Off its bye week, Georgetown returns to action this week against Columbia, which defeated St. Francis in its opener Saturday.

More on the Lions follows later this week--here's a recap from that game.

Patriot League teams went 0-3 this week and are a woeful 4-22 to date this season.


The Georgetown Hoyas scored on each of its first nine possessions, overwhelming Division III Catholic University 69-0 at Cooper Field Saturday.

The tone was set in the opening series, where the hoyas blocked the opening punt of the Cardinals and scored three plays later, adding a two point conversion with Khristian Tate less than three minutes into the quarter, 8-0. The Cardinals (0-2) gained just three first downs in the first half and failed to cross midfield, a combined 0-8 on third down conversion in the first half.

Georgetown capitalized on every opportunity. A 43 yard field goal by Brad Hurst at the 5:59 mark mae it 11-0, followed by a two play, 53 yard scoring drive, 18-0. Jackson Saffold scored on a five yard TD, 18-0, and a pair of passes to Max Edwards and Joshua Tomas put the score well out of reach early in the second quarter, 32-0. An 76 yard pass reception by Max Edwards and a 66 yard punt return by Joshua Tomas, closed out a 53-0 first half, most in the modern (1964-present) era.

Though time of possession was comparable, the results were not. Georgetown owned a 321-43 advantage in total yards. Catholic opted for a fair catch on three of its first five kickoff returns and six overall in the first half, with an average starting field position of its 21 yard line. With only 43 yards in 30 minutes, and a net punting average of just 25 yards per punt, the Cardinals gave Georgetown an average starting field position at midfield.

The Hoyas added an early field goal, 56-0, before the teams looked to start running out the clock. Despite a midfield fumble by the Hoyas, Catholic's only serious drive failed at the Georgetown 33 with 4:10 in the fourth quarter. A pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter behind quarterback Lorenzo Linsey closed the scoring, while the Hoyas opted not to extend the score after driving inside the CU 10 in the final minute, taking the knee instead.

Four Georgetown quarterbacks saw action in the game, with Gunther Johnson (4-8, 117 yards) and Joe Brunell (8-9, 97 yards) seeing the majority of plays. A 50 yard run propelled Joshua Stakely to a team high 98 yards on the ground, while Edwards' 76 yard catch brought him to 81 yards on the afternoon.

Game statistics:

                            CATHOLIC       GEORGETOWN
First downs                        4               26
Rushed-yards                   23--8           48-353
Passing yards                     80              214
Sacked-yards lost                0-0             4-41
Passes                       17-28-0          12-17-0
Punts                        12-30.9            0-0.0
Fumbles-lost                     2-0              2-1
Penalties-yards                 3-15             3-20
Time of possession             29:11            30:49
The margin of victory In Saturday's game was the 13th best in school history, and the most since a 80-0 win over Lenoir-Rhyne in the 1927 season.

11/5/1892 W 96-0 Neptune B.C. (MD) National Park
11/25/1915 W 90-0 at St. Louis Robison Field
10/6/1928 88 88-0 Susquehanna  Griffith Stadium
11/9/1918 87 87-0 Ft. Myer  (VA) Georgetown Field
10/31/1900 84 84-0 Richmond  Georgetown Field
11/9/1912 84 84-0 Washington (MD) Georgetown Field
11/13/1918 81 81-0 Quantico Marines  Georgetown Field
10/28/1916 80 80-0 Albright  Georgetown Field
10/2/1920 80 80-0 St.  John's MD Georgetown Field
9/24/1927 80 80-0 Lenoir-Rhyne  Griffith Stadium
11/25/1916 78 80-0 Bucknell Georgetown Field
10/9/1926 78 78-0 Washington (MD) Griffith Stadium
9/14/2019 69 69-0 Catholic Cooper Field

Earlier this week, the Third Rail blog posited that Georgetown may be running low on non-conference opponents after 2019. Catholic University confirmed it. Georgetown has signed a three year deal to play the Division III school.

"The germination of Saturday's game began when Catholic Athletic Director Sean Sullivan first communicated with Georgetown officials in August of 2016, " reads the Cardinals' media notes. "They reached out to us," Sullivan said, "and I jumped on it."

"The Hoyas and Cardinals will play again in 2022 at Cardinal Stadium and at Georgetown in 2023."

"It's important for us to have a strong football presence in Washington and the DMV," Sullivan said. "The Georgetown relationship is a significant part of confirming that presence."

No other Patriot League school schedules below Division I.


The Georgetown defense forced four turnovers en route to a 43-3 win over Marist in the 2019 home opener, the largest margin of victory by the Hoyas since Nov. 20, 1999.

Both teams started slow, but it was the Hoyas that struck first in an eight play, 49 yard drive capped by an 17 yard run by quarterback Gunther Johnson, 7-0. The Hoyas looked to be stopped on a 3rd and 16 at the Georgetown 45, but a roughing the passing penalty helped extended the drive, one of two such penalties that proved decisive in Georgetown's ability to maintain momentum.

After a three and out by the Hoyas to close the first quarter, Marist responded with a 12 play drive to the GU 18 that was converted to a 36 yard field goal, 7-3. Sensing an opportunity, head coach Rob Sgarlata opted to bring in junior QB Joe Brunell to lead the Hoyas for the first series in his college career. After five straight rushes, Brunell aired it out with a 46 yard strike to Michael Dereus and a 14 yarder to Joshua Tomas for the score, With some sleight of hand in a Khristian Tate two point conversion, Georgetown took a 15-3 lead and never looked back.

The drive and conversion was the turning point of the game and sent the Foxes into a hole. Marist fumbled the ensuing kickoff and while the Hoyas did not convert, the Red Foxes seemed rattled. On the next series, WR Jon Kanda fumbled a catch at the Marist 29, where the returning Gunther Johnson converted in a eight play drive that was sided by a Marist roughing the passer penalty that set up the Hoyas at the Marist 7 with 25 second to play. Marist then fell victim to consecutive offsides calls which moved to ball to the one yard line, where Tomas took it over with seven seconds to play, 22-3.

Marist's defense could only watch as the Hoyas dominated the third quarter with touchdowns in each of its three third quarter possessions. Georgetown opened the third quarter with a six play, 71 yard drive, led by 42 yards on the ground by Herman Moultrie and a 32 yard Johnson bootleg that led him untouched into the end zone, 29-3. After a three and out by Marist, Moultrie added another 35 on six carries, with a one yard run to put Georgetown up 36-3 with 3:26 in the quarter.

On its next series, Marist QB Austin Day was picked off by Delano Salgado at the Georgetown 39, where the Hoyas responded with jackson Saffold in charge, with 35 yards on the ground, and Gunther Johnson through the aid, finding Dereus for a 30 yard score, 43-3.

The Red Foxes crossed midfield only twice in the half, giving up their fourth turnover late in the game on an interception. An eight minute Georgetown drive stalled at the Marist five, sparing the visitors from a seventh touchdown on the afternoon.

Herman Moultrie led all GU rushers with 25 carries and 103 yards. Georgetown quarterbacks Gunther Johnson (9-14, 77 yards) and Joe Brunell (5-8, 75 yards) did not overwhelm the stat sheet but didn't throw an interception between them, as the Hoyas were a +4 on turnovers on the afternoon.

Game statistics:

                              MARIST       GEORGETOWN
First downs                       12               24
Rushed-yards                   26-52           55-272
Passing yards                    192              152
Sacked-yards lost                1-7              1-3
Passes                       15-26-2          14-22-0
Punts                         5-31.0           4-36.5
Fumbles-lost                     3-2              0-0
Penalties-yards                11-92             3-35
Time of possession             23:17            36:43
Saturday's margin of victory was only the 11th time in the last 495 games where Georgetown has won a game by 40 or more points:

10/11/1969 W 43-0 Hartford Kehoe Field
10/2/1971 W 69-8 Catholic Kehoe Field
10/12/1974 W 56-13 St.  Peter's Kehoe Field
11/4/1978 W 49-0 St.  Francis GU Baseball Field
9/17/1988 W 51-7 St.  Francis Kehoe Field II
9/21/1996 W 59-14 Fairfield Stags Field
11/16/1996 W 61-14 St.  Peter's Kehoe Field II
10/31/1998 W 54-7 St.  Peter's Kehoe Field II
11/13/1999 W 49-6 Canisius Demske Ath. Ctr.
11/20/1999 W 52-7 LaSalle Kehoe Field II
9/7/2019 W 43-3 Marist Cooper Field

Three Georgetown football home games will be broadcast in the Washington area in 2019, marking the first time in memory that Georgetown games will be prominent on local television.

"Georgetown Hoyas football is back on over-the-air-television in the Washington, D.C. market for the first time in many years," said WDCW Vice President & General Manager Vinnie Manzi, whose WDCW is a CW affiliate. "We're excited it's on DCW50 and look forward to a great season ahead."

Excepting some games on cable access television in the 1990's and late 2000's, Georgetown has not enjoyed regular over the air broadcasts of games since the late 1940's, when WOIC, the forerunner to the current WUSA-9, broadcast games from Griffith Stadium in the early days of local television.

WDCW will pick up the feed from Stadium, which rebroadcasts the Patriot League Network. On cable, DCW50 can be seen on Comcast (channel 803), Verizon (503), Cox (1003), and RCN (616). Scheduled regional OTA (over the air) coverage is as follows:

09/14: Catholic
10/12: Fordham
11/02: Colgate

All six Patriot League games can be found online at the Patriot League Network through Stadium, which offers a wide variety of sources to follow the games, including:
Sony Vue
Fubo TV
Samsung TV Plus PlutoTV
The Roku Channel
Social channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, DailyMotion, and ReachMe.TV
Stadium app in the App Store
Apple TV
Amazon Fire TV
Android TV