Oct. 24, 2015
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Georgetown University football team (4-4, 2-1 Patriot League) held the Bucknell University Bison (3-4, 0-2 Patriot League) scoreless in the second half to claim a 17-9 victory and spoil homecoming at Christy Mathewson – Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday afternoon.
Senior linebacker Matt Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) led the way with a career-high 18 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a half sack. Freshman safety Jethro Francois (Miami, Fla./Winter Haven/Victory Christian Academy), making his first career start, responded with 15 tackles, including a GU freshman record 11 solo tackles. Satchell and Francois combined for a sack to end a Bucknell drive late in the fourth quarter, as GU has held all three of its Patriot League opponents scoreless in the second half. Senior running back Jo’el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) rushed for a season-high 142 yards on 18 carries, including an 11-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give the Blue & Gray an eight-point advantage. The game’s final scoring drive, led by junior quarterback Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional), went 94-yards in 14-plays and took over five minutes off the clock.
Georgetown started the game quickly, when freshman defensive back Blaise Brown (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine[Loomis Chaffee]) made his first-career interception on Bucknell’s opening drive and returned it 51 yards to help set up the Hoyas first score. GU moved the ball inside the Bucknell 10 yard line, setting up junior placekicker Henry Darmstadter’s (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) eventual 22-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
The Bison responded on the ensuing drive, as junior quarterback R.J. Nitti plunged in from the one yard line to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive. Bucknell missed the extra point, putting the Hoyas in a 6-3 hole with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./B ranford [Choate Rosemary Hall]) drove GU into Bison territory quickly, but a sack and chop block penalty on consecutive plays threatened to stall the drive. But on the next play, Nolan found junior wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) on a 40-yard touchdown pass to take a 10-6 lead to end the first quarter. Hill finished with five catches for a game-high 114 yards.
Bucknell cut the GU lead to one, taking advantage of a GU turnover on downs with a 38-yard field goal by John Burdick to make the score 10-9 with 6:24 left in the half. Burdick would miss, wide right, on a 37-yard attempt with two seconds left in the second quarter.
The Bison drove inside the GU 30 yard line during its first drive of the second half, but the defense tightened and senior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside[N.C.]) broke up a fourth down pass attempt in the end zone to force a turnover on downs. It was one of Scott’s three pass breakups on the game.
Barnes engineered a 94-yard drive that began with just under four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Barnes completed three third down passes before Kimpela rushed for an 11-yard touchdown. Georgetown’s defense stood strong, forcing a pair of three-and-out possessions the first two times Bucknell had the ball in the fourth quarter. The Bison drove into GU territory with just under three minutes remaining in the game, but a pass breakup from senior cornerback Cameron Gamble (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) and a sack from Satchell and Francois caused a turnover on downs.
On BU’s final possession, a sack by senior defensive end Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and a pass breakup from Scott set up a fourth down and 18 at their own 16 yard line, seemingly ending the game. But Bucknell quarterback R.J. Nitti gave the home team hope with a 59-yard completion to Matthew Jegede, setting up first down in GU territory. The defense tightened again, as junior defensive end Phil Novacki (Great Falls, Va./Langley) sacked Nitti and Brown broke up a fourth down pass into the end zone to give the Hoyas a 17-9 victory.
NOTES: Matt Satchell’s 18 total tackles and 13 solo tackles are both tied for the third highest single-game total in program history. The last two Hoyas to register 18 tackles are Nick Alfieri last season against Lehigh and Patrick O’Donnell in 2009 against Colgate. The last GU player to register 13 or more solo tackles is Andrew Clarke, who had 15 in 2002.