Sept. 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (2-2, 0-0 Patriot League) will travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on the Colgate Raiders (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League) on Saturday, September 27 to open its Patriot League schedule. Kick-off for the nationally televised game is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. It will be broadcast on the American Sports Network. Check your local listings for more information.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday's American Sports Network broadcast will be featured on local affiliates in over 30 states. Carl Reuter will call plays and Ross Tucker will add analysis on the television broadcast. If the televised broadcast is not available to fans, a free live audio stream of the game will be available via Georgetown's Official Athletics website - www.GUHoyas.com. Chuck Timanus will call play-by-play and Ryan Sakamoto will provide commentary. Fans can also find game updates from the team's official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
SERIES VS. COLGATE: The Hoyas and Raiders meet for the 12th time, as Georgetown looks to improve upon its 1-10 record in the series. Georgetown's lone series win came at Multi-Sport Field in a 40-17 win in 2011. In its last trip to Hamilton, N.Y., GU fell 57-36, then-freshman quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall), made his collegiate debut, throwing for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Saturday's game will be the first meeting between a pair of rookie head coaches with Rob Sgarlata and Colgate's Dan Hunt. Both have been long time coordinators at their respective school, with Sgarlata coaching the defense at GU since 2006 and Hunt coaching the offense under Dick Biddle since 1996.
LAST GAME: The Hoyas put on a show for the alums that returned to campus to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the return of football to the Hilltop. The Hoyas notched the program's first victory over Brown University and its first home win over an Ivy League opponent in program history with a final score of 17-3. GU rushed for 250 yards, as junior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R.Congo/Euless Trinity) rushed for a career-high 104 yards and senior Daniel Wright (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) rushed for a career-high 91 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown. On defense, the Hoyas held Brown to just 2.8 yards per carry, while continuing its streak of nine consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown on defense.
Alec May EARNING NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Senior defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) registered a career-high four sacks and four tackles for a loss of 30 yards in GU's win over Brown. May leads the Patriot League and Division I FCS with 8.5 sacks, while leading the PL and placing ninth in the FCS with 9.5 tackles for loss of 59 yards. May has recorded 15.5 sacks over his last seven games and is currently eighth in program history with 21 career sacks. He has been a Patriot League weekly honorable mention in five of the last seven weeks and was named the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Defensive Lineman of the Week on Tuesday.
SPECIAL TEAMS SPECIAL THROUGH FOUR GAMES: Sophomore punter Harry McCollum (Arlington Heights, Ill./Saint Viator) and sophomore placekicker Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) have been impressive in replacing four-year punter and two-year placekicker Matt MacZura. McCollum was honored as the CFPA FCS National Punter of the Week after averaging 49.0 yards/punt against Brown, placing two inside the 20-yard line, while also rushing for 13 yards on a fake punt to pick up a GU first down. McCollum is second in the PL and 15th in the FCS averaging 43.2 yards/punt. Darmstadter is four-for-four on field goal attempts, connecting on a career long 44-yarder in a win over Brown. He has also hit all five of his extra-point attempts.
HOYAS AMONG FCS LEADERS IN TURNOVER MARGIN: Through four games the Hoyas lead the Patriot League and are ninth in the FCS with a +6 turnover differential, averaging 2.5 takeaways per game, while only losing four turnovers on the season. The Hoyas intercepted three passes in their victory over Marist and took the ball away from Brown four times in last Saturday's win. GU is tied for fourth in the nation in interceptions with seven. Junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) has three interceptions in his last two games to lead the PL in that category.
ABOUT COLGATE: The Raiders are coached by Dan Hunt, in his first season as head coach after serving as the offensive coordinator under Dick Biddle since 1996. Colgate earned a 27-12 victory over rival Cornell in its homecoming game last weekend. Sophomore QB Jake Melville completed 11-of-17 passes for 124 yards and rushed for 113 yards and one touchdown. Placekicker Jonah Bowman was named the Corvais Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after going 2-for-2 on field goals with three PAT's. Bowman is 7-for-7 on field goal attempts this season. He's third in the nation averaging 2.33 field goals per game. The Raiders are second to GU in the Patriot League with four interceptions on the season, as four different players have recorded an INT. They are also second to the Hoyas in turnover margin at +2 on the season. Statistically, Colgate has the best red zone offense in the PL, scoring on all 10 of its trips inside the opposing 20 yard line. On 10 trips they have managed just four touchdowns with six field goals. Colgate opened its season against a familiar face at Ball State, where former Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Kelly serves as the defensive coordinator.