Oct. 5, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-2, 0-0 Patriot League) travels to New York City to take on the Fordham Rams (3-2, 0-1 Patriot League) on Saturday, October 6 with kick-off slated for 1:05 p.m at Jack Coffey Field. The Hoyas meet the Rams for the 57th time in program history, Georgetown's longest running series, dating back to 1890. GU trails the series 22-31-3, but snapped a five-game Fordham win streak last season with a 30-13 victory at Multi-Sport Field.
A free live audio broadcast is also available through the Georgetown University Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling the play-by-play and Ryan Sakamoto providing analysis. Fans can also find game updates from the team's official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
The Hoyas return to action after a 37-10 homecoming loss to Brown University last week in front of a sellout crowd at Multi-Sport Field. GU trailed by 10 at halftime, but could not score in the second half against the Bears defense. Sophomore quarterback Stephen Skon (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) will make his second career start and play in his fourth game against the Rams. He has completed 31-of-55 passes for 268 yards with four interceptions and one touchdown. This will be his first game against a non-Ivy League opponent.
Robert McCabe CONTINUES TO EARN RECOGNITION: Senior LB Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep), who currently leads the FCS in tackles (13.6/game), has been named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List presented by The Sports Network, for the FCS's most outstanding defensive player. Andrew Schaetzke was the last Hoya named to the watch list in 2011. With 316 career tackles, McCabe is 33 tackles away from Nick Parrish's all-time program record of 349. Last season, McCabe became the Hoyas single-season leader in tackles with 134. He has 68 through the season's first five games. This week he matches up against the nation's No. 6 rusher in Fordham's Carlton Koonce (142.6 yards/game).
HOLDING STRONG ON 3RD DOWNS: The Hoyas defense has delivered on third downs this season, holding opponents to a Patriot League-best 28.4 third-down conversion rate, which is 15th in Division I FCS. That rate is better by four percentage points than this weekend's opponent, Fordham, who has held its opponents to a 32-percent conversion rate on third downs. The Rams offense will prove a challenge to the unit, as they have converted 46.9 percent of its third down plays through the season's first five games.
Rank Team 3rdDnAtt 3rdDnCon 3rd Down Pct.
13 North Dakota St. 46 13 28.26
14 Alabama A&M 60 17 28.33
15 Georgetown 74 21 28.38
16 Illinois St. 77 22 28.57
- Sam Houston St. 56 16 28.57
Jeremy Moore's BIG PLAY ABILITY: Senior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) starred in Georgetown's victory over Fordham last season, with a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 73-yard kick-off return that set up another score. Moore has continued to flash his big play ability, currently leading the Patriot League in takeaways. Moore is second in the league with two interceptions, including a 41-yard touchdown return against Yale. He also has two fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown against Princeton and a forced fumble in four games. Moore is also climbing the ranks in the GU record books, with 226 interception return yards, just 17 return yards behind Jim Bolger (1989-92), who finished his career with 243 interception return yards.
FORDHAM: Head Coach Joe Moorhead is in his first season with his alma mater. Moorhead arrived on campus at Fordham after spending two seasons as the offensive coordinator at UConn. Moorhead was on the Hoyas coaching staff from 2000-03, serving as the offensive coordinator in his final season. His offense has been strong this season, featuring senior running back Carlton Koonce, who leads the Patriot League and is sixth in the nation, averaging 142.6 yards per game. Koonce and the offense have been quick-starters, outscoring its opponents 62-31 in the first quarter. Fordham also features preseason All-America placekicker/punter Patrick Murray, who has been 9-of-11 on field goals, while converting all 16 of his extra point attempts.