Sept. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (2-0, 0-0 Patriot League) finds itself in a similar situation heading into its Saturday afternoon matchup with the Yale Bulldogs (0-0, 0-0 Ivy League). The Hoyas are 2-0 for the third consecutive season, the first time they have accomplished that feat since 1978-1980. But the Hoyas have been halted from beginning 3-0 in the past two seasons by Yale, who has won all five of the teams' previous meetings. When the teams kick-off at 1:05 p.m., GU will look to reverse that trend.
The Hoyas and Bulldogs game will be broadcast live on Hoyavision through the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the play-by-play. Fans can also receive game updates from the team's official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
Georgetown earned a victory in its home-opener last Saturday, as junior placekicker Matt MacZura (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Central Catholic) connected on a career-long 35-yard field goal with 1:42 remaining in the fourth quarter to break a 10-10 tie. The Hoyas defense was able to clamp down on Wagner over the last minute-and-a-half, as GU held on for a 13-10 victory over the Seahawks. Senior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) had 13 tackles and one sack to earn his second consecutive Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor, while junior linebacker Sean Campbell (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) registered five tackles and two tackles for loss, helping to hold Wagner's rushing attack under 100 yards.
Junior quarterback Aaron Aiken (Morristown, N.J./The Lawrenceville School) earned the victory in his first career start, completing 18-of-38 passes for 148 yards, while scoring on a 12-yard touchdown run, the Hoyas lone touchdown. Aiken will be the starter for the Blue & Gray against Yale, in place of senior QB Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) who is week-to-week after suffering a concussion in the Hoyas first game of the season at Davidson.
Georgetown's offensive line has paved the way for the ground game, as the Hoyas have outrushed each of its opponents so far this season. GU rushed for 280 yards against Davidson as junior running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) and Aiken each ran for over 100 yards. Against Wagner, GU had four different running backs earn carries as the Hoyas piled up 166 yards.
The Hoyas defense has been a strength of the team so far, as McCabe has totaled 30 tackles over the first two games. GU has been particularly tough against the run, as they are currently feature the nation's third best run defense, allowing 38.0 yards per game. Junior Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) has 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in the first two games of the season.
YALE: The Bulldogs will open its season against Georgetown for the fifth consecutive season, having won each of the matchups. This season, Yale promises to offer a different look under first year head coach Tony Reno, who comes over after working as an assistant coach at Harvard. Reno will feature a brand new quarterback in freshman Eric Williams. He will be helped in the backfield by RB Mordecai Cargill, who had 136 total yards and a touchdown reception in last year's game against GU. On defense, Yale is led by senior linebacker Will McHale, who had 79 tackles last season.
Georgetown University will be hosting a FREE pre-game tailgate for the community starting at 11:30am in front of McDonough Arena. This event will have food, music, face-painting, entertainment, photo-op with Jack the Bulldog, and family fun for all. Discounted game tickets are available as well, $5 for adults and FREE for all youth in 8th grade and younger. Additionally, at halftime, all kids will have an opportunity to run around on the field and test out their throwing, catching and kicking skills.
Tickets for the Hoyas game with Yale and the rest of the 2012 Georgetown Football home games are available. For more information and to purchase, please click here [http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-footbl-tickets.html] or contact the Georgetown Athletic Ticket Office at 202-687-HOYA (4692) or firstname.lastname@example.org.