Brown and Penn Battle At Brown Stadium In Key Ivy League/National Television Matchup

Brown and Penn Battle At Brown Stadium In Key Ivy League/National Television Matchup

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Providence, R.I. -  Brown hosts Penn at Brown Stadium on Saturday, November 2 in key Ivy match-up broadcast nationally on Fox College Sports.  The game features two of the most successful programs in the Ivy League over the last 16 years and pits two of the most successful coaches in Ivy League history, with nearly 40 combined years of head coaching experience. Brown's 16th year head coach Phil Estes has captured three Ivy League titles and is the second winningest coach in Brown football history. Estes' 65 career Ivy League wins are the most ever at Brown and rank fifth in the Ivy League record book, while his 96 career wins rank 11th all-time in the Ivy League. Penn head coach Al Bagnoli is the dean of Ivy football coaches in his 22nd campaign as the Quakers' head coach. Bagnoli is the third winningest active coach in NCAA FCS with 236 career wins, and has won nine Ivy League Championships.  All the action kicks-off at 12:30 pm.

The Bears: Brown extended its record to 4-2 overall, 1-2 in the Ivy League, with a thrilling 42-38 win over Cornell in Ithaca, NY.  Senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) had a big day with three touchdown passes and 295 passing yards, while senior tailback Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL) rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown.  Sophomore Will Twyman (Sudbury, MA) scored his first career touchdown, grabbing a fumbled kickoff in the air and running 23 yards for a touchdown.


The Quakers: Penn remained in first place in the Ivy standings with a 28-17 win over Yale at Franklin Field last week. Senior quarterback Ryan Becker made his first collegiate start and completed 10 of 13 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle Wilcox led the Quakers' rushing attack with 129 yards on the ground, while Sam Chwarzyski intercepted two passes.


Brown vs. Penn- The 82nd Meeting: Brown and Penn have met 81 times, dating back to 1895, with the Quakers holding a 57-22-2 series lead. Last year, Penn came away with a 20-17 win over the Bears at Franklin Field on a field goal with 17 seconds remaining. The Bears earned a 6-0 victory over Penn in 2011 at rain-soaked Brown Stadium, snapping the Quakers' 18-game Ivy League winning streak.


Last Year's Game:  Penn's Connor Loftus kicked a 35-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining to lift the Quakers to a 20-17 come-from-behind win over Brown at Franklin Field. Brown grabbed a late 17-14 lead when junior fullback Cody Taulbee (Kettering, OH) plowed into the end zone from the one yard line with 3:47 remaining in the game. The Quakers came back and Loftus tied the game with a 45-yard field goal, 17-17, with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter.


Brown-Penn Nationally Televised on Fox College Sports: Saturday's Ivy match-up between Brown and Penn will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports, with Eric Frede calling the play, Steve DeOssie P'08 providing the color commentary, and Sonny Watrous working as the sideline reporter. Check with your local cable provider for channel details.  


Bears' Offensive Line/Defense/Special Teams Among Nation's Best:  Brown's offensive line ranks second in the nation in sacks allowed with just 0.5 sacks allowed per game, and sixth nationally in tackles for loss allowed with 3.83. The Bears' defense also gets some kudos, ranked 13th in the nation in team tackles for a loss with 7.7 per game.  In addition, Brown's special teams unit ranks 4th in the nation in kickoff return defense, allowing just 15.0 yards per return.


Donnelly 7th Nationally In Passing:  Senior captain Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) ranks seventh nationally in completion percentage (.667) and is the Ivy League's second leading passer with 231.0 yards per game. Donnelly completed 21-of-27 passes for 295 yards vs. Cornell and tossed TD passes of two, 33 and 43 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 34, 55, 14 and 22 yards vs. Bryant, while throwing for a career high 339 yards against the Bulldogs. He led the Bears over URI by completing 25 of 39 passes for 220 yards, while rushing for 62 yards and a touchdown. 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. Donnelly passed for 169 yards and a TD vs. Harvard, completing 21 of 33 passes.  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

6.         401         Joe DiGiacomo                                  04-05-06

7.         392         Patrick Donnelly               10-11-12-13

8.         306         Eric Webber                          97-98-00

9.         232         Joe Potter                             81-82-83

10.       226         Pete Beatrice                                    72-73-74


1.         9,294         James Perry                                   97-98-99

2.         6,739         Jason McCullough              94-95-96

3.         5,763         Michael Dougherty                        06-07-08

4.         5,475         Joe DiGiacomo                   04-05-06

5.         5,472         Kyle Newhall-Caballero      09-10-11

6.         5,007         Kyle Slager                                     02-03

7.         4,061       Patrick Donnelly              10-12-13

8.         3,313         Eric Webber                                   97-98-00

8.         3,015         Pete Beatrice                                 72-73-74

9.         2,954         Joe Potter                          81-82-83


Michael Yules Named National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Semifinalist:  Brown senior defensive lineman Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) is among the record number of 170 football student-athletes announced as candidates for the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®.

Spooney 14th Nationally In Scoring: Senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH), who did not make the trip to Cornell last week due to injury, is the nation's 14th leading scorer with 9.6 points per game, and has run for 92.2 yards rushing per game, third best in the Ivy League. Last week, Spooney went on a 71-yard TD romp vs. Princeton and finished with 103 yards on nine carries. He ran for 60 yards in the opening quarter against Bryant and missed the final three quarters.  Spooney rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns vs. URI, including a 73-yard touchdown run on Brown's first play from scrimmage. His 73-yard run is the longest in the Ivy League in 2013. He ran for two touchdowns, caught a 24-yard TD pass, and rushed for 102 yards against Georgetown, all in the opening 30 minutes.  Spooney came back to run for 110 yards and had touchdown runs of 10 and 34 yards vs. Harvard.  The fastest man in the Ivy League, Spooney 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, with a breakout game against Cornell, rushing for 156 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown scamper.


Reisner, Coke Pick-Up Rushing Attack:  With senior John Spooney sidelined due to injury, senior tailback Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL)  and sophomore tailback Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) picked up the slack vs. Cornell.  Reisner rushed for a season high 110 yards on 19 carries and a 1-yard TD run.  Coke came through with 71 yards on the ground on 18 attempts, scoring on a four-yard run.


Brown's Weekly Award Winners:

9/21/13            Alexaner Jette, PR                  Ivy League Rookie of the Week

                         John Spooney, RB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Eric Armagost, DB                 Ivy League Honor Roll

9/28/13            John Spooney, RB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Xavier Russo, LB                   Ivy League Honor Roll

10/5/13            Emory Polley, DB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        John Spooney, RB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Alex Norocea, K                     Ivy League Honor Roll

10/12/13          Alex Norocea, K                     Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week

                        Patrick Donnelly, QB             Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Eric Armagost, DB                 Ivy League Honor Roll

10/19/13          Michael Walsh, FS                  Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week

                        Dan Giovacchini, LB              Ivy League Honor Roll

                        John Spooney, RB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

10/26/13          Patrick Donnelly, QB             Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Ade Oyalowo, LB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Will Twyman,ILB                  Ivy League Honor Roll


Bear Facts: The Brown and Cornell offensive units each racked-up 488 total yards… Brown posted a 3-0 non-league record for the third consecutive season… Junior linebacker Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) intercepted his first career pass vs. Harvard, stopping a Crimson scoring drive and returning it 16 yards.  He finished with eight tackles, including a quarterback sack for a loss of 14 yards… Junior wide receiver Brian Strachan's (Wellesley, MA) 22 yard touchdown reception against the Crimson was the first of his career.  He made six catches for 63 yards vs. URI…Senior wide receiver Alexander Phelan (Walpole, MA) made his first career touchdown reception with an 8-yard catch vs. Georgetown…Junior Reilly Higgins (Coto de Caza, CA) also made his first career touchdown reception, making a 22 yard TD grab vs. Bryant.  Higgins also had six punt returns for 42 yards.

Evans Catching On:  Senior wide receiver Jordan Evans (Brentwood, TN) had another big day, making four catches for 104 yards against Cornell, including a 43-yard touchdown reception. He ranks 10th in the Ivy League with 61.7 receiving yards per game.  Evans hauled in five catches for 108 yards against Bryant, including a diving 42-yard catch and a 22-yard touchdown reception. He also had five catches vs. Princeton. Evans ranks seventh in the Ivy League with 5.0 receptions per game, and leads the Brown wide receivers with two touchdown catches.


Brown In The NCAA FCS Rankings (Top 20):

Field Goal Percentage             1st        Alex Norocea              1.000 (6-6)

Completion Percentage           7th        Patrick Donnelly         .667

Interceptions                           11th      Emory Polley              0.5 per game

Punt Returns                           12th      Alex Jette                    13.0 yards per return

Receptions Per Game                         13th      Tellef Lundevall          6.7 per game

Pass Sacks                               14th      Michael Yules             0.8 per game

Scoring                                    14th      John Spooney             9.6 ppg.

Solo Tackles                            19th      Eric Armagost             5.8 per game


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.


Norocea Named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week: One of the Ivy League's top kickers for the last three years, Bears' senior Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA), has now converted 37-of-51 career field goals, including six-of-six in field goals this season. His 7.2 kick-scoring points per game leads the Ivy League. Norocea was named the Ivy League's Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on field goals of 23 and 38 yards, while converting five-of-five extra points against Bryant. He kicked a 27-yard field goal in Brown's win over URI and made two key tackles on special teams, booted a 32-yard field goal vs. Georgetown and a 23-yarder vs. Harvard. 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 booted 46-yard field goals vs. Penn and Yale, the longest in the Ivy League last year, and 12th longest all-time at Brown.



1.         324         Nick Hartigan                02-03-04-05

2.         290         Steve Morgan                04-05-06-07

3.         252         Michael Malan              99-00-01

4.         240         Sean Morey                              95-96-97-98

5.         229         Sean Jensen                              98-99-00-01

6.         218         Chas Gessner                            99-00-01-02

            218         Alex Norocea               10-11-12-13

8.         192         Stephen Campbell         97-98-99-00 

9.         186         Dave Fultz                                1894-97

10.       156         Bobby Sewall                06-07-08


Lattrell Stands Out At LB: Junior linebacker Zack Lattrell (West Newbury, MA) led the Bears with 11 tackles against Harvard, including a tackle for a loss.  Lattrell, who had eight tackles vs. Princeton, ranks third on the Brown team in tackles with 38, including 25 solo stops. 


Yules Ranks 14th Nationally In QB Sacks:  Senior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) picked up where he left off last year and registered three quarterback sacks against Georgetown, while making five tackles overall. He ranks 14th in the nation and second in the Ivy League with 0.8 sacks per game. Yules had a sack vs. Princeton, and registered a sack in Brown's win over URI for the Governor's Cup. 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.


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 in 2012, 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.


Lundevall Ranks 13th Nationally In Receptions: 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 ranks 13th nationally and fourth in the Ivy League in receptions with 6.7 per game.  Lundevall, who ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 76 yards per game, made a 33-yard TD reception vs. Cornell last week. He made eight catches for 79 yards vs. Princeton. He had seven receptions for 112 yards vs. Bryant, and made 10 catches for 85 yards in Brown's win over URI.  Lundevall opened the season with four catches for 46 yards against Georgetown and made five more receptions vs. Harvard. 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.         195         Tellef Lundevall                      10-11-12-13

7.         155         Lonnie Hill                               03-05-06



  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.         2,060         Tellef Lundevall     10-11-12-13

Polley Leads Ivy League Interceptions: Senior All-Ivy defensive back Emory Polley (University Heights, OH) picked off a pass vs. Cornell last week and leads the Ivy League with 0.5 interceptions per game, 11th best in the nation.  He intercepted two passes in Brown's win over URI, while also making seven tackles. He ranks sixth on the Brown team with 24 tackles. 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. He led the Ivy League in passes defended in 2012, knocking down 11 passes.


Giovacchini Leads Linebacker Corps:  Junior linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA), Brown's second leading tackler with 41, excelled vs. Cornell, making nine tackles, including seven solo hits and two tackles for a loss of 12 yards.  He also recovered a key fumble late in the game against the Big Red. Giovacchini led the Bears with a season high 12 tackles vs. Princeton, including 10 solo hits and a tackle for a loss. He registered a game high 10 tackles against URI, including eight solo stops and a tackle for a loss. Giovacchino had a sack to go along with two tackles vs. Bryant. He made three tackles in Brown's win over Georgetown and five tackles against Harvard. 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.


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)


Walsh Named Ivy League Special Teams Player Of The Week: Bears' sophomore free safety Michael Walsh (Swampscott, Mass.) was named the Ivy League's Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring his first career TD vs. Princeton. Junior DB Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH) burst through the line and blocked a punt at the Tigers' five-yard line. Walsh scooped up the ball at the 18-yard line and ran into the end zone for his first career touchdown, giving the Bears a 17-0 advantage.


Jette – 12th Nationally In Punt Returns:  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 for 82 yards, and 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. His 13.0 yards per return rank 12th  in the nation.


Armagost 19th Nationally In Solo Tackles:  Junior defensive back Eric Armagost (Fayetteville, GA) ranks 19th in the nation in solo tackles with 5.8 per game.  Armagost, who had eight solo stops vs. Princeton, is Brown's leader in tackles with 44 for the season, including 35 solo tackles.  He came up from the secondary to make 10 tackles against Bryant, including eight solo hits.


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.


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. This week's Estes Coaches Shows will be held at Spats Restaurant & Pub, located at 182 Angell Street in Providence. The Estes Show can also be heard live on the internet on


How Do You Say That?

Armogost                                arm-a-gost

Billeci                                      bell-ee-see

Codrea                                     code-dray

Giovacchini                             joe-vack- keen-nee

Jette                                        jet-ee

Norocea                                   nor-row-cha

Ade Oyalowo                         oy-a-low-O

Polacek                                    pol-a-check

Polley                                      pah-lee

Senne                                       sen-ee

Strachan                                  stra-han

Stian Romberg             stee-N



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 Ross Walthall '13 providing the color commentary.


Watch Live Video of The Bears On BrownBears.TV: Brown fans can watch a multi-camera HD broadcast of all Brown home games and away Ivy League contests on as part of the Ivy League Digital Network. Powered by NeuLion, the Brown Channel is a part of the Ivy League's completely redesigned, nine-channel digital network that includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a League-wide network schedule and new interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls and social media integration. These new features enhance the viewing experience for the expanded range of events and other content offerings, all of which are available on computer, mobile and tablet devices without the use of an app. Packages for BrownBears.TV are $89.95 for 12 months, $39.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a single day and include multi-camera HD coverage of all available home and Ivy away games in football, and men's and women's basketball. 


Three Brown Games To Be Televised on FOX College Sports: FOX College Sports (FCS) announced that it will televise seven Ivy League football games for the 2013 season. Three Brown games were selected for the schedule, including home games against Princeton and Penn, and the Bears' final regular season game at Columbia. 

Next Week – Bears At Yale: Brown travels to New Haven, Conn., to face Yale on Saturday, November 9.  Kick-off at the Yale Bowl is 12:30 pm.