Comeback Falls Short for Georgetown as Bucknell Tops Hoyas, 27-24

Oct. 18, 2008

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Washington, D.C. - Bucknell came back from a 10-point halftime deficit and took advantage of two Georgetown turnovers in the second half en route to a 27-24 win in a Patriot League football game on Saturday in front of 1,975 fans at the Multi-Sport Field. The loss, the fifth-straight for the Blue and Gray, drops Georgetown's record to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the Patriot League. Bucknell is now 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

The Hoyas led 17-7 late in the first half, but Bucknell scored late in the second quarter to narrow the gap. After the teams traded possessions in the third quarter, Bucknell kept the ball on the ground nine times (51 yards) during a 13-play, 79-yard drive that ate up 7:13 and concluded with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Marcello Trigg to Shaun Pasternak, giving Bucknell a 20-17 lead. Georgetown had possession heading into the fourth quarter, but a fumble on its own 16-yard line gave Bucknell possession in the red zone. After a pair of rushes for a loss of two yards, Trigg completed a 15-yard pass to Pasternak, giving the Bison a 27-17 lead.

Georgetown did not go down quietly, as freshman quarterback James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) engineered a 10-play, 66-yard drive that was capped on a beautiful five-yard pass to senior tight end Collin Meador (Lyndhurst, Ohio/St. Ignatius Prep), narrowing the gap to 27-24.

The defense forced Bucknell to punt after three plays and Georgetown was able to move the ball to near midfield, but the drive stalled and Brady's pass attempt on fourth down to freshman Chance Logan (Kingston, R.I./Kingstown) fell incomplete.

The day did not start in good fashion for the Hoyas, as Bucknell needed only two plays and less than a minute on the clock to take a lead. After A.J. Kizekai ran for eight yards on the opening play of the game, Andrew Lair found a hole on the right side and ran 58 yards for a score, giving the Bison a 7-0 lead with 14:13 to play in the quarter. Georgetown responded immediately, taking the next drive 82 yards on six plays over 2:52, tying the game at 7-all on a 39-yard run from sophomore quarterback Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse).

The game was started by Brady, who completed an eight-yard pass to junior Rick Cosgrove (Chalfont, Pa./LaSalle College) and a three-yard pass to Logan before freshman back Keion Wade (East Orange, N.J./East Orange) moved into Bucknell territory with a 28-yard run. Brady completed a five-yard pass to Lawrence before the 6-1 quarterback from Connecticut broke free in the middle of the field for his scoring run.

The teams traded possessions over the remainder of the first quarter, but Georgetown took a 10-7 lead on a 31-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Jose-Pablo Buerba (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep), capping a nine play, 52-yard drive. During the drive, Brady completed 3-of-4 passes for 46 yards, including a 34-yard strike to Cosgrove on the opening play of the drive. The Hoya defense came up big and stopped Bucknell after the Bison had moved to the 37-yard line, forcing a punt. Lawrence scored on another big run - this time from 37 yards out - as Georgetown extended its lead to 10 points, 17-7.

Wade gained four yards on the first play, followed by a three-yard gain from Brady. On third down, Brady threw a 10-yard pass to Wade and then followed that up with a five-yard gain. After Wade ran for three, Brady moved the Hoyas into Bucknell territory with an 18-yard pass to senior Collin Meador (Lyndhurst, Ohio/St. Ignatius Prep). Lawrence followed with his 17-yard run. The 17-7 lead was the first time the Hoyas had led by 10 points since a 21-10 lead over Fordham during the 2006 season and it was the team's first halftime lead since a 7-0 advantage over Marist in November 2007.

Georgetown finished with 364 yards in total offense, Brady completed 19-of-31 passes for 155 yards and Lawrence had nine carries for 87 yards and two scores. Junior linebacker Chris Rau (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) had a game-high 14 tackles and senior defensive end Ataefiok Etukeren (Phoenix, Ariz./Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) had 12 tackles, one tackle-for-loss and one sack.

Georgetown visits eighth-ranked Richmond next weekend. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.



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