WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team heads back out on the road to play at Columbia University on Saturday, September 23 in the third battle for the Lou Little Trophy. Kickoff at Robert K. Kraft Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The game will be televised live in the New York area on Sportsnet NY (SNY) and simultaneously broadcast on the Ivy League Network. Eamon McAnaney will call the play-by-play and Sal Licata will provide color analysis. A link to the broadcast and live stats can be found at www.GUHoyas.com.
Last Time Out
Georgetown could not complete a second-half comeback, falling to Marist, 14-12, in its home opener last Saturday. With the loss, the Hoyas dropped to 1-1 overall, while the Red Foxes improved to 2-1.
Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional) finished 21-of-40 passing for 217 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense. Christian Bermudez (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School) rushed for a touchdown and Michael Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass./Williston Northampton) earned Patriot League Honorable Mention accolades after catching four passes for 72 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown reception.
On defense, Ramon Lyons (Orlando, Fla./Ocoee/West Orange) led all players with a career-high 10 tackles, including 0.5 tackle-for-loss (TFL), and had three pass breakups. David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) had nine tackles, and Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) had eight and two TFL. Blaise Brown (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine/Loomis Chaffee) chipped in seven tackles and had a pair of pass breakups.
Lou Little Trophy
Saturday will be the third of a 10-year series that the two teams will play for the Lou Little Trophy, named after the College Football Hall of Fame head coach who coached at both Georgetown and Columbia. The Hoyas have won the first two meetings in the series, winning 24-16 in New York in 2015 and 17-14 last season at Cooper Field.
Little coached at Georgetown from 1924-30 and helped bring GU football into the modern era, recording a 41-12-3 record and .759 win percentage - the highest among Georgetown head coaches who have coached more than 20 games on the Hilltop. Little took over at Columbia in 1930 where he coached until 1956, posting 110 victories. His most notable win came when Columbia defeated Stanford, 7-0, in the 1934 Rose Bowl.
About the Matchup
The Hoyas and Lions will meet for the fifth time overall on Saturday, with both teams having won twice. Georgetown has won the past two matchups, coming in each of the past two seasons. Prior to that, Columbia won the first two meetings in 1901 (18-0) and 2006 (23-21). Last season, the Blue & Gray won its second-straight Lou Little Trophy with a 17-14 Homecoming victory in Washington, D.C. Barnes both passed and rushed for a touchdown, while the GU defense forced four turnovers, including interceptions by Akere and Jethro Francois (Winter Haven, Fla./Victory Christian Academy).
Saturday's contest will be the first of three-consecutive games for the Hoyas against Ivy League opponents. Georgetown is 4-10 against programs from the Ivy League over the past five years, and 3-5 under Head Coach Rob Sgarlata. Last year, the Blue & Gray defeated Columbia before dropping consecutive 31-17 decisions to Harvard and Princeton. Georgetown will play both the Crimson and the Tigers over the next two weeks.
The Lions won their season opener, 17-14, over Wagner last Saturday on a 29-yard field goal as time expired. Columbia, which totaled 365 yards of total offense, rushed for 166 yards on 45 carries and senior quarterback Anders Hill passed for 199 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 89 yards. He threw two interceptions and was sacked five times. The defense gave up 307 yards of offense to the Seahawks, including runs of 21 and 83 yards for Wagner's two touchdowns. On special teams, the Lions blocked two Wagner field goal attempts.
The Hoyas will return to the Nation's Capital to host Harvard University at RFK Stadium on Saturday, September 30. Kickoff at the historic D.C. sports venue is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.