RAPID RECAP: Bison Down Hoyas in Defensive Struggle

Celebrating Senior Day on a chilly evening at Cooper Field, the Georgetown football team (3-7, 0-5 Patriot League) dropped its seventh consecutive loss, falling 21-7 to the Bucknell Bison (4-6, 3-2 Patriot League).

Both offenses struggled early in the game, with neither team scoring in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Clay Norris, who made his second straight start for the Hoyas under center, threw an interception on the team’s second drive on a high pass looking for senior receiver Justin Hill. Georgetown punted on four of its first five possessions, tallying only three first downs in the first half.

Meanwhile, Bucknell’s large offensive line of seniors paved the way for junior running back Joey DeFloria to pound the ball on the ground. Standout senior wideout Will Carter also made several catches on the perimeter, but the Bison’s offense struggled to convert its initial yardage into points, twice stalling deep in Hoya territory.

Just before halftime, the Bison finally broke the ice with a 12-play, 67-yard drive capped by a 14-yard DeFloria touchdown run to make the score 7-0.

Norris made his second mistake of the game early in the second half, attempting to throw the ball away but not lofting it enough to reach the sideline. Bucknell’s Bryan Marine managed to snag the interception while barely keeping his feet inbounds, giving his team the ball at the Georgetown 32. The Bison would capitalize with a 1-yard touchdown run to extend their lead to 14-0.

However, the Hoya offense managed to respond quickly. Justin Hill shed his defender, caught a pass near the sideline, and turned upfield for a 29-yard reception, the team’s longest pass play in three weeks. On the very next play, Norris found junior wide receiver Jim McLaughlin in the corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown to suddenly cut the deficit in half, 14-7.

On the ensuing Bucknell drive, junior defensive back Jelani Williamson anticipated his receiver’s route and jumped in front of a pass, but dropped what surely would have been a pick-six as there were no players in front of him. He ripped his helmet off in frustration, causing a penalty and an automatic first down.

The defense clamped down on that drive, but the missed opportunity and lost momentum haunted the Hoyas, who were unable to score for the remainder of the game. DeFloria ran for his second touchdown on the day with two minutes left to make it 21-7 and end Georgetown’s comeback hopes.

Bucknell outperformed Georgetown in several statistical categories, most notably time of possession, where the Bison held a nearly 2-to-1 edge. The Hoyas also continued their season-long third down struggles, converting just 3 of 12. Norris finished with 157 yards through the air, while junior running back Alex Valles added 40 on the ground.

Georgetown will play its season finale in New York against Colgate on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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