Football - Sat, Nov. 26, 2011
The series between Georgetown College and University of
Saint Francis stayed with tradition as the host school won. The No. 3 Tigers
(12-0) defeated the No. 9 Cougars (9-3) 26-14 at Toyota Stadium in 2011 NAIA
Football Championship Series Quarterfinals. GC now waits to hear the pairings
for opponent and location of next Saturday's semifinal game. NAIA is set to
announce those later this evening.
Georgetown's defense thwarted one of the nation's top
offenses, including a huge fourth and goal from the one early in the second
quarter. The momentum shift did not result in a touchdown right away, but gave
the Tigers renewed energy.
Then a gamble deep in the Cougars own territory late in
the third all but sealed the game. With Georgetown up 10-0, former GC coach
Kevin Donley now at the helm of USF, rolled the dice on a fake punt from his
own 14 on fourth and 1. The special teams unit stayed at home and dropped Kyle
Mathewson for a loss of one.
The first play from scrimmage was a Neal Pawsat pass to
Chris Gohman for the touchdown and a three score lead, 17-0.
USF marched down the field for its first score of the day
just before the start of the fourth quarter, but the Tigers took the punch and
answered with a five-play, 83-yard score - Pawsat to Rob Maden.
USF scored another touchdown to pull within 10, but it
was too little too late. Georgetown drove the ball for nearly five minutes,
draining the clock to 2:41 and turning the ball over on downs on USF's
14-yardline. Two plays later, the Cougars bad snapped forced Justin Boser to
kick the ball out of the back of the endzone and the final score of the day.
USF had a solid stand deep in its territory early as the
game was deadlocked at zero. But GC coach Bill Cronin elected for the points
just before halftime and a 3-0 advantage. The Tigers first series in the second
half went 75 yards capped by Pawsat's strike to Rashad Mason and the 10-0 lead.