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Through seven games, Georgetown College's football defensive unit has allowed just less than two touchdowns a game - 12.4. It was zero on Saturday in front of a home crowd.
GC's stingy defense blanked West Virginia Tech as the offense exploded, 65-0. The Golden Bears (0-7) managed just 166 yards on the day, including zero rushing yards on 27 attempts, while the Tigers (7-0) were four yards shy of 500.
Georgetown forced three fumbles, recovered two, and had one interception against a struggling Tech team.
WVT took the opening kickoff and in three plays went a -16 yards, punting the ball away on its own nine-yard line. Eight plays later, Georgetown was on the board off a Neal Pawsat quarterback keeper and the Tigers never looked back.
"I love seeing our defense play," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "They are in control the whole ball game and really deserved that goose egg today. To pitch a shutout, though, it takes everybody and I thought our offense and special teams did really well today too."
Pawsat threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns while also running for one, and backup Cameron Smyth came in for 111 yards and two touchdowns. GC rolled up 496 yards on the day and had the ball for just more than 32 minutes.
"We got a chance to see a lot of our guys perform today. Neal is really coming along and it is nice to see him put up back-to-back weeks like he has," Cronin said. "We also had Greg Raglin, who had a nice game with a rushing and a receiving touchdown. We are pretty deep this year and sometimes these guys don't get a chance to get on the field. But it is nice to know we can put them in and not drop off much."
Jesse Morrell also got his chance, leading the team with 45 yards on seven carries. Raglin had two carries for six yards and a score and three catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.
"We have to keep this in perspective. It was a good day to come out and take another step in the right direction," Cronin said. "But, we have to keep working. Our guys are putting in the effort."
Georgetown returns on the road next Saturday at University of Virginia at Wise. The Cavaliers are coming off a 56-14 win over Pikeville. Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm in Wise.
"They are a good football team, and we have had a tough time playing on that surface in the past," Cronin said. "We have to get over that hump. We are very capable of doing that, but it's in our hands."