Georgetown Travels to NYC to Battle No. 8 Fordham
Nov. 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (2-7, 0-4 Patriot League) will travel to New York City to take on No. 8 Fordham (9-1, 5-0 Patriot League) on Saturday afternoon at Jack Coffey Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:05 p.m as the Hoyas and Rams meet for the 59th time in series history.SERIES HISTORY: Fordham is GU's longest-running series, as the two programs meet for the 59th time, 124 years after the first meeting in 1890, a 6-6 tie. The Hoyas search for their first win in the Bronx since renewing the rivalry with the Rams in 2000. GU is 2-12 against Fordham since 2000 with both of its wins coming in Washington, D.C., including a 30-13 win in 2011. This season will match the Rams fourth-ranked scoring offense (42.3/points per game) in the FCS against a Hoyas scoring defense (20.0 points/game) that leads the PL and is ranked 20th in the FCS. Georgetown trails the all-time series 33-22-3. BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday's game will be broadcast live via CampusInsiders.com. Ray Crawford will handle play-by-play duties, while Doug Chapman will provide analysis and Kristen Keith will report from the sideline. A live audio broadcast will be available on the Georgetown University Athletics official website - GUHoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling play-by-play and Ryan Sakamoto providing commentary. Fans can also find game updates from the team's official twitter account @HoyasFB.HOYAS AMONG FCS TURNOVER MARGIN LEADERS: The Hoyas defense will need to be opportunistic to contend with a Rams' offense that averages more than 40 points per game. Creating turnovers has been GU's calling card this season creating 19; including 12 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) leads the team with four interceptions and junior safety Garrett Powers has three. The Hoya offense has limited their turnovers with just 10 through nine games. Georgetown's +9 turnover margin, is the best mark in the Patriot League and tied for seventh in the FCS.Alec May LEADS FCS IN SACKS: Senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) leads the PL and the FCS with 14.5 sacks (1.61/game) and has moved to fifth in GU program history with 27 career sacks, just one-half sack behind former Washington Redskin Alex Buzbee. May is 1.5 sacks away from Janne Kouri's single-season program record of 16 set in 1996 and 3.5 away from the PL record of 18 set by Andrew Hollingsworth (Towson) in 2000. May had four sacks against Brown and three against Lafayette this season.Nick Alfieri ECLIPSES 300 TACKLES MARK; EARNS PL DPOW: Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) leads the Patriot League and is tied for eighth nationally, averaging 11.0 tackles per game. His career-high 18 tackles against Lehigh helped him become just the third player in program history to eclipse the 300 tackles mark, joining former teammate Robert McCabe and Nick Parrish. His performance against Lehigh earned him his second Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor this season. His 18 tackles is the most by a Hoya since Patrick O'Donnell had 18 in 2009.Jo'el Kimpela AND DANNY WRIGHT MOVING THE CHAINS FOR GU OFFENSE: Junior Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo) and senior Daniel Wright (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) have been key for the GU offense over the last six games. After struggling to start the season, Kimpela has averaged 5.9 yards per carry, while Wright has averaged 5.6 yards/carry during that span. Each rushed for over 100 yards in the Hoyas' loss at Lafayette on October 11. It was the first time since GU's season-opener at Davidson in 2012 that they have had two players rush for over 100 yards in the same game. Kimpela posted a career-high 159 yards on 20 carries, while Wright's 106 yards was also a personal career-high.ABOUT FORDHAM: No. 8 Fordham clinched its first Patriot League Championship since 2007 with a 30-27 overtime victory over Bucknell last Friday night. This is the first season the Rams have been eligible for the PL title and the automatic berth into the FCS playoffs in four years, since they began awarding merit-based scholarships. Fordham will return to the FCS playoffs for the second consecutive season.The Rams feature the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the nation, averaging 42.3 points per game. They have been held under 40 points just three times this season, with two of those games being played without quarterback Michael Nebrich, the nation's second leading passer (324.5 yards/game). Besides Nebrich and the multi-faceted passing offense, Fordham has been led by freshman RB Chase Edmonds, who leads the PL and is third in the FCS in rushing (1,425 yards).Head Coach Joe Moorhead has turned his alma mater into a force during his three seasons in the Bronx with a 27-8 record and will make his second consecutive trip to the FCS playoffs this season. Moorhead coached offense at Georgetown from 2000-03, serving as the offensive coordinator in 2003.
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