Sept. 5, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League) travels west to University of Dayton (0-0, 0-0 Pioneer League) to take on the Flyers for the first time in program history. Kick-off at Welcome Stadium is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, September 6.
The game will be the first of two Pioneer League road trips for the Hoyas, as they will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for a Saturday, September 13 game against the Marist Red Foxes. The Hoyas are 21-7 against programs in the Pioneer League since rejoining the Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) classification in 1993.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: A free live audio broadcast of Saturday's game, featuring Chuck Timanus on play-by-play with commentary from Ryan Sakamoto, will be available on the Georgetown University official athletics website - www.GUHoyas.com. Live updates can be found via the program's official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
LAST GAME: The Hoyas will look to bounce back after a season-opening 21-3 loss to Wagner last Saturday. Sophomore placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) was responsible for the Hoyas' lone points on a 35-yard field goal with time expiring in the first half. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 20-of-41 passes for 185 yards, but the offense was held scoreless in the second half, as the Seahawks scored two unanswered touchdowns to put the game away. Junior wide receiver Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) had 75 receiving yards on a career-high eight receptions for GU. The Hoyas defense was active, recording eight tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception.
Alec May CONTINUES TO RACK UP PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORS: Senior captain defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) had nine tackles and led the defense with three tackles for loss, two sacks and one pass breakup in the Hoyas season-opener. His impressive game earned him a Patriot League Weekly Honorable Mention, the fourth consecutive game May has been honored dating back to last season. In those four games May has compiled nine sacks, the most during a four game span in at least the last eight seasons. His 14.5 career sacks places him 10th among the Hoyas career leaders.
Nick Alfieri CLIMBS ALL-TIME TACKLES LIST: Senior captain linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) tied junior Dezmond Richardson (Euless, Texas/Grant/Euless Trinity) and junior Matthew Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) with 10 tackles in the season opener. It was the fourth time in the last five games that Alfieri has recorded double-digit tackles. The senior linebacker is currently tenth in GU history with 226 tackles, three behind Jason Carter, who compiled 229 tackles from 2002-2005. Alfieri, the 2014 Joe Eacobacci No. 35 Memorial Jersey recipient, moved past two-time No. 35 honoree Michael Ononibaku in the final game of 2013. He joins the 2010 No. 35 recipient Nick Parrish (2nd, 349 tackles) and the first No. 35 recipient from 2003, Matt Fronczke (6th, 243 tackles) in the all-time tackles top ten.
COMING HOME: Hoyas' first-year offensive coordinator Michael Neuberger returns to Dayton, where he helped the Flyers win two Pioneer League Championships as a student-athlete between 2001-2004. Neuberger played in the secondary and on special teams and was a two-time PFL Academic Honor Roll selection. Junior safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), who intercepted a pass against Wagner will be playing close to home, as will senior linebacker Ryan Rattay (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit).
ABOUT DAYTON: Head Coach Rick Chamberlain is in his sixth season at the helm of a Dayton program that returns seven starters on offense, led by preseason All-Pioneer Football League selection QB Will Bardo. A four-year starter at quarterback, Bardo moved into second place on UD's career total yardage list last year (6,730 yards) and needs just 358 yards to claim the top spot. Last season, he completed 144-of-262 passses for 1,920 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also gained 519 yards on 96 rushing attempts (5.4 avg.) and scored nine touchdowns, all second on the team. Over the last six games he played, he was 79 of 129 (.612) for 1,127 yards and nine touchdowns. RB Connor Kacsor, the PFL's leading returning rusher, gained 966 yards and scored 10 TD despite missing one game and all but two plays of another a year ago. The senior RB averaged 119.6yards a game in PFL action. He gained 244 yards against Davidson. Kacsor has eight 100+ yard games in 19 career games, while his 6.4 yards per carry average is the best in Flyer football history.
Four starters return on defense, headlined by defensive end Pat Dowd, the only active two-time All-Pioneer Football League selection. He led UD and was third in FCS football in sacks (1.05 per game). Dowd tied an FCS record with six sacks at Drake last season. The redshirt senior was also tied for team honors in tackles for a loss (12.5) and fumbles forced (2) in 2013.Dayton was picked to finish second in the annual PFL preseason coaches' poll. San Diego was voted No. 1. The Flyers were the only team to defeat USD in league action last year.