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Providence, RI - Brown may have lost the battle for first place in the Ivy standings to Penn last week, but the war is far from over, as the Bears look to gain sole possession of second place in the league standings with Saturday's key Ivy match-up with Yale. With three games remaining in the 2010 season, Brown is tied with Yale and Harvard for second place in the Ivy standings with 3-1 league records, with the league championship still up for grabs.
Brown (4-3, 3-1 Ivy) dropped a 24-7 decision to Penn on Saturday, with its lone touchdown on an 85-yard kickoff return by Mark Kachmer. The touchdown enabled Brown to extend its Ivy League record consecutive game scoring streak to 145 games, dating back to the second game of the 1996 season. Yale (5-2, 3-1 Ivy) built a 31-7 halftime lead and then held on for a 31-28 victory over Columbia last week.
Brown vs. Yale- 115th Meeting: Brown and Yale have met 114 times, dating back to 1880, with the Bulldogs holding a 77-32-5 series advantage. Last year, Brown fell behind early, 12-7, but rallied for a 35-21 victory over the Elis at the Yale Bowl. Yale had captured the previous three games in the series, including a 13-3 decision in 2008 in Providence. Prior to that, Brown had won three straight games from 2003-2005. Bears' coach Phil Estes is 7-5 lifetime against the Elis, and 1-0 against Yale coach Tom Williams.
100 Years Ago: Charles P. Sisson '11 was the center on the first Brown Football team to ever beat Yale, 21-0, on November 5, 1910. He snapped the ball to Bill Sprackling '12, who was called that day, "the best quarterback in the country," by Walter Camp. One hundred years later, Mary Sisson Barrett, 92 years young and the daughter of Charles Sisson, will be in the stands on Saturday to watch Brown battle Yale. She will be accompanied by her sons, Charles Sisson Barrett '74 and John T. Barrett, Jr. '67.
Literacy Day With Providence Public Schools: Brown Athletics, in conjunction with the Citadel Broadcasting's Providence Books are Wings Program, the Brown Football Association and WSKO AM790, have partnered with the Providence Public Schools to promote "Literacy Day" at today's game. The event is based on the 25 elementary and 8 middle schools in Providence designing individual criteria of achievement in reading and writing with all students qualifying to receive a free game ticket for them and their parents or families. To date, more than 3,000 students have qualified. In a special on-field halftime ceremony, Brown University President Ruth Simmons and Superintendent of Providence Schools Tom Brady will recognize the school children for their achievements in the classroom.
Bear Facts: Senior quarterback Joe Springer (Mendota Heights, MN) was injured late in the second quarter against Penn last week, and his availability is unknown for Saturday's game against Yale. If Springer is unavailable, sophomore Patrick Donnelly will get the starting nod, backed up by senior Ryley Hegarty… Donnelly provides the Bears with several dimensions – passing, punting and running. He came into last week's game against Penn late in the second quarter and finished the game. Donnelly completed 20 of 36 passes for 194 yards, while also running for a team high 68 yards against the Quakers… Senior wide receiver Alexander Tounkara ranks second in the Ivy League and 15th nationally in receptions (6.57 per game), and 17th nationally in receiving yards (83.71 yards per game)… Senior tri-captain and inside linebacker Andrew Serrano (Phoenix, AZ), who had seven solo tackles against Penn, leads the Bears with 55 total tackles.. Junior tailback Mark Kachmer leads the Ivy League and ranks 21st nationally in kickoff return yards with 26.5 yards per return. He also ranks third in the Ivy League and 30th nationally in all-purpose running with 129.43 yards per game… Junior Steve Peyton, who made 12 tackles against Penn last week, is tied for the Brown team lead with 55 total tackles… Junior Mel Farr registered his first career interception with a 13-yard return that set up Brown's game-tying field goal against Stony Brook. Farr also made 16 tackles for the Bears. His grandfather, Mel Farr, is a former NFL Rookie of the Year and two-time Pro-Bowl player for the Detroit Lions. His father, Mel Farr, Jr., was a running back for the Los Angeles Rams.
Like Father, Like Sons: Junior defensive end Clayton McGrath has the unique opportunity to be coached by his father, Brown defensive line coach Neil McGrath. Clay is recognized as one of the top defensive players on the Brown squad with 25 total tackles. He has also registered five tackles for a loss and 2.5 quarterback sacks, both second on the Brown team. Clay isn't the only McGrath son on the Brown team. His brother, junior Sam McGrath, is a defensive back and special teams player for the Bears.
About The Elis: Yale junior quarterback Patrick Witt is the Ivy League's top passer, averaging 275.3 yards per game. He threw three touchdown passes against Columbia last week, and has completed 155 of 254 passes for 1,652 yards and 11 touchdowns overall…The Elis' ground attack is led by junior Alex Thomas, who has rushed for 441 yards and five touchdowns…Senior strong safety Adam Mooney is the active career interception leader for Yale with eight, one shy of the school's top 10 list…Senior wide receiver Gio Christodoulu is the Yale team leader with 32 receptions, and ranks second in the Ivy League in punt return average with 11.6 yards per return…Junior linebacker Jordan Haynes ranks second in the Ivy league with 10.4 tackles per game. His 6.0 tackles for a loss are fourth in the league.
Next Week: Brown plays its final road game of the season, traveling to Hanover, New Hampshire to face Dartmouth. The game will be televised live on the VERSUS Network, starting at 12:00 noon at Memorial Stadium.
Pictured: Clay McGrath '12. photo by dspics.com