Oct. 2, 2008
Providence, RI -
25th ranked Brown will face the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, October 4th in the 93rd battle for the Governor's Cup. URI is hosting the game, starting at 1:00 p.m. at Meade Stadium.
Brown extended its record to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League with a thrilling 24-22 victory over Harvard, stopping a Crimson two-point conversion with 1:03 remaining in the game. Rhode Island dropped a 42-0 decision to Boston College to fall to 1-4 for the season.
Saturday's game will be televised live on NESN, with Eric Frede calling the play, and Steve DeOssie P'07 providing the color commentary.
Brown moved into 25th place in the Sports Network Top 25 national rankings. The Bears are ranked for the first time since 2005, when they finished the season ranked 15th in the nation.
Brown and Rhode Island have met 92 times, dating back to 1909, with the Bears holding a 66-24-2 series advantage over the Rams. Brown won the first 23 meetings, 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 2014. Rhode Island has won the last two meetings for the Governor's Cup, including a 49-42 overtime decision last year in Providence. Brown had captured the previous two meetings, 20-13 in Kingston in 2004, and 45-35 in Providence in 2005.
Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri '65, a former Brown defensive back and member of Brown Football's 125th Anniversary All-Decade Team of the 1960's, will be on hand to present the Governor's Cup to the victorious team at the end of the game.
Junior wide receiver Buddy Farnham (Andover, MA) and junior safety Chris Perkins (Bridgeton, MO) have been named the Ivy League's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their roles in Brown's 24-22 Ivy league victory over Harvard on Saturday. Farnham was named the Ivy Offensive Player of the Week after coming up with several big plays including two touchdown receptions (25 and 23 yards) and an onsides kick recovery. Perkins made a team high nine tackles, including six solo stops, forced two key fumbles, including one that led to a Brown touchdown, broke-up two passes, and was in on a tackle for a loss.