LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Georgetown University football team fell, 12-0, at Bucknell University on Saturday afternoon in a Patriot League matchup at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 1-9 overall and 0-5 in league play, while the Bison improve to 5-5 on the season and 2-3 in conference action.
Gunther Johnson (Anthem, Ariz./Boulder Creek/Arizona) led the offense with 246 total yards of offense. He rushed for a career-long 131 yards on 23 carries, and completed 11 passes for 79 yards. Michel Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass./Williston Northampton) was his favorite target, catching five passes for a team-high 35 yards.
Wesley Bowers (Fort Washington, Md./Bishop McNamara) led the defense with a game-high 10 tackles, while David Akere (Carrolton, Texas/Hebron) added nine. Brad Hurst (Helen, Ga./White County) punted nine times, averaging 39.3 yards per kick, and pinned Bucknell inside its 20-yard line three times.
The Hoya defense was strong from the beginning, allowing just 50 yards of offense in the first quarter and 46 yards in the second quarter, forcing three three-and-out possessions in the first half.
Johnson provided most of Georgetown's offense in the opening 30 minutes, rushing for 144 yards on 13 carries. He had first-down runs of 37, 21 and 38 yards
Bucknell broke through late in the second quarter when a punt was fumbled and the Bison took over in the red zone. The GU defense held strong however, forcing a 26-yard field goal that gave Bucknell a 3-0 lead with 3:35 left before halftime.
The defense came up with another red zone stop late in the half and a 36-yard field goal was missed, keeping Georgetown's deficit at three at the break.
The Bison doubled their lead to 6-0 on its second drive of the third quarter, kicking a 21-yard field goal as the GU defense again held inside the red zone. On its next possession, Bucknell drove 82 yards on eight plays to take a 12-0 lead on a 36-yard catch-and-run. Bowers and Akere combined for a tackle to stop a two-point conversion try.
The Hoyas only managed 28 total yards in the second half, and the Bison used a drive that lasted 6:29 in the fourth quarter to run out most of the remainder of the clock to seal the win.
Georgetown will return home to Cooper Field for the season finale on Saturday, Nov. 18 when the Hoyas host Colgate in a 1 p.m. contest. Georgetown will recognize its 27 seniors in a pregame Senior Day ceremony.