Bjonerud's Field Goal with 15 Seconds Left Lifts Georgetown Past Bucknell, 20-17
Oct. 20, 2007
Lewisburg, Pa. - - Senior Eric Bjonerud (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) had been in these situations before. As a matter of fact, he had been in this exact situation, against the same opponent and in the same end of the field just two years before.
Tied at 17-all, the Georgetown kicker faced a 38-yard field goal attempt that would not only give the Hoyas a 20-17 win, it would help GU seal its first win of the season, the first Patriot League win of the season and end an eight-game losing streak dating back to last year.
Bjonerud's kick, with a strong wind to his back, was straight and true and the Hoyas stopped Bucknell on a last second attempt to pull out a 20-17 win over the Bison in front of 6,084 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
Bucknell had tied the game at 17-all on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Marcello Trigg to Steve Pasternak, but the Bison's squib kick was stopped by freshman Paul Sant'Ambrogio (Bloomfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) at the Georgetown 41-yard line. Senior quarterback Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wis./Port Edwards) completed four-straight passes - first to senior Kyle Van Fleet (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock) for 21 yards, then to sophomore Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) for two yards, to Van Fleet for another 11 and then to junior Sidney Baker (Atlanta, Ga./Booker T. Washington) for four yards - as the Hoyas moved to the 21-yard line. With 15 seconds on the clock and Georgetown facing a second down with no timeouts, the Hoyas kicked the field goal and held on for the win.
Georgetown had taken a 17-10 lead late in the fourth quarter when Bassuener ran it in from one-yard out, capping a 14-play, 80-yard drive that ate up 5:30 on the clock. The Hoyas moved the ball confidently down the field, with Bassuener completing all 10 of his passes for 65 yards to five different receivers.
Tied at 10 at the half, the teams traded possession in the third quarter. Georgetown had the ball first and Bassuener was intercepted, but the defense forced the Bison to punt after three plays. The Hoyas drove on the next possession and had the ball inside the 30-yard line, but for the first time in four attempts, could not convert on fourth down and turned the ball over. Bucknell once again had the ball, but Georgetown forced a punt before the drive to take the 17-10 lead.
The Hoyas won the toss but deferred to the second half and was able to stop Bucknell on a fourth-and-one from the Georgetown 47-yard line on the game's opening drive. GU took over and Bassuener led the Blue and Gray on a 12-play, 44-yard drive that was capped by a six-yard run from freshman running back Alex Carroll (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park). Twice during the drive, the Hoyas converted on fourth down situations, first when the signal caller connected with senior Brent Craft (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) on a seven-yard pass that moved GU to the Bucknell 19-yard line, and then on a four-yard keeper.
After trading possessions, Bucknell had possession and moved to the Georgetown five-yard line after Rashod Bumpers ran for eight yards, but the Hoya defense stopped the Bison three times and forced the hosts to settle for three points. A 22-yard field goal from Will Carney made the score 7-3.
Georgetown was driving on its next possession and had moved into Bucknell territory when Bassuener fumbled, turning the ball over. The defensive unit, however, stopped Bucknell and forced a punt. Taking over at its own 20-yard line, Bassuener completed a pair of passes to Lane - one for 13 yards - and Carroll picked up 18 yards as the Hoyas moved to the Bucknell 48-yard line. Bassuener found Van Fleet for a 12-yard completion and then seven-straight running plays picked up 23 yards and found the Hoyas at the Bucknell nine-yard line. Three passes went incomplete and Georgetown settled for a 25-yard field goal from Bjonerud, taking a 10-3 lead with 58 seconds left on the clock before halftime.
Bucknell's A.J. Kizekai returned the ensuing punt 35 yards to its own 42-yard line and quarterback Marcello Trigg completed three-straight passes - first to Steve Pasternack for 20 yards, then to Cale Cadman for 11 and another to Kizekai for 11 - as the Bison moved to the 16-yard line. The Hoyas pressured Trigg on the first two downs and passes fell incomplete, and the third down pass in the corner of the endzone was tipped by senior defensive back Kevin Cherepski (Carteret, N.J./Carteret), but Pasternak caught it before falling to the ground with five seconds left, tying the game at 10-10 heading into halftime.
Bassuener completed 35-of-46 passes for 240 yards, while Van Fleet had nine catches for 88 yards to lead a receiving corps that had eight different players catch passes. Bassuener also had 14 carries for 64 yards and Carroll finished with 20 carries for 56 yards.
Georgetown plays the second of three-straight road games on Saturday, October 27, visiting Patriot League foe Lehigh. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at Goodman Stadium.