Nov. 10, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (8-2, 3-1 Patriot League) will play for its first Patriot League Championship and its first berth in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Championship Tournament when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on sixth ranked Lehigh University (8-1, 3-0 Patriot League) on Saturday November 12. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Goodman Stadium.
Saturday's Patriot League Championship game will pit one of the nation's top offenses against one of its top defenses. The Mountain Hawks are statistically among the nation's top offenses, averaging 480.22 yards per game, while senior quarterback Chris Lum is averaging 351.22 yards in total offense per game, as the team has averaged 34.56 points per game. The Hoyas have the countries ninth best scoring defense, allowing just 17.8 points per game, aided by a strong run defense that allows 96.1 yards per game, seventh best in the country. Lehigh leads the all-time series 11-5, winning each game since Georgetown joined the Patriot League in 2001.
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. Fans can also receive live updates by following Hoyas_Football on Twitter and follow a live Game Day Blog with notes and information from Goodman Stadium on GUHoyas.com.
LAST WEEK: The Hoyas finished with a perfect 4-0 record at home, defeating Fordham 30-13 on Senior Day at Multi-Sport Field. Sophomore running back Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) scored his team-high eighth rushing touchdown and the defense intercepted three passes, including junior cornerback Jeremy Moore's 75 yard interception return for a touchdown. Junior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) made 13 tackles to become the Hoyas single-season tackles leader with at Patriot League-leading 120 and senior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) had 1.5 sacks to move into second in GU history and fourth in PL history. Senior placekicker Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) went 3-for-3 on field goals with a long of 40, as he has now made his last nine kicks.
HOYAS FIFTH IN THE NATION IN TURNOVER MARGIN; DEFENSE FIFTH IN INTERCEPTIONS: Winning the turnover battle on a weekly basis has been key to Georgetown's success during the 2011 season. The Hoyas are fifth in the nation with a +16 turnover margin, with an impressive +11 turnover margin in its last four victories. The Hoyas pass rush has caused trouble for opposing quarterbacks throughout the season, as the pressure has led the Hoyas defense to place among the nation's top five in interceptions with 17, including seven in the last three games. McCabe and Moore each have four interceptions, with one touchdown apiece, while senior safeties Wayne Heimuli (Euless, Texas/Trinity) and David Quintero (Miramar, Fla./Fort Lauderdale) each have three.
HOYAS RED ZONE OFFENSE FIFTH BEST IN THE NATION: Georgetown converted both of its opportunities inside Fordham's 20-yard line last week, making them 33-for-35 with 23 touchdowns through ten games this season. Campanella is responsible for eight touchdowns, third most by a Hoya since 2000 (Gharun Hester scored 14 TD's in 2000, Luke McArdle scored 13 in 2003). Junior quarterback Isaiah Kempf has also passed for nine touchdowns and rushed for three to lead the offense.
Rank Team G RZ Drives RZ Scores RZ Pts Pct 1 UT Martin 9 43 41 249 .95 2 Florida A&M 9 37 35 207 .95 3 Georgetown 10 35 33 190 .94 4 San Diego 9 30 28 167 .93
Andrew Schaetzke EARNING RECOGNITION FOR A DOMINANT SEASON: After compiling 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss (TFL) during the Hoyas five-game winning streak, Andrew Schaetzke was named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List on Monday for the FCS Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Schaetzke's 11 sacks and 20.5 TFL this season leads the PL in both categories, while his 28.5 career sacks places him second in GU history and fourth in Patriot League history. Schaetzke has 65 tackles, three forced fumbles, an interception and five pass breakups in addition to his league-leading totals in sacks and TFL.
PATRIOT LEAGUE HISTORY 1. Andrew Hollingsworth (Towson,1997-00) 43 2. Tom Smith (Holy Cross, 1986-88) 34 3. Aaron Dougherty (Fordham, 1990-93) 30 4. Andrew Schaetzke (Georgetown, 2008-pres) 28.5 5. Michael Ononibaku (Georgetown, 2002-05) 28
Robert McCabe BREAKS SINGLE-SEASON TACKLES MARK: Linebacker Robert McCabe's 13 tackle performance against Fordham last Saturday gave him 120 tackles for the season, moving him in front of Andrew Clarke, who set the previous record of 119 tackles in 2002. McCabe's 12.0 tackles per game average leads the Patriot League by close to three tackles per game, as he is also seventh in the nation. Sophomore linebacker Dustin Wharton (LaVale, Md./Allegany) is third in the PL, averaging 9.0 tackles per game.
Jeremy Moore PUTS BIG PLAY ABILITY ON DISPLAY: In the span of 10 plays in the fourth quarter, junior cornerback Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) showed his penchant for the big play, helping the Hoyas pull away from Fordham. Moore returned a kick-off for 73 yards, the ninth longest kick-off return in Georgetown history that set up a Weiss field goal. Ten plays later, Moore intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown, the fourth longest interception return in Hoya history. This season, Moore's four interceptions is tied for the team lead with McCabe, while his 178 interception return yards is the second most by a Hoya player in a single-season, while his 26.9 yards per kick-off return leads the Patriot League.
ABOUT LEHIGH: Lehigh will be the highest-ranked opponent Georgetown will face since taking on No. 4 Richmond on November 14, 2009. The Mountain Hawks, the defending Patriot League Champion, owns one of the top offenses in the country, as senior quarterback Chris Lum has been among the most successful and efficient passers in the nation, while junior wide receiver Ryan Spadola is third in the nation, averaging 135 yard per game with 10 touchdowns. Lehigh also has the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Mike Groome, who is fifth in the PL, averaging 8.7 tackles per game.
TICKET INFORMATION: To purchase tickets for this Saturday's Patriot League Championship Game, please visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase or call the Lehigh Athletic Ticket Office at 610-758-4263.
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