Oct. 3, 2007
Providence, RI -
Brown returns to the gridiron on Saturday, October 6 against Holy Cross for its final non-league game of the season, beginning at 12:30 p.m. This year's game between the Bears and Crusaders should feature an aerial assault featuring the nation's fourth leading quarterback, Brown's Michael Dougherty, and the nation's sixth top quarterback, the Crusaders' Dominic Randolph. Dougherty has passed for 305.3 yards per game, while Randolph has racked-up 269.0 passing yards per game. On the receiving end, Brown's Paul Raymond is fifth in the nation with 120 yards per game, and Buddy Farnham has caught 6.67 passes per game, 14th best in the country. The Crusaders' Tom Harrison is 25th nationally with 85.25 yards per game, while teammate Ryan Maher is 10th in the nation with 7.0 catches per game.
Last week, the Bears dropped a thrilling 49-42 double overtime decision to Rhode Island in the battle for the Governor's Cup at Brown Stadium, falling to 1-2 on the season. Holy Cross is coming off a 38-17 home loss to Yale to drop to 2-2 overall.
Brown and Holy Cross have played 52 times, dating back to 1898,with the Crusaders holding a 29-20-3 series advantage. Holy Cross earned a 35-30 win over the Bears in Worcester, MA last season. The Bears and Crusaders had not met since a 37-14 Brown victory on September 30, 1995. The two teams are now scheduled to play at least through 2014.