Area college football: Georgetown visits Lafayette, Howard hosts Hampton
Friday, September 10, 2010; 11:20 PM
Georgetown at Lafayette
Where: Fisher Stadium, Easton, Pa.
When: 6 p.m.
Records: Hoyas 1-0, Leopards 0-0.
Looking for a 'W': Now that Georgetown has ended its 12-game overall losing streak, next up is its Patriot League skid. The Hoyas haven't won a Patriot League game since Oct. 20, 2007, when they beat Bucknell, a streak of 13 consecutive league losses. That's also their only Patriot League win since Coach Kevin Kelly took over the program in 2006.
Offense impresses: Quarterback Scott Darby turned in a solid performance against Davidson, completing 14 of 23 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown. But the most notable offensive achievements were on the ground. Georgetown ran the ball well for the first time in a long time, gaining 166 yards against the Wildcats and scoring two rushing touchdowns. The Hoyas scored just three rushing touchdowns the entire season last year. Besides Darby's rushing effort, Phillip Oladeji gained 69 yards on 15 carries and Chance Logan ran for 60 yards on eight carries.
Know the foe: Lafayette went 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the Patriot League to finish second in the league standings last season. The Leopards have won six in a row against Georgetown and are 8-1 against the Hoyas since 2001, when Georgetown joined the league.
Howard vs. Hampton
Where: Greene Stadium.
When: 1 p.m.
Records: Bison 0-1, Pirates 0-1.
The real HU: The series between Howard and its MEAC rival has been pretty lopsided lately. Hampton has won 13 in a row against the Bison. Howard's last win against the Pirates came in 1996, a 26-7 victory at Hampton. Last season, the Pirates beat the Bison, 37-0. Hampton has scored at least 30 points in five of its last six games against Howard.
Under center: Sophomore Terry Bradden started at quarterback for Howard in last weekend's 38-7 loss to Holy Cross. Bradden completed 8 of 15 passes for 89 yards. He also threw an interception. Sophomore Jarad Dorsey took over for Bradden in the second half. Dorsey completed 5 of 10 passes for 96 yards and one touchdown. His 38-yard scoring pass to Willie Carter accounted for the Bison's only points.
Coming up empty: Howard gained more yards (310 to 282), ran more plays (73 to 53) and held on to the ball longer (36 minutes 15 seconds to 23:45) than Holy Cross, but still lost. The reason the Bison didn't put more points on the scoreboard? Two turnovers (a fumble and an interception) and 10 penalties for 104 yards. Though Howard has to be encouraged by its offensive production, it needs to find a way to get across the goal line.