Providence, R.I. - Brown football opens its 135th season of intercollegiate football Saturday afternoon, September 15, traveling to Worcester, Mass., to face Holy Cross in the 58th meeting between the two New England universities. Brown head coach Phil Estes is 10-4 lifetime in season-opening games, including seven wins in his last eight opening-day games. If you can't make it to the game, listen live on WPRV radio or brownbears.com, with Scott Cordichi calling the play and John Anderson P'11 providing the color commentary.
BROWN (0-0) vs. HOLY CROSS (0-1)
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Fitton Field, Worcester, Mass.
Radio: WPRV-AM 790
Bears' Opening Day Items:
• Last year, Brown posted a 7-3 overall record, 4-3 in the Ivy League, good for second place in the Ivy standings.
• Brown will be launching its 135th season of intercollegiate football on Saturday against Holy Cross, the first time the teams have met in the season opening game, covering 57 games.
• Brown head coach Phil Estes is 10-4 lifetime in season-opening games, including seven wins in his last eight opening-day games.
• The Bears have posted a 35-18 non-league record since 1994, including a 3-0 non-league mark in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2011.
• Brown opens its 2013 season at home against Georgetown on September 21 at Brown Stadium.
The Brown vs. Holy Cross Series Record – 58th Meeting: Brown and Holy Cross have played 57 times, dating back to 1898, with the Crusaders holding a 32-22-3 series advantage. Last year, Brown rallied late in the fourth quarter for a 20-13 victory over the Crusaders at Brown Stadium. With the score tied, 13-13, Brown took over at its own one yard line with nine minutes remaining and marched 99 yards in 11 plays, taking six minutes off the clock for the game-winning touchdown, scoring on 18-yard pass play to Jonah Fay. In 2010, Holy Cross earned a 17-13 decision over the Bears in Worcester.
Lighting It Up On National Television: Brown will host Harvard on Saturday, September 22, in the third ever night game at historic Brown Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by NBC Sports Network. Temporary lighting will be installed for the Saturday evening match-up against the Crimson. Four banks of Musco lights will illuminate Brown Stadium, with two banks of temporary lights towering above the stadium on either side of the field. Brown hosted Harvard in 2010 in the first night game played at Brown Stadium, drawing a crowd of 17,330, the largest crowd for a sporting event in the State of Rhode Island for 2010.
Non-League Opener: Brown opened its season against Yale from 1976-1999, with each Ivy League school opening in league play. In 2000, the league schedule changed and the Bears opened the season against San Diego in Providence, RI. The 2001 game against the Toreros in San Diego, CA was cancelled due to the September 11th terrorist attack, with the Bears actually opening the season against Harvard the following week. Brown has posted a 9-3 record in non-league openers since 2000.
Donnelly Gets Starting Nod At QB: Senior Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) has waited patiently for two years and gets his first career starting nod against Holy Cross. A passing and running threat, Donnelly saw valuable action in 2010, completing 43 of 81 passes for 411 yards and a touchdown, while running for 114 yards. Donnelly's back-up, sophomore Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH), has not seen any varsity action.
Cruz - Pre-Season All-American: The leader of the Brown defensive unit is senior defensive back and co-captain AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA), a preseason All-American choice and a three-time All-Ivy selection, earning first team honors twice. One of the most respected players in the Ivy League, Cruz ranked fifth on the Brown team with 60 total tackles and led the Bears with three interceptions, second best in the Ivy League. A terrific kick returner, Cruz ranked fourth in the nation and led the Ivy League in kick-off returns, averaging 31.15 yards per return. He also ran back a kick-off 83 yards for a touchdown against Dartmouth.
Offensive Front: Senior offensive tackle Jack Templeton (Ramsey, NJ), a first team All-Ivy selection, is the lone returning starter on the Bears' offensive line. He took every snap at left tackle and played a key role in the Bears' offense that averaged 364.5 yards of total offense and posted 23.6 points per game. The Brown offensive line allowed just 13 sacks for the season. Senior Nate Bernstein (Charlotte, NC) was Brown's starting right tackle a year ago and will transition to left guard. Senior Cole Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK) is also experienced after taking 300 snaps at right tackle a year ago. Senior Matt Miller (Villa Hills, KY) will take over at center and junior Dan Austin (Franklin, TN) has earned a starting role at right guard.
D-Line: Senior tackle and co-captain Ross Walthall (Carmel, IN) will headline the defensive line after making 20 tackles a year ago. An aggressive pass rusher, Walthall registered two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack in 2011. He had a big game in Brown's shutout of Princeton with six tackles. Senior end Luke Miller (Brwyn Mawr, PA) saw action in all 10 games, making seven tackles, including two for a loss and a quarterback sack. Senior tackle Patxi Colbern (Anchorage, AK) is also a strong force in the middle for the Bears. He made13 tackles, including two for a loss last season. Senior tackle Stephen Fox (Winter Haven, FL) was also in the rotation a year ago, making nine tackles, including two for a loss. Junior end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) ranked third on the Brown team with 6.5 tackles for a loss and will anchor one of the defensive ends positions.
All-Ivy Returnees: Senior AJ Cruz (first team), senior tailback Mark Kachmer (honorable mention) and senior offensive tackle Jack Templeton (first team) are Brown's three All-Ivy returnees.
Lundevall/Fay Lead Brown Wide-Outs: Brown's leading receiver from 2011, senior Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL), returns to the lineup after making a team high 51 catches for 516 yards. Lundevall has tremendous athleticism (he also plays basketball for Brown), with exceptional jumping ability. He caught four touchdown passes last year and also completed a 24-yard pass for a touchdown against Princeton. Senior Jonah Fay (Brookline, MA) excelled on the gridiron a year ago, making 19 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns. With the graduation of three significant wide receivers, a slew of newcomers will compete for playing time at the wide-out position.
Kachmer At Tailback: The Bears are also deep at the running back position, and will be led by senior Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL) a two-time All-Ivy tailback, who led the Bears in rushing with 569 yards on 126 carries. Kachmer has run for 1,137 career yards heading into the 2012 season. He was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career high 192 yards against Yale, including a Brown and Yale Bowl record 95-yard run for a touchdown, the fourth longest run in Ivy football history. He accounted for all 99 yards in Brown's NCAA record 99-yard scoring drive. His 95-yard run bested the previous Brown rushing mark of 94 yards by Bob Flanders '71, also against Yale in 1968. He also ran for 97 yards vs. Harvard.
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 15th-year head coach Phil Estes, the 19th head coach and second winningist coach in Brown football history, 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 outright Ivy 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 four times and third four times, while compiling an impressive 84-54 overall mark (.610) in 14 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.
Phil Estes' Career Coaching Record:
Year School Overall Record Ivy League Record
1998 Brown 7-3 5-2 (Second)
1999 Brown 9-1 6-1 (First) Ivy League Champions
2000 Brown 7-3 4-3 (Third)
2001 Brown 6-3 5-2 (Third)
2002 Brown 2-8 2-5 (Sixth)
2003 Brown 5-5 4-3 (Second)
2004 Brown 6-4 3-4 (Fourth)
2005 Brown 9-1 6-1 (First) Ivy League Champions
2006 Brown 3-6 2-5 (Sixth)
2007 Brown 5-5 4-3 (Third)
2008 Brown 7-3 6-1 (First) Ivy League Champions
2009 Brown 6-4 4-3 (Third)
2010 Brown 6-4 5-2 (Second)
2011 Brown 7-3 4-3 (Second)
Freshmen On Depth Chart: Brown lists two freshmen on its 2-deep, both at back-up positions - Ludovic Richardson (Killingworth, CT) at defensive tackle and Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL) at punter, field goal and kick-offs.
Theodhosi Returns: Senior Spiro Theodhosi (Londonderry, NH) is making a return after missing the last two years due to injury. Theodhosi, who will be making a bid for the Ivy League's Comeback Player of the Year, is a talented tailback, who ranked second on the 2009 team in rushing with 423 yards on 82 carries. He ran 25 times for a Brown season-best 167 yards and a touchdown against Yale, and rushed 33 times for 138 yards and another touchdown against Dartmouth.
Norocea Gets His Kicks: The Brown kicking game is in the capable hands of junior All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA), the Ivy League's kick-scoring leader in 2010 with 7.1 points per game. He has connected on 22 of 34 career field goals for the Bears and will also kick-off for Brown. His 15 field goals as a freshman were second best in Brown football history, and seventh in the Ivy League record book, while his 71 kick-scoring points rank 15th in Ivy history. Additionally, Norocea's 12 field goals in Ivy games in 2010 are second best in Ivy history.
New Faces At Inside Linebacker/Safety: Senior Stephen Zambetti (Germantown, TN) is the Bears' top returning inside linebacker after making 20 tackles last season. Also on the inside is sophomore Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA), who played mostly special teams as a freshman. Senior safety Anthony Franciosi (Easton, MA) saw action in all 10 games in 2011 and registered nine total tackles. Junior Ade Oyalowo (Bowie, MD) will look to start at outside linebacker, along with senior Reed Watne (Los Angeles, CA).
How Do You Say That?
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Stian Romberg stee-N
Three Rings: Three members of the Brown 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.
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 John Anderson P'11 providing the color commentary.
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 www.brownbears.com.
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 America One Networks. All five home football games will be aired through Brown's athletic website http://brownbears.com. Fans wanting to watch Brown events via America One Networks will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. A single day pass is $8, allowing the viewer to watch multiple Brown events for the entire day. Monthly and yearly passes are also available.
Ivy Opener Next Week vs. Harvard: Brown opens its Ivy League season next Saturday evening, September 22, hosting Harvard at Brown Stadium, starting at 4:30 p.m. The night game, Brown's third ever at Brown Stadium, will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus).
2012 Brown Football Schedule & Results
9/15 Sat. at Holy Cross 1:00 p.m.
9/22 Sat. HARVARD 4:35 p.m. (TV - NBC Sports Group)
9/29 Sat. at Georgetown 2:00 p.m.
10/6 Sat. at Rhode Island 1:00 p.m.
10/13 Sat. at Princeton 12:05 p.m. (TV - NBC Sports Group)
10.20 Sat. CORNELL 12:30 p.m.
10/27 Sat. at Penn 1:00 p.m.
11/3 Sat. YALE 12:30 p.m. (TV - YES)
11/10 Sat. at Dartmouth 1:30 p.m.
11/17 Sat. COLUMBIA 12:30 p.m.
2012 Holy Cross Schedule & Results
8/30 Sat. NEW HAMPSHIRE L, 17-38
9/15 Sat. BROWN 1:00 p.m.
9/22 Sat. DARTMOUTH 1:00 p.m.
9/28 Sat. at Harvard 7:00 p.m.
10/6 Sat. BUCKNELL 1:00 p.m.
10/13 Sat. at Colgate 1:00 p.m.
10/20 Sat. at Lafayette 1:00 p.m.
10/27 Sat. FORDHAM 1:00 p.m.
11/3 Sat. LEHIGH 1:30 p.m.
11/10 Sat. at Wagner 1:00 p.m.
11/17 Sat. at Georgetown 1:00 p.m.