WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-6, 0-4 Patriot League) plays its final regular season home game on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Bucknell University on the Hilltop. Kickoff at Cooper Field is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday will serve as Georgetown's Senior Day as the Hoyas will recognize the 20 members of the Class of 2017 who have dedicated their time at Georgetown to the football program.
Live stats and a link to the live broadcast on the Patriot League Network will be available at www.GUHoyas.com, with the pregame show beginning at 3:20 p.m. Jeremy Huber will provide the play-by-play while Emory Hunt will give color analysis and Anna Tarullo will be reporting from the sideline.
Last Time Out
Last week, despite controlling the ball for nearly 35 minutes, Georgetown fell in a tight contest, 21-20, to the College of the Holy Cross. Clay Norris (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) made the start at quarterback and finished 25-of-37 for 185 yards. He was also the team's leading rusher, finishing with 40 yards on the ground. Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) caught a career-high 12 catches for 85 yards.
Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and J'V'on Butler (Melbourne, Fla./Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) tied for the team lead with nine total tackles. Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) recorded his team-leading fourth interception of the season and also forced a fumble.
On Monday, freshman wide receiver Michael Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass./Williston Northampton) was named the Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week after averaging 59.0 yards on two kickoff returns against Holy Cross. He returned a kickoff 100 yards for GU's first kickoff return for a touchdown since Jeremy Moore ('12) in 2010. The 100-yard score was also the second-longest in Georgetown history. Additionally, senior placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) earned an honorable mention selection after setting the GU record with his 25th and 26th career field goals. His second of the day was a career-long 49 yards.
Georgetown's defensive and special teams units rank among the nation's best in several statistical categories. On special teams, the Hoyas rank first in the country with four blocked punts and are second with seven blocked kicks overall. The Hoya defense ranks fifth in the FCS in red zone defense, holding the opposition out of the end zone 35.1 percent of the time.
Fifth-year senior Hunter Kiselick and freshman Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) are tied for the national lead with three blocked kicks apiece. Kiselick has blocked three field goals, while Tate has three of Georgetown's four blocked punts.
Bucknell enters Saturday's contest with a 3-6 overall record and a 2-2 mark in Patriot League play. The Bison have dropped their past two games, both to ranked opponents in then-No. 9 Charleston Southern (49-28) and then-No. 21/24 Lehigh (20-13). The offense is averaging 21.0 points per game and 336.8 total yards per game, while the defense is allowing 24.4 points per game and 370.9 yards per game.
R.J. Nitti is averaging 142.4 passing yards per game and has thrown for four touchdowns and five interceptions. Joey DeFloria ranks second in the Patriot League with an average of 102.2 rushing yards per game. Will Carter, who broke the Bucknell career records for receptions and receiving yards earlier this year, is fourth in the conference with 77.8 receiving yards per game. Ben Richard ranks third in the league with 77 total tackles.
About the Matchup
Georgetown is 11-16-1 all-time against Bucknell, but won last year's game, 17-9, in Lewisburg, Pa. The Bison have won 10 of the last 15 matchups since the Hoyas joined the Patriot League in 2001.
Saturday will be a matchup of two of the Patriot League's top defenses. Bucknell leads the conference in total defense, allowing 370.9 total yards per game, while Georgetown is third with opponents averaging 390.4 yards per game. The two teams flip when it comes to scoring defense as the Hoyas lead the league allowing just 21.9 points per game and the Bison are third with a defense that allows 24.4 points per game.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Each week, Sgarlata and his staff select game captains to serve alongside 2016 team captains David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) and Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional). This week's captains are senior Justin Hill on offense, senior Casey Kuhns (Greenwich, Conn./Taft) on defense and junior Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) on special teams.
What's Up Next
Following Saturday's game against the Bison, the Hoyas will head out on the road for their regular season finale at Colgate. Kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 19, is scheduled for 1 p.m., in Hamilton, N.Y.