Georgetown Unable to Overcome Late Interception Return in 24-21 Loss to Bucknell

Oct. 16, 2010

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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown football team (3-4, 2-2 Patriot League) could not overcome a late Bucknell interception return for a touchdown, falling to the Patriot League rival Bison (1-5, 1-0 Patriot League), 24-21 on Saturday afternoon in front of 2,821 at Multi-Sport Field.

The loss is the Hoyas second in a row, and drops them to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League, while Bucknell earns its first win of the season to improve to 1-5 and 1-0 in the league.

Senior linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) finished with 10 tackles, giving him 302 career tackles. Parrish is the first Hoya to surpass the 300 career tackles. Senior linebacker Patrick O'Donnell (Media, Pa./Penncrest) had 3.5 tackles, including two for loss. Sophomore quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) completed 18-of-34 passes for 252 with two touchdown passes, but the costly fourth quarter interception dimmed the otherwise bright performance.

The Bison struck first, taking advantage of a Georgetown miscue to break a scoreless tie in the second quarter. A snap over the head of punter Matt MacZura and the resulting negative four yard punt gave the Bison the ball at the Hoyas 46 yard line. Tyler Smith would cap a seven play, 46 yard drive with a seven yard run into the end zone to put Bucknell in front 7-0 after Alex Eckard's extra point.

Georgetown received a break of their own five minutes later as senior defensive lineman ShaBazz Kelton (New Brunswick, N.J./New Brunswick) recovered a fumble at the Bison 13 yard line. Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) threw a 10 yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver John O'Leary (Stamford, Conn./Trinity Catholic), tying the score at seven after Brett Weiss's extra point.

Before the half, Bucknell added another touchdown as Brandon Wesley threw a 14 yard touchdown pass to Victor Walker. Eckard's point after gave the Bison a 14-7 lead going into the half.

The Hoyas answered in the second half as Kempf would connect with Patrick Ryan (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) on a 32 yard score, to complete a four play 72 yard drive with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter, tying the score at 14. The Hoyas received a large chunk of yardage on the drive when Kempf found Dalen Claytor (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody) who turned the short pass into a 33 yard gain.

The Bison regained the lead quickly, after Smith returned a kick 76 yards to the Hoyas 13 yard line. Georgetown's defense tightened up, allowing just three yards, but Eckard converted a 26 yard field goal to take a 17-14 lead.

Kempf went back to work in the fourth quarter, moving the ball down the field as Kenneth Furlough (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) made two catches for 20 yards during the drive. Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) flashed the Hoyas big play ability catching a Kempf pass over the middle and taking it 43 yards into the end zone to put the Hoyas in front 21-17.

After forcing Bucknell to punt, Georgetown would regain possession at their own 10 yard line with a chance to put the game away, but Sean Rafferty intercepted Kempf's pass and ran untouched into the end zone from the 12 yard line to put the Bison in front, 24-21, the eventual final score.

Georgetown will travel to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 23. They will not return home to Multi-Sport Field until Saturday, November 13 when they take on Lehigh at 1 p.m.



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