Oct. 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team 1-5, 0-0 Patriot League) hits the road to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on No. 16/18 Lehigh University Mountain Hawks (5-1, 0-0 Patriot League) on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
This will be the 19th meeting between the two programs, with the Hoyas trailing the all-time series 13-5. Its last win against Lehigh came in 1925. Fans can listen to a live audio broadcast of Saturday's action on the Georgetown Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the play-by-play. In-game updates will also be available through the Hoyas official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
The Blue & Gray will be trying to snap a four-game losing streak on Saturday, coming off of a 34-12 loss to No. 8 Fordham last Saturday. The Hoyas defense held the explosive Rams' attack to a season-low 27 points, while nose tackle Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) registered six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one safety and a blocked extra point in the loss. The game also featured the return of starting linebackers Dustin Wharton and Nick Alfieri, as well as starting safety Stephen Atwater.
Freshman quarterback Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional) made his collegiate debut, completing 16-of-31 passes for 124 and a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Mike Cimilluca (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex). Senior placekicker Matt MacZura (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Central Catholic) connected on a career-long 49 yard field goal, the Hoyas longest since 2011 in the loss.
ON THE MEND...Georgetown has had a combined 15 players from its season-opening two-deep miss 28 games this season due to injury, including four different linebackers missing at least two games apiece. LB's Dustin Wharton , Nick Alfieri, and S Stephen Atwater returned on defense together for the first time since Davidson. With the three back in the lineup, GU held Fordham's offense to a season-low 27 points on offense...The Hoyas hope to have QB Kyle Nolan, WR Zack Wilke and S Malcolm Caldwell-Meeks back in the lineup. However, GU will likely be without DL Hunter Kiselick and preseason All-Patriot League DL Sean Campbell, as well as CB Ettian Scott and CB Porter Huntley.
HOYAS IN THE RED ZONE...Georgetown has been nearly automatic when crossing the opposing team's 20 yard line this season, converting 15-of-17, including 14 touchdowns in the red zone. The Hoyas red zone efficiency ranks them tied for 23rd in the nation. Nick Campanella has three rushing touchdowns, while Jo'el Kimpela and Isaiah Kempf each have two rushing TD's. TE Dan Sprotte and WR Jake DeCicco each have two receiving touchdowns.
CLIMBING THE RECORD BOOKS...QB Isaiah Kempf is now the Hoyas all-time leader in pass attempts (809) and completions (433),while he is third in passing yardage with 4,354 career yards...Nick Campanella is tied for fifth in GU history with 18 rushing touchdowns...Dustin Wharton is sixth in GU history with 239 career tackles.
LEHIGH... QB Brandon Bialkowski is second in the FCS in passing yards (2,174) and total offense (368.3/game) and is fourth in the nation in touchdown passes with 17. Bialkowski has thrown for over 300 yards in each of Lehigh's games this season...WR Lee Kurfis tied a school record with 14 receptions and had 130 yards and two touchdowns in Lehigh's win against Columbia. Kurfis was named to the Walter Payton Award and is leading the nation in receptions per game (10.7) and yards per game (155.7)...Head Coach Andy Coen is in his eighth season at Lehigh, where the Mountain Hawks have gone 56-31 under his guidance. Coen has led Lehigh to Patriot League titles in 2010 and 2011 and was the PL Coach of the Year in 2010, finishing second behind Georgetown's Kevin Kelly in 2011...Lehigh is 134-49 since 1998, the third best record in the FCS during that time span. Lehigh's 732 winning percentage is third behind Montana (.791) and Harvard (.739) since `98...The Mountain Hawks have been strong in close games this season, winning each of its first four games by seven points or less. Lehigh erased a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter in its season-opener before winning 51-44 in OT over Central Conn. State.