The Records: The Bears extended their record to 4-2 overall and earned their first Ivy win (1-2) with a 21-14 victory over Cornell at Brown Stadium. Junior Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL) ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns to help Brown defeat the Big Red. Penn dropped a 27-13 decision to Yale at the Yale Bowl to fall to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League.
Brown vs. Penn- The 81st Meeting: Brown and Penn have met 80 times, dating back to 1895, with the Quakers holding a 56-22-2 series lead. The Bears earned a 6-0 victory over Penn last year at rain-soaked Brown Stadium, snapping the Quakers' 18-game Ivy League winning streak. Penn had captured the previous two games between the two teams, including a 24-7 decision at Franklin Field in 2010, snapping a four-game Brown winning streak.
Bears' Defense #1 Nationally In Tackles For Loss: Brown's defensive unit ranks number one in the nation with 9.33 tackles for a loss per game. The Bears made an incredible 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage vs. Princeton.
Reisner To The Rescue – Wins New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award: Just two weeks prior to last week's game against Cornell, junior tailback Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL) found himself fifth on the Brown depth chart. He had his first collegiate carry against Princeton the following week, gaining five yards. With injuries to the Bears top three runningbacks, Reisner, playing behind senior tailback Jeffrey Izon, made the most of his opportunity against Cornell last week by running for 193 yards on 22 carries, including touchdown runs of 27 and 49 yards, breaking several tackles along the way. He was named the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award Winner as the top player in New England.
Road Warriors: Brown played four of its five games on the road, with six of its 10 games in 2012 being played away from Brown Stadium. The second half of the season is much friendlier, with three of five games being played at Brown Stadium.
Donnelly At the Helm: Senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) completed 19 of 26 passes for 189 yards against Cornell, while scoring on a 26-yard touchdown run. He ranks third in the Ivy League in both passing yards (210.3 per game), and total offense (209 yards per game). He completed 20 of 32 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in Brown's win over Georgetown, and threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns (12, 16, 12 yards) against Harvard, completing 27 of 40 passes. Donnelly 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), saw his first varsity action in the fourth quarter vs. Georgetown.
Did You Know? Junior runningback Cody Taulbee (Kettering, OH) registered his first career touchdowns against URI, scoring on runs of 6 and 10 yards…Sophomore linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) had a big day vs. Rhode Island with eight solo tackles, three tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack…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)…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 senior Patrick Donnelly…Sophomore tight end Alex Viox (Cincinnati, OH) also made his first career TD reception, a 16 yard catch vs. Harvard… Senior Jonah Fay (Brookline, MA), who had six catches for 57 yards against Princeton, has made touchdown catches in two of Brown's first six games. Overall, Fay has caught 17 passes for 235 yards this season.
Walthall 19th Nationally In Tackles For Loss: Senior tackle and co-captain Ross Walthall (Carmel, IN), who had three tackles for a loss vs. Princeton, ranks 19th in nation with 8.5 tackles for a loss. He came up with several big plays in the Bears' win over URI, finishing with six tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss, including a key fourth down stop of the Rams in the fourth quarter. He registered two tackles for a loss vs. Harvard and has registered 23 total tackles for the season.
Zambetti Leads Ivy League In Tackles: Senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti (Germantown, TN), who had seven tackles vs. Cornell, including two for a loss and a key interception in the end zone, leads the Ivy League with 9.7 tackles per game. He had a big game vs. Princeton with 14 tackles against the Tigers. Zambetti made a game-high 11 tackles vs. Georgetown, and led the Bears with 12 tackles, including 8 solo hits, vs. Holy Cross. He also had eight tackles vs. Harvard and six stops vs. Rhode Island.
Polley 10th Nationally In Interceptions: Junior corner back Emory Polley (University Heights, OH) intercepted his third pass of the season last week against Cornell and ranks 10th nationally with 0.5 interceptions per game. A two-year starter for the Bears, Polley has made 19 tackles this season, including 14 solo hits.
Nate Meyer Named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week: Brown junior punter Nathaniel Meyer (Bettendorf, Iowa) was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after helping Brown win the battle of field position in the Bears' 17-7 victory over Rhode Island for the Governor's Cup. Meyer averaged 40.3 yards per punt on five punts, with a long punt of 55 yards. He pinned the Rams deep in their own territory three times with punts downed at the 18, 13 and 17-yard lines. His second half punting forced Rhode Island into poor field position as the Bears held the Rams scoreless in the second half.
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
10/6 Nate Myers '13, P Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week
Dan Giovacchini, LB Ivy League Honor Roll
Cody Taulbee, FB Ivy League Honor Roll
10/13 Steve Zambetti, LB Ivy League Honor Roll
10/20 Jordan Reisner, RB New England Sportswriters Gold Helmet Award
CFPA FCS National Running Back of the Week
Ivy League Honor Roll
Reed Watne, LB Ivy League Honor Roll
Kachmer Out For Season: Bears' senior tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL), a two-time All-Ivy tailback, who led the Bears in rushing last year with 569 yards on 126 carries, will be sidelined for the remainder of the season due to injury. Kachmer has run for 1,281 career yards. 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 TD, 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.
Yules 10th Nationally in Tackles For Loss: Junior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) had his 10th tackle for a loss vs. Cornell, and ranks second in the Ivy League and 10th in the nation with 1.5 per game. He was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he 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 an inch away from the goal line. Georgetown was held to a field goal.
Video Scoreboard Makes Debut At Brown Stadium: Brown Football unveiled a new LED video display scoreboard on September 22 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.
Brown In The NCAA Division I FCS National Rankings (Top 25)
Interceptions 9th Emory Polley 0.5 per game
Tackles For Loss 10th Michael Yules 1.5 per game
19th Ross Walthall 1.42 per game
Tackles For Loss 1st BROWN (Team) 9.33 per game
Rushing Defense 7th BROWN (Team) 96.5 yards per game
Net Punting 10th BROWN (Team) 38.55 yards per punt
Sacks 18th BROWN (Team) 2.67 per game
Scoring Defense 20th BROWN (Team) 19.33 points per game
Cruz –Three-Time All-Ivy DB: 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. He ranks third on the Brown team with 44 total tackles, while making two interceptions. Cruz made five tackles and a pass interception vs. Cornell. He had six tackles vs. URI, and 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 last year's 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.
Lundevall Leads Bears In Receptions: Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) leads the Brown team in receptions (35) and receiving yards (343). Lundevall had seven receptions vs. Cornell, and had six receptions for 63 yards vs. Princeton. He 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, including a 38-yard touchdown against Holy Cross. Lundevall has tremendous athleticism (he also plays basketball for Brown), with exceptional jumping ability. Brown's leading receiver from 2011, Lundevall made a team high 51 catches for 516 yards, and caught four touchdown passes, while 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 17 total tackles this season, and ranks second on the Brown team with three quarterback sacks, eighth best in the Ivy League. He had four total tackles in Brown's win over Rhode Island. 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)
Theodhosi Sidelined: After missing the 2010 and 2011 seasons following injuries, senior Spiro Theodhosi (Londonderry, NH) had been making a bid for the National Comeback Player of the Year. Theodhosi's comeback bid ended on Saturday against Rhode Island after his first play from scrimmage when he injured his foot, suffering a Linsfranc fracture. He will be lost for the remainder of the season. Coming into Saturday's game against Rhode Island, Theodhosi was ranked 16th in the nation with 115.7 rushing yards per game. 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.
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.
Franciosi Steps Up: Senior safety Anthony Franciosi (Easton, MA) stepped up in a big way vs. Rhode Island, making a game-high 12 tackles, including 11 solo hits and one tackle for a loss. He came back with eight tackles, including two for a loss vs. Princeton. Franciosi, who had seven tackles vs. Cornell, ranks fourth on the Brown team with 38 total tackles.
Norocea Second In 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 second ranked kick-scorer with 5.7 points per game, who has connected on 28 of 42 career field goals for the Bears. Norocea, who had a key 41-yard field goal vs. Rhode Island, has converted 6 of 7 field goals. He connected on three of three field goals vs. Georgetown, hitting kicks of 22, 35 and 34 yards. Norocea booted a 24-yard field goal vs. Holy Cross and a 42-yarder vs. Harvard. 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.
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).
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 atSpats Restaurant, located on Angell Street in Providence, and can also be heard live on the internet on www.brownbears.com.
How Do You Say That?
Patxi Colburn potch-ee cole-burn
Giovacchini joe-vack- keen-nee
Ade Oyalowo AH-day o-YAL-o-wo
Stian Romberg stee-N
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 returns home for an Ivy contest against Yale on Saturday, November 3 at Brown Stadium. The game will be televised on the YES Network, with kick-off at 12:30 p.m.
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 17-7, W
10/13 Sat. at Princeton 0-19, L
10.20 Sat. CORNELL 21-14, W
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 Penn Schedule & Results
9/15 Sat. at Lafayette 21-28, L
9/21 Sat. VILLANOVA 8-24, L
9/29 Sat. at Dartmouth 28-21, W
10/6 Sat. WILLIAM & MARY 28-34, L
10/13 Sat. COLUMBIA 24-20, W
10/20 Sat. at Yale 13-27, L
10/27 Sat. BROWN 1:00 p.m.
11/3 Sat. at Princeton 1:00 p.m.
11/10 Sat. HARVARD Noon
11/17 Sat. at Cornell 12:30 p.m.
2012 BROWN FOOTBALL
Depth Chart vs. Penn, 10/20/12
QB 6 Patrick Donnelly Sr. 17 Marcus Fuller So.
TB 33 Jeffrey Izon Sr. 31 Jordan Reisner Jr.
FB 21 Jackson Freeman Sr. 22 Cody Taulbee Jr.
FL 81 Jonah Fay Sr. 5 Alex Phelan Jr.
OC 60 Matt Miller Sr. 65 Nathan Svensson Jr.
TE 82 Alex Harris Sr. 2 Andrew Marks Jr.
SE 85 Tellef Lundeval Sr. 80 Jordan Evans Jr.
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.
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.
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.
Game 4: Brown at Rhode Island, October 6, 2012 Kingston, RI
Junior fullback Cody Taulbee ran for his first career touchdowns and junior Alex Norocea booted a 41-yard field goal to lift Brown a 17-7 victory over Rhode Island in the 97th Annual Governor's Cup football game. The Bears extend their record to 3-1, and retained the Governor's Cup by defeating URI in Kingstown for the first time since 2004.
"It's a nice thing that we get to keep the Governor's Cup and bring it back to Providence," said Bears' head coach Phil Estes. "That's something we haven't done in a while. We did some really good things defensively and did an especially good job in short yardage situations."
Taulbee's touchdowns came on runs of six and 10 yards. He ran for 44 yards on 10 carries, while senior tailback Mark Kachmer rushed 17 times for 73 yards.
"Our offensive line should get all the credit," said Taulbee. "While I'm happy to get two touchdowns it was the offensive line and Jackson Freeman making the kick-out block, who made it all happen."
Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly threw for a pedestrian 125 yards, completing 14 of 28 passes. Junior wide receiver Jordan Evans caught a team high four passes for 45 yards.
But it was Brown's defense that made the difference in the game, shutting out its opponent in the second half for the second straight game.
Senior free safety Anthony Franciosi led the Bears defense with 12 tackles, including 11 solo hits. Sophomore linebacker Dan Giovacchini had the best game of his career with a quarterback sack, three tackles for a loss of 21 yards and nine tackles overall. Senior captain Ross Walthall also had six tackles, three for a loss, including a key fourth down stop in the fourth quarter.
Brown's defense stopped the Rams on their first two offensive possessions and the Bears' offense got rolling midway through the opening quarter.
Taulbee scored his first career touchdown and gave the Bears an early 7-0 lead when he scampered into the end zone from six yards out with 7:01 left in the first quarter, capping a 50-yard drive. The key play in the drive was a 16-yard Donnelly pass to Evans on third down that advanced the Bears to the six-yard line.
Following a fumble recovery by Brown senior Adam Pelzer, Brown took over at the URI 22 yard line. Taulbee got into the end zone three plays later, scoring untouched on a 10-yard run with 11:04 remaining in the second quarter.
Rhode Island got on the scoreboard following a questionable pass interference call deep in Brown territory. Rams' quarterback Robert Bensten scampered into the end zone from the three yard line to trail, 14-7, with just 15 seconds left in the half.
Senior kicker Alex Norocea lifted the Bears to a 17-7 lead with a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
With the rams driving midway through the fourth quarter, Brown senior captain Ross Walthall came up with a big stop on fourth and one at the Bears' 24-yard line, stopping the URI drive.
Game 5: Brown at Princeton, October 13, 2012 Princeton, New Jersey
The road weary Brown offense was unable to get on track, accumulating just 17 rushing yards and 242 yards of total offense in a 19-0 loss to Princeton in the 79th meeting with the Tigers at Princeton Stadium. The shutout loss snaps the Bears' Ivy League record 162 consecutive game scoring streak, dating back to the 1996 season.
The loss also snaps a two-game Brown (3-2, 0-2 Ivy) winning streak, while Princeton (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) captured its third straight game.
Brown, playing its third straight road game and competing away from home the fourth time in five games, had not been shut out since the opening game of the 1996 season, a 30-0 loss to Yale.
The Bears came into the game without tailback Spiro Theodhosi and offensive tackle Jack Templeton, who were injured last against URI and will be lost for the season. It got worse with two early injuries to key players.
"We had a lot of offense go out the window when tailback Cody Taulbee got hurt on the second play," said Estes. "We planned to go to the three tight offense, and one of those went down too."
"Give Princeton's defense a lot of credit," continued Estes. "The have the best defensive front in the Ivy League. They're really good." The Tigers defense finished with six quarterback sacks.
Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly threw for 225 yards on 25 of 50 passing. Senior wide receivers Tellef Lundevall and Jonah Fay made six catches each. Senior tailback Mark Kachmer rushed for a team high 35 yards.
Defensively, senior Steve Zambetti registered 14 tackles for the Bears, while seniors A.J. Cruz and Reed Watne had nine tackles each.
Princeton quarterback Connor Michelsen completed 13 of 22 passes for 156 yards, but it was the Tigers' running game that made the difference, with 186 total rushing yards.
Princeton got on the scoreboard first with a bit of trickery in the opening quarter when quarterback Connor Michelsen threw a lateral pass to offensive tackle Spencer Houston, who took the backward toss at the 20 yard line, and ran into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown with 4:09 remaining for a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers opened up a 10-0 lead early the second quarter when Nolan Bieck connected on a 21-yard field goal at the 14:25 mark.
Princeton struck again, this time on a safety. Brown had the ball on its own one-yard line when Bears' tailback Mark Kachmer was tackled in the end zone by Princeton's Reid Caraun with 14:20 to go in the second quarter to give the Tigers a 12-0 advantage.
Brown's defense was unable hold the Tigers on Princeton's first possession of the second half. The Tigers drove 80 yards in eight plays and grabbed a 19-0 lead on an eight yard scoring run by Will Powers with 10:35 left in the third quarter.
Game 6: Cornell at Brown, October 20, 2012 Providence, RI
Just two weeks ago, Brown junior tailback Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL) was fifth on the Bears' depth chart. He made the most of his first real opportunity to play by running for 193 yards and two touchdowns to lead Brown to a 21-14 Ivy League win over Cornell at Brown Stadium.
Reisner, playing in place of injured tailbacks Spiro Theodhosi, Mark Kachmer and Cody Taulbee, and along side senior Jeffrey Izon, scored touchdowns on runs of 27 and 49 yards, while rushing for his 193 yards on 22 carries.
"The first time I played was last week when I got three snaps," said Reisner. "The big guys up front and fullback Jackson Freeman deserve all the credit. I got a lot of reps in practice this week and wasn't nervous, just anxious. It's football, it's fun."
"Our game plan was to run the ball, going with either Jordan or Jeffrey Izon," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "Jordan really stepped up and had a great game. I always thought he had the talent. He really showed what he can do this afternoon."
Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly had a strong day, passing for 189 yards, running for a 26-yard touchdown and completing 19 of 26 passes. Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall had 7 receptions for 54 yards, while junior Jordan Evans caught six passes for a team high 83 yards.
Brown's defensive effort stymied Cornell junior quarterback Jeff Matthews, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, and confounded him with a variety of looks. While Matthews passed for 357 yards on 58 attempts, he was intercepted three times, with senior AJ Cruz, senior Stephen Zambetti and junior Emory Polley all registering interceptions.
Senior linebacker Reed Watne and junior linebacker Ade Oyalowo each had eight tackles to lead the Bears, with Watne, junior Brett Polacek and junior Michael Yules each making a quarterback sack.
After being shut out a week ago, Brown's offense came out with a vengeance, despite playing without its top three tailbacks.
The Bears drove 87 yards on 9 plays, with Donnelly running 26-yards for a touchdown on a naked bootleg, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead with 7:28 left in the opening quarter.
Brown's staunch defense held the vaunted Big Red offense scoreless in the second quarter as well, as the Bears held a seven point lead at the half.
The Bears were placed in a hole after Cornell returned a Brown fumble and brought it to the Bears 15-yard line early in the third quarter.
After a controversial pass interference call on the Bears on third down at the four yard line, Cornell managed to score on the next play on a two-yard run by Luke Hagy, tying the score, 7-7, with 11:28 left in the third quarter.
Undaunted, Brown's offense drove right down the field on its next possession with Reisner busting several tackles and running 27 yards into the end zone at the 8:27 mark of the third quarter to cap a 77-yard scoring drive and give the Bears a 14-7 lead.
Reisner continued to confound the Big Red defense, this time breaking three tackles and out-running the Cornell secondary for a 49-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 21-7 lead with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter.
With Cornell driving deep in Brown territory, Brown's defense needed a big play and got it from senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti. On first and goal at the Bears' seven-yard line, Zambetti intercepted a Cornell pass in the end zone to halt the Big Red scoring drive.
The Big Red made it close in the end with a four yard Matthews' touchdown pass to Kurt Ondash, pulling Cornell to within 21-14 of the Bears.
But Brown's Emory Polley intercepted Matthews on Cornell's last possession to preserve the victory.