Nov. 9, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (4-5, 1-2 Patriot League) returns home to host Bucknell University (2-7, 0-4 Patriot League) on Saturday afternoon with kick-off slated for 1:05 p.m. The Hoyas' seniors will be looking for their first win against the Bison, as they attempt to snap a four-game losing streak to Bucknell. GU trails the all-time series 9-14-1 with its last home win against Bucknell coming in 2002, the Hoyas first win in the Patriot League.
A free live audio broadcast is available through the Georgetown University Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling the play-by-play. Fans can also find game updates from the team's official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
Georgetown comes off a bye week after a dramatic 20-17 win over Lafayette College on October 24. The Hoyas offense received key contributions from a pair of freshman, as quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 15-of-32 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown and running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo/Euless Trinity) rushed for a career-high 80 yards on 16 carries and scored his second collegiate touchdown. Kimpela was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for his performance, one week after Nolan had received the honor. This season GU has received three rookie of the week honors, as Kimpela's high school teammate, defensive end Dezmond Richardson (Euless, Texas/Euless Trinity) earned the honor following the Hoyas win over Princeton. The three PL Rookie of the Week honors matches its total from 2003. GU had four in 2001, the program's first season in the PL.
Kevin Macari POSTS CONSECUTIVE 100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES: Sophomore wide receiver Kevin Macari (Stamford, Conn./New Canaan) has helped fellow Connecticut native, Kyle Nolan adjust to college football with consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Against Lafayette, Macari had seven catches for 114 yards, a week after a career-best game at Colgate, where he caught three touchdown passes, rushed for one more. Macari became the first GU player since Luke McArdle in 2003 to break 180 receiving yards in a game with eight catches for 181 yards. During Macari's breakout sophomore season, he has helped GU on the scoreboard in a variety of ways, catching five touchdown passes, rushing for two and returning a punt 79-yards for a touchdown, the second longest punt return touchdown in program history. Macari is currently sixth in the PL in touchdowns with eight and sixth in receiving yards per game (65.1). He continues to be one of the nation's most dangerous punt returners, currently 10th in the nation in punt return average (12.5/punt return).
Robert McCabe LEADS NATION IN TACKLES; CONTINUES TO SHATTER HOYA RECORDS: Senior linebacker and captain Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep), a Buck Buchanan Award finalist, has passed former teammate Nick Parrish to become the program's career tackles leader and is now just two tackles shy of breaking his own single-season tackles record of 134, set last season. The preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year leads the nation with 132 tackles through nine games. FCS TACKLES LEADERS Rank Name Tm. Cl Pos. Tot Tot Tkls/G
1 Robert McCabe Georgetown Sr. LB 132 14.67
2 Rock Williams Western Colo. Sr. LB 105 13.13
3 Tanner Burch Gardner Webb So. LB 113 12.56
4 Ben Johnson UT Martin Jr. LB 110 12.22
5 Anthony Morales Weber St. Jr. LB 95 11.88
Jeremy Moore AMONG PL AND FCS LEADERS IN TAKEAWAYS
Senior corneberback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) continues to place among the league and national leaders in interceptions and fumble recoveries. Moore's with five interceptions and three fumble recoveries, both career-highs, while scoring three defensive touchdowns this season. Moore and teammate Robert McCabe have each earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this season, while Moore was also named the National co-Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting three passes, including an 80-yard touchdown return and recovering a fumble in the Hoyas loss to No. 10 Lehigh. This season Moore has broken Georgetown and the Patriot League's career interception return yardage records, with 316 interception return yards during his career. This season, Moore is responsible for creating nine of the Hoyas 17 takeaways
FCS INTERCEPTION LEADERS
Rank Name Team G Int Ret Yds Ret TD Int/G
1 Ben Ericksen Illinois St.10 7 56 0 .70
2 Steven Godbolt Tennessee St.9 6 67 0 .67
3. Jeremy Moore Georgetown 8 5 133 2 .63
4 Brooklyn Fox Eastern Ky.10 6 138 0 .60
5. Matthew Steinbeck Bucknell 9 5 119 0 .56
FCS FUMBLE RECOVER LEADERS
Rank Name Team G Fum Rec Ret Yds Rec/G
1 Jeremy Moore Georgetown 8 4 0 .50
2 Ian Sluss Portland St. 9 4 57 .44
3.Patrick Black Northwestern St.8 3 0 .38
- Zach Dunaj San Diego 8 3 0 .38
- Quintin Fortes Delaware St. 8 3 0 .38
REVERSING TRENDS: The Hoyas will be looking for its first win following a bye week since joining the Patriot League in 2001. The Hoyas are 0-6 after bye weeks, last losing to Lehigh, 24-7 in 2010. A victory on Saturday would keep Georgetown's hopes of a winning record alive. If the Hoyas can win out it will be the first time GU has posted consecutive winning seasons since 1998-99.
ABOUT BUCKNELL: Senior DE Samuel Oyekoya, the defending PL Defensive Player of the Week, has two sacks in two separate games this season. His 7.5 sacks leads the Patriot League. His teammate, junior DE Sean Sellers is second with 5.5 sacks... The Bison have featured the PL's best rush defense this season, holding opponents to 108.7 yards per game and tied for a league low with 19.8 first downs per game. It will be tested by the Hoyas, who feature the PL's second best rush offense, averaging 155.7 yards per game...Bucknell senior running backs Tyler Smith (1,785) and Jeremiah Young (996) are on the verge of being the first pair of teammates to both be over 1,000 career rushing yards since Daris Wilson and Blamah Sarnor in 2004...Sophomore CB Matthew Steinbeck has four interceptions in the last three games and is tied for fifth nationally with 0.56 interceptions per game.