Oct. 31, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University football team (2-6, 0-3 Patriot League) hosts Lehigh University (1-6, 0-2 Patriot League) on Saturday, November 1, at Multi-Sport Field. Kick-off for the 20th meeting between the Hoyas and Mountain Hawks is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.
SERIES RECORD: The Blue & Gray trail the all-time series 14-5, having lost each of its games with Lehigh since joining the Patriot League in 2001. In the last meeting at Multi-Sport Field in 2012, GU led after the first half 14-7. But 10 unanswered second half points from the Mountain Hawks sunk GU in a 17-14 loss. The Hoyas also fell to Lehigh, 34-12, in the 2011 Patriot League Championship Game, the freshmen season for Georgetown’s current seniors. The last Georgetown victory came in 1925, a 40-0 win.
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.
HOYAS AMONG NATION’S TURNOVER MARGIN LEADERS: The Georgetown defense has been opportunistic throughout the 2014 season, creating 17 turnovers, with nine interceptions and eight fumble recoveries. The Hoyas have a +8 turnover margin, tied for best in the Patriot League and fifth-best in the nation. Junior safety Garrett Powers (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) each have three interceptions, while sophomore defensive lineman Phil Novacki (Great Falls, Va./Langley) returned an interception 48-yards for a touchdown in a victory over Marist.
SCORING DEFENSE AMONG NATION’S BEST: The Hoya defense has allowed just 19.1 points per game through eight games this season, ranking as the best scoring defense in the Patriot League and the 14th best at the FCS level. The Hoyas have a veteran defensive front, including senior defensive tackle Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) and Patriot League sacks leader Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip), but the team’s young secondary has also been important, limiting opponents to just 157.9 yards/game and a 107.2 pass efficiency, both the top marks in the league.
Alec May AMONG NATION’S SACK LEADERS: With one sack against Bucknell, May’s 13.5 sacks is the second most in the nation and the top total in the Patriot League. May’s total is currently second-best in single-season GU history, behind program-leader Janne Kouri, who registered 16 in 1996. May is 4.5 sacks behind the Patriot League single-season leader Andrew Hollingsworth, who recorded 18 sacks for Towson in 2000. He is currently fifth in program history with 26 career sacks, just 1.5 behind Alex Buzbe.
Nick Alfieri CLOSING IN ON 300 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) moved into third place in GU career tackles at Lafayette and added 12 more against Bucknell to give him 297 for his career. Three more tackles will put Alfieri in elite company as one of just three Hoyas to reach the 300 tackle mark, joining Robert McCabe (407) and Nick Parrish (349).
ABOUT LEHIGH: The Mountain Hawks will also be in search of their first Patriot League victory, falling previously to Bucknell and No. 12 Fordham. Lehigh’s lone victory came in a 31-14 win at Cornell on October 18. Lehigh has featured a strong offense, averaging 28.7 points per game, led by sophomore quarterback Nick Shafinsky. Shafinsky has completed 119-of-208 passes for 1,353 yards, while also placing second on the team with 354 rushing yards. The Mountain Hawks have allowed 37.9 points per game and given up 211.7 yards rushing in seven games.