Oct. 7, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-1) will welcome Princeton University (2-1) to the Hilltop on Saturday afternoon for its final nonconference contest of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Cooper Field.
Live stats and a link to the live broadcast on the Patriot League Network will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Jeremy Huber will provide the play-by-play while Emory Hunt and Mike Nebrich will give color analysis and Hayley Miron will be reporting from the sideline. The pregame show, which will begin at 12:50 p.m., will simultaneously be aired on the Georgetown Football Facebook page.
Saturday's game will also be broadcast on Sirius XM radio (Sirius 132, XM 204) with Charlie Neal providing the play-by-play and Henry Frazier and Austin Ward giving color analysis.
Last Time Out
The Hoyas had a late comeback, but ultimately fell to No. 19/25 Harvard University, 31-17, on Friday night at Harvard Stadium.
Brandon Williams (Germantown, Md./Northwest) led GU's receivers with six catches for 101 yards, including a 76-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown. Isaac Ellsworth (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) finished with 109 yards rushing, including a 74-yard touchdown run, and contributed 203 all-purpose yards overall, including 86 yards on five kickoff returns. The Hoya defense caused four turnovers, including interceptions in the end zone by both Blaise Brown (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine/Loomis Chaffee) and Jalen Goldwire (Plantation, Fla./Western). David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) had a team-high 12 tackles while Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic) finished with 11.
Freshman defensive lineman Marquis Parris (Atlanta, Ga./Tri Cities) was selected as the Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week and junior defensive back Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) was named honorable mention for their efforts against Harvard. Parris had a career-high six tackles and a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss while Williamson was among the team leaders with 10 total tackles and had one of Georgetown's three interceptions.
Princeton comes to the Hilltop with a 2-1 record after wins over Lafayette and Columbia and a setback to Lehigh. The Tigers are averaging 37 points per game while their defense is allowing 28.7 points per game. In their 48-13 victory over Columbia last weekend, the Tigers scored 42 points in a 30-minute span, while the defense allowed just 11 total yards. With the win, the Tigers snapped a five-game road losing streak. Princeton, which ranks second in the FCS in third down conversion (54.9%), is the only team in Division I (FBS or FCS) to have scored a touchdown on every red zone appearance this season (13-13).
Chad Kanoff averages 191.3 yards through the air and has thrown for three touchdowns. John Lovett is averaging 6.9 yards per carry and already has six touchdowns on just 22 carries. Joe Rhattigan and Charlie Volker are both averaging more than 4.5 yards per carry and each have three rushing touchdowns.
About the Matchup
Georgetown enters Saturday's matchup with a 2-6 all-time record against Princeton. The two teams have not met since 2013 when the Tigers defeated the Hoyas, 50-22. GU last defeated Princeton in 2012, coming away with a 21-20 victory on Princeton's home field.
Saturday is the third-consecutive matchup against an Ivy League program. The Hoyas are 4-9 in the past five years against opponents from the Ivy League and 3-4 under Head Coach Rob Sgarlata. This season, GU has already defeated Columbia, 17-14, at home and fallen on the road to Harvard, 31-17.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Each week, Sgarlata and his staff select game captains based on their actions both on and off the field.
This week's captains are senior quarterback Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional) on offense, junior linebacker Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) on defense and junior linebacker Matthew Apuzzi (Princeton, N.J./The Lawrenceville School) on special teams.
What's up Next
Following Saturday's game against Princeton, Georgetown will open Patriot League play next weekend when Lehigh visits the Hilltop. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.