WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-4, 0-2 Patriot League) will look to end a four-game losing streak when it plays its second-straight road game this Saturday at Lafayette College (1-7, 0-3 Patriot League). Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Fisher Stadium.
Live stats and a link to the live broadcast on the Patriot League Network will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Gary Laubach will provide the play-by-play while Mike Joseph will give color analysis and John Leone will be reporting from the sideline.
Last Time Out
Last week, the Hoyas forced four turnovers and blocked two punts, but Fordham kicked a field goal with 6:08 remaining to defeat Georgetown, 17-14. Clay Norris (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) started at quarterback and was 6-of-15 for 112 yards and a touchdown. Brock Johnson (Newport Beach, Calif./Mission Viejo) also saw action and finished 8-of-14 for 57 yards.
Ramon Lyons (Orlando, Fla./Ocoee/West Orange) led the Hoyas with a career-high nine tackles, including three tackles-for-loss. Daniel Yankovich (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) chipped in eight tackles, including a sack and 1.5 TFL. Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) intercepted his third pass of the season, tying him for the Patriot League lead. J'V'on Butler (Melbourne, Fla./Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy), Matthew Deal (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School) and Brennan Sawicki (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) all had fumble recoveries.
The Georgetown defense was stout all afternoon, holding Fordham, which was averaging a Patriot League-best 545 yards per game, to 285 total yards. The Rams, who also came in averaging a league-high 45 points per game, were held to their lowest total against an FCS opponent this season. Additionally, Fordham's Chase Edwards, who entered the game leading the nation in rushing touchdowns, was kept out of the end zone.
Georgetown's defensive and special teams units rank among the nation's best in several statistical categories. On special teams, the Hoyas rank first in the country with three blocked punts and are second with six blocked kicks overall. Senior Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) is tied for the national lead with three blocked kicks, all field goals, while freshman Khristian Tate is tied for fourth with two blocks, both punts. The Hoya defense leads all of FCS in red zone defense, holding the opposition out of the end zone 58.1 percent of the time. Georgetown also ranks eighth in the nation with 18 turnovers gained, including 11 interceptions which is the 10th most in the country.
Lafayette enters Saturday's contest 1-7 overall and 0-3 in Patriot League play. After opening the season with a win over Central Connecticut State, the Leopards have lost seven-consecutive games, including a 42-17 setback at Bucknell last week. The offense is averaging 20.1 ppg and 323.2 ypg, while the defense is allowing 37.5 ppg and 447 ypg.
Drew Reed has seen the majority of the action as the Leopards' quarterback, averaging 197.7 ypg through the air. He has thrown for nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. Matt Mrazek is fifth in the Patriot League with an average of 72.0 receiving ypg and is third with eight receiving touchdowns. Linebacker Michael Root is second in the conference with 70 total tackles while Jerry Powe is seventh with 55.
About the Matchup
Georgetown is 7-12 all-time against Lafayette, but has won three of the past five matchups. The Leopards have won 10 of the 15 games since the Hoyas joined the Patriot League in 2001.
Saturday will be Georgetown's third Patriot League contest of the season. In the past five years, the Hoyas are 9-21 in league play, while holding a 3-11 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 Matthew Houpert (West Hartford, Conn./William H. Hall) on offense, Phil Novacki (Great Falls, Va./Langley) on defense and Jake Johnson (Corapolis, Pa./West Allegheny) on special teams.
What's Up Next
Following Saturday's game against the Leopards, the Hoyas will return home to Cooper Field for two-consecutive games, starting with a matchup against Holy Cross on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m.