Nov. 16, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Georgetown University football team (1-8, 0-4 Patriot League) held Bucknell (5-5, 3-2 Patriot League) scoreless in the second half, with its lone touchdown coming midway through the fourth quarter, but the Bison ran the last seven-minutes and 55-seconds off the clock to defeat the Hoyas 17-7 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Bucknell won the field position battle in a decisive second quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points before halftime. Georgetown's defense responded, holding them to just 21 yards in the second half, before its game-ending drive.
Junior defensive lineman Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) had seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup to lead a Hoyas defense that allowed just 69 second half yards. Junior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) had 14 tackles and Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) finished with eight tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack.
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 20-of-37 passes for 149 yards, while senior wide receiver Zack Wilke (Boca Raton, Fla./St. Andrew's) led the team with nine catches for 76 yards. Senior Dalen Claytor (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody) scored the Hoyas' only touchdown - a two-yard rush in the fourth quarter.
The Hoyas stopped Bucknell on its first two drives of the game and were poised to do the same on its third, but Bison quarterback Brandon Wesley completed a third down and 17 pass to Kyle Sullivan to the five yard line, setting up a first down and goal early in the second quarter. Jordan Richardson made a tackle in the backfield and May batted down a second down pass attempt, but Wesley struck on third down again, finding Josh Brake on a six-yard reception to take a 7-0 lead with 10:55 left in the second quarter.
Bucknell returned a GU punt to the Hoyas' 27 yard line to set up its next score midway through the second quarter. The Bison used five plays, before Travis Friend scored on a four-yard rush to take a 14-0 lead. The Bison received favorable field position after recovering a Hoyas fumble nine seconds later. This time Georgetown's defense stood strong, forcing a 32-yard Bucknell field goal, extending the Bison lead to 17-0 with 3:20 remaining in the first half. The Hoyas defense would hold Bucknell scoreless the rest of the way.
Georgetown closed the gap in the fourth quarter, turning a dramatic drive into a touchdown. Nolan converted a fourth down and three with a 14-yard pass to Jake DeCicco. After a pass interference call, Nolan completed a pass to Wilke, bringing the ball to the two-yard line, where Dalen Claytor scored with eight minutes remaining in the game, bringing the score to 17-7.
Bucknell took the last 7:55 off the clock, behind CJ Williams, as they converted two fourth and short yardage situations to run the clock out on the Hoyas.
Georgetown will conclude its 2013 season on Saturday, November 23 when they travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on Holy Cross. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.