Oct. 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (2-6, 0-3 Patriot League) and Bucknell Bison (6-1, 2-0 Patriot League) traded scores throughout Saturday afternoon, but the Hoyas could not answer the Bison's final touchdown, falling 22-17 during Homecoming on the Hilltop at Multi-Sport Field.
Trailing within the last minute, the Blue & Gray gave themselves one final chance as junior defensive end Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) blocked a punt in Bison territory. The deflected ball would touch a Hoya player and be recovered by the Bison to seal the loss.
Junior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 11-of-26 passes for 191 and a touchdown, while rushing for 20 yards and another score. Sophomore tight end Matthew Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph) finished with four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) and senior safety John Egan (Atlanta, Ga./The Westminster School (Ga.)) led the team with 12 tackles, while senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) had one sack and junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) had an interception and two pass breakups for the defense.
The Bison struck first, using 17 plays to drive 97 yards, as C.J. Williams rushed in from the three-yard line for the score early in the second quarter. A missed extra point put GU behind 6-0 with 9:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Nolan and the Hoyas answered quickly, as he found Buckman, who caught a pass over the middle and outran the Bucknell defense to the end zone for a 67-yard score. GU took a 7-6 lead after the converted extra point with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter.
Bucknell's Nick O'Brien intercepted a pass deep in Georgetown territory. The Hoyas defense kept the Bison out of the end zone, as Scott broke up a pass on third down forced a 20-yard field goal, that Derek Maurer hit, to give Bucknell at 9-7 lead with 12:07 remaining in the first half.
A 43-yard kick-off return from Daniel Wright (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) gave the Blue & Gray strong field position. Nolan went to work bringing GU in range for a 34-yard field goal from sophomore placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Fairfax, Va./George Mason), to put the Hoyas back in front 10-9 with 9:15 left in the second quarter.
The Bison regained the lead on the following possession, driving 79-yards on six plays, capped by another Williams' touchdown run to take a 16-10 going into halftime.
Late in the third quarter Nolan completed a 55-yard bomb down the sideline to sophomore wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour). Two plays later, in the fourth quarter, Nolan rushed for a five-yard touchdown to put the Hoyas back in front, 17-16, with 14:56 remaining in the game.
Midway through the final quarter, R.J. Nitti found Will Carter down the right sideline for a 22-yard touchdown pass with 7:03 remaining in the game to vault the Bison back in front. A failed two-point conversion kept the Hoyas within five points at 22-17. Neither GU nor Bucknell could move the ball the rest of the way, with the Hoyas even blocking a punt with less than a minute remaining in the game. After touching a Georgetown player, the Bison recovered and ran the remaining time off the clock to spoil Homecoming on the Hilltop
The Hoyas would block a punt with under two minutes remaining in the game, but it would touch a GU player before being recovered by Bucknell. The Bison kneeled out the remaining 20-seconds, as GU fell 22-17.
NOTES: Saturday was Friends of Jaclyn Day on the Hilltop as Elijah Davis and Jackson Dundon served as honorary captains and were recognized at halftime. The Georgetown football team adopted Elijah and Jackson during a "Signing Day" ceremony in April and have welcomed the inspirational youngsters to games and team events since.