense to shut down Howard, 21-3 in a non-conference game at Greene Stadium. The win was the second straight for the Hoyas, who improved to 5-2 while the Bison (3-4) had their two-game win streak snapped.
The game featured two of the top defenses in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and the tone was set early when they played to a scoreless first quarter.
There were some mini drives and a few three and outs until Georgetown finally found some rhythm and put together a seven-play, 70-yard drive that was capped off with Nick Campanella's six-yard run at the 4:47 mark of the second quarter.
The 7-0 score stood up at halftime as the Bison offense continued to sputter and failed to pose any threat during its last two possessions of the half. Potential drives were aborted by penalties (12 for 92 yards) and miscues (four turnovers)
"We did not come out mentally prepared," explained Howard first year coach Gary Harrell. "We didn't play with a lot of energy and pride. Georgetown's defense shut down our offense. We have to give them credit. They played well."
Howard, which has made a habit of playing better in the second half of games this season, came out with more energy after intermission and forced a turnover deep in the Georgetown territory. But as has been the case through much of the season, mistakes at crucial points have proven to be a problem. This time, the Bison committed two penalties in the Res Zonethat stopped a potential touchdown, so they had to settle for a 29-yard Parker Munoz field goal that cut the deficit to 7-3 at the intermission.
"Against Savannah State, we made the plays that matter," said Coach Harrell. "Against FAMU, we made the plays. When we have opportunities like that, we have to take advantage of it. We can't make mistakes down there."
From there, both teams slugged it out with the defenses dictating play until the Hoyas put together the best drive of the day, traveling 81 yards on 12 plays, consuming almost five minutes off the clock and capping it off with an eight-yard flea flicker from Jeff Burke to Tucker Stafford.
"They put a lot of pressure on us early and it bothered us," said Georgetown Coach Kevin Kelley. "We started throwing some screens and it opened things up for us."
It seemed to take the wind out of the Bison sails as the Hoyas added another score following Howard's fourth turnover. Isaiah Kempf connected Wilbur Logan from four yards to close out the scoring.