The Georgetown football team defeated Bucknell University 14-3 on Saturday to improve to 4-1 in Patriot League play.
The Georgetown (5-5, 4-1 Patriot League) defense tallied a season-high seven sacks and held Bucknell (1-9, 1-4 Patriot League) to 13 total rushing yards. Sophomore linebackers Wes Bowers and Xavier Reddick led the Hoyas’ strong defensive effort. Bowers had 11 tackles and a sack, while Reddick recorded seven tackles and an interception. Reddick also added a sack on a fourth-down play to seal the victory.
Junior defensive lineman Khristian Tate added two sacks of his own and finished the day with four tackles for loss. Up 14-3 in the fourth quarter, the Hoyas came away with a fourth-down stop on their own goal line to keep the Bison out of the end zone.
Bowers said that the defensive stop reflected the team’s character.
“That was a big stop. That really showed us what our defense was about. When it comes down to crunch time, big-time players make big-time plays,” Bowers said in an interview with The Hoya.
Freshman running back Herman Moultrie III rushed for a career-high 135 yards on 22 touches, which marked his first 100-yard game in the Blue and Gray and the Hoyas’ first this season. Moultrie also recorded 22 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Moultrie credited his offensive line and receivers for his strong performance.
“A lot of the credit goes to the offensive line and the receivers blocking downfield. They allow me to do what I do,” Moultrie said in an interview with The Hoya. “As the season went along, I began to get more confident and play better because of that.”
Head Coach Rob Sgarlata said that Moultrie has developed throughout the season and causes problems for defenses.
“He is dynamic with the football and when he catches the ball out of the backfield. It has been fun to see his progression. He had a great day today,” Sgarlata said in an interview with The Hoya.
Junior quarterback Gunther Johnson commanded the offense, completing eight of 15 passes for 93 yards. He also picked up 30 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Sophomore running back Jay Tolliver rounded out the Hoyas’ backfield with 45 yards on 11 carries.
Sgarlata emphasized the Hoyas’ effort and the influence of their upperclassman leaders.
“I give our leadership a lot of credit. The intensity these kids are playing with and the energy they bring is great,” Sgarlata said. “They are pulling for each other. They are playing with a lot of emotion, and they are playing hard.”
The fourth conference win for the Hoyas marks their most since joining the Patriot League in 2001. They will return to the Hilltop next week against Holy Cross on Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Saturday will serve as Senior Day for the 17 graduating members playing their final game in a Georgetown uniform.