Oct. 16, 2008
Georgetown will be looking for its first Patriot League win when they host Bucknell on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Hoyas are coming off a Homecoming loss to Penn, 27-7. This will be the first Patriot League game for the Bison. Kickoff for the game is slated for 1 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 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the Patriot League. Bucknell will enter the game with a 3-2 record.
The Hoyas started the season off with a win in their season opener on Sept. 7 in the Inaugural D.C. Cup, beating Howard 12-7. Georgetown went on the road and had back-to-back road losses to Lafayette and Yale, respectively.
The Blue and Gray will be playing their third straight game at Multi-Sport Field this weekend, but have lost back-to-back home games to Holy Cross and Penn.
Georgetown and Bucknell have played a total of 20 times, dating back to Nov. 12, 1904. It has been an evenly matched rivalry, with Bucknell holding the slight edge, 10-9-1. The two teams have exchanged games in the past four years, with Georgetown winning in 2005 and 2007 and Bucknell prevailing in 2004 and 2006.
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 four of the five games, has completed 54.7 percent of his passes (29-of-53) and leads the team in rushing, scoring one touchdown. Lawrence played the majority of the game last week, running for a team high 98 yards.
Brady, the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on September 15, has completed 51.9 percent of his passes (55-of-106) for 534 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 three of the last four games.
The Georgetown defense has been solid through five games, tallying 33 tackles-for-loss and 13 quarterback sacks this season. The Hoyas are tied for first in the Patriot League in sacks.
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 46 overall. He is fourth in the Patriot League in tackles, averaging 9.2 per game. Junior defensive back Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) is third on the team, and 11th in the Patriot League. Senior defensive lineman Ataefiok Etukeren (Phoenix, Ariz./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) is fourth on the team in tackles (25), has 7 tackles-for-loss and leads the team with 3.5 sacks.