Oct. 9, 2008
Washington, D.C. - After a week off because of an outbreak of norovirus on the Georgetown campus, the Hoyas will host Penn on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Multi-Sport Field. The game will be part of the homecoming festivities this weekend on the Georgetown campus. Kickoff for the game is slated for 2 p.m. on the Hilltop.
Live video and audio of the game will be available through the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus and Mike Vailancourt providing all of the commentary.
Georgetown enters the game 1-3 overall and a 0-2 in the Patriot League. Penn will enter the game with n 1-2 record, and 1-0 in Ivy League.
The Hoyas opened the season on Sept. 7 with a win in the Inaugural D.C. Cup, beating Howard, 12-7. Back-to-back road losses to Lafayette and Yale, was followed by a loss to Holy Cross in their first home game this season.
Georgetown and Penn have played a total of five times, dating back to Oct. 10, 1893. Georgetown has yet to win a game in the series, including a 42-13 loss last season in its first matchup with Penn in 70 years.
The Georgetown offense will be led by a pair of young quarterbacks, sophomore Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and freshman James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's). Lawrence, who has earned the starting nod in three of the four games, has completed 55.9 percent of his passes (19-of-34) and leads the team in rushing, scoring one touchdown. Brady earned the starting nod in the last contest.
Brady, the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on September 15, has completed 52.4 percent of his passes (54-of-103) for 530 yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to senior slot Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) in the season-opening win at Howard and has thrown for at least 100 yards in the last three games.
The Georgetown defense has been solid through four games, tallying 30 tackles-for-loss and 11 quarterback sacks this season. The Hoyas are ranked 14th nationally in fumble recoveries, with seven.
Sophomore linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Trinity), was Defensive Player of the Week after the Hoyas game against Holy Cross, when he had two interception returns for touchdowns. Parrish leads the team in tackles with 38 overall. He is third in the Patriot League in tackles, averaging 9.5 per game. Junior defensive back Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) is third on the team, and 11th in the Patriot League, with 27 tackles. Senior defensive lineman Ataefiok Etukeren (Phoenix, Ariz./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) is fifth on the team in tackles (19), has 6 tackles-for-loss and leads the team with 2.5 sacks.
Georgetown is averaging 234.5 yards in total offense per game and is fifth in the Patriot League in passing offense, averaging 173.5 yards through the air.