|Athletic director||Lee Reed|
5th season, 13-37 (.260)
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
MAAC (1993-1999) |
|All-time record||506–416–32 (.547)|
|Bowl record||0–2 (.000)|
George Washington Colonials
Blue and Gray|
|Fight song||There Goes Old Georgetown|
|Mascot||Jack the Bulldog|
The Georgetown Hoyas football team represents Georgetown University in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level of college football. Like other sports teams from Georgetown, the team is named the Hoyas, which derives from the chant, Hoya Saxa. They play their home games at Cooper Field on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, D.C.
The first football team at Georgetown was formed on November 1, 1874, with the earliest recorded intercollegiate games dating to 1887. By the 1940s, Georgetown played in the Orange Bowl, where they lost 14-7 to Mississippi State.
As the college game became more expensive after World War II, Georgetown's program began to lose money rapidly. The Hoyas' last successful season was 1949, when they lost in the Sun Bowl against Texas Western.
After a 2-7 season in 1950, Georgetown attempted to salvage its program by softening its schedule, replacing major opponents such as Penn State, Miami, and Tulsa with Richmond, Bucknell, and Lehigh. The program was losing too much money, however, and on March 22, 1951 the University's president canceled the football program.
In 1962, Georgetown allowed its students to start a football program as an exhibition-only club sport. New games began in 1964, with their first match drawing 8,000 spectators to see the Hoyas host another university with an unofficial program, New York University (NYU). Varsity football resumed in 1970 at what later became known as the Division III level. In 1976, Georgetown began an annual rivalry game with the Catholic University Cardinals for the Steven Dean Memorial Trophy. The competition ended in 1993, when Georgetown moved into the Division I Football Championship Subdivision because of NCAA legislation forbidding Division I or II schools from playing football in lower divisions.
In 1993, the team joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, a mostly Catholic conference on the East Coast. With eight wins, the team won the conference championship outright in 1997, and were co-champions in 1998 with nine wins. The team was invited to play in the 1997 Sports Network Cup, where they defeated the Dayton Flyers. In 1999 the team joined the Patriot League, a conference that currently prohibits its members from awarding football scholarships. As a non-scholarship FCS program, many of Georgetown's non-conference games are against Ivy League schools, which do not award scholarships for any sport. Without the ability to add scholarships, Georgetown's program fell on hard times in the 2000s. Georgetown had by far the lowest football budget in the Patriot League, at less than half that of the next highest program. Georgetown also had the lowest number of Patriot League FSE's (funded scholarship equivalences) which measures the financial aid given out to its Varsity football players.
During its first decade in the Patriot League, the team was unable to have a single winning season, and the 2009 campaign yielded no wins. However, the Hoyas' 2011 Football team finished with a strong 8-3 record and second place in the Patriot League, becoming the first Hoya squad to produce a winning record in twelve seasons, and head coach Kevin Kelly was named the conference Coach of the Year.
Georgetown has played football at various on-campus intramural fields. From 1891 until 1893, the stadium known as Boundary Field played host to Georgetown football. From 1921 until 1950, Griffith Stadium played host to Georgetown football.
Currently, the Hoyas play at Cooper Field, previously called Multi-Sport Field, which was upgraded from Harbin Field in 2003. The MSF has been awaiting further construction since 2005, when work was halted on completing permanent bleachers and other facilities. As a result, it remains the smallest stadium in Division I football and has only temporary bleachers as a part of the current set-up. The construction plans remain on hold indefinitely until the administration can properly fund the completion of the project.
The Hoyas have a new cross-town rivalry with Howard University (which also plays at the FCS level, but awards football scholarships), for a championship known as the DC Cup (awarded by the mayor of Washington). Three DC Cups have been held (2008, 2009 and 2011). The series has Georgetown leading 2-1-0 following their 2011 victory.
The series is slated to resume in 2019.
The Hoyas have won six conference championships, highlighted by a run of four conference championships in seven years, although Georgetown went 78 years without a conference championship, in part due to not being part of a conference from 1921 to 1993.
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall record||Conference record|
|1912||South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Frank Gargan||8-1||5-0|
|1915+||South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Albert Exendine||7-2||2-0|
|1917||South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Albert Exendine||7-1||2-0|
|1919||South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Albert Exendine||7-3||2-0|
|1997||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Bob Benson||8-3||7-0|
|1998+||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Bob Benson||9-2||6-1|
+ denotes co-championship.
While in the Major College Division of the NCAA (what is now the FBS), Georgetown competed in two major bowl games (including a New Year's Day bowl game), one of which is today a BCS Bowl Game.
|Orange Bowl||January 1, 1941||Mississippi State||L 7-14|
|Sun Bowl||January 1, 1950||UTEP||L 20-33|
Georgetown was ranked in the AP Poll while a member of the Major College Division.
Perhaps the football team's most accomplished athlete was Al Blozis, who played for the NFL's New York Giants before being killed in action in World War II. Blozis's great athletic accomplishments, however, came in shot put and discus. He set the world indoor record for the shot put, throwing it 56 feet 4.5 inches in 1941. He was the national indoor and outdoor shot put champion in both 1942 and 1943.
Jim Schwartz, former head coach of the NFL's Detroit Lions, was a four-year letterman at linebacker. He received Distinguished Economics Graduate honors and earned numerous honors in 1988, including Division III CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-America, All-America, and team captain.
In 2007, the Washington Redskins made Alex Buzbee a reserve player, becoming the first Georgetown player on an NFL team since Ricca retired in 1956. In 2010, Buzbee joined the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
|DE||Defensive end||QB||Quarterback||WR||Wide receiver|
|DT||Defensive tackle||RB||Running back||G||Guard|
|E||End||T||Offensive tackle||TE||Tight end|
|Year||Round||Pick in round||Overall pick||Player||Team||Position|
|1945||28||4||289||John Morelli (American football)||Yanks||G|
|1941||18||1||161||Joe McFadden (American football)||Eagles||B|