Oct. 1, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (2-2, 0-0 Patriot League) will travel to Cambridge, Mass. to take on No. 24/25 Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League) on Friday night under the lights at Harvard Stadium. The opening kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: Georgetown and Harvard meet for just the second time in the more than 250 combined seasons of football between the two programs. The Hoyas came out on the losing end in last season’s matchup at Multi-Sport Field, 34-3. This will be the Blue & Gray’s first trip to Harvard Stadium.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Friday night’s game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 (http://es.pn/1VorWYg) with Scott Sudikoff, Chris Boscherini providing the call. An audio-only broadcast will also be available on the Georgetown Athletics official website – www.GUHoyas.com – with Chuck Timanus providing the play-by-play. Fans can also find in-game updates by following the Georgetown football team’s official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
LAST GAME: The Hoyas brought home the Lou Little Trophy with a 24-16 victory over Columbia last weekend at Robert K. Kraft Field. Senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford[Choate Rosemary Hall]) completed 21-of-32 passes for 264 yards and two touchdown passes, both to junior wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour), while also rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown. Senior linebacker Matt Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) tied a career-high with 13 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble in the win.
BIG TEST FOR HOYA PASS DEFENSE...Georgetown’s pass efficiency defense leads the Patriot League (109.1), having intercepted a league-high five passes and allowed just four passing touchdowns. Preseason All-Patriot League cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside[N.C.]) is second in the league with six passes defended (one interception, five breakups), while sophomore cornerback Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) leads the league with seven (two interceptions, five breakups). They will meet the nation’s most efficient pass offense in Harvard. The Crimson leads the FCS (202.35) after their first two games, completing .678 percent of its passes with seven touchdowns and just one interception.
LIMITING MISTAKES...The Hoyas and Crimson have been among the FCS’s best teams in turnover margin. Both teams are plus-three on the season, with the Hoyas and Crimson averaging 2.0 takeaways per game. GU is 2-0 this season when not committing a turnover. Last season GU lost to Harvard, but did win the turnover battle avoiding any miscues while safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) forced a fumble that Satchell recovered and returned it 31 yards.
ABOUT HARVARD: QB Scott Hosch has completed 30-of-46 passes for 487 yards and six touchdowns and one interception through two games and has not been sacked. Hosch was 20-of-25 for 293 yards and one touchdown against GU last season. The Crimson has not given away possessions, turning the ball over just one time this season. Harvard’s defense has allowed an Ivy League low 18.5 first downs per game through two games. Head Coach Tim Murphy is in the midst of his 22nd season at Harvard. He enters this week’s game with a 149-62 record and is the Crimson’s all-time winningest coach. Since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956, only one Ivy coach has compiled more wins than Murphy’s 149.