Georgetown at Stony Brook
The One and Only: Stony Brook Coach Sam Kornhauser announced over the summer that this will be his last season at the school. Kornhauser, 56, is the only varsity coach in program history -- he has been there 22 years -- and partly for that reason, a homecoming crowd of 8,000 is expected today. The Seawolves opened the season with a 21-18 win over Bucknell, their first win over a Patriot League opponent. The team includes players named Rob Roberts, William Williams and Richie Richards.
Oh, Captain!: Junior quarterback Nick Cangelosi leads the Hoyas in rushing (193 yards) and passing (24 for 48, 388 yards, 2 TDs, 2 interceptions). He is expected to play today after he left a 34-3 loss to Brown last week with a bruised sternum. He is the leading rusher partly because senior captain Kim Sarin likely will be out for the year because of an undisclosed injury. Sarin rushed for 1,051 yards last year; he was the first Georgetown player to break the 1,000-yard mark.
Don't Cross the Line: Georgetown standout defensive ends Alex Buzbee (sixth in career sacks with 16.5) and Michael Ononibaku (fifth, 20.5) face an offensive line that has four starters back. The leader is senior left guard Leo Sullivan, a preseason all-Northeast Conference pick.
Howard at Savannah State
Same Time Next Year?: The Bison have been outscored 55-20 since the first quarter of a loss to Hampton on Sept. 10. A game against Savannah State could be just the thing to end that streak. The Tigers are 3-30 dating from 2002; the Bison have outscored them 101-10 in their two previous meetings, 53-7 last year and 48-3 in 2003.
The Marching Band Refused to Yield . . . : The Howard football team got into a brief skirmish with Florida A&M's marching band -- the Marching 100 -- during halftime of a 33-20 loss last weekend in Tallahassee. The skirmish began when the band was leaving the field as Howard was taking it for warmups before the second half. After fans began throwing objects, the referees switched the teams' sidelines for the second half.
Happy to See You Again: Howard junior running back Antoine Rutherford leads the team with 173 yards rushing, and he should add to that total today: He had 135 yards rushing against the Tigers last year.
-- Christian Swezey