Oct. 29, 2013
THE OPENING KICK
MATCH-UP: Coming off a convincing 41-23 win over Holy Cross, Lafayette turns its attention to Georgetown (1-7, 0-2). The two teams open the month of November with a 1 p.m. kick off on Saturday at Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C.
CONTROLLING THEIR DESTINY: At 2-0 in Patriot League play, Lafayette is tied with Colgate (2-0) atop the Patriot League standings. Lehigh (1-1) sits in third. The Leopards have Georgetown, Colgate and Lehigh remaining in games that determine the Patriot League title. Colgate hosts Bucknell and Lehigh surrounding the Leopard matchup. Lehigh hosts Holy Cross and travels to Colgate before the 149th meeting of Lafayette-Lehigh.
RECENT MEETINGS: Georgetown has won the last three meetings in the series, beating Lafayette by a combined eight points in those games (28-24 in 2010, 14-13 in 2011 and 20-17 last season).
ROSS IS CAREER LEADER: Entering the Holy Cross game, senior wide receiver Mark Ross needed two catches and 149 receiving yards to chisel in his name at the top of Lafayette's career receiving charts. He didn't disappoint, reeling in eight catches for 151 yards and a career-best three touchdowns, surpassing John Weyrauch '04 (162 - 2,406 yards). Ross ranks first in career touchdowns (24), shares the record for catches in a game (13 in 2012 at Robert Morris) while also ranking second for catches in a season (75 in 2012) and fourth and fifth for receiving TD's in a season (10 in 2012 and nine in 2011).
REED AT QB: Freshman QB Drew Reed has been named the Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week, the first time that a freshman has won the offensive honor and the lone occurrence of a student-athlete winning both awards concurrently. The Tennessee native completed 21-of-22 for 283 yards and five touchdowns. He also garnered the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer of the Week. Reed completed his final 20 passes (tying a Patriot League record for consecutive completions in a game set earlier this season by Fordham's Mike Nebrich). It was the first time since Nov. 7, 2009 that a Lafayette QB threw for 5+ touchdowns when Rob Curley tossed a Patriot League record seven. Reed's passing efficiency rating of 278.5 was the second-best single-game mark in the FCS this season. In the last two games, Reed has completed 38-of-44 passes for 518 yards and seven touchdowns. Reed currently has more touchdowns passes (7) than incompletions (6).
A WIN OVER GEORGETOWN...
would put Lafayette at 3-0 in Patriot League play for the first time since 2009
give Lafayette consecutive wins for the first time in 2013
snap a three-game series losing streak against the Hoyas
ABOUT GEORGETOWN: Georgetown comes into the game with a 1-7 overall mark and a 0-2 record in Patriot League play. The Hoyas have lost their last six games by an average of 24.8 points per game.
GU returns 15 starters, (7 on offense, 8 on defense) from a team that was 5-6 overall (2-3 in PL) in 2012.
Sophomore QB Kyle Nolan has taken over the starting job for the Hoyas. He has thrown for more than 397 yards in his two starts including 257 yards and a touchdown pass in last week's 34-14 loss to Colgate.
Senior tailback Nick Campanella leads the rushing attack for Georgetown. He has rushed for 439 yards on 106 carries to go along with five rushing touchdowns. He had a career-high 129 yards and three touchdowns against Lehigh.
Senior WR Zach Wilke leads the Hoyas with 39 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns, one of five Georgetown receivers who are averaging more than 10 yards per catch. Junior LBs Patrick Boyle and Nick Alfieri lead the team with 71 and 61 tackles, respectively. 2013 Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year senior LB Dustin Wharton has 3.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.
The defense is surrendering 467 yards and 36 points per game.
Kevin Kelly (Springfield '82) is in his 8th season as head coach.