Sept. 29, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-1, 1-0 Patriot League) will head to Lewisburg, Pa. for a crucial early season Patriot League matchup against Bucknell University (3-1, 0-0 Patriot League) on Saturday afternoon at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 1:03 p.m. The Hoyas trail the all-time series with a 9-13-1 record against the Bison, though the previous six games have been decided by 10 points or less, with four decided by a field goal.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Fans can listen to the game live on Hoyavision, broadcasted on Georgetown's official athletic website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the call. A live Game Day Blog providing all of the action and notes from Tenney Stadium will also be available on GUHoyas.com.
LAST WEEK: Georgetown's offense exploded for 52 points, as senior quarterback Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep) accounted for five touchdowns with four through the air and one on the ground. Darby also completed 18-of-22 passes for 211 yards. The Hoyas also rushed for a total of 279 yards, with sophomore running back Brandon Durham (Mesquite, Texas/Dallas Christian) leading the way with 103 yards on eight carries and a 67 yard touchdown, the Hoyas longest scoring rush since 2003. Junior SLOT Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) and sophomore running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) each scored two touchdowns in the win. On defense, Georgetown held Marist to just 1.6 yards per carry and a total of 49 rushing yards, while senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) had nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE: Georgetown and Bucknell feature two of the most opportunistic defenses in NCAA Division I FCS, as both rank near the top of the nation in turnover margin. Bucknell is second in the nation averaging a 2.75 turnover difference per game (+11 on the season), while the Hoyas are tied for fourth averaging 1.75 more turnovers than their opponent per game (+7 on the season). The Blue & Gray have created 11 turnovers with five fumble recoveries and six interceptions, while giving away just four. Currently SS Wayne Heimuli has two interceptions and a fumble recovery, while DE Andrew Schaetzke has two forced fumbles. Junior quarterback Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) holds one of the longest streaks in NCAA Division I FCS having thrown 131 consecutive passes without an interception, a streak that dates back to last season against Lehigh. The Hoyas quarterbacks will be tested by Bucknell cornerback Bryce Robertson, who leads the Patriot League with four interceptions.
SCORING IN THE REDZONE: The Blue & Gray have the Patriot League's best and the nation's 11th best red zone offense, having converted 15 of its 16 trips inside the opponent's 20 yard line. In the 16 trips into the red zone the Hoyas have rushed for seven touchdowns and passed for six, with senior kicker Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) converting two field goal attempts. GU had been perfect inside the 20 yard line until last week against Marist.
HOYAS RUSHING DEFENSE TO BE TESTED: The Hoyas strong run defense has been a big part of the team's 3-1 start in 2011. GU has allowed just 70 offensive rushing yards per game, the stingiest in the Patriot League and fifth least in the nation. A large part of the rushing defense has been Georgetown's ability to wreak havoc in the opponent's backfield, compiling 28 tackles for a loss of 137 yards through the first four games, with 12 different players registering a tackle for loss. The team's defense will be tested by a strong running Bucknell team that averages 119.5 rushing yards per game, behind running Jeremiah Young and quarterback Brandon Wesley, who has four rushing touchdowns through four games.
ABOUT BUCKNELL: The Bison have made a quick turnaround under second year Head Coach Joe Susan, starting 3-1 after going 1-10 in 2010. On defense, Bucknell is led by All Patriot League defensive end Josh Eden, who is coming off a week where he was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Wesley has been a key to the Bison's offensive success, averaging 174.5 passing yards per game, while showing strong ability as a rusher. The Hoyas and Bison have one common opponent, as Bucknell defeated Marist 28-14 in the second week of the season.
TICKET INFORMATION: The Hoyas are on the road for five weeks before returning to the Hilltop for Homecoming, when they take on Colgate at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. Tickets for any of Georgetown's two remaining home games can be purchased by calling the Hoyas box office at (202) 687-HOYA (4692) or visiting the team's official website - GUHoyas.com - and visiting http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-footbl-tickets.html.