Oct. 6, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-2, 1-1 Patriot League) travels north to Staten Island, N.Y. to face the Wagner Seahawks (1-4, 1-2 NEC) at Wagner Stadium with the kick-off scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The meeting will be the third between the two schools, as the Hoyas and Seahawks have split the prior two games, with Wagner defeating GU 22-16 in double-overtime at Multi-Sport Field last season.
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: An early turnover helped put Georgetown behind quickly, as Bucknell rushed out to a 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Georgetown forced its way back in the game, scoring 18 unanswered points, as sophomore WR Jamal Davis (North Lauderdale, Fla./Coral Springs), who had a career-high 10 catches for 102 yards, scored on a 19-yard touchdown. Junior WR Kenny Furlough (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) also had a touchdown catch as GU closed to within 10 points, but the Bison added another touchdown on a long touchdown pass from Brandon Wesley to halt the Hoyas momentum. Senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) had an interception and a sack, while junior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) had 13 tackles to lead the team.
SCORING IN THE RED ZONE: Through five games, Georgetown has the third best red zone offense efficiency in NCAA Division I FCS, converting 18-of-19 trips inside the opponent's 20 yard line. GU converted all three of its opportunities against Bucknell. In 18 scores, 15 have been touchdowns, with eight passing and seven rushing. Sophomore RB Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) has four rushing touchdowns and junior SLOT Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) has four touchdown receptions. Currently, only Northern Iowa and UT-Martin have been more efficient in the red zone.
DEFENSE AGAINST THE RUSH: The Hoyas defense has been among the Patriot League's strongest against the run this season, allowing just 86.4 yards per game, the second best average in the conference. Only Bucknell has allowed fewer rushing yards, and only the Bison and Holy Cross have given up fewer than the Hoyas five rushing touchdowns allowed this season. Aiding the GU rush defense is a league-high five players in the top 20 in tackles for loss.
SCHAETZKE CLIMBING CAREER SACKS LIST: Andrew Schaetzke is eighth in the nation and tied for the Patriot League lead with 5.5 sacks through five games. Schaetzke continues to climb the Georgetown football career leader list, moving into a tie for fifth place with Raja Mohi-ud-din with 22.5 sacks.
1. Janne Kouri (93-96) 31.5
2. Michael Ononibaku (02-05) 28
3. Alex Buzbee (03-06) 27.5
4. Tony Zaslav (88-91) 23.5
5. Raja Mohi-ud-din (88-91) 22.5
Andrew Schaetzke (2008-present) 22.5
ABOUT WAGNER: The Seahawks enter Saturday's game at 1-4 and 1-2 in the Northeastern Conference, having lost four consecutive games since a season-opening victory over St. Francis (Pa.). Wagner fell to Ivy League opponent Cornell, 31-7 last week, despite a five-catch 76 yard performance from tight end Joe Sidaras. Wagner features one of the nation's best running backs, Dominique Williams, who is currently 12 th in the nation, averaging 120.80 yards per game. Williams is also among the conference leaders with seven rushing touchdowns.
Two of Wagner's losses have been decided by a touchdown, while they also limited perennial Division I FCS powerhouse Richmond to 21 points in a 21-6 loss to the Spiders. 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.