BRONX, N.Y. - After playing two-straight games on the road, the Georgetown University football team (3-3, 0-1 Patriot League) will hit the road for back-to-back league games, starting this Saturday at Fordham University (4-2, 1-0 Patriot League). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Jack Coffey Field.
Live stats and a link to the live broadcast on the Patriot League Network will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Jason Horowitz will provide the play-by-play while Tom Kelleher will give color analysis and Morgan Uber will be reporting from the sideline.
Last Time Out
Last week, the Hoyas fell in its first Patriot League game of the season, 35-3, to Lehigh University on Saturday afternoon before a sellout crowd at Cooper Field. Clay Norris (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) finished 15-of-25 passing for 79 yards and the Hoyas did not commit a turnover, a week after turning the ball over five times. Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic) had nine tackles and a pass breakup while Khristian Tate (Warner Robins, Ga./Covenant Academy) finished with eight tackles, including one sack and two TFL, and had a big pass breakup that led to a Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) interception.
J'V'on Butler (Melbourne, Fla./Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy) was a Patriot League Honorable Mention selection after he led the Hoya defense and tied a career high with 11 tackles against Lehigh. Five of his tackles were of the solo variety and he also had 1.0 tackle for a loss. Butler added his first-career interception in the first quarter, picking off a pass in the red zone to halt a Lehigh scoring drive. It was one of two GU interceptions in the red zone on Saturday.
Fordham enters Saturday's contest with a 4-2 overall record and a 1-0 mark in Patriot League play. The Rams have won four of their past five games, averaging 54 points per game in those wins, after opening with a loss at the Naval Academy. Overall, Fordham is averaging 45.5 points per game to lead the Patriot League and features the conference's top running back, Chase Edmonds, who is averaging 177.5 rush yards per game and has scored 12 touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Kevin Anderson is second in the league in passing, averaging 237.2 passing yards per game, and has thrown for a league-high 16 touchdowns this season.
The Fordham defense ranks sixth in the league, allowing 33.8 points per game, and is giving up 408.5 total yards per game.
About the Matchup
Saturday's contest will feature the Patriot League's top-ranked offense (Fordham) against the second-ranked defense (Georgetown). While the Rams come in averaging 45.5 points per game, including reaching the 40-point plateau in each of the past three games, the Hoyas are allowing just 23.7 points per game. Fordham has scored the second-most points in the FCS this season, putting up a Patriot League-record 83 points against Elizabeth City State University on Sept. 10. Chase Edmonds leads the Patriot League with 177.5 rush yards per game while Georgetown counters with the third-best rushing defense, allowing just 141.3 rush yards per game. The Hoyas have held Edmonds to just 182 yards combined over the past two matchups.
Georgetown is 22-35-3 all-time against Fordham. The Rams have won each of the past four meetings and GU's last win came in 2011, a 30-13 victory on the Hilltop. The Hoyas are just 2-13 against Fordham since GU joined the Patriot League in 2001.
Saturday will be Georgetown's second Patriot League contest of the season. In the past five years, the Hoyas are 9-20 in league play, while holding a 3-10 record under Head Coach Rob Sgarlata, in his third year.
Oh Captain, My Captain
Each week, Sgarlata and his staff select game captains to serve alongside 2016 team captains David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) and Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional). This week's captains are Isaac Ellsworth (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) on offense, Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) on defense and Harry McCollum (Arlington Heights, Ill./Saint Viator) on special teams.
What's Up Next
Following Saturday's game against the Rams, the Hoyas will remain on the road for a matchup at Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 29. Kickoff at Fisher Stadium is set for 12:30 p.m.