By: Bijan Bayne
Georgetown and Columbia competed in the Lou Little Cup on Saturday. And after trailing by as much as 23-0 in the final quarter, the Hoyas fell to Columbia, 23-15.
The loss dropped the Hoyas’ record to 1-3, and the Lions remain undefeated at 2-0. Georgetown’s offense struggled right out of the gate. Quarterback Gunther Johnson coughed up the football in the first quarter, which led to a Columbia field goal.
A few minutes later, Lions quarterback Dillon Davis helped Columbia get off to a 10-0 lead by throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to receiver Ronald Smith, who went up to snag a 50-50 ball.
In the second quarter, the crowd came alive when Hoyas linebacker Wes Bowers picked off a tipped pass. But late in the first half, Lions linebacker Justin Woodley tipped Johnson’s deep pass, which led to an interception by safety Landon Baty.
In the third quarter, the Lions scored two field goals to increase the lead to 16-0. At this point, the Hoyas’ offense was stagnant. Entering the final quarter, Georgetown’s offense averaged a meager 2.92 yards per play.
And when Lions quarterback Ty Lenhart plunged for a score early in the fourth quarter, Columbia increased its lead to 23-0.
As the fourth progressed, Georgetown showed signs of life. Receiver Brandon Williams made a diving 33-yard reception on a fourth-and-two, providing a first-and-goal scenario. That culminated in a one-yard touchdown run by running back Jay Tolliver with 8:35 to play. And Johnson converted on a two-point conversion with a throw to tight end Isaac Schley, which sliced the lead 23-8.
During Georgetown’s next possession, Johnson threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to receiver Williams to cut the lead to 23-15. The Hoyas had a chance to make a comeback. However, Columbia ruined it by collecting a sack on fourth-and-goal. Unfortunately, the Hoyas were out of timeouts with 1:46 left to play, so Columbia milked the clock to end the game.
Georgetown only amassed 253 yards of total offense. And Columbia finished with 325 yards. Gunther threw for 228 yards to go along with a touchdown and an interception. But the Hoyas only collected 25 rushing yards. The Hoyas’ defense, however, registered three interceptions. But that wasn’t enough to help out their offense.
Next, Georgetown will travel to Providence, Rhode Island, to go head-to-head with Brown University on Saturday, September 29.