WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team will play its final contest of the 2017 season on Saturday, hosting Colgate University in a Patriot League matchup at Cooper Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the Hoyas will recognize their 27 seniors with a pregame Senior Day ceremony.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network, with Jeremy Huber calling the play-by-play, while Emory Hunt and Mike Nebrich provide color analysis. A link to the broadcast as well as live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. The pregame show will begin at 12:50 p.m. and can be seen on the Georgetown Football Facebook page - /GeorgetownFootball.
Last Time Out
Georgetown dropped its final road game of the season, falling at Bucknell, 12-0, last Saturday. Wesley Bowers (Fort Washington, Md./Bishop McNamara) was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday after registering a career- and game-high 10 tackles against the Bison. Gunther Johnson (Anthem, Ariz./Boulder Creek/Arizona) led the offense with 246 total yards of offense, rushing for a career-high 131 yards on 23 carries, and completed 11 passes for 79 yards.
Michael Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass./Williston Northampton) leads the Hoyas in every receiving category this season, including catches (42), yards (668), yards per catch (15.9) and touchdowns (5). He needs just six catches, 51 receiving yards and one more touchdown to climb into Georgetown's single-season top 10 for each category.
David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) has already set a new career high with 85 tackles on the season, which leads the defense and ranks fourth in the Patriot League. He currently has 260 career tackles, which ranks seventh all-time in the Georgetown record books. He needs just one more tackle to pass Jim Bolger ('93) for sixth and 10 more to pass Tom Wonica ('95) for fifth.
So far this season, Isaac Ellsworth (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity) has returned 30 kickoffs for 740 yards, which ranks seventh and third, respectively, in GU's single-season history. His 24.7 yards per return average is eighth. For his career, Ellsworth sits in second in both kickoff returns (91) and kickoff return yards (2,140), while his current average of 23.5 yards per return would rank first in Georgetown's all-time records.
About the Matchup
Georgetown is 1-13 all-time against Colgate, and the Raiders have won each of the past five meetings, with Georgetown's last victory coming in 2011, a 40-17 win on the Hilltop. Last season, the Hoyas closed out the 2016 campaign in Hamilton, N.Y., suffering a 38-10 setback. Alex Valles (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) had a rushing touchdown, while Jim McLaughlin (Fairfax, Va./WT Woodson) and Brandon Williams (Germantown, Md./Northwest) each had six catches for 39 yards.
The Raiders sit at 6-4 on the season and 4-1 in Patriot League play. A win on Saturday will give them a share of the Patriot League regular season championship, while a win and a Lehigh loss will give Colgate the automatic bid into the FCS Playoffs. Colgate has won its past four games, winning by an average of 32 points including last week's 27-0 victory over Lafayette. Freshman Grant Breneman leads the offense, completing 55 percent of his passes for 1,457 yards and 15 touchdowns while also rushing for six scores. Thomas Ives has caught four touchdown passes, and is one of two receivers with more than 300 yards receiving. James Holland and Alex Mathews lead the league's best rushing offense, having each rushed for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns.
Colgate's defense, which boasts the league's best scoring defense (18.2 ppg), has recorded a league-leading 28 sacks. The Raiders are led by Nick Wheeler, who leads the Patriot League with 10.5 sacks. Nick Ioanilli has a team-high 59 tackles, and is tied for second in the league with three interceptions.