Oct. 3, 2009
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Georgetown took an early lead on a pair of first half field goals, but Bucknell scored two touchdowns in the second half en route to a 14-6 win over the Hoyas in front of 1,860 fans at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium in Patriot League football action Saturday afternoon.
It was the fifth-straight loss this season, and the sixth dating back to last season, for Georgetown, who falls to 0-5 overall and -3 in the Patriot League. Bucknell improves to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
Leading 6-0 at the half, Bucknell forced Georgetown to punt on the team's first possession of the second half. The teams would trade possessions until the end of the quarter when, after GU's third punt of the period, Bucknell took over at its own 33-yard line. A 7-play, 67-yard drive was capped by a 2-yard run from C.J. Hopson, giving the Bison a 7-6 lead.
The Hoyas forced Bucknell to punt on the opening drive of the fourth quarter, but freshman quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Ariz. / Oaks Christian-Bridgton) was intercepted by Ahkiel White just over the 50-yard line, giving the Bison the ball back. Ten plays later, Hopson ran it in again - this time from four yards out - and the Bison took a 14-6 lead.
Georgetown had two more possessions in the fourth quarter, but the first ended in a punt and the second, which started with a minute left in the game, ended in an interception.
Georgetown had jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the half after a pair of field goals from senior kicker Jose-Pablo Buerba (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep). After Bucknell moved to the Georgetown 31-yard line on the game's opening drive, the Hoya defense contained the Bison and forced a turnover on downs. Kempf led the Hoyas on a 12-play, 45-yard drive that ate up 6:48 and was capped by Buerba's 41-yard kick.
During the drive, senior slot Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) had two carries for 21 yards, including a 14-yard gain, and Kempf completed 3-of-3 passes for 27 yards, highlighted by a 19-yard catch from sophomore Jeremiah Kayal (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills).
Georgetown forced a turnover on the next Bucknell possession, with Bison running back Marcello Trigg fumbling and senior defensive end Chudi Obianwu (Southampton, N.J./Bishop Eustace) recovering the ball at the 20-yard line.
A pair of runs from junior Phillip Oladeji (Plano, Texas/Plano East), one for 8 yards and another for 3, respectively, and a 6-yard gain from Lane offset a sack and a penalty as the drive stopped at the 10-yard line. A 27-yard field goal from Buerba with 14:49 to play gave the Hoyas a 6-0 lead.
The defense continued to hold Bucknell in check throughout the first half - allowing only 90 yards in total offense. After forcing the Bison to punt following the field goal, Georgetown took possession deep in their own territory at the 5-yard line. A 2-yard run from Oladeji and a 16-yard scamper from Lane gave the Hoyas some breathing room and Kempf - who completed 6-of-8 passes for 75 yards - took control as the offense moved deep into Bucknell territory. A 34-yard completion to Lane moved the Hoyas to the Bucknell 47-yard line and an 11-yard pass to Kayal pulled GU to within the 40. Facing a 4th-down-and-6, Kempf threw a 6-yard pass to Lane to keep the drive going. A holding penalty forced Georgetown to a 3rd-and-17, but after an 11-yard completion to sophomore wide receiver Dishon Hughes (Richardson, Texas/JJ Pearce), Kempf was sacked as the Hoyas attempted to convert a 4th-down-and-6 and the drive ended.
Georgetown remains on the road next week, continuing Patriot League action when the team visits Lehigh. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa. Live audio of next week's game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing all of the action.