DetailsEASTON, Pa. (10/11/14) _ Ross Scheuerman ran for three touchdowns as Lafayette outlasted Georgetown, 24-21. The Leopards, who gave up 282 rushing yards, employed strong special teams play, blocking a field goal and later using a long punt return to tie the game just before halftime.
Lafayette received the ball to start the third quarter. A 10-play, 55- yard drive over 4:03 set up the first chance for the Leopards to take the lead. Blake Searfoss completed passes to Matt Mrazek and Rocco Palumbo to move the Maroon and White across the 50-yard line. Two plays later, Searfoss scrambled to get a first down and wound up putting the Leopards inside the 20. A swing pass to Scheuerman advanced the ball to the three-yard line. Lafayette settled for a Ryan Gralish 25-yard field goal to lead 17-14.
The Hoyas re-took the lead, putting together a nine-play, 55-yard drive early in the fourth quarter. Kyle Nolan hit Justin Hill for a six-yard touchdown pass to give the Hoyas a 21-17 margin with 8:44 left in the game.
Needing to score and run time off the clock, the Lafayette offense took over at its own 37 after a short kick-off. Searfoss completed four passes on the drive, the final to Brian Keller on a wheel route for a 16-yard gain to five-yard line. Keller's grab followed a pass interference penalty that put Lafayette 1st-and-10 at the 21-yard line. Scheuerman's third score of the day handed Lafayette a three-point advantage with 5:24 left.
The Lafayette defense was up to the task when the team needed it most late in the fourth quarter. Daniel Wright, who finished the game with 106 rushing yards, took the Hoyas to the Lafayette 46 with a 24-yard run before the Leopards made their stand. Jo_el Kimpela followed with a five-yard gain and a four-yard carry that left Georgetown 3rd-and-1 at the Lafayette 37. On the next play, Shane Dorner Shane Dorner stopped Kimpela for no gain. On 4th-and-1, Kimpela was met by a host of tacklers, including Steve Mercado and Draeland James, who stopped Kimpela close to the first down. The officials brought out the chains which showed Georgetown was short. The Hoyas turned the ball over on downs. A Phil Parham interception on a final Georgetown possession sealed the victory.
Final Score: Lafayette 24, Georgetown 21