1. A Bad Loss. No sugarcoating necessary, this was a bad loss to one of few winnable opponents on the 2017 schedule. Where
Georgetown was able to compensate for a weak offensive
showing by Campbell
with a strong defensive showing and a pair of critical turnovers, the Hoyas
could do neither with Marist.
Giving credit where due: Marist is a good defensive team, but this is the Pioneer League and
should have better offensive weaponry than it does. But it does not. Despite a senior-heavy lineup, Georgetown is a slow,
reactive offense whose play calling in recent years is predictable and often under
performing. It's why teams like Harvard and Fordham seemed to key off the Hoyas
in early game series last year.
From 2001 to 2016, the Hoyas have placed just two selections to the first team all-Patriot league team, but Luke McArdle was a MAAC era recruit and Jeremy Moore was a return specialist. Put another way, not a single back, lineman, or receiver recruited since 2000 has made a list that Colgate, Fordham, and Lehigh have a combined 141 selections during that same period.
Either Georgetown has to recruit better or play better to avoid the kind of slide it faced last season (dropping its last eight) or what may befall them beginning Saturday against Columbia. The Lions collapsed in the second half of a game last year at Cooper Field that they should have won, but it was the last win for the Hoyas. This is a markedly better Lion team this year and year three of the Al Bagnoli era at
is set to produce results. Morningside Heights
Even if we concede
Georgetown is not going to win seven or eight games this
season, and we do, the offense has to put the team in position to contend. It
wasn't there against Campbell
and it sure wasn't there against Marist, even with last minute hopes. Georgetown
needs a much better game plan, and much better execution in the next three
weeks to keep the 2017 season from sliding off the page altogether. History
doesn't suggest this (GU is 6-30-1 all time vs. Ivy schools) but that's why
they play the game.
Bottom line: this is not the same
Columbia team of the past two seasons. Is
this the same Georgetown
2. The Little Things. Coaches dread film sessions like this, because one or two plays may have made the difference. OK, I'll discuss three:
--Brad Hurst's blocked PAT. Never underestimate the power of special teams. The
game plan changed from 14-7 to 14-6, and whereas the Hoyas might have been able
to tie the score and drive for the game winning points at the end of the game,
they were playing from behind all afternoon thereafter.
--Third and 1 at the Marist 49: With 2:53 to play, a stop here leaves the Hoyas one time out and roughly two minutes to drive down the field. Failing on this stop eats up the remaining timeout and nearly two minutes of the clock. The net difference was a mere two yards for the remainder of the series, but the loss of time proved fatal.
--The final drive: With 15 seconds to go, no timeouts, and the clock stopped,
needed a big play to make a difference. Instead, a three yard dump-off set up
the Hoyas to clock the next down and have one chance for the end zone.
3. The Only Game In Town. Unlikely as it may sound, ESPN College Gameday is broadcasting this week from
That's received a lot of grief from the chattering class, given that such events seem best suited to places like
or State College or Chapel Hill. ESPN hasn't
exactly said why this is the case (it may be a cost cutting move even with the
costs of Times Square) but in any event, they won't be in front of a
stadium this week. In fact, there is only one football game in the city that day.
So, no, ESPN is not going to bring out headgear for Lee Corso to pick the winner of the game, although Jack the Bulldog would look great on him as opposed to, say, Roar-ee the Lion. But it would offer an opportunity, however brief, for the sports information folks at both schools to get in a reference (or two) that these two schools are playing this week amidst all the other talk of a three hour show.
In short, give them something to talk about. And about that headgear....