Oct. 12, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-3, 0-0 Patriot League) returns home on Saturday afternoon when they host No. 10 Lehigh University (6-0, 0-0 Patriot League) in a rematch of last season's Patriot League Championship Game. Kick-off is slated for 1:05 p.m., as GU will look for a victory against the Mountain Hawks for the first time in 11 matchups since joining the Patriot League in 2001. The Hoyas trail the all-time series, 12-5 with the last win coming in 1925.
A live video broadcast is also available through the Georgetown University Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling the play-by-play and former Hoya Patrick O'Donnell providing analysis. Fans can also get game updates from the team's official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
The Hoyas will look to avoid a three-game slide after losing a 38-31 see-saw battle with Fordham last week. Sophomore quarterback Stephen Skon (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst), who will make his third start against Lehigh, had his best career game, leading the Hoyas to three second half touchdown drives, while completing 18-of-34 passes for 216 yards. Junior running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) and sophomore wide receiver Kevin Macari (Stamford, Conn./New Canaan) each scored two touchdowns in the loss.
MCCABE LEADS NATION IN TACKLES: Senior captain linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) made 15 tackles and three tackles for loss in the Hoyas loss to Fordham last week for his 14th consecutive game with double-digit tackles. He currently leads the nation, averaging 13.83 tackles per game and earlier this season became the second Hoya to eclipse the 300 tackles mark. McCabe, who has 331 career tackles, is behind only Nick Parrish (349 tackles) on the all-time list. He has been selected to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, given annually to FCS most outstanding defensive player.
MOORE TAKEAWAYS FOR THE HOYAS DEFENSE: Senior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) Moore, a preseason All-America selection, is among the Patriot League leaders in takeaways with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a fumble forced through six games this season. Moore is second in the PL with two interceptions and has the longest interception return in the league, with a 41-yard INT return for a TD against Yale. He has had his hand in four of the nine turnovers GU's defense has forced this season. Through his career, Moore has made his takeaways into scoring opportunities, as he has already scored two touchdowns this season. He is currently third in Hoya history with 226 interception return yards, behind Jim Bolger (243) and Reid Ruberti (231).
INTERCEPTIONS Cl G No. Yds TD Long Avg/G
1.Roberts, Jared-LAFAYET Sr 5 3 46 0 37 0.60
2.Williams, Ian-FORDHAM Sr 6 3 21 0 21 0.50
3.Jeremy Moore-GTOWN Sr 5 2 41 1 41 0.40
FUMBLES RECOVERED Cl G No. Avg/G
1.Jeremy Moore-GTOWN Sr 5 2 0.40
2.Johnson, Gabe-LEHIGH Sr 6 2 0.33
Martin, Michael-FORDHA Sr 6 2 0.33
DEFENSE HOLDING STRONG ON 3RD DOWNS: The Hoyas defense has delivered on third downs this season, holding opponents to a Patriot League-best 28.89 (26-for-90) third-down conversion rate this season. Something will have to give with GU meeting Lehigh, who leads the Patriot League and is 21st in the nation at converting third downs at 45.12% (37-for-82).
Rank Team 3rdDnAtt 3rdDnCon 3rd Down Pct
14 Mississippi Val. 67 19 28.36
15 North Dakota St. 56 16 28.57
16 Georgetown 90 26 28.89
17 Alabama St. 96 28 29.17
18 Towson 58 17 29.31
LEHIGH: The Mountain Hawks have won 15 consecutive regular season games, the longest active consecutive game winning streak in Division I FCS. Lehigh is currently ranked 10th in the nation, the highest ranked opponent GU has played since taking on No. 4 Richmond in 2009...Lehigh and GU have played two common opponents in 2012, as the Mountain Hawks defeated Princeton 17-14, and beat Fordham on the game's last play, 34-31...QB Michael Colvin is ninth in Division I FCS in total offense, compiling 1,878 yards through the team's first six games. Preseason All-America WR Ryan Spadola has 476 yards and one TD in six games.
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