November 10, 2011

Bears Host Dartmouth In Final Home Game For 28 Brown Seniors

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Providence, RI - Riding a six game winning streak, the second place Brown football team looks to stay in contention for the Ivy League Championship with an Ivy League match-up against Dartmouth, hosting the Big Green on Saturday, November,  at Brown Stadium, starting at 12:30 p.m.  Brown (7-1, 4-1 Ivy) and Penn (4-1 Ivy) trail first place Harvard (5-0) by just one game heading into the final two weekends of the season.

The Records:  Brown (7-1, 4-1 Ivy), ranked 27th in the latest Sports Network FCS College Football Poll,  took care of business and stayed in contention for the Ivy title with a 34-28 victory over Yale at the Yale Bowl.  Mark Kachmer '13 rushed for 192 yards, including a school record 95-yard run from scrimmage, to lead the Bears.  Since the Ivy League began play in 1955, just nine other Brown teams have won 7 or more games – 1976 (8), 1977 (7), 1987 (7), 1994 (7), 1997 (7), 1999 (9), 2000 (7), 2005 (9) and 2008 (7).  Dartmouth (3-5, 2-3 Ivy) defeated Cornell, 33-24, last week behind senior Nick Schwieger's school record 257 rushing yards.

 

Mark Kachmer '13 and Nate Lovett '12 Named Ivy League Players of the Week:  Bears' junior tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL) was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week and senior punter Nate Lovett (East Providence, RI) was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week for their contribution to Brown's 34-28 win over Yale. Kachmer rushed for a career high 192 yards against Yale, including a Brown and Yale Bowl record 95-yard run from scrimmage, the fourth longest run in Ivy football history. In fact, he had all 99 yards in Brown's NCAA record 99-yard scoring drive. His 95-yard run topped the previous mark of 94 yards by Bob Flanders '69, also against Yale in 1968.  He also scored on a two-yard run and caught a one-yard touchdown pass. Lovett kicked for a 42.3 yards per punt average against the Elis, punting seven times for 298 yards.  His ability to pin Yale deep in its own territory was strategic against the Elis, with three punts inside the 20, including one at the one-yard line.

 

Congratulations Brown Seniors: Brown's 28 seniors will be honored in ceremonies prior to Saturday's final game against Dartmouth. Brown's Class of 2012 has posted a 26-12 record so far during their four-year careers, with an 19-7 Ivy mark, four consecutive winning Ivy seasons, and an Ivy League title in 2008.  Brown's Class of 2012 includes: Shane Cooney, Derrick Duquette, Nicholas Faber, Mel Farr, Jonah Fay, Jack Geiger, Robert Gillett, Mark Hammer, Evan Johnson, Luke Landers, Nathan Lovett, Clayton McGrath, Sam McGrath, Luke Miller, Kenny Newcomer, Kyle Newhall-Caballero, Matthew O'Donnell, Patrick Pakan, Adam Persinger, Stephen Peyton, Kyle Rettig, Jimmy Saros, Daniel Smithwick, Matthew Sudfeld, Spiro Theodhosi, Nate Thomas, Alex Tounkara-Kone, and Brett Wyman.

 

The Ivy Standings:  The race for the Ivy title got a little bit tighter with Brown beating Yale last week to virtually eliminate the Bulldogs from Ivy title contention.  Brown and Penn are tied for second place in the Ivy standings with 4-1 league marks, one game behind first place Harvard (5-0).  Brown hosts Dartmouth and travels to Columbia in its final two games, while Penn is at Harvard this week and hosts Cornell in the final week.  After facing Penn, Harvard finishes at Yale.

Brown vs. Dartmouth – 89th  Meeting: Brown and Dartmouth have met 88 times, dating back to 1894, with the Big Green holding a 54-30-4 series advantage. Brown has won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the two teams, including the last four.  Last year, Brown pulled out a thrilling 38-28 come-from-behind win over Dartmouth at Memorial Field, after trailing 28-17 in the third quarter.  In 2006, Dartmouth earned a 19-13 overtime win in Hanover, New Hampshire.

 

Did You Know?:  Brown's defense held Yale to just seven rushing yards after the Elis had two different runners rush for over 200 yards in the previous two weeks…Brown leads the Ivy League and ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 16.25 points per game…Outside linebacker Dan Smithwick '12 and defensive back AJ Cruz '13 both lead the Ivy League with three interceptions each.  Cruz, safety Stephen Peyton '12 and linebacker Matt O'Donnell '12 each intercepted passes vs. Yale… Bears' head coach Phil Estes is seventh all-time in games won vs. Ivy league teams with 60 career Ivy wins…Quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero '12 ranks second in the Ivy League and 16th nationally with 21.5 completions per game.  His 35 career touchdown pass and 463 career completions rank 4th in the Brown record book, while his 4,958 career passing yards rank 6th in Brown football history…Defensive end Clayton McGrath '12 had two quarterback sacks vs. Yale and leads the Bears with nine tackles for a loss, sixth best in the Ivy League…Wide receivers Tellef Lundevall '13 (39 catches) and Alex Tounkara-Kone '12 (38 catches) rank second and third, respectively, in Ivy League receptions…Defensive tackle Kyle Rettig '12 made eight tackles against Yale, including two for a loss…Wide receiver Jimmy Saros '12 made his third touchdown reception of the season, a 19-yard catch vs. Yale…Punter Nathan Lovett '12 leads the Ivy League with 41.28 yards per punt, 23rd best in the nation, including an incredible 20 punts inside the 20 yard line.