LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell’s defense limited Georgetown to 171 yards of total offense, including just 22 on the ground, and the Bison offense scored all the points it would need in the second quarter as Bucknell closed out its Patriot League schedule with a 17-7 victory over Georgetown Saturday afternoon at a pleasantly mild and sunny Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium. The win upped the Bison’s record to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in league play as they finished a conference season above .500 for the first time since 2004.
Bucknell, which will wrap up its season with a non-league game at VMI next Saturday, dominated field position and time of possession all game long. The Bison’s average drive start was its own 44-yard line, while Georgetown (1-9, 0-4 PL) started its drives at its own 18-yard line. Bucknell had possession for 36:48, including 7:55 on its final drive as it successfully melted away the clock with the late 10-point lead.
On senior day, four-year starting quarterback Brandon Wesley completed 14 of 21 passes for 112 yards and his 25th career touchdown, while CJ Williams rushed 19 times for a team-high 67 yards. Matt DelMauro added 58 yards on nine carries. On the defensive side of the ball, Evan Byers and Demetrius Baldwin-Youngblood each registered eight tackles, while Baldwin-Youngblood added a career-high three sacks.
Bucknell scored all 17 of its points in the second quarter on three consecutive drives. It got on the board first on a six-yard touchdown pass from Wesley to Josh Brake. Three plays earlier a 26-yard completion from Wesley to Kyle Sullivan moved the Bison inside the 10-yard line. The touchdown pass to Brake moved Wesley into a tie for sixth place on the school’s touchdown pass list.
After forcing a Georgetown punt and Sullivan returning it 31 yards to deep inside Hoya territory, Bucknell was able to go up 14-0 on its very next possession. Senior Travis Friend on his second carry of both the game and the season, plunged into the end zone from four yards out to complete a 5-play, 27-yard drive. It was his first rushing touchdown since his rookie campaign.
The lone turnover in the contest led to Bucknell’s next score. Dalen Claytor fumbled on the first play of Georgetown’s next drive, giving the Bison the ball at the Hoya 31-yard line. After moving to the 14-yard line, Bucknell was forced to attempt a field goal and senior Sean Cobelli, handling kicking duties for the first time this season, connected on the 33-yard attempt.
The Bison defense held Georgetown scoreless until the Hoyas finally got on the board with 7:55 to play in the fourth quarter. Georgetown put together an 11-play, 71-yard drive with Claytor diving in from one yard out. That was the final possession for the Hoyas as Bucknell ran the ball 13 straight times on its final drive.
The Bison entered the game ranked seventh nationally in rush defense and the 22 yards they limited Georgetown marked the sixth time this year a Bucknell opponent has failed to reach 100 yards on the ground.
Wesley’s 112 passing yards pushed his career total past 6,000 (6,073). He is already the program record holder in that category.
Georgetown quarterback Kyle Nolan completed 20 of 37 passes for 149 yards, while Nick Campanella led the way on the ground with just 12 yards.
Prior to the game, 18 Bison seniors were honored during Senior Day ceremonies since it was the final home contest of the season. The 18 seniors honored were Sean Cobelli, Derek-London Dierkes, Jake Flaherty, Brent Forbes, Travis Friend, Blair Gatewood, Jeff Goyette, Matt Johnson, Austin Kevitch, Patryk Najbar, Derrick Palmer, Joe Sangimino, Sean Sellers, Tracey Smith, Wayne Stewart, Kyle Sullivan, Charles Thompson, Sal Vallala and Brandon Wesley.
Bucknell will wrap up its 2013 season next Saturday, Nov. 23, at VMI. The Bison will be attempting to finish above .500 for the second time in three years.