MCKENZIE, Tenn. - Gatorade baths are usually postseason moments, which might have been a part of why Saturday's caught Georgetown (Ky.) football coach Bill Cronin off guard. However, his players rallied behind him while his coaching staff gathered to congratulate him on victory 150.
"I usually have better footwork than that," Cronin joked about being able to get out of the way. "I was sort of caught by surprised. It was definitely cold."
The No. 3 Tigers (5-0) handed Bethel (Tenn.) (2-3) a 63-21 loss at Toyota Stadium on iHigh Field for the century and a half wins. This mark has him averaging just more than nine wins a season, something that is higher than coaching greats such as Steve Spurrier, 194 wins in 22 seasons; Bobby Bowden, 377 wins in 44; Bear Bryant, 323 in 38 and Lou Holtz, 249 in 33. The first three average just more than eight a season, while Holtz finished with an average of 7.5.
GC football has been one of the most consistent programs over the past 15 years under the leadership of Cronin and his staff. Assistants Bruce Owens, Craig Mullins and Steve Hill have also been here all 15-plus seasons on the sidelines, while Marty Park started as a player for the first four then joined the coaching staff for the past 12.
"A lot of people are involved in this," Cronin said. "The coaches have been terrific and stood by me. We don't have this record without all the players that have come through this program; too many for me to even attempt to name."
The Tigers opened a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter and never really looked back. The Wildcats seemed to gain momentum just before halftime with their second score, but GC quickly put up two touchdowns of its own to end that threat.
"To give up seven and get 14 back, that was huge," Cronin said. "After they scored we drove the field on a draw play to (Logan) Osborne that went 70 yards. Then we got the ball back and we were thinking field goal, but punched it in then. I think that was the real back breaker."
Despite giving up three scores, GC defense continued to smother opponents. The unit held BU to 18 first downs, 41 yards on the ground and 212 passing yards. Most of that triple digit mark was the result of 70-yard touchdown pass from Will Masoud to Cole Delano.
Offensively, the Tigers found their rhythm again putting up the most points since scoring 77 in the season opener. The ground attack accounted for five scores, Neal Pawsat threw for three and the defense found the end zone as well.
One of the sweeter scores for GC's veteran coach was to see his son Cory Cronin put up six early in the game.
"It was great to see him score his first collegiate touchdown this past week, but his score this week was really special," Cronin said. "He had great vision and made the moves to get in the end zone."
Georgetown hits the road to play Campbellsville University (1-4) next Saturday.