Georgetown Football Hits the Road for First League Road Game with Matchup at Holy Cross on Saturday
Sophomore slot back Charlie Houghton and the Hoyas depart for Holy Cross on Friday. (Rafael Suanes)

Sophomore slot back Charlie Houghton and the Hoyas depart for Holy Cross on Friday. (Rafael Suanes)

Sept. 20, 2007

Washington, D.C. -

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The Georgetown University football will hit the road on Friday morning as the team prepares for its first league road game of the season, a date on Saturday, September 22 at Holy Cross. Kickoff for the Hoyas' game at Fitton Field is slated for 1 p.m.

Fans can listen in to a live broadcast of the game by visiting the Georgetown Athletics Web site - Chuck Timanus, who handles all of the action on HoyaVision, will call all the play-by-play, with a pre-game show slated to begin at 12:50 p.m.

The Hoyas will be looking to pick up their first win of the season when they face Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon. Georgetown is coming off a 28-14 loss at home to No. 21 Yale last week, while the Crusaders posted a 31-28 win over Harvard.

Saturday's game with Holy Cross marks the 20th meeting between the teams. The Crusaders lead the head-to-head series, 12-7, and has won the last seven meetings. Georgetown's last win in the series was a 34-16 win at Holy Cross on September 11, 1999.

The Hoyas are averaging 131.0 yards rushing per game, while gaining 181.0 through the air. GU ranks fifth in the Patriot League in rushing offense and fourth in passing offense. Senior quarterback Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wis./Port Edwards) has completed 71.1 percent of his passes (64-of-90) for 538 yards, a 179.3 per game average. He leads the Patriot League in passing efficiency at 124.2.

Senior fullback Kyle Van Fleet (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock) is seventh in the Patriot League in rushing yards per game, averaging 46.0 yards. Van Fleet, who is third on the team with 46.0 yards receiving, is eighth in the Patriot League in all-purpose yards, averaging 92.0 per game. Sophomore slot back Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario/St. Michael's) is second on the team in rushing with 25 carries for 99 yards (33.0 per game), including last week when he had 14 carries for 91 yards. Last year's Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Houghton has caught 12 passes for 115 yards (38.3 per game) and is fifth in the league in all-purpose yards, averaging 101.7 yards per game.



Freshman slot back Mychal Harrison (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) caught 12 passes for 70 yards in last week's loss to Yale and is tied for eighth in the league in catches per game with senior Brent Craft (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) at 4.33. On the defensive side, senior back Kevin Cherepski (Carteret, N.J./Carteret) leads the team with 26 tackles while sophomore Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) is second with 23 stops. Cherepski leads the team with 13 solo stops and has 13 assists, while Mack has a team-best 14 assisted tackles. The duo ranks fourth and fifth in the Patriot League in total tackles, respectively.

Sophomore Scott Coffman (Sugarland, Texas/Strake Jesuit) is third on the team, and 13th in the Patriot League, with 19 tackles. Sophomore Chris Rau (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) has 18 tackles and leads the team with 2.0 tackles-for-loss. Senior Michael Shotwell (Fairfax Station, Va./St. Stephen's-St. Agnes) has 12 tackles and 1.5 for loss, while senior defensive end Nnamdi Obiako (Bladensburg, Md./Bladensburg) has made 10 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. The team ranks seventh in rush defense (247.3) and fourth in pass defense (181.0 yards per game.

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