Oct. 9, 2014 WASHINGTON -
The Georgetown University football team (2-4, 0-1 Patriot League) heads to Easton, Pa. to resume Patriot League play when they take on Lafayette College (2-3, 0-1 Patriot League) on Saturday afternoon. The 18th meeting between the Hoyas and Leopards is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kick-off at Fisher Stadium.
SERIES WITH LAFAYETTE: The Blue & Gray trail the all-time series 11-6, but have experienced recent success against Lafayette winning three of the last four games, including its last trip to Fisher Stadium in 2012. In that game then-freshman quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) earned his first career victory, completing 15-of-32 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown pass to then-freshman running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) in a 20-17 win. The Leopards returned the favor last season defeating GU 45-27 at Multi-Sport Field.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: A free audio broadcast of Georgetown vs. Lafayette will be available on the Georgetown University athletics official website - GUHoyas.com. Chuck Timanus will provide the play-by-play, while Ryan Sakamoto will provide commentary. Fans can also find game updates from the team's official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
LAST GAME: Georgetown could not keep pace with a potent Harvard offense, falling 34-3 in front of a sell-out crowd at Multi-Sport Field. The Crimson scored five offensive touchdowns, just one fewer than the Hoya defense had allowed in its previous five games. Sophomore placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) had GU's lone score with a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter. Darmstadter is a perfect five-for-five in his first season as the placekicker. Junior safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) had seven tackles and forced a fumble in the loss. It was the second consecutive game that Powers has created a turnover.
HOYAS AMONG FCS LEADERS IN TURNOVER MARGIN: Through six games the Hoyas lead the Patriot League and are 12th in the FCS with a +7 turnover differential, averaging 2.0 takeaways per game, while only losing five turnovers on the season. The Hoyas intercepted three passes in its victory over Marist and took the ball away from Brown four times, while Garrett Powers had his second interception of the season against Colgate and forced a fumble in the Hoyas loss to Harvard. GU is also among the FCS leaders in interceptions with eight and junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) leads the team and is second in the Patriot League with three.
Nick Alfieri CLIMBING CAREER TACKLES LEADERBOAD: Senior linebacker and No. 35 Joe Eacobacci Memorial Jersey recipient Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) leads the team, is second in the Patriot League and is among the FCS leaders averaging 10.3 tackles/game. His 11 tackles against Harvard moved him into fourth in program history, passing Tom Wonica's 269 career tackles. He is now one short of former teammate Dustin Wharton's 280. Earlier this season, Alfieri had 14 tackles vs. Marist helping him earn Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week. He has recorded double-digit tackles seven times in his last nine games. Despite missing time with injuries during his junior season, Alfieri finished the season with 92 tackles, second in the Patriot League with 10.2 tackles/game. Alfieri was GU's lone preseason All-Patriot League selection.
ABOUT LAFAYETTE: Lafayette is 2-3 and 0-1 in the Patriot League after falling to No. 16/19 Fordham, 42-18 last Friday. The Leopards played without starting QB Drew Reed, but sophomore Blake Searfoss went 18-of-32 for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. The Leopards last win came against The Hoyas' week one opponent Wagner. Lafayette scored 35 points against the Seahawks. Senior RB Ross Scheuerman is fifth on Lafayette's career-rushing list. He currently has 2,876 yards and needs just 61 move to move in front of Tom Costello for fourth in program history. He has helped pace a Lafayette offense that is third in the league in scoring offense, averaging 27.2 points per game. On defense, LC has given up the second most points in the league, allowing 25.6 points per game. Only Lehigh (39.5 points/game) has given up more.