Sept. 20, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University and Columbia University football programs will play the second game of their 10-year series this upcoming Saturday, competing for the Lou Little Trophy. The trophy, which stays with the winner until the following year’s contest, honors College Football Hall of Fame Head Coach Lou Little, who coached at both Georgetown and Columbia.
Little arrived on the Hilltop in 1924 and helped bring Georgetown football into the modern era. He recorded a 41-12-3 record over six seasons, while also serving as athletics director. His .759 win percentage is still the highest among GU head coaches who have coached more than 20 games on the Hilltop. Little took over at Columbia in 1930 and continued his Hall of Fame career until 1956. At Columbia, he posted 110 victories. Overall his teams won 149 games, lost 122 and tied 11.
At Georgetown, Little coached three All-Americans, including Harry Connaughton, Claude Grigsby and Jim Mooney, each of whom were inducted into the Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame in 1953. Mooney, a two-time All-American, who captained Little’s last team at Georgetown in 1929, lost his life during World War II. Little later extended an offer to his son, Jim, to attend Columbia, where he played football from 1953-55.
Little was elected president of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and played a key role on college football’s Rules Committee. Four of his players — Paul Governali, Sid Luckman, Cliff Montgomery and Bill Swiacki — were elected to the College Football Foundation Hall of Fame, and he soon joined them. He was one of the best-known figures in New York City, found most nights in one or another of the city’s famed nightspots, swapping stories with mayors, sports figures and entertainers. He was justly famous for his wardrobe, especially his shoes, of which it was said that he owned a different one for every day of the year.
In 2015, the first year of competition for the Lou Little Trohy, the Hoyas defeated Columbia, 24-16, at the Lions’ Robert K. Kraft Field. Quarterback Kyle Nolan Nolan completed 21-of-32 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 41 yards and another touchdown. Wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) finished with four receptions and a career-high 118 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown reception that helped seal the victory for the Blue & Gray. Henry Darmstadter (Fairfax, Va./George Mason) connected on a career-long 46-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Georgetown, which is coming off its bye week, is off to its first 2-0 start since the 2012 season after wins over Davidson (38-14) and Marist (20-17). In GU’s win over the Red Foxes, Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional) was 23-of-45, passing for 208 yards and one touchdown and he also ran 12 times for 32 yards. Alex Valles (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) rushed 15 times for 93 yards while Justin Harrell (New Orleans/Newman) led the receiving corps with eight catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. Defensive lineman Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) was named the Patriot League and STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking two field goals to preserve Georgetown’s three-point victory.