Brown Travels To Harvard For Nationally Televised Night Game

Brown Travels To Harvard For Nationally Televised Night Game

Full Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  When Brown and Harvard compete under the lights, expectations are high for big crowds and exciting hard-hitting action on the gridiron. In a key early-season Ivy League game, Brown visits Harvard on Saturday, September 28, at 7:30 pm, for the 113th match-up against the Crimson in a nationally televised game on the NBC Sports Network at Harvard Stadium.

Bears Last Week:  Brown (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) built a 31-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 45-7 victory over Georgetown in its season opening game.  Senior tailback John Spooney ran for 102 yards and scored three touchdowns, while senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly threw two touchdown passes.  The 45 points scored by the Bears were the most since a 45-16 win over Dartmouth in 2008.


The Crimson:  Harvard (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) opened its season on the West Coast and earned a 42-20 win over San Diego. Quarterback Conner Hempel passed for 345 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 38 yards.


Bears and Crimson - Lighting It Up On National Television: For the second straight year, Brown and Harvard will tangle under the lights on national television.  This time the Bears and Crimson will battle at Harvard Stadium in a game telecast on NBC Sports with Randy Moss calling the play, and Ross Tucker providing the color commentary. Since 2007, four of the five games between the two Ancient Eight schools have been played at night, three times at Harvard Stadium and twice at Brown Stadium. In those five games, attendance has averaged 17,191.


The Brown vs. Harvard Series History – 113th Meeting: Brown and Harvard have met 112 times, dating back to 1893, with the Crimson holding an 80-30-2 series advantage. Harvard has won the last two games, including a 45-31 win over the Bears at Brown Stadium last season.  In 2010, Brown grabbed an early 23-0 lead and cruised to a 29-14 Ivy victory over Harvard in the first night game at Brown Stadium.  


Jette Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week:  Brown freshman wide receiver/return specialist Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, Mass.) was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week following Brown's win over Georgetown, returning four punts 82 yards, averaging 20.5 yards per return. His 82 total punt return yards rank 11th on Brown's single-game list for most punt return yards. Jette, who had punt returns of 30, 22, 20 and 10 yards, also made his first collegiate catch for five yards. He ranks 4th nationally in punt return yards per game.


"Welcome Back, John Spooney": Those were the words spoken by Brown head coach Phil Estes after last week's game against Georgetown after senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH) ran for two touchdowns, caught a 24 yard TD pass, and rushed for 102 yards, all in the opening 30 minutes.  Spooney, the fastest man in the Ivy League, did not play football last season while exclusively running track.  Spooney, a three-time Heptagonal Champion in the 100-meters, ran for 375 yards on 73 carries in 2011. He had a breakout game against Cornell, rushing for 156 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown scamper.


Donnelly Keeps The Offense Rolling: The Bears feature one of the Ivy League's top quarterbacks with the return of senior captain Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA).  Donnelly opened the season by completing 19 of 27 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns against Georgetown. He completed passes to 10 different wide receivers, and ran for 35 yards.  Last year, Donnelly threw for over 300 yards twice, with 336 yards against Harvard and 312 yards against Ivy Champion Penn.  He ranked third in the Ivy League in total offense (236.8 yards per game) and passed for 2,264 yards and 15 touchdowns, while completing 61-percent of his passes (219-of-357).  Donnelly was named the Ivy League and New England Player of the Week for his effort against Dartmouth where he completed 20-of-32 passes for 233 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more.



1.         789         James Perry                         97-98-99

2.         520         Jason McCullough               94-95-96

3.         517         Kyle Newhall-Caballero      09-10-11

4.         487         Michael Dougherty              06-07-08

5.         449         Kyle Slager                           02-03

5.         401         Joe DiGiacomo                    04-05-06

7.         306         Eric Webber                         97-98-00

8.         281         Patrick Donnelly               10-11-12

9.         232         Joe Potter                             81-82-83

10.       226         Pete Beatrice                        72-73-74


Bear Facts:

-                Senior wide receiver Alex Phelan (Walpole, MA), junior running back Robert Grebenc (Cleveland, OH) and sophomore tailback Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) each scored their first career touchdowns.  Phelan opened the scoring with an eight-yard touchdown grab, Coke scored on a three-yard run and Grebenc had a 25-yard touchdown run.

-                Brown's defense had 11 tackles for a loss vs. Georgetown, including five quarterback sacks.

-                Sophomore punter Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL) kicked for a 47.0 average, including a long boot of 50 yards and a 48-yard punt that was downed at the one yard line.

-                Senior wide receiver Jordan Evans (Brentwood, TN) made five catches vs. Georgetown to lead a dozen different pass catchers for the Bears.


Giovacchini Leads Linebacker Corps: Among the emerging players for the Bears, junior linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) started last year as a sophomore and has all the tools to be an outstanding inside linebacker.  He made three tackles in Brown's win over Georgetown. Giovacchini ranked sixth on last year's Brown team with 61 tackles, while his 13.5 tackles for a loss were second on the Brown team and fifth in the Ivy League.   


Veteran OL:  Three returning starters - senior first team All-Ivy tackle Cole Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK), senior All-Ivy guard Dan Austin (Franklin, TN), and senior left tackle Clay Paino (Tarpon Springs, FL) will anchor Brown's offensive line. The three were key cogs in the Brown offensive line that yielded just one sack per game, 18th best in the nation. With injuries to the offensive line and tailback position, the trio helped the offensive line to four straight games without a sack to end the season, and did not allow a sack in 7-of-10 games. In addition, Brown's 4.4 yards per rush ranked second in the Ivy League. The Bears will look for senior Nathan Svensson (Provo, UT) to step in at the center position, with senior Ryan McCourt (Scituate, MA) stepping in at guard.


Polley Heads Defensive Secondary: Senior All-Ivy defensive back Emory Polley (University Heights, OH), who led the Ivy League in passes defended, knocking down 11 passes, will look to fill the shoes of graduated All-Ivy DB AJ Cruz. Last year, Polley intercepted four passes, second most in the Ivy League, and made 32 tackles for the season, including 22 solo stops. Polley had a season high six tackles against Harvard and Penn. The versatile Polley also returned kickoffs late in the season and averaged a team high 24.7 yards per return.


Lundevall Among Brown's All-Time Leading Receivers: At the head of the class of Brown's receiving corps is second team All-Ivy senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL), who made four catches for 46 yards against Georgetown. Lundevall had a terrific 2012 season for the Bears, making 72 catches for 718 yards. His 72 receptions were second in the Ivy League and rank 10th best in Brown football history. He also moved into fifth place in Brown career receptions with 155 catches. Lundevall's 7.2 catches per game ranked 14th nationally. He turned in a record-setting performance against Penn with 17 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown.  His 17 receptions rank sixth best in Brown football history.



1.         305         Stephen Campbell                      97-98-99-00 

2.         294         Chas Gessner                99-00-01-02

3.         251         Sean Morey                              95-96-97-98

4.         229         Buddy Farnham             06-07-08-09

5.         210         Bobby Sewall               06-07-08-09

6.         159         Tellef Lundevall                      10-11-12

            155         Lonnie Hill                              03-05-06

8.         145         Jarrett Schreck               02-03-04        

9.         127         Rodd Torbert                89-90-91

10.       116         Paul Raymond               04-05-06-07



  1.         3,850         Sean Morey              95-96-97-98

  2.         3,555         Stephen Campbell     97-99-99-00

  3.         3,408         Chas Gessner            99-00-01-02

  4.         2,895         Buddy Farnham         06-07-08-09

  5.         2,440         Jarrett Schreck          02-03-04

  6.         2,144         Lonnie Hill              03-05-06

  7.         2,141         Bobby Sewall           06-07-08-09

  8.         1,651         Rodd Torbert           89-90-91

  9.       1,650        Tellef Lundevall        10-11-12

  10.       1,483         Mike Geroux            88-89-90



Yules Registers Two Sacks vs. Georgetown:  Senior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) picked-up where he left off last year and registered two quarterback sacks against Georgetown, while making five tackles overall. Yules had a breakout year for the Bears in 2012 and ranked 13th nationally with 13 tackles for a loss of 59 yards. He had 32 tackles overall, and ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 6.5 quarterback sacks. Yules, an Academic All-Ivy selection, 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. He had two quarterback sacks for a loss of 13 yards and added another tackle for a loss against the Hoyas.


Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 16th-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 92-57 overall mark (.610) in 15 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)

2012    Brown        7-3                        4-3 (Third)


Norocea Gets His Kicks: One of the Ivy League's top kickers for the last three years, Bears' senior Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) booted a 32-yard field goal vs. Georgetown, has converted 32-of-46 career field goals.  He was the Ivy League's second ranked kick-scorer with 5.3 points per game, converting 9-of-11 field goals and 26-of-26 extra points in 2012.  Norocea, who booted 46-yard field goals vs. Penn and Yale, the longest in the Ivy League last year, and 12th longest all-time at Brown.


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.

Video Scoreboard At Brown Stadium: Brown Football's LED video display scoreboard from Daktronics, has 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 displays a variety of marketing and promotional vignettes, real-time game statistics and player features.


Bears In The NFL:  Brown has two of its former players on NFL rosters in 2013.  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' active roster.


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, the play-by-play voice of Brown football, and will be broadcast live from area restaurants. The first five Estes Coaches Shows of the season, starting September 19, will be held at Hope Street Pizza, located at 772 Hope Street in Providence. The Estes Show can also be heard live on the internet on


Brown Athletics To Host Rhode Island Legends Day at Brown Stadium:  Bringing together the legends of Rhode Island sports for an evening of celebration, Brown Athletics will host Rhode Island Legends Day at Brown Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Brown's football game against URI. The Governor's Cup football game between the Bears and Rams will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Among the Ocean State sports legends already committed to the weekend's events are: Major League baseball and Brown standout Bill Almon '75 (Warwick); Oakland Raiders runningback and Super Bowl Champion Mark van Eeghen (Cranston); Hobey Baker winner and NHL standout David Emma (Cranston); PGA Tour Champion and CVS Charity Classic founder Brad Faxon (Barrington);  Olympic gold medalist and Providence College standout Sara DeCosta-Hayes (Warwick); Providence College NCAA Final Four guard and NBA Rookie of the Year Ernie DiGregorio (North Providence); amateur golfing great and RI Hall of Fame member Nancy Chaffee (Barrington); LPGA standout and former NCAA Division I Champion Anna Grzebien (Narragansett); Providence College and NBA standout Joe Hassett (Providence); and Providence College Head Men's Basketball Coach Ed Cooley (Providence).



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Next Week – Governor's Cup Football Game: Brown returns home on Saturday, October 5, 2013, to face the University of Rhode Island under the lights at Brown Stadium in the 98th renewal of the Governor's Cup football game between the two Rhode Island colleges. Brown Athletics is also hosting RI Legends Day, bringing together the legends of Rhode Island sports for an evening of celebration. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.