Good morning and welcome to the blog!
I'm Brooke Rayder and I'll be bringing you the news and notes from Georgetown's Patriot League Championship Game against Lehigh today from Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, Pa. I'm sure you are at home anxiously awaiting the 12:30 kick-off from your homes (unless you're here). Make sure you are tuning into today's free live audio webcast featuring Chuck Timanus and Ryan Sakamoto. If you have to step away from the blog or the broadcast you can also get updates by following Hoyas_Football on Twitter.
It's a beautiful day for Patriot League football in Bethlehem, Pa. Sunny, breezy, around 50 degrees, the last of the fall foliage is flying around on the field.
A little bit about the series: Lehigh leads 11-5, and 10-0 since Georgetown joined the Patriot League in 2001. The last Georgetown win against Lehigh was in 1925, with a 40-0 victory for the Hoyas.
You know what the Hoyas haven't had in 86 years? A chance to control their bid to the Division I FCS Championship. With a rushing defense that ranks 7th in the nation, the Hoyas look to stop a Lehigh offense that averages 491 yards per game.
Robert McCabe and Andrew Schaetzke are up to the task. Schaetzke has 11.5 sacks this season, leading the Patriot League. McCabe had 13 tackles in the win against Fordham last week, and 119 total on the season. I guarantee you Ryan Sakamoto could not throw down that many tackles in the Sports Information Department.
So here we are, getting ready for the starting line-ups! Make sure to click for more information as the game gets going.
Good Morning Georgetown football fans,
We just arrived here at Fitton Field on the campus of Holy Cross about 15 minutes ago and are setting up for today's game with Holy Cross. Right now, it's 36 degrees, as Worcester, Mass. is expecting 8-12 inches of snow today, though nothing is falling at the moment. I hope wherever you are reading (or listening to today's broadcast on GUHoyas.com) you are well prepared for the weather. If you're anything like me, maybe you even have some Hurricane Irene supplies left over.
This is a HUGE game for the Hoyas. A Georgetown win could create an unofficial Patriot League Championship game at Lehigh on Nov. 12. Though Holy Cross, currently in first place in the Patriot League looks to be the toughest opponent GU has had this season. They are 4-3 (2-0 Patriot League), with two of those losses coming to Top 25 teams. Ryan Taggart is only behind Lehigh's Chris Lum nationally in total offense per game and the Crusaders defense is neck and neck with Georgetown in total defense (HC is 1st, 322.7 yards/g) and scoring defense (HC is 2nd, 20.3 pts/g), behind Georgetown (19.9 pts./g). GU will need to put pressure on Taggart, a high school teammate of GU's No. 35 Wayne Heimuli at Trinity in Dallas, Texas.
Series Info: Georgetown trails the series with Holy Cross, 8-15, despite a 17-7 victory last year on Homecoming at Multi-Sport Field. GU has not won a game at Fitton Field since 1999, coincidentally the last time Georgetown had a winning record, which they clinched last week with a win over Colgate.
Fun with Numbers: Andrew Schaetzke is fourth in GU history with 24.5 sacks and sixth all-time in the Patriot League...Freshman wide receiver Kevin Macari is second in the nation in punt return average, at 16.6 yards per return. His 60 yard return last week was the fifth longest in Hoya history and the longest in the league this year...GU is +8 in turnover margin, after a three interception (2 from Jeremy Moore, 1 from Robert McCabe) last week. Holy Cross is -5 on the season.
I'll be back with starters and much more from venerable Fitton Field momentarily...Make sure to keep hitting refresh after the jump for all the updates (as long as our internet is working) and listen in with myself and Chuck Timanus on GUHoyas.com. And of course if you're not following Hoyas_Football on twitter, you should start!
I'll be back with starters and much more from venerable Fitton Field
momentarily...Make sure to keep hitting refresh after the jump for all
the updates (as long as our internet is working) and listen in with
myself and Chuck Timanus on GUHoyas.com. And of course if you're not
following Hoyas_Football on twitter, you should start!
Good morning and welcome to the blog!
It's a little before 11:30 a.m. and Chuck Timanus, the radio voice of Georgetown football, and myself are in the pressbox at Greene Stadium on a sunny, though windy day. In both end zones they have those crazy wind puppets (not sure what they're really called) that appear to be moving around energetically.
The team is on the field for warm-ups, as days like these are always interesting ones for kickers and punters. Though at the moment Brett Weiss (the reigning Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week) and punter Matt MacZura do not appear to be having any problems.
Today Georgetown will resume its young intra-city rivalry with Howard, as the teams are meeting for the first time since 2009 and GU is making its first trip to Howard since 2008. The teams are currently tied, 1-1 all-time with today, as Coach Kelly mentioned earlier in the week being "the rubber match."
Both teams have played well, with the Bison winning its last two, including an impressive 29-point fourth quarter comeback to stun Florida A&M last Saturday. It was Howard's second consecutive win, having defeated Savannah State on that day. Against Savannah State, Howard freshman QB Greg McGhee threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to earn MEAC Rookie of the Week.
Georgetown is coming off of it's own 24-10 victory over Wagner, where the defense held the Seahawks to 77 rushing yards, half its season-average, while Max Waizenegger's 71-yard touchdown reception from Isaiah Kempf put the game away late. Safety David Quintero picked off a late pass to seal the game...
Some Light Reading for this morning before the game:
Hoyas Front Three Gets a Boost from the Play of Dan Lenihan and Jordan Richardson
Today's Game Notes
I'll be back with more news and notes from Greene Stadium after the jump...
Good morning and welcome to the blog!
We're in Staten Island, N.Y., home of the Wu Tang Clan and the Wagner
College Seahawks, today's opponent. The trip is Georgetown's first to
Wagner College Stadium since 2000.
Today's game will be just the third meeting in program history, with the
Hoyas and Seahawks splitting the pair of previous games. Last year's
game was a heartbreaker for the Hoyas, as Wagner placekicker made a
career-long 54 yard field goal to send the game to overtime, where
Wagner won in two overtimes, 22-16.
Offensively this has been a much improved team than it was a year ago.
The Hoyas have already scored 151 points through five games and have
featured one of the most explosive offenses in the Patriot League. They
also have the third best red zone offense in the nation converting on
18-of-19 trips inside their opponents 20 yard line.
On defense, junior linebacker Robert McCabe continues to impress. Coming
into today's game, McCabe is leading the Patriot League, averaging over
10 tackles per game. Sophomore outside linebacker Dustin Wharton is
also among the league's top five players in that category. It would be
difficult to talk about defense without mentioning senior defensive end
Andrew Schaetzke. Schaetzke is tied for the league lead with 5.5 sacks
and second with 9.5 tackles for loss, despite often facing double and
triple teams this season. That is expected continue.
The weather today could not be anymore different than the weather last
weekend in Lewisburg, Pa. Right now in Staten Island, it's 64 degrees,
not a cloud in the sky and a nice breeze that we can feel with the
windows in the pressbox just opening up. Right now, we're watching both
teams warm up with a nice view of the Verrazano Bridge. Interestingly
the pre-game music is of the unedited variety, which is always a jolt
for people who work a lot of events, where cleanliness of lyrics is next
I'll be back soon with starters and then throughout the game as our
internet connection allows! Also, make sure to follow Hoyas_Football on
twitter and get to the app store if you're on your smartphone and
download the new GUHoyas app!
MORE AFTER THE JUMP...
Good Morning Georgetown Football Fans and welcome to the blog!
We're a little over an hour away from kick-off here at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium in rainy Lewisburg, Pa. It's a chilly, windy 54 degrees, the kind of Pennsylvania day where you round up the guys in the neighborhood for some tackle football at the park. Luckily, we're about to see just that.
Today's game with Bucknell has built up a little bit of hype around the Patriot League, with the Hoyas and Bison both entering today with 3-1 records. Not so bad for two teams picked to finish in the cellar prior to the season. Even The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa. is talking about the Hoyas... http://articles.mcall.com/2011-09-28/sports/mc-patriot-notebook-0928-20110928_1_scott-darby-hoyas-patriot-league
The matchup will feature this past week's Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week (GU QB Scott Darby) and Defensive Player of the Week, Bucknell's defensive end Josh Eden. Eden, who had an interception return for a TD, a safety and a fumble recovery in last week's win against Princeton. Darby, as you may remember accounted for five touchdowns and had the best completion percentage in GU history (81.8 percent).
PATRIOT LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR PREVIEW... Bucknell's Eden and Andrew Schaetzke are both among the top defensive players in the league. Schaetzke leads the PL in sacks and tackles for loss, while Eden is fourth in sacks and fifth in tackles for loss.
KEEP READING AFTER THE JUMP FOR STARTERS AND MUCH MORE...
Welcome to the Georgetown Football Game Day Live Blog!
We are a little over an hour away from game time here at Tenney Stadium on the campus of Marist. It's a beautiful day here for football, though a little bit muggy. Currently it's a 75 degrees and despite the forecast for rain, the sun is starting to peek through the clouds, just a bit.
Prior to leaving our digs at the Clarion the offense and defense took separate ends of the parking lot and went through its pre-game walk-through. I can only imagine what the other hotel guests were thinking if they looked out of their windows at around 10:30 a.m.
Anyway, we are now all set up in the press box. I'm sitting up here next to Chuck Timanus, the voice of the Hoyas. Make sure if you are reading this that you are also tuning into the free audio broadcast on GUHoyas.com today!
The press box here at Marist is not like any other that I have seen in my travels with Georgetown football. First, it's open-air which is nice and not rare. But the large, luxury suite-like areas set up for VIP's, is very different. Chuck and I are less then screen pass-distance away from Marist fans who are enjoying wine, beer and finger sandwiches. It will be interesting to see how that crowd progresses through the game.
On to football...Scott Darby will be starting at quarterback today. Isaiah Kempf will sit out after taking a big hit last week against Yale. Darby was under center for the Hoyas win against Marist in the Hoyas, 14-7 win over the Red Foxes last season.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: These two teams, while not natural rivals, have played some very close games, with six of the last seven being decided by a touchdown or less and two going into overtime. Each team has done a good job of defending its home field. Georgetown has not won in Poughkeepsie since 1999.
I'll be back with Georgetown starters and more information about the game and surroundings from Tenney Stadium throughout the afternoon. Make sure to follow us after the jump throughout the afternoon and keep your finger on that refresh button!
Excitement has surrounded the first two days of football
practice at Multi-Sport Field, as the Hoyas have begun preparation for its
season-opener against Davidson on Saturday, September 3.
The team has yet to strap on the pads and they will not have
their first double session until Saturday, August 13, but the offense is at a
higher level of understanding and execution on the offensive side under second
year offensive coordinator David Patenaude at the same point compared to last
year. On defense, the team returns nine starters, including everyone in a
secondary that ranked among the leaders in NCAA Division I FCS in
More after the jump...
In the event that you don't watch as much track & field on television as I do, you may have missed out on the fact that one Andrew Bumbalough, former Hoya seven-time All-American who earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Georgetown, in a Nike track & field commercial. Needless to say, it is pretty awesome to be running for Nike, but it's gotta be even cooler to be a part of their latest commercial. Check it out below.
Members of the Georgetown football team have been putting in
the work to get better on the field throughout the summer. I spoke with RB
Chance Logan last week, who has been training with an NFL-playing relative
during the lockout, as he prepares for the 2011 season. It is hard to walk
through Yates Field House without seeing at least two guys putting in the time
to help the Hoyas reach that next level. Kenny Furlough stopped through the
office a week or so ago to update his roster bio and was excited for this
Earlier today, I posted a story about Dustin Wharton setting
world records at the NASA Powerlifting Nationals a few weeks back, along with
his father. Here is video of the performances, its impressive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSrljzafb3I
But in my opinion, the most impressive thing that the Hoyas
have been doing this summer has less to do with training and more to do with
displays of character.
It's the final day at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Indiana! Every race today could mean a trip to Des Moines, Iowa for the NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, so good luck to all of our Hoyas! You can watch all the action via the live stream or keep up with the live results - both linked below.
Watch Saturday's Action LIVE! | LIVE Results | Championship Central |
NCAA D1 Brackets by Event (PDF) Created USTFCCCA