Sept. 29, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-0) is hitting the road this weekend for its second-straight matchup with an Ivy League opponent. The Hoyas will take on No. 19/25 Harvard University (2-0) on Friday night with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with Bill Spaulding and Ben Altsher providing the call. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
Last Time Out
The Hoyas jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first half and fought off a late charge by Columbia for a 17-14 victory at Cooper Field in front of a near-sellout Homecoming crowd. With the win, the Hoyas claimed the Lou Little Trophy, named after the College Football Hall of Fame Head Coach who coached at both schools, for the second-straight season.
Tim Barnes (Oradell, N.J./River Dell Regional) finished 16-of-30 for 124 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for a team-high 29 yards and a touchdown. Justin Harrell (New Orleans, La./Newman) and Michael Dereus (Hyde Park, Mass/Williston Northampton) tied for team-high honors with 44 receiving yards apiece. Henry Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va./George Mason) hit a career-long 47-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter.
The Georgetown defense forced four turnovers, including interceptions by both Jethro Francois (Miami, Fla./Winter Haven/Victory Christian Academy) and David Akere (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron).
Harry McCollum (Arlington, Heights, Ill./Saint Viator) was named to the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 41.1 yards on 14 punts for a total of 576 yards. Twice he pinned Columbia inside its own 20-yard line. Akere also earned an Honorable Mention selection, tying for the team lead with 11 total tackles and adding two pass breakups to his interception.
Harvard is averaging over 41 points and nearly 500 yards of offense per game through the first two games of the season. Senior Joe Viviano is averaging 247.5 yards through the air and is second on the team in rushing, contributing 63.5 yards with his feet. Viviano's three rushing touchdowns matches junior running back Semar Smith for the team lead. Smith's 98 rushing yards per game leads the Crimson rushing attack.
The receiving corps is led by sophomore Justice Shelton-Mosley and senior Anthony Firkser. Shelton-Mosley has nabbed a team-best 15 catches, averaging 11.8 yards each time. Firkser has pulled in 11 catches for 189 yards, while finding the end zone on two of those grabs.
About the Matchup
Georgetown enters Saturday's matchup with a 0-2 all-time record against Harvard. The two teams had never met before 2014 when the Crimson visited the Hilltop and defeated the Hoyas, 34-3. Last year, Harvard came away with a 45-0 victory in Cambridge.
Saturday is the second of three-consecutive matchups against Ivy League programs. The Hoyas are 4-8 in the past five years against opponents from the Ivy League and 3-3 under Head Coach Rob Sgarlata, including last week's 17-14 victory over Columbia.
What's up Next
Following Friday's game against Columbia, Georgetown will return to Cooper Field for its final nonconference game of the season. The Hoyas will welcome Princeton to the Hilltop for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday that will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network as well as Sirius XM radio.