October 2011 Archives

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 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 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 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 to Godliness.

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!

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...

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.


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