Oct. 22, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-4, 1-1 Patriot League) travels to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on the Bucknell University Bison (3-4, 0-1 Patriot League) in a matchup of the Patriot League’s top scoring defenses. It will be the Hoyas first Patriot League road game. The opening kickoff at Christy Mathewson – Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday.
SERIES VS. BUCKNELL: The Hoyas and Bison meet for the 28th time in series history with GU trailing, 16-10-1. Georgetown’s last victory came in 2012. They lost to the Bison last season, 22-17, at home last season. The series has been characterized by close games, with eight of the last 10 games being decided by one score.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast free of charge on the Patriot League Network (www.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league). Fans can also find a live audio broadcast by visiting the Georgetown Athletics official website – www.GUHoyas.com – with Chuck Timanus providing play-by-play. In-game updates will be available from the team’s official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
GEORGETOWN & BUCKNELL FEATURE PL’S TOP TWO SCORING DEFENSES: The Hoyas possess the second-best scoring defense in the Patriot League, allowing just 24.4 points per game. They have managed this despite matching up with two of the nation’s best scoring offenses through seven games, including Harvard, which is fourth in the nation, averaging 44.2 points per game and Dartmouth, which is 14th in the nation, averaging 38.0 points per game. Bucknell is tops among the PL and 13th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 17.3 points per game. They feature preseason All-Patriot League selections defensive end Abdullah Anderson and defensive back Clayton Ewell.
Ettian Scott SECOND IN THE NATION IN PASSES DEFENDED: Senior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside [N.C.]) broke up a season-high four pass attempts against Colgate last week to give him 14 passes defended (2 INT’s, 12 breakups) this season. The four pass breakup performance was the fourth-best output by an FCS player this season. A preseason All-PL selection, Scott leads the league in the category and is second in the nation averaging 2.0 passes defended per game. He finished second in the PL in passes defended, with 16, last season.
KIMPELA CLIMBING GU CAREER RUSHING LIST: Senior running back Jo’el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) moved up two places to fourth on Georgetown’s career rushing list with his 22-carry, 104-yard performance against Colgate last week. He has averaged 4.6 yards/carry during his time on the Hilltop, moving to eighth all-time in that category, while he is seventh in career rushing attempts (374) and continues to climb the list in rushing yardage, after passing former teammate Nick Campanella, as well as Marcus Slayton and Andy Murray during the last two games. Kimpela, with 1,791 career yards, is just 209 yards away from becoming the fourth GU running back to eclipse 2,000 career rushing yards.
DEFENSE AMONG FCS LEADERS IN TAKEAWAYS: The Hoyas recovered three fumbles last week against Colgate and now have gained 14 turnovers this season, the 14th best total in the FCS and second in the PL. GU leads the league and is 11th in the FCS with seven fumble recoveries and is 24th in the nation and second in the league with seven passes intercepted. Senior defensive end Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) is sixth in the nation with two fumble recoveries, while Scott, junior linebacker Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic) and sophomore defensive back Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) each have two interceptions.
ABOUT BUCKNELL: The Bison enter Saturday’s game after a close, 21-14, loss to Army last week. Bucknell led 14-7 at the half against the Black Knights, but Army’s Edgar Poe scored the game winner for Army with 4:44 left in the fourth. In addition to the Bison’s top-ranked scoring defense, they also lead the PL in fewest first downs by opponent, allowing just 17.8 per game, the top mark in the league by over four per game. Defensive end Jimmy King is among the league leaders in fumbles forced and recovered, sacks and tackles for loss. Sophomore kick returner Joey DeFloria has helped Bucknell to good field position throughout the season, averaging 34.2 yard per kickoff return, the best average in the PL and the second best mark in the FCS. Punter Alex Pechin is also among the FCS leaders and tops in the PL in punt average (41.6 yards/punt). Head Coach Joe Susan is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bucknell football program. During that time he is 27-35 overall and 5-1 against GU.