Georgetown Football Travels to Worcester to take on First Place Holy Cross
Oct. 27, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (6-2, 2-1 Patriot League) will travel to Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross (4-3, 2-0 Patriot League) in a crucial Patriot League game at Fitton Field at 1 p.m. Holy Cross is currently in first place in the Patriot League, after defeating Bucknell last week, as the Hoyas will look to extend its winning streak to four after a 40-17 victory over Colgate last weekend. Holy Cross leads the all-time series 15-8, though GU defeated the Crusaders 17-7 last season.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: The game will be broadcast live on HoyaVision, on Georgetown's official athletic website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the call. A live game day blog featuring all of the action and notes from Fitton Field will also be available on GUHoyas.com. Fans can also receive live updates by following Hoyas_Football on Twitter.
LAST WEEK: Georgetown's defense held Colgate's eighth ranked rushing offense to less than half of its average yards per game, while intercepting three passes, including a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep). Senior placekicker Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) kicked four field goals and made four extra points for the highest scoring game of his career, while sophomore running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the season. Sophomore wide receiver Jamal Davis (North Lauderdale, Fla./Coral Springs) opened up the scoring for GU in the first quarter on a 63 yard touchdown reception.
Robert McCabe AND Dustin Wharton AMONG THE PATRIOT LEAGUE'S LEADING TACKLERS: McCabe, the reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week, added 15 tackles against Colgate to his Patriot League-leading 11.8 tackles per game average. McCabe, who is eighth in the nation in total tackles with 94, is on pace to shatter the Hoyas single-season record for tackles in a season currently held by Andrew Clarke, who made 119 tackles in 2002. Sophomore linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) is third in the Patriot League, averaging 9.0 tackles per game. Wharton's 13 tackles against Colgate was a career-high.
Kevin Macari SECOND IN THE NATION IN PUNT RETURN AVERAGE: Freshman wide receiver Kevin Macari (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) is averaging 16.6 yards per punt return (11 returns for 183 yards), the second best mark in the nation. Macari's 60-yard punt return against Colgate was the fifth longest in GU history, while his current average would be the best single-season number in program history.
HOYAS DEFENSE SEVENTH IN THE NATION IN INTERCEPTIONS: Junior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had two interceptions against Colgate, while McCabe had one to give the Blue & Gray 13 for the season. The 13 interceptions is tied for the seventh most in the nation, as Moore and McCabe are each responsible for three apiece. Senior safeties Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity) and David Quintero (Miramar, Fla./Fort Lauderdale) and sophomore cornerback Stephen Atwater (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) all have two interceptions on the season.
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HOYAS RED ZONE OFFENSE FIFTH BEST IN THE NATION: Georgetown converted all six of its opportunities inside Colgate's 20-yard line last week, making them 29-for-31 with 22 touchdowns through eight games this season. Campanella is responsible for seven touchdowns, tied for the third most by a Hoya since 2000 (Gharun Hester scored 14 TD's in 2000, Luke McArdle scored 13 in 2003 and seven in 2003). Junior quarterback Isaiah Kempf has also passed for nine touchdowns and rushed for three to lead the offense.
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ABOUT HOLY CROSS: Holy Cross defeated Bucknell, 16-13 last weekend to move to 2-0 in the Patriot League, claiming first place. The Crusaders have been successful on both sides of the ball, leading the Patriot League in total defense (allowing 322.7 yards per game) and second in total offense (419.7 yards per game) behind only Lehigh. QB Ryan Taggart is second in the nation in total offense, averaging 341.3 yards per game, while averaging 296.3 passing yards per game. HC also boasts an experienced defense, led by senior linebacker Ricky Otis, who is fifth in the league, averaging 8.1 tackles per game. Sophomore defensive lineman Mike Tucker is tied for first with the Hoyas Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio./St. John's Jesuit) with 7.5 sacks, while senior defensive back Chandler Fenner leads the league with 12 passes defended.
TICKET INFORMATION: The Hoyas return to the Hilltop for Senior Day on Saturday, November 5 when they host Fordham at 1 p.m. Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased by calling the Hoyas box office at (202) 687-HOYA (4692) or visiting the team's official website - GUHoyas.com - and visiting http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-footbl-tickets.html.