Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Dustin Wharton will be matched up against Colgate's preseason PL Offensive POY Gavin McCarney.
Oct. 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-6, 0-1 Patriot League) will host the Colgate University Raiders (2-5, 1-0 Patriot League) on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. Kick-off for the 11th meeting between the two programs is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
The Hoyas trail the all-time series, 1-9 against the Raiders, but earned its first victory in series history in 2011, the last time Colgate visited Multi-Sport Field, with a decisive 40-17 win. Fans can watch live streaming coverage of the game via the Georgetown Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com. The broadcast will feature Matt Fetters on play-by-play with Chuck Timanus and Jeremy Huber providing commentary. Monika Moore and Brian Gardner will also provide reports from the sideline. In-game updates will be available through the Hoyas official twitter account: @HoyasFB or on Instagram at GUHoyasFB.
LAST WEEK...The Hoyas fell to No. 16/18 Lehigh, 45-24, in its Patriot League-opener at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, Pa. Senior RB Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) rushed for a career-high 129 yards on 23 carries and tied a career-high with three touchdowns in the loss. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) made his first start of the season and is expected to be the starter when the Hoyas take on Colgate.
HOYAS TOUGH ROAD...GU's loss to Lehigh, marked its third consecutive game against a team that ranks in the Top-10 in the nation in total offense and fourth against a Top-50 team. Princeton is tied for third in the nation averaging 537 yards per game, Fordham is fifth in the nation averaging 512.6 yards per game and Lehigh is 10th, averaging 491.4 yards per game. Brown is ranked 42nd in the nation, averaging 415.4 yards per game.
HOYAS IN THE RED ZONE...The Hoyas have been nearly automatic when driving inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season, converting 19-of-21 red zone attempts, with 17 touchdowns, tied for 13th in the nation. Of the Hoyas 17 touchdowns, 10 have come on the ground, with seven passing. Nick Campanella leads the team with five rushing touchdowns and one TD catch, while Jo'el Kimpela and Isaiah Kempf each have a pair. JakeDeCicco, Mike Cimilluca and Daniel Sprotte have two touchdown receptions. Last season the Hoyas were 24-of-35 after being among the nation's leaders at 36-of-39 on red zone opportunities in 2011 with Kempf under center.
Rk. Team Gms. RzAtt RushTD PassTD FG Scores Pct.
11 Tennessee Tech 8 24 13 5 4 22 .917
12 Mercer 7 33 15 7 8 30 .909
13 North Dakota 7 21 12 4 3 19 .905
- Georgetown 7 21 10 7 2 19 .905
15 Princeton 5 30 15 10 2 27 .900
CAMPANELLA CLIMBING THE RECORD BOOKS... Senior RB Nick Campanella posted a career-best 129 rushing yards on 23 carries and tied his career-high with three touchdowns in last week's loss to No. 16/18 Lehigh. Campanella has been among the Patriot League leaders in touchdowns in each of the past two seasons, earning All-PL Second Team honors along the way. After a two touchdown performance against Princeton and two more rushing TD's against the Mountain Hawks, Campanella is closing in on the Hoyas all-time rushing TD mark. With 20 career rushing touchdowns, Campanella is six away from tying Steve Iorio and Dean Lowry with 26 rushing touchdowns. Campanella has five more games...His 23 career touchdowns is eighth in GU history. Gharun Hester leads the way with 39.
Career Rushing Touchdown Leaders
Player (Years) TDs
1. Steve Iorio (94-97) 26
Dean Lowry (85-88) 26
3. Rob Belli (98-99) 23
4. Andy Murray (75-78) 21
5. Nick Campanella (`10-pres.) 20
6. John Burke (72-74) 18
FAMILY MATTERS...When GU and Colgate meet it will be a family reunion for two pairs of brothers. Hoyas WR Jake DeCicco will match up with his brother for the first time in their careers, CU RB Jimmy DeCicco did not play in last season's game. In HS Jimmy, who is 360 older, was Jake's quarterback. Hoyas' starting LG Michael Kasten's younger brother, Ryan Kasten, is a freshman lineman for the Raiders. Former Hoya LB Jeremy Grasso's younger brother, Dan is a freshman linebacker at Colgate.
COLGATE... Mike Armiento jumped to the top of the NCAA FCS leaderboard in interceptions last weekend with his fifth pick in the last five games. Armiento is tied for first nationally with Richmond's Wayne Pettus; both players have five in seven games played this season...Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year QB Gavin McCarney is up to ninth in Patriot League history with 7,562 yards of total offense, split between 4,995 passing yards and 2,567 rushing yards. With five more passing yards, he joins Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards (2006-09) and Morehead State's David Dinkins (1997-2000) as the only players in FCS history with career totals of at least 5,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards. McCarney is currently seventh on the school's all-time passing chart and just 232 yards short of climbing into the top 10 in rushing...Like the Hoyas, Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Dustin Wharton, McCarney has missed time this season with injuries...Head Coach Dick Biddle, is in his 18th season with the Raiders. Last season's Patriot League Coach of the Year, Biddle is the winningest coach in Colgate history.
Tickets for Saturday's game with Colgate are still available by visiting www.wearegeorgetown.com.
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