NEW HAVEN, Conn. – QB Patrick Witt plowed over the goal line from one-yard out on the game’s final play as Yale opened the 2010 season with a 40-35 win over Georgetown at Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field.
Witt’s game-winning score capped a 10-play, 64-yard drive over the last 1:27 to give the Bulldogs (1-0) the comeback victory over the Hoyas (2-1). The junior QB, who completed 35 of 55 passes for 407 yards and two scores, went 4-for-6 with 46 yards on the final drive. WR Gio Christodoulou, who had a game and career-high nine grabs for 124 yards, had three catches for 29 yards on the winning drive.
“We repped this in practice all pre-season and were confident in our two-minute drill,” said Christodoulou, who also returned two punts. “We did it like we always do in practice.”
Yale RB Alex Thomas gained three important first downs on the final possession. He finished with three TDS, two rushing and one receiving, while totaling 161 yards. Thomas caught six passes for 71 yards and ran for 90 more.
The Elis, who had two field goals blocked and botched the hold on a PAT, outgained the Hoyas 543 to 443 in total yards while converting 10 of 18 third downs. Yale had 12 more first downs than Georgetown, which was led by Scott Darby’s impressive (24-for-47, 340 yards) passing day. Darby connected with receiver Keerome Lawrence eight times for 129 yards.
Yale junior LB Jordan Haynes led all tacklers with 10 solos, but the biggest defensive play in the game came from sophomore LB Will McHale in the fourth quarter. The Hoyas were deep in Yale territory when McHale stepped in front of a third-down Darby pass at the three yard line to keep the Bulldogs within reach.
The home team took a 27-14 lead into the half but Jeremy Moore took the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a TD to cut the lead to six before Jayah Kaisamba picked off a Witt pass. Lawrence’s two-yard run at 12:48 of the third quarter put the visitors ahead until the game’s last snap.