Oct. 1, 2011
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Georgetown University (3-2, 1-1 Patriot League) football team made a valiant comeback effort in the second half, but it was too little too late, as they fell to Bucknell (4-1, 1-0 Patriot League) 35-18, on a rainy afternoon at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium on the campus of Bucknell.
After falling behind 28-0, the Hoyas got a 19-yard touchdown reception from sophomore WR Jamal Davis (North Lauderdale, Fla./Coral Springs) with less than 30 seconds remaining in the first half, then got a 24 yard Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) field goal and a four-yard Kenneth Furlough (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) touchdown reception to close the game to 10-points, at 28-18 midway through the third quarter.
A 55 yard Brandon Wesley touchdown pass to Frank DeNick and two costly GU turnovers put a halt to the Hoyas momentum, sealing a 35-18 Bison victory.
Davis had a career-high 10 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown to lead the Hoyas offense, while junior QB Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) completed 24-of-41 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns, but two interceptions.
Georgetown's defense was led by junior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) who had 13 tackles, while senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) had a sack and an interception in the loss.
Bucknell took control of the game early, as Josh Eden recovered a GU fumble at the Hoyas 16, scoring scoring six plays later on a Wesley one-yard run.
In the second quarter, the Bison scored the first three touchdowns, including two long Wesley passes to take a 28-0 lead.
The Hoyas offense came to life after Bucknell's fourth touchdown, as Kempf completed a pass to senior WR Patrick Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) to get across midfield, before going to Davis on three straight passes, including a 19 yard touchdown, to go into halftime trailing 28-7.
The Blue & Gray carried the momentum into the third quarter, as Schaetzke intercepted the first pass of the half and returned it eight yards to the Bucknell 15 yard line. Though the Hoyas would settle for a 24 yard field goal from Weiss.
On a Georgetown punt, freshman Nick Alfieri (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth) got down field and recovered the Bison fumble to give GU the ball at the Bucknell 14. The Hoyas were again pushed to fourth down, but Kempf threw a high-pass to the back of the end zone and Furlough out-jumped two defensive backs to come down with his first touchdown of the season, to bring GU within 10 points, at 28-18, with over eight minutes left in the third quarter.
Bucknell struck on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Wesley found DeNick on a 41 yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach at 35-18, the eventual final score. GU was intercepted twice, while Georgetown's defense also kept Bucknell from putting anymore points on the board.
Georgetown will look to rebound, as the Hoyas travel to Staten Island, N.Y. for its Saturday, October 8 game with Wagner. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. with all of the action to be available live on Georgetown's official athletic website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the play-by-play.