At 1-4, Georgetown is not a candidate for the 2019 PL title, but there are various tiebreakers involving this week's game at Holy Cross which will decide the titleist in what has been a poor year across the board for the conference.
Here are the scenarios for each team still in the running:
Holy Cross (6-5, 4-1 PL) is currently the only team above .500 this season. HC wins the playoff bid with a win over Georgetown OR a Lehigh win over Lafayette.
Lafayette (3-8, 3-2) wins the playoff bid with a win over Lehigh AND a Georgetown win over Holy Cross.
A Lehigh win over Lafayette AND a Georgetown win over Holy Cross AND a Bucknell win over Fordham creates a three way tie, to which Holy Cross wins the tiebreaker.
"Who wants it more?," we asked in the Pre-Game Report. Bucknell did.
Four turnovers, a botched punt, and nine penalties sent the Georgetown Hoyas to its third straight loss Saturday, with a likely last place finish in the Patriot League following a 20-17 loss at Bucknell. Holding the Bison to one yard passing and four yards in its first six series, the Hoyas allowed 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for the Bison win, despite holding the Bison on downs three times inside the 20 yard line in the second half.
Saturday's story should have been a tour de force for the Georgetown defense, which stood tall time after time, beginning in the opening drive, where despite a 52 yard kickoff return by Bucknell, the Bison were held to three yards on three plays and forced to punt. Bucknell was held to just two yards on its next series deep in its territory, which set up Georgetown on a short field at the Bucknell 39. A 16 yard run on third and seven by QB Gunther Johnson helped drive the Hoyas in scoring position, where Johnson found WR Joshua Tomas for the score, 7-0, with five minutes to play in the first quarter.
With a couple of trick plays left in the 2019 playbook, the hoyas stunned the homestanding Bison by executing an onsides kick following the touchdown, which set up GU at midfield with all the momentum. Instead of delivering a knockout blow, georgetown breathed new life into the Bison. Three plays into the drive at the Bucknell 41, Jackson Saffold coughed up the ball, which was returned 55 yards for the score. The PAT failed, but the damage was done, 7-6.
Georgetown opened the second quarter with a 10 play, 55 yard drive to the Bucknell six, but the Bison held and forced a field goal. Brad Hurst's kick was a line drive that confused the officials, neither of whom could confirm if it went through. After a brief huddle, the officials awarded the points to the Hoyas, 10-6. The teams traded punts the remainder of the half, with Bucknell not earning a first down until the last series of the first half, finishing with 37 yards in the first half and holding Bucknell QB Logan Bitikofer to 1 for 8 passing for a single yard. Despite it all, the Hoyas were anything but pulling away.
Georgetown found itself some breathing room on Bucknell's first series of the second half, where DB Jonathan Honore picked up a Bitikofer pass at midfield and returned it to the GU 39. On a third and five from the bucknell 15, Joshua Stakely drove 15 yards for the score, 17-6.
The Hoyas' self-inflicted wounds began on its next series. Driving inside Bucknell territory midway through the third, Stakely fumbled the ball at the BU 38. While the defense held, it reversed the momentum that had buried the Bison for much of the game, driving into the red zone before being stopped on a 4th and 6 at the GU 19.
Georgetown's next drive was stalled by penalties. On a third and 11 to open the fourth quarter, Johnson was sacked and flagged for intentional grounding on the same play. Hurst was called out to punt. Hurst's line drive kicking has been a problem in at least one game this season and two last season, and it bit the Hoyas yet again. Described variously by the PL networks announcer as either a blocked punt or that the trajectory of the kick went off the back of one of his blockers, the low grade kick caromed to the GU 18, setting Bucknell up for a two play drive and the score. Its two point conversion failed, but the game was on, 17-12.
With the worst timing possible, Georgetown went three and out for its only series of the second half, giving the ball back to the Bison with 12:27 to play. The Bison went on a four play drive with a 45 yard touchdown pass to Dominic Lyles for the score. A two point conversion gave the Bison the lead, 20-17.
On its next series, Johnson was intercepted at the Georgetown 15, but the defense held Bucknell without a point as Ibrahim Kamara stopped the Bison on fourth and three at the GU 8 and gave the Hoyas new life with 7:22 to play, down three. The offense could do no better than one first down and punted back to the bison with 5:08 remaining, where Bucknell drove 51 yards to the Georgetown 12 before the defense made a second consecutive fourth down stop in the red zone. By this point, however, just 21 seconds remained, and on its first play, TE Isaac Schley fumbled the ball at the GU 26 to end the game.
Georgetown outgained Bucknell 362-236 and had 22 more plays in the game but the outcome turned yet again on turnovers and numerous mistakes, including nine penalties. This was the third straight game the Hoyas folded late, this time despite a healthy lead in time of possession. Four red zone stops inside the 20 without points should have been more than enough to secure the win, but three fumbles and a late interception were more than Georgetown could overcome.
The Hoyas' last hope for a winning season would seem its most daunting, traveling to Holy Cross where the Crusaders are seeking its first PL title in 10 years Saturday.
First downs 23 14
Rushed-yards 48-163 41-134
Passing yards 199 102
Sacks-yards lost 1-8 3-27
Passes 20-34-1 9-19-1
Punts 8-35.1 6-43.8
Fumbles-lost 3-3 2-0
Penalties-yards 9-77 5-49
Time of possession 35:04 24:56
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