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The 75th Homecoming Game
Georgetown vs. Bucknell: Saturday, 2:00 pm
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Pre-Game Report 10/24/14

A defensive battle awaits fans at Saturday's Homecoming game, as Georgetown meets the top-ranked defensive team in Bucknell. The Bison have its share of offense, too, which makes this Bucknell team among one of the more unpredictable teams of the remaining 2014 slate.

The Bison enter Saturday's game from its bye week, taking a break after an unexpected 45-24 win over Lehigh. Like Georgetown, Bucknell finishes the season with three of its final four at home, but unlike the Hoyas, the Bison still have an outside chance at wresting the presumptive PL crown away from a Fordham team that shows no signs of fatigue, as evidenced by a 60 point effort against Penn last week.

It's a must-win for both teams, which makes it an ideal game for the Hoyas to turn the page from a hard fought loss at Lafayette two weeks ago.

More on the Bison follows at the Pre-Game Report page, posted here late Friday evening.

Homecoming Schedule 10/23/14

Check http://homecoming.georgetown.edu for a full list of all Homecoming related activities.

Georgetown-Bucknell: The Last Meeting 10/24/14

From HoyaSaxa.com, Nov. 16, 2013:

Bucknell's top-rated defense in the Patriot League was as advertised, holding Georgetown to just 22 yards rushing in a 17-7 decision Saturday in Lewisburg, PA.

Both teams started out slowly, trading punts over the first four possessions. Field position began to tip the scales for the Bison, pinning the Hoyas at its five and trading it for a Georgetown punt which set up Bucknell at inside the GU 47 yard line. The Bison drove 11 plays for the opening score, with a six yard pass to WR Josh Brake, 7-0. A 35 yard kick return from Georgetown's Brandon Durham was disallowed by penalty, and Georgetown's ensuing punt was returned by the Bison deep in Georgetown territory, where Bucknell converted on a five play, 27 yard drive, 14-0.

On the first play of the succeeding drive, Georgetown RB Dalen Claytor lost the ball at the Georgetown 31, setting up the Bison for short field position and a resulting 33 yard field goal, 17-0. A 15 yard punt on Georgetown's next possession was emblematic of a weakened offensive effort throughout the first half, totaling just 67 yards at the break with just 9:25 of possession versus over 20 minutes for the Bison. Georgetown managed just 14 yards rushing on nine carries.

The Hoyas began the third quarter with renewed purpose, leveraging a defensive penalty on the Bison to cross the 50 yard line for the first time in the game. The Hoyas drove in 12 plays to the Bucknell 31 before consecutive sacks turned the ball over on downs. The teams traded punts throughout the third quarter and the Bison did not pick up a first down until the four minute mark, as Georgetown's defense was effective controlling the line of scrimmage and getting inside on Bucknell QB Brandon Wesley.

Georgetown got back into Bucknell territory with 9:15 to play, converting on a 4th and 2 to the Bison 38 and picking up a defensive pass interference penalty to the BU 24. Quarterback Kyle Nolan found WR Zack Wilke over the middle with a pass to the Bucknell 2, and the Hoyas converted on a two yard run from Claytor to break the shutout at the eight minute mark, 17-7.

The Bison opted to keep the ball on the ground within its next series, but fell one yard short. In a surprising call, Bucknell coach Joe Susan opted to go for it on 4th and one, deep in his team's own territory. The Bison needed one yard, they got eight, and whatever faint hopes the Hoyas had of a rally simply evaporated. Bucknell ate up the remaining eight minutes of the clock, including converting a 4th and 1 with 1:07 remaining.

Homecoming Countdown: #1 10/24/14

Georgetown returns to action Saturday versus Bucknell, which marks the 75th Homecoming game at Georgetown. Here's a look at the top 10 Homecoming games through the years:

#1, Kehoe Field, Nov. 21, 1964: Rarely, if ever, does the fate of a football program rest on one game. Such was the case in the student-run effort to bring intercollegiate football to Georgetown, with more than a few obstacles along the way.

The varsity hadn't played a rival school of any kind before. Law students, not full time coaches, led the effort for what was still dubbed an all-star intramural team. The University tacitly discouraged the game, seeking not to call it a game, but an exhibition. There were no advanced ticket sales, so the organizers had no idea if a few thousand or a few hundred would brave a cold front moving into Washington. A 2:00 game time allowed its opponents to drive down that morning, but a longer game might risk the final minutes to be played in relative darkness.

If it failed, football was gone for good.

Instead, the fan response was overwhelming. Over 8,000 alumni and students jammed Kehoe Field to see Georgetown defeat NYU, 28-6, the largest crowd at any Georgetown on-campus event since 1913. The Washington Post and the Evening Star sent reporters, and a camera crew from NBC filmed segments of the game.

The early moments of the game were not encouraging. Georgetown's offense was ineffective and it relied on its defense to hold its own against the Violet, who themselves had revived football that year but had already played Fordham two weeks earlier. Three drives by NYU were repelled by the Hoyas, but a Georgetown fumble at the two set up the Violet for their first score. Despite three straight stops by the Hoyas,a fourth down handoff gave NYU a 6-0 lead which remained until halftime.

Whatever the words from coaches John Murray and Bill Nash at halftime, the 19764 Hoyas took it to heart, scoring 28 unanswered points, forcing four turnovers deep in NYU territory that were each converted into touchdowns: a bobbled punt, two interceptions, and a blocked punt.

A post-game column from HOYA sports editor Rory Quirk looked back on the game:

"There is little that can be said about the Georgetown-NYU game that has not been stated already. The 'entire weekend was an unqualified success. The two big factors involved in the weekend were the size of the crowd and the performance of the team. The crowds at the pep rally and the game,surpassed even the most optimistic predictions. A crowd of 500 was anticipated at the rally, yet the crowd was estimated at between 1500 and 2000 Friday evening. Six thousand was the top estimate for attendance at the game, yet in excess of eight thousand people paid, despite the freezing conditions.

"A final consideration was alumni interest. It was overwhelming.

"As one University official put it, 'I saw alumni I hadn't seen since 1950, the year we dropped football.' The alumni not only came, they enjoyed themselves. They indicated they would come again if more games materialized. A lot more could be said about Homecoming, 1964, but it would be, for the most part, repetitious. An advertisement in the football program probably summed up the weekend as well as any: "Happiness is a Hoya Homecoming."

Morris Named To Hall of Fame Ballot 10/23/14

 Former Georgetown defensive lineman Bob Morris (I'75) was selected to the finalists ballot for the 2015 class of the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. This is the second year of eligibility for Morris, one of 75 finalists under consideration across all NCAA and NAIA divisions.

At just 6-0 and 190 lbs., Morris was a two time consensus All-American on defense, the only Georgetown player so honored. His bio in the 1973 Georgetown football media guide noted hobbies of "parachuting and scuba diving", a nod to his life before Georgetown, where Morris served as a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets) while in Vietnam. A Russian major at Georgetown, Morris served 12 years overseas as a CIA operations officer at the height of the Cold War before entering the business world. Now retired, he published an autobiography of his life story in 2012.

"To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football," reads the news release. "Of the 4.99 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 934 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than two ten-thousandths (.0002) of one percent of those who have played the game during the past 145 years."

Morris was inducted into the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

Homecoming Countdown: #2 10/23/14

Georgetown returns to action Saturday versus Bucknell, which marks the 75th Homecoming game at Georgetown. Here's a look at the top 10 Homecoming games through the years:

#2, Byrd Stadium, Nov. 9, 1940: Across eight decades of Homecoming games, none was overpowering as Georgetown's 41-0 win over Maryland before a smaller than expected crowd of just 10,000 at Byrd Stadium. The Terrapins were beaten down from the start, as an article at that morning suggested that Maryland officials were looking to end the series because they were no longer competitive with the Hoyas. And when the Hoyas scored with ease in the first quarter, the starters were pulled within the first six minutes of the first quarter.

With the seniors resting, sophomores Jack Doolan, Frank Dornfeld, and Dave Riley led the Hoyas up and down the field. By the fourth quarter, the Hoyas' third team was seeing action in posting its fourth shutout in eight games this season as the Hoyas, ranked ninth nationally at 7-0, awaited its historic battle versus #5 Boston College the following week.   The Terrapins dropped to 1-5, with its only win of the season to date over Western Maryland College.

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