Sept. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (2-1, 0-0 Patriot League) will be making what is believed to be the program's first nationally televised appearance when they travel to Princeton, N.J. to take on Princeton University (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) on Friday night. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:02 p.m, with coverage on ESPNU scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. For the Hoyas, it will be its second of three consecutive games against an Ivy League opponent and its first game with the Tigers since 1923.
ESPNU's coverage of the game will begin at 7:00 p.m., with Joe Beninati handling the play-by-play and Rene Ingoglia providing analysis. Friday night's game can also be viewed on WatchESPN.com (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/560341/georgetown-vs-princeton), which is available to Time Warner, Verizon, Brighthouse and Comcast cable subscribers. A live audio broadcast is also available through the Georgetown University Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the play-by-play and Ryan Sakamoto adding color. Fans can also get game updates from the team's official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
Friday will already be a night of firsts for the Hoyas, as they will play its first Friday night game under Head Coach Kevin Kelly and will be making its first nationally televised appearance. The Hoyas will also be looking to win its first game against Princeton in program history and score its first points against the Tigers. In five previous matchups from 1903-1923, the Hoyas are 0-5 and have been outscored 79-0 in those games. GU will also be looking to snap its streak of 13 consecutive losses to Ivy League opponents dating back to 2003.
Last week, the Hoyas fell to Yale, 24-21 despite standout performances from senior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and sophomore wide receiver/punt returner Kevin Macari (Stamford, Conn./New Canaan). Moore earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting two passes, including a 41-yard INT return for a touchdown. Moore also had 12 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, to help GU continue its three-week streak of PL Defensive Player of the Week honors, following senior linebacker Robert McCabe's (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) back-to-back honors. Macari returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown, the second longest punt return in GU history, to earn Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week. Macari is currently fifth in the nation and first in the PL, averaging 20.8 yards per punt return.
Robert McCabe CLOSING IN ON TACKLES RECORD...McCabe has posted double-digit tackles in each of the Hoyas three games this season, once again leading the Patriot League, averaging 15 tackles per game. His 45 tackles this season give him 293 for his career, the second most in Hoya history behind only Nick Parrish's 349. Junior linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) and sophomore safety Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./The Hotchkiss School) are tied for second in the PL, each averaging 10.0 tackles per game.
HOYAS ON THE GROUND...On defense, the Hoyas have been strong against the run this season, posting the 15th best run defense in the nation and the second best in the PL through the first three games, allowing 91.0 yards per game. On the offensive side of the ball GU has had one of the top rushing offenses in the nation. The Hoyas experienced offensive line has paved the way for the nation's 13th best rushing offense (235.5 yards/game) and the best in the Patriot League. Junior running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) leads the Hoyas with 216 yards on 35 carries with three touchdowns.
HOMECOMING FOR HOYAS STARTERS...The Hoyas will feature four starters that grew up in New Jersey, a short distance from Friday's game at Princeton. Junior quarterback Aaron Aiken (Morristown, N.J./The Lawrenceville School), will make his third start at quarterback in place of injured senior captain Isaiah Kempf. Snapping Aiken the ball will be senior center Kevin Sullivan (Maywood, N.J./Bergen Catholic), who is this season's Joe Eacobacci No. 35 Memorial Jersey recipient. On defense, senior linebacker Jeremy Grasso (Washington Twp.,N.J./Bergen Catholic) and junior linebacker Sean Campbell (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) will be in the starting lineup against Princeton. Overall, the Hoyas have 12 players from the Garden State.
PRINCETON: The Tigers are coming off of a 17-14 loss to defending Patriot League champion Lehigh in its first game of the season. Princeton fell behind 17-0 by the half, but regrouped to shut out the Mountain Hawks, 14-0 in the second half. Princeton's defense recovered a fumble and forced Lehigh to punt in each of its second half possessions, holding them to a second-half long drive of 13 yards. Princeton returns seven starters on defense, including All-Ivy League First Team selection Caraun Reid, a senior defensive lineman.