Brown and Rhode Island Battle For The Governor’s Cup

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Providence, Rhode Island -  With Saturday night's big Ivy League win over Harvard in the rear view mirror, the Brown football team will turn its focus to the University of Rhode Island and the 95th meeting for the Governor's Cup.  The Bears will travel to Kingston, RI, on Saturday, October 2, for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off at Meade Stadium.

 

Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri '65, a former Brown defensive back and member of Brown Football's 125th Anniversary All-Decade Team of the 1960's, will be on hand to present the Governor's Cup to the victorious team at the end of the game.

 

Brown (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) returns to non-league action following a 29-14 Homecoming victory over Harvard last Saturday evening before a near sellout crowd of 17,360 in the first ever night game played at Brown Stadium. Freshman kicker Alexander Norocea tied a Brown record with five field goals and 17 kicking points (third best in Ivy football history) and was named the Ivy League's Special Teams and Rookie of the Week.

 

Senior tri-captain and inside linebacker Andrew Serrano (Phoenix, AZ) was named the Ivy League defensive Player of the Week for leading a Brown defensive effort that held Harvard's offense in check all night, limiting the Crimson to 112 total yards, including a minus-16 yards rushing.  Up until Harvard's final possession, the Crimson had just 76 total yards.  Serrano made a team high seven tackles, including three solo hits, while also forcing a Harvard fumble.

 

Sophomore Mark Kachmer ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns to headline the Bears' offensive effort.

 

Rhode Island (1-2) had last week off following a stunning 28-25 victory over #8 New Hampshire on September 18.

 

Brown and Rhode Island have met 94 times, dating back to 1909, with the Bears holding a 67-25-2 series advantage over the Rams. Brown took back the Governor's Cup in 2009, taking a 28-20 victory over the Rams at Brown Stadium.  URI earned a 37-13 win over the Bears in 2008.  Brown won the first 23 meetings, the first 16 by shutout.  The Bears and Rams met continuously for 67 years, from 1925 to 1991, but a scheduling snafu temporarily disrupted the series.  The series resumed in 1993 and the two teams are scheduled to play at least through the year 2014.

 

Pictured:  Robert Gillett '11 returning an interception last week vs. Harvard.  photo by dspics.com