Brown Returns Home For Pivotal Ivy Match-Up Against First Place Penn

Brown Returns Home For Pivotal Ivy Match-Up Against First Place Penn

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Providence, RI -  When Brown and Penn get together, Ivy League title implications are often on the line. Saturday's game at Brown Stadium (12:30 p.m. kick-off) between the Bears and Quakers will go a long way in determining this year's league champion. After winning four straight games, the 5-1 Bears look to get back in the Ivy title chase by sending Penn to its first Ivy loss of the season. Following Saturday's win over Yale, the Quakers hold an 18-game winning streak against Ivy League opponents, the longest active conference winning streak in the FCS. Penn and Harvard are in first place in the Ivy standings with 3-0 records, while Brown and Yale are close behind at 2-1.

Literacy Day: Brown Football will host Literacy Day at Saturday's game against Penn with over 4,000 students from the Providence Public School system attending the game. Brown is pleased to  honor the great work these students have done in the classroom. Before the game, students will also receive a lunch, courtesy of the Brown Football Association. 

The Records:  Brown (5-1, 2-1 Ivy) won its fourth straight game, earning a 35-24 Ivy victory over Cornell in Ithaca, New York. Senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Bears, while sophomore tailback John Spooney ran for 156 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown scamper, the seventh longest run in Brown football history. Penn (4-2, 3-0 Ivy) scored 27 points in the final 13 minutes to capture a 37-25 win over Yale at Franklin Field.


Brown vs. Penn- The 80th   Meeting: Brown and Penn have met 79 times, dating back to 1895, with the Quakers holding a 56-21-2 series lead. Penn has captured the last two games between the two teams, including a 24-7 decision last year in Philadelphia. Brown had won the previous four games over the Quakers, including a 34-27 victory over the Quakers at Franklin Field in 2008, which propelled the Bears to the Ivy League Championship.


Did You Know?: The Bears will look to send Penn to its first Ivy loss of the season and get back into the Ivy title chase.  Penn and Harvard are in first place in the Ivy standings with 3-0 records, while Brown and Yale are close behind at 2-1…Quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero '12 is the Ivy League top passer with 22.67 completions per game, 12th best in the nation. His 32 career touchdown passes rank fifth best in Brown football history…Brown ranks 6th nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 17.0 points per game…Tailback John Spooney '14 rushed for 156 yards against Cornell, the first Brown player to run for 100 or more yards since Spiro Theodhosi '12 ran for 138 yards against Dartmouth on 11/14/09.  His 81 yard run for a touchdown against Cornell is the seventh longest run in Brown football history…Punter Nate Lovett '12 ranks 18th nationally and leads the Ivy League with an average of 41.9 yards per punt…Brown's offensive line ranks 11th in the nation in sacks allowed with .83 sacks per game…Wide receiver Tellef Lundevall '13 is the Ivy League's second leading receiver with 34 receptions, 26th best in the nation…Wide receiver Jordan Evans '14 had a 58-yard kickoff return against Cornell…Eight different Brown defenders were in on sacks against Cornell, including end Clayton McGrath '12, who leads the Bears with two sacks for the season…Brown received 136 votes in this week's The Sports Network/ FCS Top-25 College Football Poll.

Newhall-Caballero Ranks 12th Nationally In Passing:­   Senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) ranks 12th in the nation with 22.7 completions per game, 22nd nationally with 246.3 passing yards per game, and 22nd nationally in total offense (255.67 yards/game). He threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns (27 and 45 yards) against Cornell, while also rushing for two touchdowns (2 and 14 yards). Newhall-Caballero threw for 229 yards and a touchdown against Princeton. He completed 25 of 29 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns vs. Holy Cross, including a game-winning 18-yard touchdown pass. Newhall-Caballero 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 touchdowns 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. 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.         4,594                        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.         427                                 Kyle Newhall-Caballero            09-10-11

6.         401                                 Joe DiGiacomo                   04-05-06

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

            32                        Kyle Newhall-Caballero            09-10-11

8.         28                                 Edward Finn                     45-47-48

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 a big game against Cornell, making five receptions for 64 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown reception.  He made his first touchdown reception of the season on week earlier, a 24-yard grab against Princeton, while making six receptions against the Tigers.  He had 10 catches for 80 yards, both career highs, against Harvard.  He ranks second on the Brown squad with 28 receptions for 242 yards. Last year, Saros caught 42 passes, seventh best in the Ivy League, for 481 yards, with four touchdowns


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

10-8-11            Stephen Peyton, S                                    Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

                        Kyle Newhall-Caballero, QB                        Ivy League Honor Roll

10-15-11            Daniel Smithwick, OLB                Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

Tellef Lundevall, WR                                    Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Alex Norocea, K                                    Ivy League Honor Roll

10-22-11            Kyle Newhall-Caballero, QB                        Ivy League Honor Roll

                                                            College Football Perf. National QB of Week

Daniel Smithwick, OLB                        Ivy League Honor Roll


Local Players Contribute:  Brown has two players 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.


Quarterbacks In Waiting: Junior quarterback 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).


Lundevall Ranks Second In Ivy League In Receptions:  Junior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) showed that he can do more than just make catches by throwing his first career touchdown pass against Princeton, connecting with Jimmy Saros on a 24-yard pass play. He also had an 11-yard touchdown reception against the Tigers. He was solid against Cornell, making five receptions for 46 yards. Lundevall ranks second in Ivy League, and ranks 26th nationally, in receptions with 5.7 per game.  He made nine receptions for 90 yards and a nine-yard touchdown against Holy Cross. Lundevall 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. In 2010, Lundevall impressed the coaching staff with 32 catches for 370 yards and two touchdowns.


Tounkara-Kone 7th In Ivy Receptions:  Senior wide receiver Alex Tounkara-Kone (Staten Island, NY), who has 26 catches for a team high 369 yards, ranks seventh in the Ivy league in receptions. He had five receptions against Princeton for a team high 97 yards, including a 41-yard grab.  Tounkara-Kone turned in an outstanding performance against Stony Brook, making seven receptions for 149 yards, while hauling in touchdown passes of 38 and 46 yards. A first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection for the Bears in 2010, he 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 (83 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.


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.


Norocea Gets His Kicks: The Brown kicking game is in the capable hands of sophomore All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA), who connected on boots of 39 and 29 yards against Princeton, and on kicks of 35 and 34 yards against Holy Cross.   Norocea was Ivy League's kick-scoring leader in 2010 with 7.1 points per game. He connected on 15 of 21 field goals and 26 of 27 extra points in his inaugural season with the Bears, and 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.


Gotta Lovett: Two-time All-Ivy senior punter Nate Lovett (East Providence, RI) leads the Ivy League and ranks 18th nationally with 41.9 yards per punt.  He leads the league by a wide margin with 15 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.  The next closest Ivy punter has nine punts inside the 20. 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 once 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 and ranks third on the Brown team with 40 total tackles. Cruz, who made five tackles in Brown's win over Cornell, ranks second in the Ivy league in kickoff returns with 28.5 yards per return. He made seven tackles, including one for a loss, in Brown's shutout of Princeton. He had six tackles against Holy Cross, and picked off a pass, while making six tackles, against URI.  Cruz 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.


Smithwick – Bears Top Defender: Senior outside linebacker Daniel Smithwick (Danville, CA) turned in another strong performance against Cornell with 14 total tackles and one forced fumble.  He leads the Brown team with 52 total tackles.  Smithwick was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week for leading the Brown defense to its first shutout since 1990 in a 34-0 win over princeton.  His 36-yard interception for a touchdown came just 57 seconds into the game and gave Brown all the points it would need.  He also made eight tackles, including six solo stops and a tackle for a loss of 10 yards. Smithwick made nine tackles in Brown's win over Holy Cross. He came up with big plays against URI, recovering a fumbled 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.


O'Donnell Second In Total Tackles:  Brown's senior linebacker Matt O'Donnell (Tipton, IA) has made 47 tackles (24 solo hits) to rank second on the Brown team. He made six tackles vs. Cornell, including a quarterback sack for a loss of 12 yards.  O'Donnell had nine tackles, including one for a loss vs. Holy Cross, and led the Bears with eight tackles and a sack against Rhode Island.  He had10 tackles against Harvard, and led the Bears against Stony Brook with 12 tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards. 


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).


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


Peyton's Place: With the Holy Cross game on the line, hard-hitting senior All-Ivy safety Steve Peyton (Woodland, CA) intercepted a Crusaders' pass with 52 seconds remaining to preserve Brown's seven point victory.  He also made a game-high 10 tackles against the Crusaders and was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week. His 39 total tackles ranks fourth on this year's team.   Peyton ranks fourth on the Brown team with 39 total tackles. Peyton 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 Runs and Catches: Junior All-Ivy tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL) has been a key tailback, receiver and kick-returner in the Bears' offense, and is Brown's leaqder with 105.8 yards per game in all-purpose yards. He ran for 67 yards and a touchdown against Princeton, and leads the Bears in rushing with 299 yards. 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.


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 Spats Restaurant, located at 182 Angell Street in Providence. The show can also be heard live on the internet on


Spooney Leads Brown In Rushing: Sophomore tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH) ran for 156 yards, including an electrifying 81 yard touchdown run, the seventh longest run in Brown football history, in Brown's win over Cornell,   becoming the first Brown player to rush for 100 or more yards since 2009.   He leads the Bears in rushing with 333 yards. Spooney

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.


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


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.  Both players had quarterback sacks vs., Cornell,  have six tackles for a loss for the season, sixth best in the Ivy League.  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).


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: The Bears travel to New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday, November 5, for a key Ivy match-up against Yale.  The game will be televised live on the YES Network with kick-off slated for 12:00 noon at the Yale Bowl.