Sept. 25, 2009
WASHINGTON - Georgetown plays the final game of a three-game home stand this weekend, welcoming cross-town rival Howard on a busy Homecoming weekend on the Hilltop. The Hoyas are set to kick off against the Bison on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m.
The game will be broadcast by Verizon FiOS, with B.J. Koubaroulis handling the play-by-play and Dave McHugh providing the color analysis. Fans can also watch a live video stream of the game on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling the game.
Saturday's game with Howard will also mark the second playing of the D.C. Cup, which began in 2008 with a 12-7 Georgetown win on the road. It will be only the second meeting between the teams.
This weekend will be a matchup of two teams looking for its first win of the season.
Georgetown enters the game with an 0-3 overall record after dropping games at Holy Cross and to Lafayette and Yale, respectively, the last two weeks. The Hoyas led Holy Cross, the Patriot League's preseason favorite, entering the fourth quarter of that game on Sept. 5 and trailed Yale only 17-10 in the fourth quarter last week. Howard, meanwhile, enters the game with an 0-2 record after losses at Rutgers and Florida A&M to open the season.
The Hoyas have an all-time record of 43-22-3 in Homecoming games since 1925. GU has lost its last three games on Homecoming Day.
"It means a lot to me; it means everything to me," senior captain Rick Hussey said of the Homecoming game. "It's our D.C. rival, it's the D.C. Mayor's Cup. We've got Howard coming in. They're a fast team, they're an athletic team, but we feel confident taking them on this week, and we just want to bring a homecoming win to Georgetown, to our alumni and fans."
On offense, the Hoyas will hand the ball to freshman quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Ariz./Oaks Christian [Calif.] /Bridgton), who was named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week on Monday. Kempf earned his first Rookie of the Week Award after completing 32-of-59 passes for 332 yards in his first collegiate start. The 32 completions were the third-best in a single game in Georgetown history and the 59 attempts were the second-most in a single game. The 332 passing yards were the ninth-best single-game performance at the school. It was also the first time that a Georgetown quarterback had thrown for at least 300 yards since Matt Bassuener threw for 386 yards in a game against Fordham during the 2007 season.
Kempf's favorite target last week was senior slot Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley), who was named to the Patriot League Honor Roll after catching 13 passes for 149 yards. It was the highest number of catches for a Patriot League player since the 2003 season and tied for the seventh-best performance in the league.
Junior linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) has led a defensive unit that has performed well through three games. Through three games, Parrish leads the team in tackles with 34 overall, has two tackles-for-loss, one sack, one pass deflection and one pass break-up. He was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after recording a game-high 17 tackles, with a tackle-for-loss and a sack. The 17 tackles are tied for the sixth-best single-game mark in Georgetown history. Parrish leads the Patriot League and is 13th nationally with 11.3 tackles per game this season.