Oct. 2, 2014 WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (2-3, 0-1 Patriot League) returns home to host Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League) for the first time in program history on Saturday, October 4. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field. Tickets are sold out for Saturday's game.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: The Hoyas and Crimson game will be broadcast live on HoyaVision via the Georgetown University official athletics website - www.guhoyas.com. Jeremy Huber will call play-by-play, while Chuck Timanus will provide commentary. Monika Moore and Hayley Milon will report from the sideline. The game will air live on the Heritage Sports Radio Network via Sirius/XM Radio channels 136 and 203.
SERIES WITH HARVARD: Georgetown meets Harvard for the first time in program history. The Hoyas have just three wins over Ivy League programs in school history and earned its first home win over an Ivy League program when they defeated Brown, 17-3 on Saturday, September 20.
LAST GAME: The Hoyas dropped its conference-opener to Colgate, 19-0. GU allowed nine points on special teams and had its streak of 10-consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown on defense snapped in the second quarter. The Blue & Gray fell behind 16-0 at the half, as Colgate quarterback Jake Melville rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown. The defense would adjust, allowing just 60 yards to the Raiders in the second half. Junior safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) had his second interception of the season, while senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) had eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss of nine yards and one sack. May has had a sack in eight-consecutive games, helping him earn Patriot League Weekly honorable mention for the sixth time in eight weeks.
Alec May ATOP THE NATION'S SACK LEADERS: May has continued to be a dominant force on the Hoyas defensive line, recording 9.5 sacks through five games this season and 16.5 sacks during his last eight games. He currently leads Division I FCS with 1.9 sacks per game. May has been a Patriot League Weekly honorable mention three times this season and was the CFPA FCS National Defensive Lineman of the Week following GU's win over Brown. May had a career-high four sacks against the Bears. He has moved into a tie for 13th in Patriot League history with 22 career sacks.
HOYAS WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE: Georgetown's defense has been among the most opportunistic in the nation with 11 takeaways (eight interceptions, three fumbles) through the first five games of the season. GU has also limited its turnovers with just five turnovers lost through the season. The Hoyas 1.20 turnover margin is tied for 11th in the nation. Junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) leads the team with three interceptions.
LIMITING OPPONENTS SCORING CHANCES: The Hoyas defense has been able to keep opponents out of the end zone, allowing just one offensive touchdown in the last three games. GU has allowed just 14.6 points per game, the eighth best total in Division I FCS and tops in the Patriot League. The Hoyas have been the definition of "bend but not break," holding the 13th best red zone defense in the FCS and best in the Patriot League, allowing just four touchdowns in 12 trips inside the GU 20 yardline.
Nick Alfieri CLIMBING TACKLES LEADERS LIST: With eight tackles against Colgate, Nick Alfieri moved into fifth place on the Georgetown career tackles list with 268 for his career. Alfieri is second in the Patriot League and tied for 22nd in Division I FCS, averaging 10.2 tackles per game (51 through five games).
ABOUT HARVARD: Harvard scored 16 unanswered second half points to erase a 14-6 deficit against Brown last Saturday. The Crimson rushed for 167 yards, including 120 yards from Paul Stanton, who's 43-yard touchdown changed momentum in the third quarter. The Crimson defeated Holy Cross 41-18 in its season-opener, forcing three Crusaders turnovers in the process. Andrew Casten rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior DE Zack Hodges has been listed among the top small school NFL prospects by various NFL Draft publications. Hodges currently has 33 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks through his time at Harvard. Hodges is a Butkus Award nominee. Harvard has amassed a 200-137-8 (.591) record against opponents currently in the Patriot Football League.
Harvard holds a .500 record or better against every team in the conference. The Crimson play three Patriot League teams this fall: Holy Cross, Georgetown and Lafayette and is 1-0 so far, having topped the Crusaders. Harvard ranks 11th in the country in scoring defense (16.0 points allowed per game) and rushing defense (96.5 ypg). Over the past 12 seasons, Harvard ranks No. 1 among the FCS programs in winning percentage. Harvard is 106-25 (.809) during that span. Head Coach Tim Murphy is the Harvard's all-time wins leader (139) having spent 21 seasons at the helm of the program. Georgetown Defensive Coordinator Luke Thompson and Special Teams Coordinator Kevin Doherty have both coached under Murphy.