Oct. 30, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University football team returns home to host Patriot League rival Lehigh on Saturday, Nov. 1. Kickoff at the Multi-Sport Field is slated for 1 p.m.
Georgetown enters the game with a 1-6 overall record and an 0-3 mark in the Patriot League, while the Mountain Hawks are 2-5 overall and 1-1 in league play. The game against Lehigh can be seen through a live video feed on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus and Mike Vailancourt providing all of the action on HoyaVision.
The Hoyas are coming off a loss to Richmond, the No. 8-ranked team in the country at the Football Championship Subdivision Level. Saturday's game will be the team's second-to-last home game of the season. The Hoyas opened the 2008 season on Sept. 7 with a 12-7 win over Howard in the Inaugural D.C. Cup, but have lost their last six games.
Lehigh is coming off a 35-21 road loss to Holy Cross last weekend and this will be their third-straight game away from home. The Mountain Hawks are 0-4 on the road this season, with losses to No. 21 Villanova (33-14), Princeton (10-7), Harvard (27-24) and the Crusaders. Last weekend, Lehigh trailed 21-0 before rallying back to tie the game. Matt McGowan ran for 178 yards and a touchdown and also scored on a 66-yard reception to lead Lehigh.
On the offensive side, sophomore quarterbacks Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and freshman James Brady (Melville, N.Y./St. Anthony's) will lead the team. Lawrence leads the team in rushing with 83 carries for 320 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 34-of-60 passes for 256 yards. In the last three games, Lawrence has 42 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Brady, meanwhile, has completed 75-of-142 passes for 690 yards.
Georgetown quarterbacks have completed passes to 20 different players this season, with freshman Keion Wade (East Orange, N.J./East Orange) leading the way with 19 receptions. Senior tight end Collin Meador (Lyndhurst, Ohio/St. Ignatius Prep) has 16 catches for 201 yards and two touchdowns. In the last three games, Meador has caught nine passes for 103 yards.
Senior slot Kenny Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) is ninth in the Patriot League in all-purpose yardage per game, averaging 95.9 yards. He has caught 13 passes for 175 yards this season and returned 24 kicks for 488 yards. Mitchell ranks 11th nationally in kickoff return yards, averaging 64.3 per game.
Three Georgetown defensive players rank among the top-10 in the Patriot League, led by sophomore linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep), who is seventh, averaging 7.7 tackles per game. Junior Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) leads the team in tackles with 48 overall and is ninth in the league, averaging 6.9 per game, while junior Chris Rau (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) is third on the team with 43 stops.
Senior defensive end Ataefiok Etukeren (Phoenix, Ariz./The Lawrenceville School [N.J.]) is fourth on the team in tackles (41), and leads the team in tackles-for-loss (10) and sacks (5). Etukeren ranks fourth in the Patriot League in tackles-for-loss and is second in the league in sacks.