Brown Takes On Holy Cross In New England Rivalry

Brown Takes On Holy Cross In New England Rivalry

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Providence, Rhode Island -  When Brown and Holy Cross meet on the gridiron, footballs usually fill the air.  Saturday's (October 8th, 12:30 p.m. kickoff) game at Brown Stadium should be no different. Both squads feature potent passing offenses with record-setting results. Brown ranks 24th nationally in passing with 254.7 yards per game, while Holy Cross comes in with the nation's ninth best passing offense, throwing for 300.2 yards per game. In 2007, Michael Dougherty '09 passed for a Brown record 526 yards against the Crusaders, while in 2009, Kyle Newhall-Caballero '12 completed an Ivy League record 46 passes against Holy Cross.  Crusaders quarterback Ryan Taggart ranks fourth nationally with 329.8 passing yards per game. 

The Records:  Brown extended its record to 2-1 with a 35-21 win over Rhode Island to reclaim the Governor's Cup before a crowd of 8,534 at Brown Stadium.  Holy Cross (2-2) battled #7 New Hampshire down to the wire in Durham, NH, before falling to the Wildcats, 39-32, on a late score.


Last Week: Brown senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Brown to a 35-21 victory over Rhode Island for the Governor's Cup before a crowd of 8,524 in the second ever night game at Brown Stadium. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, Brown Class of 1975, was on hand and presented the Governor's Cup to head coach Phil Estes and the Brown team at the completion of the game. 


The Brown vs. Holy Cross Series Record – 57th Meeting: Brown and Holy Cross have played 56 times, dating back to 1898, with the Crusaders holding a 32-21-3 series advantage. Last year, Holy Cross earned a 17-13 decision over the Bears in Worcester. In 2009, Patrick Rooney '11 booted a 34-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to lift Brown to a stunning 34-31 victory over Holy Cross in Providence. Bears' quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero set an Ivy League record with 46 pass completions against the Crusaders.


Did You Know?   Brown will open its 2012 season vs. Holy Cross on 9/15 in Worcester…Brown ranks 11th nationally in pass defense with 154.67 yards per game…Robert Gillett '12, who was injured on the first play of the game last year against URI and missed the remainder of the season, intercepted a pass against the Rams on Saturday…John Spooney '14, the Ivy League champion in the 100 and 200 meters, rushed for a career high 97 yards vs. URI…Linebacker Steve Zambertti '13 ran for 48 yards on a fake punt vs. URI…Brown is tied with Yale for the Ivy League lead with four interceptions… Brown is playing its 136th year of intercollegiate football with an all-time record of 579-543-40.


Newhall-Caballero Named National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Semifinalist: Brown senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Fidelity Investments®, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans in higher education. The 127 nominees also comprise the list of semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.

Newhall-Caballero Named Ivy Offensive Player of the Week for Second Time:­   Senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in 2011 when he accounted for four of Brown's five touchdowns vs. URI, throwing td's of 27 and 17 yards, and running for two more, both on two yard runs. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 203 yards.  He passed for 269 yards and a touchdown against Harvard. Newhall-Caballero was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week and New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award winner as the outstanding player in New England after throwing for three touchdowns against Stony Brook, including the game-winning 12-yard touchdown pass with 3:06 remaining.  He also threw touchdown passes of 38 and 46 yards and completed 22 of 37 passes for 292 yards. The Ivy League's first team All-Ivy quarterback in 2009, Newhall-Caballero's 2010 season was almost over before it started.  He broke his hand in the first week of pre-season camp, returned to play half of Brown's win over Harvard, and broke his wrist on the last play of regulation in Brown's third game against Rhode Island, missing the remainder of the season.  He passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams.  In 2009, Newhall-Caballero completed 259 of 413 passes for 2,709 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was second in the nation in completions (25.9 per game), 10th in total offense (281.4 yards per game), and 12th nationally in passing yards (270.9 yards per game). Newhall-Caballero's 259 completions in 2009 were seventh for a single season in the Ivy football history. He also set an Ivy League record with 46 completions against Holy Cross. 



1.         9,294                        James Perry                                 97-98-99

2.         6,739                        Jason McCullough                 94-95-96

3.         5,763                        Michael Dougherty           06-07-08

4.         5,475                        Joe DiGiacomo                   04-05-06

5.         5,007                        Kyle Slager                                02-03

6.         3,880                        Kyle Newhall-Caballero            09-10-11

7.         3,313                        Eric Webber                     97-98-00



1.         789                                 James Perry                                 97-98-99

2.         520                                Jason McCullough                 94-95-96

3.         487                                Michael Dougherty                    06-07-08

4.         449                                Kyle Slager                                 02-03

5.         401                                 Joe DiGiacomo                   04-05-06

6.         358                                 Kyle Newhall-Caballero            09-10-11

7.         306                                 Eric Webber                     97-98-00



1.         74                                 James Perry                                 97-98-99

2.         57                                 Jason McCullough                 94-95-96

3.         38                     Michael Dougherty           06-07-08

4.         33                     Joe DiGiacomo                   04-05

5.         32                                 Eric Webber                                97-98-00

            32                                 Kyle Slager                                02-03

7.         28                                 Edward Finn                     45-47-48

8.         27                        Kyle Newhall-Caballero            09-10-11

9.         21                     Pete Kohut                                52-53-54





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Night, Night, Night:  Brown opened its season with three straight night games for the first time ever. The Bears played at Stony Brook on 9/17 (6:00 p.m.), opened up their Ivy season at Harvard on Friday, 9/23 (7:00 p.m.), and returned home for the second ever night game at Brown Stadium against Rhode Island on Saturday, 10/1 (6:00 p.m.), capturing the Governor's Cup.


Saros Catches On:  All-Ivy wide receiver Jimmy Saros (Grosse Point Park, MI) had 10 catches for 80 yards, both career highs, against Harvard last week.  Last year, Saros caught 42 passes, seventh best in the Ivy League, for 481 yards, with four touchdowns


Quarterbacks In Waiting: Junior Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA), a passing and running threat, saw valuable action in 2010. Donnelly completed 43 of 81 passes for 411 yards and a touchdown, while running for 114 yards. Also competing for time under center are junior quarterback John Ryan (Exton, PA), who passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the Spring Game, and junior Alexander Phelan (Walpole, MA).


2011 Honors and Awards:

9-17-11            Kyle Newhall-Caballero, QB                        Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week

                                                                                    NE Football Writers Gold Helmet Award

                        Matt O'Donnell, LB                               Ivy League Honor Roll

9-23-11            Nathan Lovett, P                                    Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Clayton McGrath, DE                               Ivy League Honor Roll


10-1-11               Kyle Newhall-Caballero, QB                        Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week

Dan Smithwick, OLB                                    Ivy League Honor Roll


All-Ivy Returnees: The Bears' offensive fortunes could hinge on the successful return of first team All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ), who was able to play in parts of just two games last year before being sidelined due to injury. Brown's offense also returns first team All-Ivy wide receiver Alex Tounkara-Kone (Staten Island, NY) senior honorable mention All-Ivy wide receiver Jimmy Saros (Grosse Pointe Park, MI), senior honorable mention All-Ivy tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL), and senior honorable mention All-Ivy center Jack Geiger (Whitefish Bay, WI). Brown's defensive unit returns six starters, including three All-Ivy players, led by first team All-Ivy junior defensive back AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA), senior second team All-Ivy safety Steve Peyton (Woodland, CA) and honorable mention All-Ivy defensive end Clay McGrath (Longmeadow, MA).


Local Players Contribute:  Brown has two from Rhode Island on its 2011 roster: senior All-Ivy punter Nathan Lovett (East Providence) and sophomore defensive tackle Brett Polacek (Providence).  Sophomore defensive end Michael Yules hails from South Dartmouth, MA and played at Moses Brown.   All three are listed on Brown's 2-deep this week.


Lundevall Makes Game-Winning Catch:  Junior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) made the biggest reception of his career, a 12-yard touchdown catch against Stony Brook that rallied the Bears to a 21-20 victory over the Seawolves.  He had four receptions for 67 yards, including a 30-yard TD reception vs. Harvard.  His 14 receptions ranks second on the Brown team. In 2010, Lundevall impressed the coaching staff with 32 catches for 370 yards and two touchdowns.


Tounkara-Kone Picks Up Where He Left Off:  Senior wide receiver Alex Tounkara-Kone (Staten Island, NY), who has 13 catches for a team high 205 yards, turned in an outstanding performance against Stony Brook, making seven receptions for 149 yards, while hauling in touchdown passes of 38 and 46 yards. Tounkara, a first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection for the Bears in 2010, ranked among the nation's top wide receivers with 61 receptions, 18th best in the country and second in the Ivy League.  His 84.20 yards per game were also second in the Ivy League and 19th nationally.


Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 14th-year head coach Phil Estes, the 19th head coach and second winningest coach in Brown football history (79 career wins), has brought the Brown football program to an unprecedented level of success, winning three Ivy League Championships (1999, 2005 and 2008), including Brown's first ever Ivy outright title in 2005.  He helped guide Brown's Class of 2009 to two Ivy League titles, the first class in Brown football history to win two Ivy Championships. Estes' Brown teams have also finished second three times and third four times, while compiling an impressive 78-51 overall mark (.605) in 13 seasons.  He has also coached and recruited Brown's only four Ivy Players of the Year: Sean Morey '99, James Perry '00, Nick Hartigan '06 and Buddy Farnham '10. A former offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, Estes was also the Bears' recruiting coordinator for four years (1994-1997) and coached the running backs for three years.


Offensive Front: Senior All-Ivy center Jack Geiger (Whitefish Bay, WI) returns to anchor the offensive line at center. Geiger had a terrific season in helping Brown's passing offense to an Ivy League leading 244.3 yards per game, while allowing just 10 quarterback sacks.  Senior Luke Landers (Friendswood, TX) had a solid junior campaign, and will start at right guard for the Bears, while senior Evan Johnson (Kettering, OH) also earned several starts at guard, and is Brown's starting left guard. Juniors Jack Templeton (Ramsey, NJ) and Cole Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK) have earned starts at the tackle positions.


Norocea Gets His Kicks: The Brown kicking game is in the capable hands of sophomore All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA), the Ivy League's kick-scoring leader with 7.1 points per game, who connected on 15 of 21 field goals and 26 of 27 extra points in his inaugural season with the Bears.  He ranked seventh nationally in field goals with 1.50 per game.  His 15 field goals rank second best in Brown football history, and seventh in the Ivy League record book, while his 71 kick-scoring points are 15th in Ivy history.  Additionally, Norocea's 12 field goals in Ivy games are second best in Ivy history.  A two-time Ivy League Rookie and Special Teams Player of the Week, Norocea booted a Brown record five field goals vs. Harvard, and a season long 45-yard field goal against Cornell.


Co-Captains:  Providing leadership for this year's team are senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) and senior defensive tackle Kyle Rettig (Clearwater, FL).  




Gotta Lovett: Two-time All-Ivy senior punter Nate Lovett (East Providence, RI) ranks second in the Ivy League and 14th nationally with 42.5 yards per punt.  He leads the league with 10 punts inside the opponents 20 yard line.  He had a big day against Harvard, punting seven times for a 43.7 yards per punt average.  He twice pinned Harvard at the Crimson five yard line and one at the seven.  He also punted well against Stony Brook with three punts for an average of 43.7 yards per kick, including a long boot of 53 yards.  He ranked second in the Ivy League with an average of 42.1 yards per punt in 2010. He had four punts of 50 or more yards, including a  season-long 57 yard boot against Harvard and 55-yards against Princeton. Lovett's strongest game came against Dartmouth where he punted for a 45.2 yards per punt average, with a 53-yard boot.


Two-Time All-Ivy AJ Cruz: Junior two-time All-Ivy corner back AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA) is the leader of the Bears' secondary that ranks 11th nationally in pass defense.  Cruz picked off a pass and made six tackles against URI last week.  He made nine tackles against Harvard, returned three punts 26 yards and brought back five kickoffs 92 yards.  He stepped in to make seven tackles against Stony Brook and also returned punts for the Bears.  A first team All-Ivy selection in 2010 after earning second team All-Ivy honors in 2009, Cruz made 33 tackles, led the Bears with eight pass break-ups, and tied for the team lead with two interceptions. He also returned kickoffs for the Bears, with 13 kickoff returns for 295 yards, including a 45-yard return against Princeton.


O'Donnell  Steps Up At Linebacker:  Brown's senior linebacker Matt O'Donnell (Tipton, IA) led the Bears with eight tackles and a sack against Rhode Island, and had 10 tackles against Harvard.  He led the Bears against Stony Brook with 12 tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards. 


Smithwick On The Outside: Senior outside linebacker Daniel Smithwick (Danville, CA)  came up with big plays against URI, recovering a umbled punt at the Brown 16 yard line, and intercepting a pass at the Brown 21 yard line.  He also made six solo tackles against the Rams. Smithwick, who had five tackles vs. Harvard, made nine total tackles vs. Stony Brook, including one for a loss, and recovered a fumble for the Bears.


How Do You Say That?

Caballaro                                    ca – ba- yair – oh

Giovacchini                                    joe-vack- keen-nee

Norocea                                    nor-row-cha

Pakan                                      Pay-kin

Tounkara - Kone               Toon-kara – cone-ee

Polley                                      pah-lee

Patxi Colbern                                    poch-ee Colbern


Top Tackler Peyton Returns: Hard hitting senior All-Ivy safety Steve Peyton (Woodland, CA) registered nine total tackles in Brown's win over Stony Brook, and came back with six tackles vs. Harvard, including five solo stops.  He headed the Bears' defense in 2010 with 79 total tackles, 7th best in the Ivy League. He came up big in Ivy games with 10 tackles against Dartmouth, and 12 total hits against Penn. Peyton was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his dominating play 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.


Kachmer Top Ivy Receiver: Junior All-Ivy tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL) leads the Ivy League with 15 receptions, and leads the Bears in rushing with 144 yards. He also leads the Ivy League in All-Purpose yardage with 137.3 yards per game.  He made six receptions for 62 yards in Brown's win over URI for the Governor's Cup, and scored two touchdowns, making a diving 25-yard td reception, and then scoring on a two-yard run. Kachmer rushed for a 89 yards in Brown's win over Stony Brook, and came back to rush for a career high 97 yards against Harvard. He also had seven receptions for 60 yards against the Crimson. Last year he led the Bears with 557 yards on the ground, sixth best in the Ivy League.


Spooney Rushes Past URI: Sophomore tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH) stepped up against Rhode Island and ran for 97 yards on 19 carries in his first significant playing time of the season. He is considered the fastest man in the Ivy League after winning the 2011 Ivy Championship in the 100 and 200 meters.


McGrath and Rettig Excel Up Front: Senior All-Ivy defensive end Clay McGrath (Longmeadow, MA) and senior co-captain Joseph Rettig (Clearwater, FL) have started out the season with solid performances.  Rettig registered two tackles for a loss vs. URI, had six tackles vs. Harvard, including a quarterback sack for a loss of 12 yards.  He made a key tackle for a five-yard loss on Stony Brook's final possession, and finished the game with five total tackles, including two for a loss.  McGrath, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last season, had a big game against Harvard with 13 total tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss.  He had six total tackles and two tackles for a loss against the Seawolves.


Three Rings:  Three members of the Brown head coaching staff – head coach Phil Estes, assistant head coach Abbott Burrell and offensive coordinator Frank Sheehan – have earned three Ivy League Championship rings (1999, 2005, 2008) coaching the Bears.


Speaking of Rings:  Bears' tight ends coach Joseph Leslie has earned nine Ivy League Championship rings, including two as a coach of the Bears in 2005 and 2008, three as a player at Dartmouth (1969, 1970, 1971), two as an assistant coach at Penn (1983, 1984), and two as an assistant coach at Dartmouth (1972, 1996).


Listen To Brown Football:  Brown's 10-game football schedule will be aired throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England on WPRV-AM 790 (Providence).  The Brown football broadcast team features Scott Cordischi calling the play-by-play, and former Brown All-Ivy fullback Mike Wall '99 providing the color commentary. You can also listen live on your computer at


The Phil Estes Show:  For the latest on the Brown Football team, listen to the Phil Estes Show every Thursday evening, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during the season on WPRV-AM 790. The show is hosted by Scott Cordischi, who is the play-by-play voice of Brown football, and will be broadcast live from area restaurants.  This Thursday's Coaches Show is at Hope Street Pizza at 720 Hope Street on the East Side of Providence. The show can also be heard live on the internet on




Watch Live Video of The Bears On The Internet: Brown Football fans can watch a live video and audio feed (WPRV - AM 790) of all home games through B2 Networks. All five home football games will be aired through Brown's athletic website    Fans wanting to watch Brown events via B2 Networks will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. Games will be sold on an individual basis at $7 per game or $30 for the season.


Next Week: Brown returns to Ivy League action on Saturday, October 15, hosting Princeton in a Family Weekend match-up against the Tigers at Brown Stadium.  Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.


2011 Brown Football Schedule & Results           

9/17     Sat.            at Stony Brook                        21-20, W

9/23     Fri.            at Harvard                                    7-24, L

10/1     Sat.            RHODE ISLAND (myRITV) 35-21, W

10/8     Sat.            HOLY CROSS                        12:30 p.m.

10/15   Sat.            PRINCETON                        12:30 p.m.

10/22   Sat.            at Cornell                                    12:30 p.m.

10/29   Sat.            PENN                                             12:30 p.m.

11/5     Sat.            at Yale (TV- YES)               12:00 noon

11/12   Sat.            DARTMOUTH                        12:30 p.m.

11/19   Sat.            at Columbia                                    12:30 p.m.


2011 Holy Cross Schedule & Results

9/1       Sat.            MASSACHUSETTS                   L, 16-24

9/10     Sat.            COLGATE                         W, 37-7

9/17     Sat.            HARVARD                                    W, 30-22

10/1     Sat.            at New Hampshire                        L, 32-39

10/8     Sat.            at Brown                                      12:30 p.m.

10/15   Sat.            DARTMOUTH                        1:00 p.m.

10/22   Sat.            at Bucknell                                    1:00 p.m.

10/29   Sat.            GEORGETOWN                        1:00 p.m.

11/5     Sat.            at Lehigh                         12:30 p.m.

11/12   Sat.            LAFAYETTE                        12:30 p.m.

11/19   Sat.            at Fordham                                    1:00 p.m.


Pictured:  Dan Smithwick '12 intercepting a pass vs. URI.