– Jackson Saffold
(Orlando, Fla. / Timber Creek) ran for a pair of touchdowns in overtime as the Georgetown University football team won a thriller, 22-16 in double overtime, over Lehigh University on Saturday afternoon in a Patriot League contest at Cooper Field. With their third-straight victory, the Hoyas improve to 4-4 overall and 3-0 in league play, while the Mountain Hawks fall to 1-6 on the season, and 0-2 in the Patriot League.
Saffold finished with 50 yards rushing, 31 of which came in the overtime, and his first two career touchdowns. Gunther Johnson
(Anthem, Ariz. / Boulder Creek / Arizona) completed 16 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown, while Michael Dereus
(Hyde Park, Mass / Williston Northampton) caught three passes for 120 yards and a score. Joshua Tomas
(University Park, Ill. / Crete-Monee) also had three catches for 59 yards.
(Fort Washington, Md. / Bishop McNamara) led the defense with 11 tackles, while Xavier Reddick
(Powder Springs, Ga. / McEachern) added eight. The Hoyas had two more interceptions, one each by Cameron Deen
(Fort Washington, Md. / Oxon Hill) and Jethro Francois
(Winter Haven, Fla. / Victory Christian Academy), to give them a nation-leading 15 interceptions on the season. Khristian Tate
(Warner Robins, Ga. / Covenant Academy) added a pair of sacks to give him a team-leading 7.5 on the season.
With the scored tied, 9-9, at the end of the fourth quarter, the Hoyas received the ball first in the first overtime. A 4-yard rush by Saffold brought the ball to the 21-yard line before Johnson completed a 19-yard pass to Dereus, bringing the ball down to the 2-yard line. Saffold ran it in on the next play to give GU a 16-9 lead after Brad Hurst's
(Helen, Ga. / White County) PAT kick.
Lehigh tied it on their possession, scoring on a fourth-and-five play from the 20-yard line. The Mountain Hawks had the ball first in the second overtime and, on third-and-eight, Francois picked off a pass that was tipped up by a diving receiver to give Georgetown possession with a chance to win.
On the first play after the interception, Saffold scampered around the left side for 22 yards, bringing it to the 3-yard line. On the very next play, he again ran it up the middle, scoring to give Georgetown the 22-16 victory.
The scoring got off to a quick start in the first quarter. On the first possession of the game, Johnson found Dereus for a 70-yard touchdown pass to give the Hoyas a quick 7-0 lead just 1:33 into the contest. It was the longest play of the season for Georgetown.
The Mountain Hawks came back with a long touchdown of their own a couple of drives later, converting an 85-yard catch-and-run for a score.
On the ensuing PAT attempt, however, Duval Paul
(Lynn, Mass. / Everett) came up with a block. Jalen Goldwire
(Plantation, Fla. / Western) scooped up the ball and ran to the 35-yard line. Surrounded by Lehigh defenders, Goldwire lateraled the ball back to Bowers who ran down the left sideline for the two-point defensive score, giving the Hoyas a 9-6 lead.
The score remained the same all the way until the fourth quarter as both team's defenses stepped up with big stops. Lehigh tied the game with a 27-yard field goal midway through the final frame, setting up Saffold's overtime heroics.
The Hoyas will head back out on the road next weekend for their final game of the season away from the Hilltop. Georgetown will travel to Hamilton, New York to take on No. 13 Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 27 in a battle of the final two unbeaten teams in the Patriot League. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. Links to live stats and a video stream will be available at GUHoyas.com.
Saturday's victory was Georgetown's first win over Lehigh since 1925 … The Mountain Hawks had won the first 17 meetings since Georgetown joined the Patriot League in 2001 … The Hoyas are 3-0 in Patriot League play for the first since joining the conference … Saturday was GU's first overtime game since 2010, and Georgetown's first overtime victory since 2005.