Nov. 20, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (4-6, 2-3 Patriot League) travels to Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross (5-5, 2-3 Patriot League) in the 2015 season finale. The Hoyas and Crusaders will both be playing for a .500 finish in the Patriot League; it would be the first for both teams since 2011. The opening kickoff at Fitton Field is scheduled for noon.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday's game will be broadcast free of charge on the Patriot League Network (www.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league). Fans can also find a live audio broadcast by visiting the Georgetown Athletics official website -- www.GUHoyas.com -- with Chuck Timanus providing play-by-play and Ryan Sakamoto adding color. In-game updates will be available from the team's official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
SERIES HISTORY VS. HOLY CROSS: The Hoyas and Crusaders meet for the 28th time in series history, with Holy Cross holding a 16-11 advantage. The Blue & Gray have won four of the last five meetings with HC after dropping 10 consecutive decisions from 2000-2009. Georgetown won last season’s matchup, 21-16 and its last two trips to Fitton Field, including a 28-21 win to conclude the 2013 season. Senior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Branford/Choate Rosemary Hall) sealed the victory in 2013 with an 82-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter. In two previous meetings, Nolan is 31-for-53 for 387 yards and two touchdowns. He has also rushed for 171 yards on 25 carries.
HOYA PASS DEFENSE VS. CRUSADER PASS OFFENSE: The Hoyas possess the top pass efficiency defense in the PL (118.6), allowing a league-low nine touchdown passes with 10 interceptions. They are second in pass defense, allowing 226.3 yards per game, while senior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside [N.C.]) leads the nation averaging 1.8 passes defended per game. Sophomore cornerback Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) is fifth in the PL with eight passes defended. They meet Holy Cross, who boasts the top pass offense in the league, averaging 295.9 per game, while completing 27 touchdown passes. Holy Cross QB Peter Pujals leads the PL in passing yards and total offense.
Kyle Nolan CLOSING IN ON J.J. MONT: Nolan is in the midst of one of the finest seasons for a GU quarterback since the Hoyas joined the Patriot League in 2001. Nolan has completed 213-of-355 pass attempts for 2,261 yards and 17 touchdown passes, tied for the sixth best single-season total in program history. His 125.35 efficiency rating is the highest since Matt Bassuener posted a 139.55 in 2006. He has already etched his name at the top of the record book in career completions (540) and pass attempts (969). He is currently second in career passing yards (5,578), 390 behind all-time leader J.J. Mont. He is just 25 yards shy of Mont in total offense, with 6,116 yards during his career.
DEFENSE STIFLING PL OPPONENTS IN SECOND HALF: Georgetown’s defense has allowed just 19 points in the second half in its five Patriot League games this season. Nine points came in second half at Lehigh and 10 came in the second half vs. No. 16 Fordham. GU held Lafayette, Colgate and Bucknell scoreless in the second half. The Hoyas have outscored PL opponents 65-19 after halftime. In the first half GU has been outscored by PL opponents , 87-62.
ABOUT HOLY CROSS: Junior quarterback Peter Pujals continued his strong play, completing 30-of-47 passes for 304 and two touchdown passes, while Brendan Flaherty had 11 catches for 100 yards in a 23-7 win over Bucknell last week. Pujals leads the PL, averaging 291.0 passing yards per game and is second with 26 touchdown passes. Brendan Flaherty leads the PL with 9.6 receptions per game, 96.3 yards per game and is second with 13 touchdowns, while wide receiver Kalif Raymond is third in receptions (6.3) and second in yards (83.8). Holy Cross possesses the second-best scoring defense in the Patriot League, allowing 24.2 points per game. The Hoyas are third, allowing 25.1 points per game.