Georgetown Football to Host Duquesne on Saturday
Oct. 7, 2005
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University football team looks to even its overall record at 3-3 when they host Duquesne University in a non-league game on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff at the Multi-Sport Field is slated for 1 p.m.
The Hoyas have split their last two games, winning on the road against Stony Brook on September 24 (10-7), and then losing a heartbreaker to 2004 defending Patriot League champion Lafayette (12-7) at home last week.
Duquesne enters today's game with a 2-2 overall record. They have lost their last two games ¬- to Ivy League foes Penn and Columbia - after winning home games against Robert Morris and Fordham. This will be their first game since September 24 after a bye last week.
Georgetown leads the head-to-head series between the teams, 9-8-1, and holds a 5-3 advantage in games played in Washington. The Dukes have won three of the last four meetings, including two at Georgetown.
The Hoya defense has allowed only 19 points in the last two games, holding opponents scoreless in five of the last eight quarters played. Georgetown ranks fourth in the Patriot League in total defense (338.4 yards per game), second in pass defense (161.0/per game) and fifth in rush defense (177.4/game).
The defensive unit has been led by a quartet of players who rank among the Patriot League leaders in several categories. Senior linebacker Jason Carter (North Brunswick, N.J./North Brunswick) leads the team, and is eighth in the Patriot, with 44 tackles, an average of 8.8 per game. Senior linebacker Mehdi Hassan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) is 10th in the league in tackles with 40, handling 20 solo stops and assisting on 20 more.
Senior defensive end Michael Ononibaku (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) ranks among the top-20 in the league in four different categories, standing 17th in tackles (36), seventh in sacks (2.5), second in the league in tackles for loss (7.0) and is tied for the league lead in fumbles recovered (2). Junior defensive end Alex Buzbee is third in the league in sacks (3.0), fifth in the league with 5.0 tackles for loss and tied for second with two forced fumbles.
The Hoya offense has been led by a running game that ranks fourth in the league, gaining 148.2 yards per game on the ground. Junior quarterback Nick Cangelosi (Camden, N.J./Camden Catholic) is seventh in the league in rushing (55.4 yards per game) and senior running back Marcus Slayton (Cleveland, Ohio/Benedictine) is eighth in the league (47.6 yards per game). Slayton had the fourth 100-yard rushing day of his career - and the first for a Hoya running back since Kim Sarin ran for 169 last year - when he gained 120 on 20 carries against Lafayette last week.
Tickets can be purchased for the game for $8 (adult) and $4 (youths). Residents of the Georgetown community will receive a discount in recognition of Georgetown Neighborhood Day.
The game will be available on HoyaVision through the Georgetown athletics web site, www.guhoyas.com. Chuck Timanus will serve as the "Voice of the Hoyas."