Oct. 24, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (2-5, 0-2 Patriot League) hosts Patriot League rival Bucknell (5-1, 1-0 Patriot League) at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday, October 23 for Homecoming on the Hilltop. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: The Hoyas and Bison meet for the 27th time, as GU trails the all-time series 10-15-1. The last two games have been characterized by the strong defensive efforts with just 37 points being scored between both teams. GU fell 17-7 in Lewisburg last season, while winning its last home game 10-3 in 2012. Seven of the last nine meetings have been decided by one score. Both Georgetown and Bucknell are coming off bye weeks.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday's game will be broadcast live via HoyaVision, available on the Georgetown University athletics official website - www.GUHoyas.com. Jeremy Huber will provide the play-by-play, while Chuck Timanus will add commentary. Monika Moore will report from the sideline.
MAY LEADS NATION IN SACKS: Senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) leads the nation with 12.5 sacks (1.79/game) and has moved to fifth in GU program history with 25 career sacks after taking down the quarterback three times at Lafayette. May is also third in the nation with 15.0 tackles for loss, but leads the nation in TFL yardage with 106 and fourth in the PL in tackles, averaging 8.6 per game. He has been a Patriot League weekly honorable mention four times this season and seven times during his career.
KIMPELA AND WRIGHT MOVING THE CHAINS: Junior Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) and senior Daniel Wright (Washington, D.C./St. John's Prep) both 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 best.
HOYAS AMONG FCS TURNOVER MARGIN LEADERS: The Hoyas defense has been opportunistic this season, creating 15 turnovers including 10 interceptions. Junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) and junior safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) each have three, while sophomore defensive lineman Phil Novacki (Great Falls, Va./Langley) returned an interception for a touchdown in a win over Marist. GU's offense has only turned the ball over eight times this season, giving the team a +7 turnover margin, the best mark in the Patriot League and tenth in the FCS.
Nick Alfieri THIRD IN GU HISTORY IN TACKLES: Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) moved in front of Dustin Wharton for third in Georgetown program history in tackles at Lafayette on October 11. Alfieri registered seven tackles to give him 286 for his career, behind only Robert McCabe (407) and Nick Parrish (349). He is currently second in the PL in tackles, averaging 9.9 per game, behind only Bucknell's Evan Byers (11.7/game).
HOYAS CELEBRATE FRIENDS OF JACLYN DAY: Last April, the Georgetown University football team held a ceremony to make Elijah Davis and Jackson Dundon honorary members of the program through the help of Friends of Jaclyn. On Saturday, Davis and Dundon will be honorary captains and be recognized at halftime.
The Friends of Jaclyn organization pairs up children and their families battling pediatric brain tumors with college and high school sports teams to provide love, support and friendship. The mission of Friends of Jaclyn is to improve the quality of life for children and their families who are battling pediatric brain tumors and to raise awareness about this insidious disease. The relationship is two-fold as Elijah, Jackson and their families have served as inspiration for the football program since spring.
ABOUT BUCKNELL: The Bison are off to its finest start under fifth-year head coach Joe Susan, at 5-1 and 1-0 in the Patriot League. Bucknell defeated Lehigh, 45-24, in its first conference game on October 11. Sophomore wide receiver Will Carter had seven receptions for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore running back C.J. Williams, who did not play at Lehigh, is ninth in the nation in rushing averaging 136.2 yards per game. The Bison feature two preseason All-Patriot League selections on its offensive line in left guard Lonnie Rawles and left tackle Julie'n Davenport.