Sept. 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-3, 0-0 Patriot League) hosts Princeton University (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League) on Saturday to highlight this weekend's homecoming festivities on the Hilltop. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field. This will be the seventh meeting between the two programs with the Hoyas trailing the series 5-1, having won last season's nationally televised matchup 20-19.
Fans can watch live streaming coverage of the Georgetown Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com. The live broadcast of the Hoyas game with the Tigers will feature Matt Fetters on play-by-play with Chuck Timanus and Brandon Smallproviding commentary. Monika Moore and Monica McNutt will also provide reports from the sideline. In-game updates will be available through the Hoyas official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
The Blue & Gray will look to bounce back from consecutive losses to Marist and Brown in front of a sold-out crowd at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday. The Hoyas are 7-5 in homecoming games since joining the Patriot League in 2001. Its last homecoming victory, was over Colgate, 40-17, on homecoming 2011.
LAST SEASON AGAINST THE TIGERS...Matt MacZura kicked the game-winning field goal from 33 yards to seal Georgetown's 20-19 victory over Princeton in the program's national television debut. It was one of three field goals from MacZura, who scored the Hoyas first points in six games against the Tigers. Nick Campanellaalso scored on a seven-yard touchdown run to help Georgetown.
ON THE MEND...The Hoyas have been hard hit at linebacker with Preseason PL Defensive Player of the Year Dustin Wharton and Nick Alfieri both sidelined during GU's last two games, as four of the Hoyas first six linebackers have missed time due to injury. Georgetown also missed defensive starters in DL Hunter Kiselick and CB Ettian Scottagainst Brown. GU hopes to have several players return this week, with the status on each listed as day-to-day.
HOYAS IN THE RED ZONE...The Hoyas have been nearly automatic when driving inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season, converting 11-of-13 red zone attempts, with 11 touchdowns. Of the Hoyas 11 touchdowns, six have come on the ground, with five through the air. Jo'el Kimpela and Isaiah Kempf each have two rushing touchdown, while JakeDeCicco and Daniel Sprotteeach have a pair of touchdown receptions. Last season the Hoyas were 24-of-35 after being among the nation's leaders at 36-of-39 on red zone opportunities in 2011 with Kempf under center.
FAMILY TIES...Senior safety Stephen Atwater(Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) will face his younger brother, Princeton sophomore running back DiAndre Atwater for the second time on Saturday. In last season's nationally-televised matchup, Stephen had six tackles, as DiAndre rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown. The NFL Network will be following Stephen, his brother and their father, former Pro Bowl safety Steve Atwater during the week and on game day.
ABOUT PRINCETON...The Tigers could not hold on to a late lead, falling to No. 22 Lehigh, 29-28 in its nationally-televised season-opener last Saturday...Princeton is looking for a win in its road-opener for the first time since 2009 when they defeated Lehigh 17-14... Head Coach Bob Surace is 2-6 against the Patriot League during his tenure with the Tigers. His last three losses to PL opponents have come by a total of five points... ...The Tigers play two QB's as Quinn Epperly accounted for two TD's against Lehigh and Connor Michelsen completed 19-of-32 passes for 210 yards in the opener... Princeton's DE Caraun Reid was noted as the top NFL Prospect in the FCS by Todd McShay on ESPN's College Gameday last weekend. He had six tackles, a sack and a blocked kick last season against GU.
Saturday is Coach to Cure MD. Coaches around the country are joining forces on Saturday to support the Coach to Cure MD Program. All of the Georgetown coaches are wearing patches on their sleeves to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
To donate $5 to Coach to Cure MD, text the word "CURE" to 90999. You can also visit coachtocuremd.org to make a donation.