Oct. 9, 2015
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University football team (2-3, 0-0 Patriot League) hosts Lafayette College (1-4, 0-1 Patriot League) for Homecoming on the Hilltop on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. The opening kickoff between the Hoyas and Leopards is scheduled for 2 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY vs. LAFAYETTE: Georgetown and Lafayette both enter Saturday’s game following losses to ranked opponents, after GU fell 45-0 to No. 24 Harvard and Lafayette fell 35-7 to No. 18 Fordham. The Leopards lead the all-time series 12-6, but GU has won three of the last five matchups. Since 2010 the games have been close, with four of the last five games being decided by a combined 11 points, though the Leopards won their last trip to campus in decisive fashion, 45-27.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast free of charge on the Patriot League Network (www.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league). Jeremy Huber will call play-by-play with Scott Jackson on color commentary, while Caitlin Mangum will provide reports from the sideline. Fans can find live stats by visiting the Georgetown Athletics official website – www.GUHoyas.com. In-game updates will also be available from the team’s official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
COOPER FIELD: The Georgetown University athletic department received a $50 million gift from Georgetown parents Peter and Susan Cooper, one of the largest ever received by the university and the biggest gift to the athletics program. In addition to supporting the innovative leadership program for the university’s 750 student-athletes, the gift will enable GU to further develop Multi-Sport Field, which will now be known as Cooper Field. The Cooper’s five children are Georgetown alums with one daughter as a former swim team co-captain and three sons who played on the football team.
ISAAC ELLSWORTH MAKING HOYA KICK RETURN UNIT DANGEROUS: Sophomore running back Isaac Ellsworth (Belfort, Texas/Euless Trinity) has given GU a valuable weapon on kickoff returns. He currently leads the Patriot League averaging 22.6 yards per return. Last week at Harvard he averaged 26.6 yards per return on five attempts.
HOYA PASS DEFENSE MAKING LIFE DIFFICULT FOR OPPOSING OFFENSES: Senior CB Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside [N.C.]) earned preseason All-PL honors and has lived up the billing, intercepting one pass and returning it for a touchdown, while breaking up six passes, good for second in the PL in passes defended (1.40/game). Sophomore cornerback Jelani Williamson (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) currently leads the league in passes defended. Williamson broke up three against Columbia and another at Harvard for six on the season to go with two interceptions for an average 1.60/game. Junior linebacker Leo Loughrey (Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic) is fifth in the PL averaging 1.00 passes defended per game.
MATT SATCHELL AMONG PL’S TOP TACKLERS: Senior captain Matt Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) leads the Hoyas with 50 tackles in the first five games, picking up where he left off after a strong junior season. As a junior Satchell had a breakout season finishing fourth in the league with 92 tackles. He is currently fourth in the league again, with the leader being his high school teammate and Lafayette linebacker Brandon Bryant.
ABOUT LAFAYETTE: Junior quarterback Drew Reed, who helped the Leopards defeat GU in his first start against GU in 2013, and backup Blake Searfoss have completed passes to 14 different receivers this season, completing passes to nine different receivers in two games and eight different receivers in two games. Sophomore linebacker Brandon Bryant leads the nation in solo tackles, making 7.6 solo tackles per game. He ranks sixth in the nation in total tackles (12.6/game). Lafayette is fourth in the nation in fewest penalties yards per game (3.80) and fewest penalty yardage per game (30). Head Coach Frank Tavani is 89-92 during his 16 seasons at Lafayette College. He has earned four Patriot League titles during his tenure, including the 2013 championship.