Georgetown Hoyas football

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.

Georgetown Hoyas football
2021 Georgetown Hoyas football team
Georgetown Hoyas logo.svg
First season1874
Athletic directorLee Reed
Head coachRob Sgarlata
7th season, 16–39 (.291)
StadiumCooper Field
(capacity: 3,750)
Field surfaceCooper Field
LocationWashington, D.C.
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferencePatriot League
Past conferencesMAAC (1993–1999)
SAIAA (1907–1921)
All-time record506–416–32 (.547)
Bowl record0–2 (.000)
Conference titles6
RivalriesFordham Rams
Consensus All-Americans18
Current uniform
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ColorsBlue and gray[1]
Fight songThere Goes Old Georgetown
MascotJack the Bulldog


Georgetown team of 1906
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, with the lowest football budget in the 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]


  • 1937–1950: NCAA University Division
  • 1951–1963: No team
  • 1964–1969: National Club Football Association
  • 1970–1972: NCAA Division II
  • 1973–1992: NCAA Division III
  • 1993–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference membershipsEdit


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 GameEdit

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 championshipsEdit

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.

Bowl gamesEdit

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

Bowl Date Opponent Result
Orange Bowl January 1, 1941 Mississippi State L 7–14
Sun Bowl January 1, 1950 Texas Western L 20–33


Georgetown was ranked in the AP Poll while a member of the Major College Division.

Season Poll(s) Rank
1940 AP Poll 13


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 DraftEdit

Future non-conference opponentsEdit

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

2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027
Columbia at Columbia Brown at Brown Brown at Brown


  1. ^ Colors & Visual Identity (PDF). Georgetown Athletics Brand & Visual Identity. September 18, 2019. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Football's Roots At Georgetown".]. August 17, 2005. Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Salad Days-The end of major college football on the Hilltop".
  4. ^ "Intercollegiate Football Ends at Georgetown". Chicago Daily Tribune. March 23, 1951. p. B2.
  5. ^ "Georgetown Returns to Football And Crushes N.Y.U. Club, 28–6". The New York Times. November 22, 1964. p. S6.
  6. ^ Shine, Tim (November 23, 2011). "Georgetown football receives Patriot League honors". The Georgetown Voice. Retrieved November 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Howard 14, Georgetown, D.C. 11 – NCAA Football – Live GameCenter". September 26, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2009.
  8. ^ Kilgore, Adam (September 8, 2017). "Why was Howard playing at UNLV anyway? It wasn't just college football business as usual". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Glory Days: The Past, Present and Future of Hoyas Turned Professional Athletes". The Hoya. January 23, 2004. Archived from the original on October 24, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  10. ^ Carrera, Katie (August 8, 2007). "For Redskins Rookie, Slogan Is Hoya Sacks". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  11. ^ "Georgetown Hoyas Football Future Schedules". Retrieved November 22, 2019.

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