Oct. 30, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (4-4, 2-1 Patriot League) travels to Bethlehem, Pa., to take on Lehigh University (3-4, 1-1 Patriot League) on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Stadium. The opening kickoff between the Hoyas and Mountain Hawks is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY WITH LEHIGH: The Hoyas and Mountain Hawks meet for the 21st time in series history with GU trailing, 15-5. Lehigh is the only team GU has not defeated since joining the Patriot League in 2001, having lost the last 14 games to Lehigh, including the PL Championship Game in 2011. GU fell to the Mountain Hawks, 27-19, at Cooper Field last season. Georgetown's last win over Lehigh came in 1925.
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 and Ryan Sakamoto adding color. Saturday's game will also be broadcast live on the Heritage Sports Radio Network, available on Sirius/XM on channel 108. In-game updates will be available from the team's official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
DEFENSE SHUTTING OUT PL IN SECOND HALF: Georgetown's defense has not allowed a point in the second half to a Patriot League opponent this season. The Hoyas have outscored PL opponents 34-0 in the second half. In the first half GU has outscored PL opponents 34-33. At Bucknell the Hoya defense stopped the Bison on four fourth-quarter possessions to seal a 17-9 victory.
MATT SATCHELL AND Jethro Francois EARN WEEKLY HONORS: Senior LB Matt Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) led the Hoya defense with 18 total tackles, 13 solo tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, all career highs to earn PL Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career, while also earning STATS FCS Defensive honorable mention. His 18 total tackles and 13 solo tackles are tied for the third-highest single-game total in GU history. Freshman safety Jethro Francois (Miami, Fla./Winter Haven/Victory Christian Academy) was named the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Week and the Patriot League Rookie of the Week after compiling 15 total tackles, 11 solo tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sack and one pass breakup in his first career start at Bucknell. Francois's 11 solo tackles is a GU freshman record.
Justin Hill AMONG TOP RECEIVING THREATS IN THE PL: When junior WR Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) has caught a touchdown pass this season the Hoyas are 4-0. Hill has caught one touchdown pass in each of the Hoyas victories and has emerged as one of the top receiving threats in the Patriot League. He is second in the PL and 19th in the FCS in touchdown receptions (6). Hill has eclipsed the 100-yard mark three times and is third in the PL and 37th in the FCS with 78.1 receiving yards per game.
Ettian Scott LEADS NATION IN PASSES DEFENDED: Against Bucknell, senior CB Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside [N.C.]) broke up three passes, one week after a season-high total of four pass breakups against Colgate. Scott, who was among the Patriot League leaders last season with 16, already has 17 passes defended (2 INT's, 15 breakups) through eight games and leads the FCS and the PL.
ABOUT LEHIGH: The Mountain Hawks return home after a four-week road swing, including a 59-42 loss at No. 10 Fordham last week. Lehigh backup quarterback Brad Mayes went 16-for-38 for 205 yards and two touchdowns in a late comeback attempt. Sophomore wide receiver Troy Pelletier is among the PL's leaders with 48 receptions for 519 yards and four touchdowns. Last season he had seven catches for 187 yards and a touchdown against GU. Junior linebacker Colton Caslow leads the team with 65 tackles over six games. He also has 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and two pass breakups. In seven starts Noah Robb has 48 tackles, 3.0 TFL's and 2.0 sacks, while Brian Githens has two interceptions. Head Coach Andy Coen is in his 10th season at the helm of the Lehigh program, compiling a 65-45 record and three Patriot League Championships.