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Providence, RI - Brown returns to the gridiron on Saturday for an exciting New England battle against Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Brown (2-1, 1-0 Ivy) dropped its first game of the season, 27-24, in overtime to Rhode Island, in the 95th Annual Governor's Cup game. Holy Cross (2-3) snapped a three game losing streak with a 36-31 win over Fordham.
Brown and Holy Cross have played 55 times, dating back to 1898, with the Crusaders holding a 31-21-3 series advantage. Last year, Patrick Rooney '11 booted a 34-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to lift Brown to a stunning 34-31 victory over 19th-ranked Holy Cross at Brown Stadium. Bears' quarterback Kyle Newhall '11 set an Ivy League record with 46 pass completions against the Crusaders. In 2008, Holy Cross earned a 41-34 shoot-out win in Worcester, despite an Ivy League record 526 passing yards by the Bears, for its third consecutive win over Brown.
The Bears' defense has stepped up in recent weeks with Brown players being selected the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the past two weeks. Junior safety Steve Peyton (Woodland, CA) was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after Saturday's game against Rhode Island where he seemed to be everywhere on the field, leading the Bears with a career high 20 tackles in the battle for the Governor's Cup. He had seven solo hits and was in on 13 other tackles. Peyton also broke up a pass and recovered a Rhody fumble. Two weeks ago against Harvard, senior linebacker Andrew Serrano (Phoenix, AZ) captured league defensive kudos with a strong performance in Brown's stifling win over Harvard. Serrano is Brown's team leader with 31 total tackles.
Two Brown players are ranked among the nation's statistical leaders. Senior wide receiver Alex Tounkara leads the Ivy League and ranks fifth nationally in receiving yards (109.3 per game) and sixth in receptions (8.0 per game). Freshman kicker Alexander Norocea, a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week, leads the nation in field goals (2.67 per game) and ranks fourth nationally in scoring (10.67 points per game). Sophomore tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL) leads the Ivy League and ranks 24th nationally in all-purpose yards (144.67 yards per game, while Serrano's 10.33 tackles per game ranks 23rd nationally.
Brown returns to Ivy League action next week, hitting the road for the third straight week for a match-up against Princeton on Saturday, October 16, in Princeton, New Jersey. Game time at Princeton Stadium is 1:00 p.m.