Nov. 12, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (0-9, 0-5 Patriot League) returns home this weekend to take on No. 4 Richmond (8-1, 6-1 CAA) at Multi-Sport Field on the campus of Georgetown at 1 p.m. The game will mark the first time Richmond travels to Georgetown since the Hoyas defeated the Spiders 81-0 on Oct. 31, 1900.
A live audio broadcast of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing all of the calls. Live stats for the game will also be available.
The Hoyas hold a 5-2 series advantage against Richmond, but the Spiders won last season's matchup 48-0, the first time the schools have met since 1935.
Georgetown enters the game with a 0-9 overall record and a 0-5 mark in the Patriot League. Last week against Marist, the Hoyas, led by sophomore QB Scott Darby (Tewksbury, Mass./St. John's Prep), scored 14 fourth quarter points, capped by a 68-yard Darby touchdown pass to freshman WR Brandon Floyd (Bel Air, Md./Loyola Blakefield). The Red Foxes held off the Hoyas kicking the game-winning field goal with five-seconds on the clock to seal a 23-21 victory. The loss was GU's third by eight points or less.
Richmond enters the game after having its 17-game winning streak snapped last week by then-No. 4 Villanova, 21-20. The winning streak was a school record and the seventh longest in FCS history. The Spiders are led by senior QB Eric Ward, who threw for 297 yards and a touchdown in last week's loss, but became the program's all-time leading passer in the process and now owns every major career QB record at Richmond.
Darby, making his first career start last week, threw for 289 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions on 31-for-57 passing, while rushing for 82 yards on 14 carries. Floyd finished with a game-high 110 yards with four catches and a touchdown, while junior slot Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had a game-high nine catches for 67 yards and a touchdown against the Red Foxes.
The favorite target on the receiving end has been senior slot Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley), who leads the team with 46 catches for 423 yards. Lane is fifth in the conference with 5.1 receptions per game. Lawrence is tenth in the conference with 3.9 catches per game, making 27 catches for 237 yards in seven games. Buerba is third in the Patriot League in field goals with six and ranks third with 0.67 kicks made per game.
Senior RB Charlie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario/Phillips Academy (Mass.)) is third in the Patriot League in all purpose yards, averaging 113.5 yards per game. Houghton is also third in the league averaging 22.8 yards per kickoff return.
Junior linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) is third in the Patriot League in tackles with 84 and is third in stops per game with 9.3. Parrish, who was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 28 after registering 17 tackles against Yale, is one of five Georgetown players among the top-20 in the league in tackles per game.
Sophomore David Quintero (Miramar, Fla./Ft. Lauderdale) stands seventh with 70 tackles (7.8 per game) and junior Patrick O'Donnell (Media, Pa./Penncrest), who had 18 tackles three weeks ago against Colgate, is tenth with 60 tackles (7.5 per game). Senior Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) is 13th with 6.6 tackles (59 overall) and junior Paul Sant'Ambrogio (Bloomfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) is 19th with 5.8 tackles per game (52 overall).