Preparing to take on Harvard
Today we are in Cambridge, Massachusetts to play the No. 24/25 Harvard Crimson. It will be the second meeting between Georgetown and Harvard.
This summer, we were presented with the opportunity to move this contest from Saturday afternoon to Friday night. In doing so, the game would also be televised on ESPN3. In my opinion, this is where our program should compete. Georgetown is a national brand with Hoya alums in every state. Our roster reflects the power of this brand. This game provides us with a great opportunity to show our progress against an excellent football team.
Following the victory at Columbia, we returned to Georgetown to start preparations for Friday’s game in a short week. Our staff and players did a great job of controlling the controllables. We could not control not having a full week of practice. We could and did control our effort and focus during the week. Every week we focus on improving one play at a time. We talk about building a win, one day at a time.
Harvard head coach Tim Murphy has built one of the most respected programs in the FCS over the past decade. They finished last season as the Ivy League Champion with a 10-0 record and are currently 2-0. On offense, the Crimson have been extremely efficient in their first two games. They are averaging 47 points per game. They are led by their quarterback, Scott Hosch, who has thrown six touchdowns in two games. Their running back, Paul Stanton, has been a mainstay in their backfield and just moved into second on the Harvard list for most touchdowns scored with 29. On defense, Harvard is led by their captain, linebacker Matt Koran. The unit has forced four turnovers resulting in 28 points and two safeties. On special teams, the Crimson have blocked two punts. They are a solid, well coached football team.
Last week, we had great support from our parents, friends and alums in New York. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Harvard. Please be safe as you travel to the game. A link to the game notes can be found here.