WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team returns to the Nation's Capital to host Harvard University at Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium on Saturday, September 30. Kickoff at the historic D.C. sports venue is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network. Matt Martucci will call the play-by-play and Dave Owens will provide color analysis while Morgan Uber will be reporting from the sidelines. A link to the broadcast and live stats can be found at www.GUHoyas.com. The game can also be watched on Twitter by following either the Georgetown football account, @HoyasFB, or @WatchStadium.
Tickets for Saturday's game are available via Ticketmaster. All seating is general admission. Discounts are available for youth (ages 3-17) and members of the military; children two and under do not require a ticket for entry. More information about parking and tailgating, please click HERE.
Last Time Out
Georgetown fell on the road, 35-14, to Columbia University in the annual battle for the Lou Little Trophy on Saturday afternoon. Michael Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass./Williston Northampton) recorded his second 100-yard receiving game of the season, finishing with four catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. His 83-yard touchdown reception from Clay Norris (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) was the third-longest pass play in Georgetown history, and longest since 1997. Brandon Williams (Germantown, Md./Northwest) also hauled in four passes for 78 yards, while David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) led the defense with 11 tackles.
Saturday will be Georgetown's first-ever game at the historic RFK Stadium, which has been D.C.'s premier multi-purpose stadium since it opened in 1961. The current home of Major League Soccer's D.C. United, RFK Stadium has also served as the home to the NFL's Washington Redskins and Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. The historic venue has been home to countless collegiate football games including George Washington University in the 1960's, the Howard-Hampton University rivalry in the 90's, the Military Bowl and AT&T Nation's Football Classic. Additionally, the United States Men's National Team has played 27 soccer games at RFK Stadium, more than any other venue in the world.
About the Matchup
Georgetown enters Saturday's matchup with a 0-3 all-time record against Harvard, with all three meetings coming since 2014. Last season in Cambridge, Mass., in a battle between two undefeated teams, the Blue & Gray fought hard but, despite a late comeback attempt, fell to the then-No. 19/25 Crimson, 31-17. Isaac Ellsworth (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) finished with 109 rushing yards and 203 all-purpose yards, including a 74-yard rushing touchdown, while Williams caught six passes for 101 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown. The defense forced four turnovers, including two interceptions in the end zone, and Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) blocked a punt on special teams.
Saturday is the second of three-consecutive matchups against Ivy League programs. The Hoyas are 4-11 in the past five years against opponents from the Ivy League and 3-4 under Head Coach Rob Sgarlata.
The Crimson rebounded from a season-opening loss at Rhode Island to defeat Brown, 45-28, on Saturday afternoon in the team's Ivy League opener. The Harvard offense is averaging 410 total yards of offense per game, while the defense is allowing 372.5 yards per game. Through two games, quarterback Joe Viviano is 28-for-45 for 342 yards, while Charlie Booker is leading the rushing attack, rushing for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Adam Scott has hauled in a team-high 10 catches for 113 yards. Luke Hutton and Tanner Lee lead the defense with 13 tackles apiece through the first two games.
The Hoyas will hit the road for its final nonconference game of the year, playing at Princeton University on Saturday, October 7. Kickoff at Powers Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.