Fourth-quarter surge gives Georgetown its first Homecoming win since 2006

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Georgetown football capped off Homecoming weekend with a thrilling 17-7 win against the defending Patriot League champion Holy Cross, its first against the Crusaders since 1999.

In what seems to be a recurring theme this season, the Hoyas rallied to victory behind a second-half comeback after a stagnant start. (Neither team scored in the first half.)

The second half opened ominously after junior quarterback Scott Darby fumbled, which following a six-play drive that began on the Georgetown 41-yard line, allowed Holy Cross to convert its only score of the day.

The Hoyas took the lead later in the half after Darby and senior wideout Keerome Lawrence, who had eight catches for the second straight week, led Georgetown into the red zone, where senior running back Philip Oladeji punched it in from seven yards out.

Darby, who finished with 191 yards in the air and 98 on the ground, then found John O’Leary in the back of the end zone to give the Hoyas some breathing room and a 17-7 advantage after an electric 22-yard run from Lawrence off a direct snap.

The Georgetown defense, which had allowed over 500 yards of total offense against in each of the last two weeks, held Holy Cross to just 262 yards and 5-16 on third down conversions.

The Hoyas (3-1, 2-0 Patriot League) will look to move to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since joining Division 1-AA when they face Colgate next weekend.

Photos: Julianne Deno

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