Sept. 25, 2008
Washington, D.C. - After a month of preseason workouts, the Georgetown football team started its 2008 season in early September. Three weeks later, on Saturday, Sept. 27, the Hoyas will return home to the Multi-Sport Field, hosting Holy Cross. Kickoff for the game is slated for 1 p.m. on the Hilltop.
Live video and audio of the game will be available through the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus and Mike Vailancourt providing all of the commentary.
"It will be nice to be able to sleep in our own beds," Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Kelly said. "We're really looking forward to coming home and playing in front of our home crowd. I think the guys on the team are excited and we're going to be ready to go."
Georgetown enters the game with a 1-2 overall record and an 0-1 mark in the Patriot League. Holy Cross, meanwhile, enters the game with an 0-2 record. This will be their first conference game.
The Hoyas opened the season on Sept. 7 with a win in the Inaugural D.C. Cup, beating Howard, 12-7, before back-to-back road losses to Lafayette and Yale.
This will be the 21st meeting all-time between Georgetown and Holy Cross, with the Crusaders holding a 13-7 advantage in the head-to-head series. Holy Cross won last year's meeting, 55-0, in Massachusetts, and has won the last eight overall. Georgetown's last win in the series was a 34-16 decision on the road in 1999. The Hoyas are 1-4 at home against Holy Cross.
The Georgetown offense will be led by a pair of young quarterbacks, sophomore Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and freshman James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's). Lawrence, who has earned the starting nod in all three games, has completed 58.3 percent of his passes (14-of-24) and leads the team in rushing, scoring one touchdown.
Brady, the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on September 15, has completed 53.4 percent of his passes (39-of-73) for 402 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to senior slot Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) in the season-opening win at Howard and has thrown for at least 100 yards in the last two games.
The Georgetown defense has been solid through three games, tallying 23 tackles-for-loss and nine quarterback sacks this season. The Hoyas rank 23rd nationally in tackles-for-loss and 12th nationally in sacks.
Sophomore linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Trinity) leads the team in tackles with 27 overall. He is second in the Patriot League in tackles, averaging 9.0 per game. He leads the team, and is fourth in the conference, with 4.5 tackles-for-loss and has been credited with 1.5 sacks. Junior defensive back Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) is second on the team, and 11th in the Patriot League, with 20 tackles. Senior defensive lineman Ataefiok Etukeren (Phoenix, Ariz./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) is fifth on the team in tackles (14), has 3.5 tackles-for-loss and leads the team with 2.5 sacks.
Georgetown is averaging 246.3 yards in total offense per game and is fourth in the Patriot League in passing offense, averaging 175.7 yards through the air.