Sept. 18, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-1, 0-0 Patriot League) will host Dartmouth College (0-0, 0-0 Ivy League) on Saturday, September 18 at Multi-Sport Field. The opening kickoff is scheduled for noon. Tickets for Saturday's game are sold out.
SERIES HISTORY: The Hoyas and Big Green meet for just the second time in their combined 240+ years of football. The Blue & Gray won the lone matchup, 10-0, in 1916 when it was coached by Albert Exendine and led by captain Dan O'Connor. The win was Georgetown's first victory over an Ivy League opponent. GU has just one home victory against an Ivy, last year's 17-3 win over Brown. Since the beginning of the GU football program in 1887, The Hoyas are 4-20 all-time against Ivy opponents.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday's game will be broadcast free of charge on CampusInsiders.com and The Patriot League Network (www.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league). Matt Martucci will call play-by-play, while Dan Conley will provide analysis on the broadcast. Fans can find live stats by visiting the Georgetown Athletics official website -- www.GUHoyas.com. In-game updates will also be available by following the team's official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
MAKING TAKEAWAYS COUNT: Georgetown's defense has continued to create extra opportunities, by causing turnovers. Last season the Hoyas were among the Patriot League and the FCS's most opportunistic units. This season they have helped turn those takeaways into points. Senior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside(N.C.)) and sophomore cornerback Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) have each returned interceptions for touchdowns. Sophomore safety David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) had a 22-yard interception return that set up a GU touchdown one-play later. Three other GU turnovers have been deep in their own territory, helping take points off the board for its opponent, including Williamson's interception in the end zone at Saint Francis (Pa.). GU is currently tied for seventh in the FCS, with 10 teams, and leads the PL in turnovers gained.
OPERATIING ON OFFENSE: Senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford[Choate Rosemary Hall]) became the first Hoya to earn Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors since Nick Campanella accomplished the feat following GU's first game of the 2012 season. Nolan completed 21-of-34 passes for 200 yards and two touchdown passes, both to junior wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour). In two games, Nolan has spread the ball around, completing passes to 10 different receivers, led by senior Jake DeCicco's (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) 10 catches for 87 yards. Senior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) had a 15-yard touchdown rush in the second quarter against Marist. Kimpela has averaged 4.3 yards per carry on 27 attempts this season to lead the squad.
ABOUT DARTMOUTH: Dartmouth was selected second in the preseason Ivy League poll after averaging over 30 points per game last season and returning the starting quarterback, its top three running backs and top two receivers. The defense finished second in its league in points allowed. They return 10 senior starters. QB Dalyn Williams was a finalist for the Bushnell Cup (Ivy League MVP) completing 67.5 percent of his pass attempts for 2,119 yards and 21 touchdowns with only three interceptions. He also rushed for 1,269 yards. LB Will McNamara and NG A.J. Zuttah both earned preseason Third Team All-America honors from College Sports Madness. McNamara led the Ivy League in tackles last season with 87 while Zuttah finished wiht 48. Head Coach Buddy Teevens begins his 16th season at the helm of his alma mater. Teevens won consecutive Ivy League titles in 1990 and 1991, before heading to Tulane and eventually Stanford. He returned to Hanover, N.H. in 2005 and has built the program back to prominence after a second place finish last season.
HONORING FACULTY FELLOWS AND THE 1965 HOYAS: The Georgetown University football program invited over 100 influential professors, identified by members of the team, to Saturday's game for The Hoyas second annual Faculty Fellows Game. The initiative, started in 2014, aims to build a solid relationship between Georgetown football and the faculty based on mutual understanding and appreciation. Professors in attendance will be recognized following the first quarter. Members of Georgetown's 1965 team will also be in attendance and will be honored during a halftime celebration.