Sept. 12, 2008
Washington, D.C. - Fresh off its season-opening win over Howard last week, the Georgetown University football team hits the road this weekend, traveling to play at Lafayette in the Patriot League opener for both teams. Kickoff at Fisher Stadium in Easton, Pa. is slated for 6 p.m.
The game between the Leopards and the Hoyas will be broadcast live on the Lafayette Sports Network, a national leader in Division I Football Championship Subdivision television coverage. The game will air on RCN-4 and WBPH-60 in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. Nationally, Lafayette Sports Network telecasts will be picked up for the ninth straight year by DIRECTV and DISH Network outlets, available to more than 60 million viewers. The matchup with the Hoyas will be rebroadcast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) on Tuesday night at 11:30 p.m.
Fans can also listen to the game live on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling all of the action from Fisher Stadium. A live audio broadcast of every Georgetown game - both home and away - will be available through www.guhoyas.com.
Georgetown enters the game with a 1-0 record following a 12-7 win over Howard on Sunday. The game had been slated for Saturday, Sept. 6, but was delayed by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hanna. It was the first win in a season opener for the Hoyas since the 2005 season, when GU posted a 19-16 overtime win at Bucknell.
In the win over the Bison, freshman quarterback James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to senior slot back Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) in the fourth quarter, pushing the Hoyas into the lead. Brady completed 13-of-20 passes on the day for 120 yards.
Brady will share signal-calling duties with sophomore Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse), who completed only 1-of-6 passes, but carried the ball 14 times for 38 yards.
The Georgetown rushing attack is led by junior Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Phillips Academy [Md.]), the 2006 Patriot League Rookie of the Year. He carried the ball 109 times in 2007 for 458 yards and four touchdowns. The versatile back also finished second on the team in team receptions with 34 catches for 294 yards. In the season opener, Houghton ran seven times for 31 yards and also made one grab.
The Hoyas were sparked to the win over Howard by an impressive effort from the defense, which registered four sacks and had 11 tackles-for-loss. Junior linebacker Chris Rau (Avon, Ohio/Avon) was one of five players to finish with at least five tackles in the game for the Hoyas, leading the squad with nine. Senior defensive lineman Ataefiok Etukeren (Phoenix, Ariz./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) led a dominant effort by the defensive line with five tackles, two sacks, three tackles-for-loss and one pass breakup.
Lafayette used its running game and a dominating defense to register a 28-6 win over Marist on Saturday. The Leopards are 84-38-3 all-time in home openers and 12-6 in Patriot League home openers. Lafayette will look to stretch the fifth-longest win streak in the FCS ranks to five games with the matchup vs. Georgetown on Saturday. The Leopards closed 2007 with three Patriot League wins over Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lehigh.
This will be the 12th meeting all-time between Georgetown and Lafayette. The Leopards hold an 8-3 advantage in the head-to-head series, including a 6-1 record since GU joined the Patriot League. Lafayette is 3-1 at home, the lone Georgetown win a 17-10 decision on October 4, 2003. The teams first met on Oct. 25, 1902, a 23-0 Lafayette win in Washington. The teams played in 1922, 1927 and 1937 before renewing the rivalry in 2001.