Sept. 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League) travels to New York City to take on Columbia University (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) on Saturday afternoon at Robert K. Kraft Field. The opening kickoff between the Hoyas and Lions is scheduled for 1 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: Georgetown and Columbia meet for the third time in series history and the first time since 2006, with the Lions earning victories in the two previous matchups. GU fell to the Lions, 23-21, in the last meeting at Columbia on September 23, 2006. Saturday’s game will be the beginning of a 10-year series coined “The Battle for Lou’s Return.” Lou Little is a Hall of Fame coach who spent time at both institutions. Little arrived on the Hilltop in 1924 and helped bring Georgetown football into the modern era. Little spent six seasons on the Hilltop, winning 41 games, as the head football coach and athletics director. His .759 win percentage is still the highest among GU head coaches who have coached more than 20 games. He took over at Columbia in 1930 and continued his storied career until 1956, posting an additional 110 victories. The winner will be awarded the Lou Little Trophy.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network with Jerry Recco calling play-by-play and Sal Licata providing analysis. An audio broadcast will also be available on Georgetown’s official athletics website – www.GUHoyas.com – with Chuck Timanus providing the call. Game updates can also be found by following the Georgetown football team’s official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
Ettian Scott LEADS HOYAS IN LIMITING OPPONENTS PASSING ATTACK: For the second-consecutive season senior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside(N.C.)) finds himself among the top defensive backs in the Patriot League. Scott broke up three passes against Dartmouth and returned an interception for a touchdown in GU’s first game of the season at Saint Francis (Pa.). While the preseason All-Patriot League selection sits atop the league in passes defended (one interception, four pass breakups), he has company in the league’s top five from his teammates. Sophomore cornerback Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) is tied for second with junior linebacker Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic) with four passes defended apiece. The trio has combined to intercept or breakup 13 passes through three games.
NOLAN, KIMPELA, DECICCO RISING IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford[Choate Rosemary Hall]) is currently third in GU program history in passing attempts (730), completions (393), and total offense (4,409 yards), while placing fourth in passing yardage (3,935) and fifth in completion percentage (.538). Nolan has started at least one game in each of his four seasons on the Hilltop. Senior running back Jo’el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) has averaged 4.6 yards per carry during his time on the Hilltop, good for seventh all-time. He is ninth in career rushing attempts (315) and climbing the list in rushing yardage, where he is currently ninth (1,488) less than 100 yards behind former teammate Nick Campanella. Senior receiver Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) is sixth in program history in pass receptions (99).
ABOUT COLUMBIA: Columbia opened its 2015 season last week, falling to Patriot League opponent No. 18 Fordham, 44-22. In the loss Matt Cahal made 10 tackles, Alan Watson returned a kickoff 98-yards for a touchdown and Skyler Mornhinweg went 21-for-25 for 187 yards and two rushing touchdowns to each earn a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll. Running back Cameron Molina was also one of three Lions selected as preseason All-Americans along with defensive tackle Niko Padilla and defensive end Toba Akinleye. The Lions are under the direction of Al Bagnoli, who is in his first season with Columbia. Bagnoli is a nine-time Ivy League Football Champion and the winningest head coach in NCAA FCS history. Bagnoli comes to Columbia after 23 seasons at Penn. Bagnoli’s coaching staff has combined to win 43 conference championships, including 22 from the Ivy League.