Bears Wrap-Up 2009 Season At Columbia

Providence, RI - Brown football will face Columbia in its final regular season game on Saturday, November 21 at Wein Stadium in New York City, starting at 12:30 pm. The Bears have clinched a winning season for the eighth time in Phil Estes’ 12-year tenure as head coach at Brown and for the 58th time in Brown football history.

Brown (6-3, 4-2 Ivy) assured itself of a third place or better finish in the Ivy standings with a 14-7 overtime win over Dartmouth at rain-soaked Brown Stadium last week. Brown’s two Ivy League losses came to Harvard by three points and Penn in overtime.

The Bears will look to reach the seven-win plateau for the 29th time in Brown’s 132-year football history, and 11th time since 1950. Columbia (3-6, 2-4 Ivy) rallied from a 20-16 halftime deficit to beat Cornell, 30-20.

Brown and Columbia have met 73 times, dating back to 1902, with the Bears holding a 47-24-2 series advantage over the Lions. Brown has won 11 of the last 12 games between the two teams, including a 41-10 victory last season to win the Ivy Championship. In 2006, Columbia broke a nine-game losing streak against the Bears, kicking a field goal with three seconds remaining to come away with a 22-21 victory. Among the most memorable games in the series came in 1995 when Brown rallied from a 27-3 third quarter deficit to score 56 unanswered points in a 59-27 win.

When Buddy Farnham ’10 and Bobby Sewall ’10 arrived at Brown in the autumn of 2006, it appeared that Brown had made an adjustment from a predominantly passing offense to a strong rushing attack. After all, Nick Hartigan ’06 had just graduated as the greatest runner in Brown football history after leading the nation in rushing in two of his three seasons. Farnham and Sewall changed all that, bringing back Brown as Receiver U., and becoming two of the greatest wide receivers in Brown and Ivy League history. Saturday’s game against Columbia will the last for the All-Ivy wide receivers.

Farnham, who made the game winning touchdown reception in overtime against Dartmouth last week, has 220 career receptions, sixth all-time in the Ivy record book, while his 2,788 receiving yards and his 4,613 career all-purpose yards rank eighth in Ivy League football history. He currently ranks fifth in the nation in receiving yards (99.56 yards per game), eighth nationally in receptions (65), and tenth in all-purpose running (161.22 yards per game). Farnham’s 611 career punt return yards rank second in the Brown record book, just nine yards short of the Brown record of 620 by Stephen Campbell from 1997-2000.

Sewall has scored more touchdowns (34 - 16 receiving, 18 rushing) in the last three years than any other Ivy League player. He keeps moving up the Ivy League career receiving charts and is currently ranked 10th in Ivy history with 201 career receptions, and 28th in the Ivy record book with 2,072 career receiving yards. His 6.33 receptions per game rank 19th in the nation.

Senior co-captain James Develin, a 6-3, 270 defensive end, came up with a game-ending tackle against Dartmouth, stopping the Big Green for a loss of two yards on the final play of overtime. Develin, who had two tackles for a loss against the Big Green, leads the Ivy League and ranks 4th in the nation with 16 tackles for a loss, averaging 1.78 per game.

Twenty-two Brown seniors are expected to take part in Saturday’s final regular season game against Columbia, having posted a 21-18 record over their four-year careers, including a 16-11 Ivy mark, and winning an Ivy League title in 2008. Brown’s Class of 2010 includes: Jack Anderson, Mark Callahan, David Clement, Kelley Cox, Tim Danser, James Develin, Buddy Farnham, Andrew Fertig, Brendan Gallagher, David Howard, Peter Hughes, Paul Jasinowski, Jarrid Johnston, Michael Lemmons, Matthew Mangiacotti, Brian Neff, Chris Perkins, Drew Plichta, Phil Roffi, Trevan Samp, Bobby Sewall and Alex Shields.

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