Brown and URI Battle for the Governor’s Cup

Full Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  Brown and URI will meet for the 97th time on the gridiron on Saturday, October 6, battling for the Governor's Cup in Kingston, Rhode Island. The Bears are coming off a strong 37-10 win over Georgetown and will be looking for their third straight non-league victory of the 2012 season. If you can't make it to the game, listen live on WPRV-AM 790 or on BrownBears.com, with Scott Cordischi calling the play and John Anderson providing the color commentary.  Kick-off is 1:00 p.m. at Meade Stadium.

 

Brown's Record:  Brown (2-1) turned in a strong second half defensive effort to earn a 37-10 victory over Georgetown in Washington, D.C.  The Bears held Georgetown to one total yard and zero first downs in the second half.  Senior tailback Spiro Theodhosi ran for 142 yards and an 18-yard touchdown, and junior defensive end Michael Yules was named the Ivy League's defensive Player of the Week after recording two quarterback sacks and three tackles for a loss.

 

The Rams' Record:  URI fell to 0-4 on the season after dropping a 48-8 decision to Bowling Green.  Robbie Delgado's two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the lone Rhody score. The Rams have also lost to Monmouth (41-6), Villanova (31-10) and James Madison (32-7).

 

Last Year's Game: Kyle Newhall-Caballero '12 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 over 10,000 in the second ever night game at Brown Stadium. Mark Kachmer '13 scored two touchdowns, and AJ Cruz '13 intercepted a pass for the Bears. 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 Governor's Cup History – 97th Meeting: Brown and Rhode Island have met 96 times, dating back to 1909, with the Bears holding a 68-26-2 series advantage over the Rams. Last year, Brown came away with a 35-21 win over the Rams under the lights at Brown Stadium. In 2010, Rhode Island  came away with a 27-24 win in overtime over the Bears at Meade Stadium. Historically, Brown won the first 23 meetings between the two teams, the first 16 by shutout.  The Bears and Rams met continuously for 67 years, from 1925 to 1991, but a scheduling snafu temporarily disrupted the series.  The series resumed in 1993 and the two teams are scheduled to play at least through the year 2017.  Two previous Rhode Island Governors have played in the Governor's Cup game: Phil Noel, Brown Class of 1954, and Donald Carcieri, Brown Class of 1965.

 

Yules Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week:  Junior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) led the Brown defense that held Georgetown to one yard of total offense in the second half and zero first downs after halftime.  Yules had two quarterback sacks for a loss of 13 yards and added another tackle for a loss.  He also played a major role in an incredible goal line stand that set the tone for the game.  Georgetown had the ball first and goal at the Brown one-inch line. Yules stopped the Hoyas on first down for no gain, and then again on second down for no gain, both times the nose of the ball n inch away from the goal line.  After a Brown stop on third down, Georgetown was forced to kick a field goal. He had five tackles overall, including three solo hits. Last year, he ranked third on the Brown team with 6.5 tackles for a loss.

Donnelly At the Helm: Senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) completed 20 of 32 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in Brown's win over Georgetown. He threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns (12, 16, 12 yards) against Harvard, completing 27 of 40 passes. He waited patiently for two years to get his first career starting nod against Holy Cross, and responded by throwing for two touchdowns (38 and 2 yards) and running 10 yards for the game winning touchdown.  Overall, Donnelly completed 24 of 41 passes for 199 yards against the Crusaders. A passing and running threat, Donnelly, who also plays basketball at Brown, 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.

 

Video Scoreboard Makes Debut At Brown Stadium: Brown Football unveiled a new LED video display scoreboard last Saturday vs. Harvard, featuring Daktronics 15HD pixel spacing, that shows live video and instant replays, scoring information, sponsor advertisements, vivid graphics and colorful animations.  Measuring more than 18 feet high by nearly 36 feet wide, the video scoreboard also displayed a variety of marketing and promotional vignettes, real-time game statistics and player features.

 

Did You Know? Senior defensive end John Bumpus (Concord, MA) blocked a punt against Georgetown and recovered it in the end zone for his first career touchdown.  He also had four tackles against the Hoyas…Three different Brown seniors registered their first career interceptions vs. Georgetown – outside linebacker Reed Watne (Los Angeles, CA), outside linebacker Ade Oyolowo (Bowie, MD) and inside linebacker Anthony Franciosi (Easton, MA)…Brown and Yale are the only Ivy League teams to play on grass…The Bears, who practice on field turf, played their first game of the season on an artificial surface last week vs. Georgetown…Brown will be looking to post a 3-0 non-league record for the second straight season…The Bears' win over Holy Cross gave head coach Phil Estes an 11-4 lifetime record in season-opening games, including eight of his last nine…Brown is playing its 135th season of intercollegiate football…The Bears have finished second in the Ivy standings in each of the last two years… Estes has won three (1999, 2005, 2008) of Brown's four Ivy League Championships…Sophomore wide receiver Stian Romberg (Maryville, TN) made his first career touchdown reception vs. Harvard, hauling in a 12-yard scoring reception from Patrick Donnelly '13…Sophomore tight end Alex Viox (Cincinnati, OH) also made his first career TD reception, a 16 yard catch vs. Harvard…Senior tackle Stephen Fox (Winter Haven, FL) shares the Brown team lead with 3.5 tackles for a loss.

 

 

Brown's Weekly Award Winners:

9/15     Spiro Theodhosi '13, RB        New England Sportswriters Gold Helmet Award

                                                            Ivy League Honor Roll

            Patrick Donnelly '13, QB       Ivy League Honor Roll

            AJ Cruz '13, DB                    Ivy League Honor Roll

9/22     Patrick Donnelly '13, QB       Ivy League Honor Roll

9/29     Michael Yules '14, DE           Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

            Spiro Theodhosi '12, RB        Ivy League Honor Roll

            John Bumpus '13, DL                        Ivy League Honor Roll

 

Fay Catches Another Touchdown: Senior Jonah Fay (Brookline, MA) has made touchdown receptions in two of Brown's first three games. He made a 12-yard TD reception vs. Harvard after a 2-yard touchdown catch vs. Holy Cross. Fay has caught 10 passes for 160 yards this season. He excelled on the gridiron a year ago, making 19 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns.

Kachmer At Tailback:  The Bears' rushing attack is headed by senior Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL), a two-time All-Ivy tailback, who led the Bears in rushing last year with 569 yards on 126 carries. Kachmer has run for 1,137 career yards heading into the 2012 season. Last year, 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.

 

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.  Cruz made six tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, in Brown's win over Georgetown. He was solid in the Bears' secondary vs. Harvard, making 10 tackles, including five solo hits.  Cruz came up with a big play against Holy Cross, picking off a pass with 56 seconds remaining to stop the Crusaders' final drive. He also made eight tackles, including one for a loss against Holy Cross. 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 last season. 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.

 

Walthall for the Defense:  Senior tackle and co-captain Ross Walthall (Carmel, IN) headlines the defensive line after making 20 tackles a year ago. He registered two tackles for a loss vs. Harvard and has registered eight total tackles for the season. An aggressive pass rusher, Walthall registered two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack in 2011.

 

Brown In The NCAA Division I FCS National Rankings (Top 25)

Rushing                       16th      Spiro Theodhosi         115.67 yards per game

All-Purpose Running  20th      Spiro Theodhosi         142.0 yards per game

Receptions                  25th      Tellef Lundevall          6.33 catches per game

Tackles For Loss        4th        BROWN (Team)        8.67 per game

Rushing Defense         11th      BROWN (Team)        95.67 yards per game

Net Punting                 12th      BROWN (Team)        38.93 yards per punt

 

Lundevall 20th Nationally In Receptions: 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 grabbed an 11 yard TD pass vs. Georgetown and had 5 receptions for 50 yards against the Hoyas. He had a game high seven catches for 70 yards vs. Harvard, and led the Bears with seven catches for 74 yards and a 38-yard touchdown against Holy Cross. 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.

 

Miller Time:  Senior end Luke Miller (Bryn Mawr, PA), who registered two tackles for a loss against Georgetown, has made 6.5 total tackles this season.  He saw action in all 10 games last year, making seven tackles, including two for a loss and a quarterback sack.

Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 15th-year head coach Phil Estes, the 19th head coach and second winningest 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)

 

Bears In The NFL:  Brown has two of its former players on NFL rosters in 2012.  Zak DeOssie '07 is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl Champion for the New York Giants. Fullback James Develin '10 is on the New England Patriots practice squad.

 

Zambetti Second In Ivy Tackles: Senior Stephen Zambetti (Germantown, TN), who registered a game high 11 tackles vs. Georgetown, leads the Bears and ranks second in the Ivy League with 10.3 tackles per game. He led the Bears with 12 tackles, including 8 solo hits, vs. Holy Cross. He also had eight tackles vs. Harvard.

 

Freshmen Travel: Brown had five freshmen travel to its opening game at Holy Cross and have continued to see action this season– defensive tackle Ludovic Richardson (Killingworth, CT), kicker Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL), inside linebacker Chad Berry (East Lyme, CT), defensive back Michael Walsh (Swampscott, MA) and offensive lineman Andrew vanderWilden (Concord, MA). Senne kicked-off for the Bears, Richardson made a tackle for a loss, while Berry made two tackles on special teams.

 

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.

Theodhosi 16th Nationally In Rushing:  After missing the 2010 and 2011 seasons following injuries, senior Spiro Theodhosi (Londonderry, NH) is making a bid for the National Comeback Player of the Year.  His 115.6 rushing yards per game are 16th in the nation.  Theodhosi took over the Georgetown game at the beginning of the second half, rushing for 88 of his game high 142 yards in the third quarter, and scoring on an 18-yard run, where he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and ran untouched into the end zone. He opened the season by rushing for 120 yards on 20 carries in Brown's win over Holy Cross. Theodhosi was named the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award winner as the top player in New England after he ran for 103 of his 120 yards in the second half against the Crusaders.  He came back strong vs. Harvard with 85 rushing yards and another 61 receiving yards. Theodhosi 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 Leads Ivy League In Kick Scoring: The Brown kicking game is in the capable feet 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.  Norocea, who is a perfect 5 of 5 in converting field goals,  connected on three of three field goals vs. Georgetown, hitting kicks of 22, 35 and 34 yards. He booted a 24-yard field goal vs. Holy Cross and a 42-yarder vs. Harvard, and has connected on 27 of 39 career field goals for the Bears. 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. 

 

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, and can also be heard live on the internet on www.brownbears.com.

How Do You Say That?

Armogost                                arm-a-gost

Billeci                                      bell-ee-see

Codrea                                     code-dray

Patxi Colburn                          potch-ee cole-burn

Giovacchini                             joe-vack- keen-nee

Norocea                                   nor-row-cha

Oyalowo                                 oy-a-low-woah

Polacek                                    pol-a-check

Polley                                      pa-lee

Senne                                       sen-ee

Stian Romberg             stee-N

Theodhosi                               theo-dough-see

 

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.

 

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.

Next Week: Brown plays its third straight game on the road, traveling to Princeton, New Jersey for a nationally televised match-up against Ivy rival Princeton on Saturday, October 13 at Princeton Stadium.  The NBC Sports Network will televise the game starting at 12:00 noon

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2012 Brown Football Schedule & Results

9/15     Sat.      at Holy Cross                         24-21, W

9/22     Sat.      HARVARD                             31-45, L  (TV - NBC Sports)

9/29     Sat.      at Georgetown                                    37-10, W

10/6     Sat.      at Rhode Island                       1:00 p.m.

10/13   Sat.      at Princeton                             12:05 p.m. (TV - NBC Sports)

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 URI Schedule & Results

9/8       Sat.      at Monmouth                          6-41, L           

9/15     Sat.      at Villanova                             10-31

9/22     Sat.      JAMES MADISON              7-32, L

9/29     Sat.      at Bowling Green                    8-40, L

10/6     Sat.      BROWN                                 1:00 p.m.

10/13   Sat.      GEORGIA STATE                1:00 p.m.

10/20   Sat.      at Delaware                             3:03 p.m.

10/27   Sat.      NEW HAMPSHIRE              12:00 p.m.

11/3     Sat.      at Richmond                            6:00 p.m.

11/10   Sat.      at Towson                               3:30 p.m.

11/17   Sat.      MAINE                                   12:00 p.m.                  

 

 

 
 
 

2012 BROWN FOOTBALL

Depth Chart vs. URI, 10/6/12

 

BROWN OFFENSE

QB       6        Patrick Donnelly               Sr.                       17        Marcus Fuller                   So.

TB        25      Mark Kachmer                  Sr.                       47        Spiro Theodhosi               Sr.     

FB        21      Jackson Freeman               Sr.                       22        Cody Taulbee                   Jr.

FL         81      Jonah Fay                          Sr.                       5          Alex Phelan                       Jr.

LT        79      Jack Templeton                 Sr.                       76        Clayton Paino                   Jr.     

LG        70      Nathan Bernstein              Sr.                       75        Nicholas Codrea                So.

OC       60      Matt Miller                       Sr.                       65        Nathan Svensson              Jr.

RG        63      Daniel Austin                    Jr.                       73        Malcolm Andry                Sr.

RT        71      Cole Hooper                      Sr.                       66        Ryan McCourt                 Jr.

TE        82      Alex Harris                        Sr.                       2          Andrew Marks                 Jr.

SE        85      Tellef Lundeval                 Sr.                       80        Jordan Evans                     Jr.     

 

BROWN DEFENSE 

DE        78      Luke Miller                       Sr.                       91        John Bumpus                    Jr.

DT        97      Ross Walthall                    Sr.                       88        Brett Polacek                    Jr.

DT        94      Stephen Fox                      Sr.                       72        Ludovic Richardson          Fr.

DE        96      Michael Yules                   Jr.                       99        Patxi Colbern                    Sr.     

OLB     46      Reed Watne                       Sr.                       7          Ben Noury                        Sr.

ILB       40      Stephen Zambetti              Sr.                       64        Xavier Russo                    So.

ILB       48      Dan Giovacchini                So.                      49        Adam Pelzer                     Sr.

OLB     39      Ade Oyalowo                    Jr.                       38        Phillip Smith                     So.

CB        1        Emory Polley                    Jr.                       30        Matthew Billeci                Jr.

S           13      Anthony Franciosi            Sr.                       26        Eric Armogost                   So.

CB        12      AJ Cruz                             Sr.                       36        Jacob Supron                    So.    

 

BROWN SPECIALISTS

P           95      Nate Meyer                       Sr.                       27        Grant Senne                      Fr.

PR        12      AJ Cruz                             Sr.                       81        Jonah Fay                         Sr.

KOR    12      AJ Cruz                             Sr.                       25        Mark Kachmer                  Sr.

FG        41      Alexander Norocea            Jr.                       27        Grant Senne                      Fr.

H          5        Alex Phelan                       Jr.                       8          John Ryan                         Sr.

KO       41      Alexander Norocea            Jr.                       27        Grant Senne                      Fr.

LS        50      Courtland Clavette            So.                      62        John Pfeiffer                     So.

SSn      50      Courtland Clavette            So.                      60        Matt Miller                       Sr.

 
 
 
 
 

Game 1:  Brown at Holy Cross, September 15, 2012       Worcester, MA

Making his first collegiate start, senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly rallied Brown from a 21-10 fourth quarter deficit to lead the Bears to a 24-21 non-league victory over Holy Cross in the season opener of Brown's 135th year of intercollegiate football.

"When it came down to crunch time and the game was on the line, Patrick Donnelly really came through," said Brown football coach Phil Estes. "We settled down in the last 30 minutes after struggling in the first half. This is a great come-from-behind win for our team."

Trailing 21-10 early in the fourth quarter, Donnelly cut the Crusader lead to 21-17, when he connected on a two-yard touchdown pass to senior Jonah Fay to cap a 75-yard scoring drive at the 10:17 mark.

Following a defensive stop, Brown took over at its own 16-yard line with over seven minutes remaining in the game. 

Donnelly directed a 13 play, 84 yard scoring drive behind the running of senior tailback Spiro Theodhosi, who accounted for 53 yards in the drive.  Theodhosi, who finished with a game high 120 yards on the ground, missed the last two years due to injury after a stellar sophomore season. 

Donnelly scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard run, giving the Bears a 24-21 lead with just 1:24 left on the clock.

Brown All-American corner back AJ Cruz iced the game for the Bears with an interception on the Crusaders' last possession, giving the ball back to Brown with 56 seconds remaining.

"I can't say enough about Spiro Theodhosi, who had most of our yards on that final drive and made a key first down at the end of the game to put it away," added Estes.  "He provided our offense with a shot in the arm."

Donnelly completed 24 of 41 passes for 199 yards, including touchdown passes of 38 and 2 yards. Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall made 7 catches for a game high 74 yards, while senior Mark Kachmer and Fay made six catches each.

Overall, Brown's defensive effort was led by senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti, who made 12 tackles, including eight solo stops. Senior linebacker Reed Watne also came through with nine solo tackles.

Holy Cross senior quarterback Kevin Watson racked up a bunch of yards for the Crusaders, throwing for 223 yards, while completing 26 of 40 passes.  Eddie Houghton led the Holy Cross ground game with 62 yards.

After a scoreless first quarter, Brown got on the scoreboard first when Alex Norocea connected on a 24-yard field goal with 13:08 left in the second quarter, giving the Bears a 3-0 advantage.

Holy Cross answered on its next possession, marching 79 yards on 14 plays with Watson diving into the end zone from one yard out to give the Crusaders a 7-3 lead at the 7:52 mark of the second quarter.

The Crusaders scored on their first possession of the second half to pull ahead by a 14-3 margin with 9:33 left in the third quarter when Alex Schneider caught a 6-yard Watson touchdown pass.

Donnelly got the Bears back in the game when he spotted Lundevall wide open down the sideline, tossing a 38-yard scoring pass with 4:02 left in the third quarter to pull the Bears to within 14-10 of the Crusaders.

Holy Cross extended its lead to 21-10 with an 83 yard scoring drive at the end of the third quarter, with Eddie Houghton running into the end zone from one yard out.

 

 

Game 2:  Harvard at Brown, September 22, 2012             Providence, RI

A crowd of nearly 14,000 packed Brown Stadium in the third ever night game played at the historic field on the East Side of Providence.  Brown and Harvard battled under the lights with the Crimson coming out on top of a 45-31 decision.

The excitement of Brown's opening home game, a festive crowd and a new video scoreboard drew a partisan Bruno crowd in a classic matchup of Ivy heavyweight contenders.

Brown took the opening kickoff and drove 78 yards in eight plays to grab an early 7-0 lead. Senior tailback Spiro Theodhosi capped the drive when he bulldozed his way into the end zone from one yard out with 11:01 left in the first quarter.  The big play in the scoring drive was a 43-yard pass play from quarterback Patrick Donnelly to senior wide receiver Jonah Fay.

Harvard also scored on its next possession with David Mothander booting a 22-yard field goal with 5:25 left in the opening quarter to trail, 7-3.

The Crimson took a 10-7 lead when Trevor Scales dove into the end zone from the one yard line with 10:26 left in the second quarter, capping a 98-yard scoring drive.

Following a Brown fumble, Harvard went to the zone on its first play from scrimmage with quarterback Colton Chapple throwing a 30 yard touchdown to a diving Sietu Smith with 9:14 left in the second quarter, giving the Crimson a 17-7 advantage.

Brown took possession at the Harvard 17 yard line when junior Brett Polacek forced a Harvard fumble that was recovered by senior Patxi Colburn. Junior kicker Alex Norocea booted a 42-yard field goal to cut Harvard's lead to 17-10 at the half.

Harvard grabbed its biggest lead, 24-10, with 5:12 left in the third quarter when Treavor Scales scored on a 10 yard run to cap an 81-yard scoring drive.

The Bears came back again when Donnelly tossed a 12-yard scoring pass to Fay with 2:17 left in the third quarter to trail, 24-17.  But the Crimson answered to extend their lead to 31-17, early in the fourth quarter.

Once again, Donnelly engineered a Brown scoring drive, throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Alex Viox with 12:56 left in the game, to trail, 31-24.

Harvard's Scales scored again, this time on a 36-yard run with 3:45 left, to play to give the Crimson a 38-24 advantage.

Donnelly threw his third touchdown pass of the day, a 12-yard strike to sophomore Stian Romberg following an 80-yard scoring drive to account for the final score, 45-31.

Donnelly passed for 336 yards and completed 27 of 40 passes.  His favorite target was senior Tellef Lundevall, who made seven receptions for 70 yards.

Theodhosi accounted for 146 yards of total offense, rushing for 85 yards and catching four passes for 61 yards.

Defensively for the Bears, seniors AJ Cruz and Reed Watne made 10 tackles each, while sophomore linebacker Daniel Giovacchini registered nine tackles.

Chapple had a big day for the Crimson, completing 30 of 40 passes for 351 yards.  Scales led all runners with 136 yards on 18 carries, scoring four times.

 

Game 3:  Brown at Georgetown, September 29, 2012      Washington, D.C.

Brown returned to the D.C. area for the first time since 2005 and turned in a dominant performance in all facets of the game – offense, defense and special teams - to earn a 37-10 win over Georgetown to disappoint an overflow Homecoming crowd on the Georgetown campus. Senior tailback Spiro Theodhosi ran for 142 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bears' offensive effort.

"Spiro is a real workhouse for our team," said Bears' head coach Phil Estes. He runs North-South, breaks a lot of tackles and plays with tremendous energy."

Bears' quarterback Patrick Donnelly threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns, sitting out most of the fourth quarter. Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall caught five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown, while junior Jordan Evans caught five passes for a game high 62 yards.

Theodhosi, who is making a bid for the nation's Comeback Player of the Year after missing the last two seasons due to knee injuries, ran for 88 yards in the third quarter alone as Brown took over the game.

Harassing Georgetown quarterback Stephen Skon all day, Brown's defense had five sacks and 15 tackles for a loss to hold the Hoyas to 159 total yards and no second half first downs.  Senior linebacker Steve Zambetti  had 10 of his 11 tackles in the first half, and junior Michael Yules led the Bears with two sacks and a tackle for a loss. Senior Luke Miller also had two of Brown's five sacks.

Three Brown defenders intercepted passes, senior Reed Watne, senior Ade Oyalowo and senior Anthony Franciosi. Brown's also scored on special teams when junior John Bumpus blocked a Georgetown punt at the one-yard line early in the fourth quarter and recovered it in the end zone to put the game out of reach.

"Our defense really followed the game plan and took away the quarterback option," said Estes.  "We were able to put last week's game out of our memory and move on to the rest of the season."

Bears' junior All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea was a perfect 3 of 3 in field goals, connecting on kicks of 22, 35 and 34 yards.

The Bears had good field position on its first offensive possession following a sack by Miller and a poor Georgetown punt, taking over at the Hoyas 41 yard line.  Five plays later, Donnelly connected on a five yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Andrew Marks to grab an early 7-0 lead.

Brown extended its lead to 10-0, with 6:08 left in the first quarter when Norocea booted a 22-yard field goal on Brown's next possession, capping a 44-yard scoring drive.

Georgetown's Matt Maczura booted an 18-yard field goal to trail, 10-3, with 25-seconds left in the opening quarter, but it was Brown's incredible goal line stand that kept the Hoyas out of the end zone. With Georgetown taking over with a first and goal at the Bears' one-inch line, Brown's defense stopped the Hoyas' straight ahead running three consecutive times at the one-inch line, forcing the Georgetown field goal. Yules had two stops for the Bears in the goal line stand.

Skon knotted the score, 10-10, with a scrambling 23-yard touchdown pass to Zack Wilke with 11:22 left in the second quarter.

The Bears took the lead once again, 17-10, when Theodhosi ran untouched into the end zone from the 18-yard line with 5:57 remaining in the first half. capping a 50-yard scoring drive.

Brown extended its lead to 20-10 at the half when Norocea connected on a 35-yard field goal as time expired.  The Brown score was set up by an interception by senior Reed Watne.

Brown's defense forced three consecutive three-and-outs for the Hoyas to open the second half and take control of the game.

Donnelly directed another Brown scoring drive late in the third quarter, tossing an 11-yard touchdown strike to Lundevall to give the Bears a 27-10 advantage with 4:05 left in the quarter.