Despite a career day from redshirt sophomore receiver Jamal Davis and a near comeback, the Georgetown football team (3-2, 1-1 Patriot League) dropped a tough game to Bucknell (4-1, 1-0 Patriot League), 35-18, Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa.
The Hoyas never recovered from a slow start, falling behind, 28-0, with just under a minute remaining in the first half due in part to two long touchdown passes from Bucknell sophomore quarterback Brandon Wesley. The Hoyas, however, gained a glimmer of hope thanks to Davis’s 19-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Isaiah Kempf with 27 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Hoyas emerged from the locker room on fire to start the second half, as senior defensive lineman Andrew Schaetzke intercepted Wesley’s first pass of the half and returned it eight yards to the Bison’s 15-yard line. They failed to make it to the end zone, but senior kicker Brett Weiss knocked in a 24-yard field goal. On their next drive, the Hoyas punted after a three-and-out, but freshman Nick Alfieri hustled downfield to recover the football. Kempf went up high to junior receiver Kenneth Furlough on fourth down for a four-yard touchdown. After a successful two-point conversion, the Hoyas closed the gap to 28-18 with eight minutes left in the third quarter.
After riding high to start the second half, the Hoyas offense could not get anything going for the remainder of the game. Although the defensive play improved significantly in the second frame, a 55-yard touchdown pass from Wesley put Bucknell ahead, 35-18, just 10 seconds into the fourth quarter. The Bison’s secondary then intercepted Kempf twice later in the fourth, sealing the victory for Bucknell.
Davis led the Hoya offense with a career high 10 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. Junior linebacker Robert McCabe highlighted the Hoyas’ defense with 13 tackles, including one tackle for a loss.
The Hoyas will travel to Staten Island next Saturday to take on Wagner (1-4, 1-2 Northeast Conference). Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
– Matt Carlucci