First Place Brown Hosts Cornell In Parent’s Weekend Match-up

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Providence, RI -  Coach Phil Estes' Brown football team returns to the Brown Stadium tundra for the first time since a smashing 29-14 win over Harvard under the lights four weeks ago, hosting Cornell on Saturday, October 23 with kickoff slated for 12:30 p.m. After three straight road games, Brown (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) finds itself in a three-way tie with Penn and Yale for first place in the Ivy League standings entering the second half of the season.

 

The Bears kept pace in the race for the Ivy title with a come-from-behind win over Princeton last week. Trailing 13-0 at the half, Brown extended its Ivy League record consecutive game-scoring streak to 143 games and rallied for a 17-13 victory over the Tigers at Princeton Stadium. Brown's consecutive game scoring streak record is now 15 years and counting for the Bears, dating back to the second game of the 1996 season. Dartmouth held the previous mark of 109 straight games without being shut-out from 1960-1973.

 

Cornell (1-4, 0-2 Ivy) comes into Saturday's game following a 44-3 loss to Colgate last week. The Big Red has Ivy losses to Yale (21-7) and Harvard (31-17), and a non-league loss to Wagner (41-7), while earning a non- league victory over Bucknell, 21-12.

 

Brown vs. Cornell – 58th Meeting: Brown and Cornell have met 57 times, dating back to 1895, with the Bears leading the series by a 30-26-1 margin. Brown has won the last two games and 11 of the last 14 meetings between the two teams.  Last year, Brown earned a 34-14 victory over the Big Red in Ithaca, New York. Three years ago years ago (2007), Cornell captured a 38-31 overtime win over Brown in Ithaca, NY, beating the Bears for the first time since 2002.

 

Bear Facts: Senior quarterback Joe Springer has earned the starting role at quarterback for the Bears, starting four of five games. Springer got the nod against Princeton and passed for just 60 yards and had eight completions in a scoreless first half.  He rallied the Bears in the second half, and finished by completing 21 of 31 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Springer also started games against Stony Brook, Harvard and Holy Cross…As a team, Brown had nine tackles for a loss of 22 yards against Princeton, led by senior linebacker Phil Roffi, who made three tackles for a loss of 12 yards against the Tigers... Freshman Alex Norocea has connected on 9 of 11 field goals and 11 of 12 extra points in his inaugural season with the Bears, and ranks fifth nationally in field goals with 1.8 per game. He was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second straight week, as well as the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, when he tied the Brown school record with five field goals…Brown's first team All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero '11 broke his right wrist late in the fourth quarter against Rhode Island and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season… Senior tri-captain and inside linebacker Andrew Serrano leads the Bears with 39 total tackles, including two for a loss, an interception, and a quarterback sack… Second team All-Ivy senior tailback Zack Tronti ran hard last week vs. Princeton, rushing for a game high 86 yards, including 60 yards in the second half…Senior Chimso Okoji and the Brown defense limited Princeton to just 43 total second half yards, 33 of those yards coming on a multi-lateral play in the game's waning moments.  Okoji had eight tackles for the day, including two solo stops, a tackle for a loss and a key first half interception deep in Brown territory (21 yard line), including two solo stops, a tackle for a loss and a key first half interception deep in Brown territory (21 yard line)… Junior tailback Mark Kachmer ran for 61 yards and a touchdown against Princeton, with 17 receiving yards and 57 kickoff return yards. He has turned into one of the most versatile offensive players in the Ivy League.  He ranks second in the Ivy League and 24th nationally in all-purpose running with 137.0 yards per game… Senior Jeremy Raducha (Bristol, CT) is the Brown team leader with seven tackles for a loss of 40 yards, including a team high three quarterback sacks...Senior wide receiver Alex Tounkara who made six catches for 69 yards against Princeton,  leads the Ivy League and ranks fourth nationally in receptions (7.6 per game),  and sixth nationally in receiving yards (100.2 yards per game).

 

Pictured:  Jeremy Raducha '11.  photo by dspics.com