Georgetown Hoyas football

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Georgetown Hoyas
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2020 Georgetown Hoyas football team
Georgetown Hoyas logo.svg
First season1874
Athletic directorLee Reed
Head coach Rob Sgarlata
5th season, 16–39 (.291)
Stadium Cooper Field
(capacity: 2,500)
Field surface Cooper Field
Location Washington, D.C.
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Patriot League
Past conferences MAAC (1993–1999)
SAIAA (1907–1921)
All-time record50641632 (.547)
Bowl record02 (.000)
Conference titles6
Rivalries Fordham Rams
Consensus All-Americans18
Current uniform
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ColorsBlue and Gray [1]
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. Their best season in the recent era was produced in 2011 when the team, which was led by the Class of 2012, produced an 8-3 record.



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Georgetown team of 1906
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Georgetown versus Quantico Marines in 1923

The first football team at Georgetown was formed on November 1, 1874, with the earliest recorded intercollegiate games dating to 1887. [2] 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. [3] The Hoyas' last successful season was 1949, when they lost in the Sun Bowl against Texas Western. [3]

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. [3] The program was losing too much money, however, and on March 22, 1951 the University's president canceled the football program. [3] [4]

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). [5] 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.[ citation needed ]

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.

In 2001 the team joined the Patriot League but the Georgetown fell on hard times, with the lowest football budget in the Patriot League. In 2012, the Patriot League transitioned to 60 full scholarships but Georgetown remained non-scholarship, further hurting its competitiveness in that conference. The Hoyas have posted just one winning season since 2000, an 8-3 record in 2011, just prior to the Patriot League's decision to add scholarships. Head coach Kevin Kelly was named the conference Coach of the Year. [6]


Conference memberships


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The Hoyas currently play their home games on Cooper Field.

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. Construction on Cooper Field was sidelined for 15 years until it was completed in 2020. The facility will open in the fall of 2021 with capacity for 4,000.

D.C. Cup Rivalry Game

The Hoyas had a brief cross-town rivalry with Howard University for a title known as the DC Mayor's Cup (awarded by the mayor of Washington). Three games were held (2008, 2009 and 2011). [7] The series has Georgetown leading 2–1–0 following their 2011 victory. The series was slated to resume in 2019 but Howard discontinued the series to sign a series instead with Maryland. [8]

Conference championships

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.

YearConferenceCoachOverall recordConference record
1912 South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association Frank Gargan 8–15–0
1915 South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association Albert Exendine 7–22–0
1917 South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association Albert Exendine 7–12–0
1919 South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association Albert Exendine 7–32–0
1997 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Bob Benson8–37–0
1998† Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Bob Benson9–26–1

† denotes co-championship.

Bowl games

Georgetown competed in two major bowl games, including a New Year's Day 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.

1940 AP Poll13


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. [9]

"Big Jim" Ricca, an NFL defensive end and offensive lineman, graduated in 1949 and was the last Hoya to play in an NFL game. [9]

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. [10] In 2010, Buzbee joined the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

Players in the NFL Draft

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of November 22, 2019. [11]

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