BROWN FOOTBALL - Game #4: Brown vs. Fordham
Oct. 11, 2002
BROWN (0-3) vs. FORDHAM (4-1) Saturday, October 12, 2002; 1:00 p.m. Jack Coffee Field; Bronx, New York
The Records: Brown fell to 0-3 for the first time since 1996 by dropping a 38-28 decision to Rhode Island in the annual battle for the Governor's Cup. Brown's offense equaled three NCAA I-AA offensive records in the loss. Fordham captured its 700th win in 104 years of collegiate football with a 41-10 win over Georgetown. The Rams, who have outscored their opponents by a 186-60 margin, are now 4-1 overall and off to their best start since 1988.
The Series Record: Brown and Fordham have met seven times, dating back to 1990, with the Bears holding a 6-1 series advantage over the Rams. Brown has captured the last six meetings, including a 40-23 victory at Brown Stadium last season. Fordham's lone victory over the Bears came in 1990 when the Rams came away with a 35-28 decision.
Listen To Brown Football: Brown's 10-game football schedule is being aired throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England on WSKO-AM 790 The Score (Providence). The Brown football broadcast team features David Mager calling the play-by-play, and Travis Rowley '02 providing the color commentary.
NCAA Division I-AA National Rankings (Top 10): Total Offense: 1st Kyle Slager, 412.0 yards/game Receptions Per Game: 1st Chas Gessner, 15.0 rec./game Receiving Yards Per Game: 1st Chas Gessner, 175.0 yards/game Points Responsible For: 1st Kyle Slager, 22.0 points/game Passing: 1st Kyle Slager, 31.33 comp./game Scoring: 2nd Chas Gessner, 14.0 points/game Passing Efficiency: 7th Kyle Slager, 160.7 points Passing Offense: 1st BROWN, 414.0 yards/game Total Offense: 3rd BROWN, 474.0 yards/game
Chas Gessner - "Payton Watch": For the second consecutive season, senior wide receiver Chas Gessner has been named to the "Payton Watch" as a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, presented annually by The Sports Network to the top offensive player in the nation. He was a finalist for the Payton Award in 2001. Follow Gessner's progress at: http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/payton_2002/Gessner.htm. Slager Equals Two NCAA I-AA Record/Leads Nation In Total Offense: Brown junior quarterback Kyle Slager, a transfer from Arizona, tied two NCAA I-AA records when he connected on 20 of 20 first half passes, tying the NCAA record for most consecutive passes completed in a game and most consecutive passes completed to start a game. Southwest Missouri State's Austin Moherman also holds the two records, completing 20 consecutive passes against Indiana State on October 7, 2000.For the game, Slager connected on 44 of 58 passes for 497 yards and three touchdowns. Slager passed for 497 yards, an Ivy League record for a non-Ivy game, and just four yards shy of the Ivy League record of 501 yards passing. Slager's 44 pass completions sets a new Ivy League record, eclipsing the mark of 42 completions by Brown's James Perry against Princeton in 1999. Slager leads the nation in total offense with 412.0 yards per game, and is the nation's top passer with 31.33 completions per game. Slager battled with junior Nate Poole for the starting job at quarterback throughout the pre-season, and earned the starting nod a week before the season opened. Against Towson, Slager completed 28 of 49 passes, and finished the game with 434 passing yards, 7th best in Brown football history, and 16th best in Ivy League football history (4th for a non-league game). His 447 yards in total offense (434 passing, 13 rushing) ranks 4th in the Brown record book, tied for 8th in Ivy football history (tied for 3rd in a non-league game). Slager is a transfer from the University of Arizona, who sat out last season after seeing limited action for the Wildcats in 2000. Slager comes from a long line of college quarterbacks. His father, Rick was a three-year letterwinner at quarterback for Notre Dame from 1974-1976, starting for the Fighting Irish in 1975 and 1976. His understudy at Notre Dame was Joe Montana. His grandfather also played quarterback at Ohio State.
Receiver U. - Since 1996, Brown has featured three first team All-American wide receivers and two first team All-American tight ends. Sean Morey was a first team All-American wide receiver in 1997 after being named the Ivy League Player of the Year. He was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles this season.. Steven Campbell earned first Team All-American accolades in 2000 after setting an NCAA record with 120 receptions. Senior wide receiver Chas Gessner led the nation in receiving last year and was named a first team All-American. Brown tight ends Paul Choquette (1996) and Zach Burns (1998) were also first team All-American selections.
Rackley Runs, Catches: Senior tailback Joe Rackley has proven to be an all-purpose back for the Bears. He came out of the backfield against URI to make six catches for 56 yards. Against Harvard, Rackley ran for 50 yards and caught three passes for 64 yards. In the Towson game, Rackley caught eight passes for 128 yards, and rushed 12 times for 31 yards, scoring on a three yard touchdown run that tied the game, 42-42, in the fourth quarter. Rackley missed most of the pre-season with a hamstring injury, but resumed practice a week prior to Brown's season opening game. Last year, Rackley rushed for 415 yards, running for a career high 122 yards against Cornell, and scampering for 109 yards against Dartmouth. Rackley is backed-up by sophomore Aaron Neff and freshman Tristan Murray.
Last Week vs. URI: Despite equaling three NCAA I-AA offensive records, Brown was unable to keep Rhode Island off the scoreboard and dropped a 38-28 decision to the Rams in the battle for the Governor's Cup in Kingston, Rhode Island.
Senior Chas Gessner tied the NCAA record for receptions in a game with 24, while junior quarterback Kyle Slager completed 20 straight passes to open the game and tie two NCAA records for consecutive pass completions.
Brown came into the game as the nation's top passing team, while Rhode Island was among the nation's top running teams. The game was played according to form, with Brown passing for 497 yards and Rhode Island rushing for 451 yards.
Brown's offensive juggernaut held the ball for nearly nine minutes on its first possession with Slager making eight straight completions. The Bears failed to score when freshman Paul Christian missed a 41-yard field goal.
Following a Rhode Island field goal, Slager drove the Bears 73 yards in 7 plays, tossing a 12 yard touchdown strike to Gessner to give the Bears a 7-3 advantage. Slager completed five of five passes in the series.
Brown marched 55 yards for a score on its next series, following an 11-yard punt return by sophomore Matt O'Malley. Slager connected on a 25 yard pass play to tight end Chris Walther on the first play from scrimmage and directed the Bears to the one yard line where junior runningback Aaron Neff dove into the end zone to give the Bears a 14-3 lead.
The Rams battled back with a touchdown to pull to within 14-10 of the Bears, but Brown drove down the field once again with Slager connecting on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Gessner to lift the Bears to a 21-10 advantage late in the second quarter. Slager's 41-yard pass play to Neff was the big play of the series.
Rhode Island got on the scoreboard four minutes later to cut Brown's lead to 21-17 at the half. Slager was a perfect 20 of 20 passing in the half.
When Rhode Island fumbled at its own 30 yard line on its first possession of the second half, it look like Brown was poised for the kill. But Slager's first pass of the half was intercepted and returned to the Bears' 41 yard line, setting up a Rhode Island field goal that brought the Rams to within one point, 21-20.
After Brown missed a 23-yard field goal, Rhode Island took five plays to drive 80 yards and take a 28-21 lead.
Slager took over once again, and quickly drove the Bears 71 yards down the field for the tying touchdown, connecting on a 41 yard scoring pass to senior Jamaal Grier to tie the game, 28-28, with 2:53 left in the third quarter. The 41 yard reception for Grier was the longest of his career and first collegiate touchdown.
But Brown's defense couldn't hold on as Rhody scored just 51 seconds later on a 70 yard run to take the lead for good, 35-28.
Brown failed to mount a running attack for the game, rushing for a minus 10 yards. Senior wide receiver Brandon Buchanan was Brown's top rusher with 10 yards.
Senior runningback Joe Rackley was worked into the offense via the air, making 6 receptions for 56 yards. Junior tight end Chris Walther proved to be a big target for Slager, hauling in four passes for 43 yards. Senior wide receiver Brandon Buchanan utilized his speed to make 3 catches for 67 yards, while senior Ian Malepeai grabbed 3 passes for 28 yards.
Defensively, senior outside linebacker Jeremiah Watts led the Bears with 12 tackles, including 9 solo hits. Senior linebacker Joel Barone had 10 tackles and forced a fumble, while senior safety Hunter Young had seven tackles. Junior defensive end Jessie Hawkins made four tackles, including two tackles for a loss of seven yards.
Gessner Matches Jerry Rice Single Game Receiving Mark - Named National Offensive Player of the Week, Ivy League Player of the Week And Gold Helmet Award Winner: Brown senior wide receiver Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, MD), a Payton Award candidate as the nation's top I-AA player, made 14 catches in the first half alone and tied the 19-year old NCAA I-AA record of 24 receptions held by Jerry Rice in last week's game against Rhode Island for the Governor's Cup. Gessner caught 24 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns (12 yards, 14 yards) against the Rams and was named the National I-AA Offensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network, the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, and the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award Winner. His 24 pass receptions ties the mark held by Mississippi Valley's Jerry Rice against Southern University on October 1, 1983. Gessner continues to be the nation's top receiver, leading the country in receptions per game (15.0) and receiving yards per game (175.0). He is second nationally in scoring with 14.0 points per game. His 525 total receiving yards is 11th in the country, despite playing two or three games less that all the players above him in the rankings. Gessner opened his 2002 season where he left off last year by making 11 catches for 168 yards, while grabbing three touchdown catches against Towson. He continued his dominance over the Ivy League by making 10 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns (23 yards, 60 yards) vs. Harvard. A first team All-American in 2001, Gessner has drawn the attention of NFL scouts with his 6-5, 230 frame and his pass-catching ability. A first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection and second team All-American by The Sports Network and AP, Gessner was a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award last season, presented annually by The Sports Network to the nation's top I-AA player. Gessner's 1,182 receiving yards was first in the nation and 5th best in Ivy history, averaging 131.3 yards per game. He was second in the nation with 9.2 receptions per game, making 83 catches, which ranks 8th in the Ivy record book. Gessner tied the Brown record with 19 receptions against Rhode Island, and smashed the Brown record for receiving yards with 269 against the Rams. Gessner's two touchdown receptions against URI gives him 32 for his Brown career, third best in Ivy League history behind Sean Morey '99 (39) and Stephen Campbell '00.5 (33). His 2,767 career receiving yards is now 4th in the Ivy League record book, while his 223 career receptions is 3rd in the Ivy football history.
Gessner: Year-by-Year Career Statistics Gessner: 2002 Game-by-Game: G Rec. Yards. TD's Rec. Yards. TD's 1999 10 43 560 8 9/21 vs. Towson 11 168 3 2000 10 52 500 5 9/28 vs. Harvard 10 150 2 2001 9 83 1,182 12 10/5 vs. Rhode Island 24 206 2 2002 3 45 525 7 Total 33 223 2,767 32
Ivy League: Career Receptions Ivy League: Career Receiving Touchdowns 1. 305 Stephen Campbell, Brown 1997-00 1. 39 Sean Morey, Brown 1995-98 2. 251 Sean Morey, Brown 1995-98 2. 33 Stephen Campbell, Brown 1997-00 3. 223 Chas Gessner, Brown 1999-02 3. 32 Chas Gessner, Brown 1999-02 4. 200 Miles Macik, Penn 1993-95
Ivy League: Career Receiving Yards 1. 3,850 Sean Morey, Brown 1995-98 2. 2,555 Stephen Campbell, Brown 1997-00 3. 2,778 Derek Graham, Princeton 1981-84 4. 2,767 Chas Gessner, Brown 1999-02
NCAA I-AA Career Touchdown Receptions: 18. 32 Td's Chas Gessner, Brown 1999-02 V NCAA I-AA Career Receptions: 1. 317 Jacquay Nunnally, Florida A & M 1997-00 2. 305 Stephen Campbell, Brown 1997-00 3. 301 Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley St. 1981-84 4. 268 Kasey Dunn, Idaho 1988-91 5. 251 Sean Morey, Brown 1995-98 6. 249 Eddie Berlin, Northern Iowa 1997-00 7. 245 Brian Forester, Rhode Island 1983-85, 87 8. 242 Mike Furrey, Northern Iowa 1997-99 9. 239 Mark DiDio, Connecticut 1988-91 10. 237 Rennie Benn, Lehigh 1982-85 11. 225 Daren Altieri, Boston U. 1987-90 12. 223 Orshawante Bryant, Portland St. 1997-00 Chas Gessner, Brown 1999-02
Barone - Last Year's Ivy League Leader In Tackles: Senior Joel Barone, an honorable mention All-American selection a year ago, returned to form against Harvard with 16 tackles, including 8 solo hits. He came back last week against Rhode Island with10 tackles (5 solo, 5 assists). Barone registered four total tackles against Towson, but missed most of the second half after having problems with the severe heat. A second team All-Ivy selection last year, Barone came off the bench to lead the Ivy League and rank sixth nationally in tackles, making 12.9 tackles per game for the Bears, finishing with 103 tackles (53 solo, 50 assists). He was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Dartmouth where he registered15 tackles, including a quarterback sack where he jarred the ball loose, which was picked up in the end zone for a touchdown.
Switch Kicker: Freshman kicker Paul Christian, who can kick with either foot equally as well, booted six of six extra points for the Bears against Towson, but missed a 44 yard field goal. He booted all of his kicks with his right foot against the Tigers.
Watts The Answer: Senior linebacker Jeremiah Watts led the Bears with 12 tackles against Rhode Island, including nine solo hits, after making eight tackles against Harvard, Watts earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors last season after making 92 total tackles, second best in the Ivy League, averaging 10.2 tackles per game. Watts, who had 8 tackles for a loss and three quarterback sacks, made a career high 18 tackles against Penn. He was second on Brown's 2000 team in tackles with 78 total hits.
Young Leads Brown Defensive Effort: Hunter Young, a senior safety and second team All-Ivy selection, made 13 tackles against Harvard, including a quarterback sack, after registering a game-high 12 tackles against Towson, including one for a loss of three yards. Young registered seven tackles against Rhode Island. He was Brown's third leading tackler last year with 73 total hits - 48 solo and 36 assists. Young returned a fumble 82 yards for a touchdown against Cornell last year, and made a key fourth-down stop against Yale that turned the momentum of the game in Brown's favor.
Parisien For the Defense: Senior safety Bobby Parisien ranked fourth on last year's team in tackles with 57 total hits, picking off two passes. He was an All-Ivy (honorable mention) selection in 2000, starting out the season at quarterback and moving over to be the backbone of the Bears' defense, making 71 total hits, while making two interceptions and knocking down six passes. He also picked up a fumble and returned it 82 yards against Cornell last year.
Buchanan Utrilizes Speed: Junior wide receiver Brandon Buchanan has become a lethal weapon for Brown's offense with tremendous speed and experience. Buchanan caught three passes for 67 yards against Rhode Island, while rushing once for a 10 yard game. He also returned four kickoffs against the Rams for a total of 109 yards. Buchanan made two receptions for 52 yards against Towson, including a 29-yard touchdown catch. His 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Fordham in 2000 was the sixth longest kickoff return in Brown football history and the longest of the season in the Ivy League. A first team All-Ivy selection in the 60 meters for the Brown track team, Buchanan led last year's team with 24.9 yards per catch, including an 65-yard reception for a touchdown against Dartmouth. He caught three passes in Brown's scrimmage against Susquehanna.
Plowing the Road: The engine that drives Brown's explosive offense is its offensive line that leads the nation in passing yards (414.0 yards per game) and ranks third nationally in total offense (474 yards per game). The Bears are led by senior tackle Dan Startsman (6-1, 300), who was a second team All-Ivy selections last year after earning honorable mention All-Ivy honors as sophomores, and senior Matt Slowik (6-2, 285), a two-year starter at center. Last year, Brown was the Ivy League leader in scoring offense (35.4 ppg), passing offense (264,8 yards per game) and total offense (446.9 yards per game).
Brown Football on the Internet: Brown football fans can listen to the live audio broadcast of Bears football and the Phil Estes Show on the internet via a new subscription-only service called College Sports Pass for $6.95 per month. To sign up for the subscription, Brown fans can go to the Bears' official web site www.brownbears.com.
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: Fifth -year head coach Phil Estes , the 19th head coach in Brown football history, has compiled an impressive 29-12 record at Brown, including an Ivy League Championship in 1999. His nine wins (9-1) in 1999 were the most since the 1926 Iron Men (9-0-1). Estes' 23 victories in his first three seasons, joins Penn's Al Bagnoli as the only coaches to win that often in their first three years since the official formation of the Ivy League back in 1956. A former offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, Estes was also the Bears' recruiting coordinator for four years and coached the runningbacks for three years.
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 he season on WSKO, Sports Radio 790 - The Score. The show is hosted by Dave Mager, the play-by-play voice of Brown football. The show can also be heard live on the internet on Brown's official web site, www.brownbears.com.
Brown Football - Weekly Honors: 9/21 Chas Gessner, WR Ivy League Honor Roll 9/28 Kyle Slager, QB Ivy League Honor Roll 10/5 Chas Gessner, WR National Off. Player of the Week by The Sports Network National Off. Player of the Week by the Football Gazette Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week National I-AA All-Star by College Sporting News/I-AA.org NE Football Writers Gold Helmet ESPN Plays of the Week CNN/SI Top Performer
Brown on TV: Brown Football fans can watch the Bears twice this season. The Bears Brown will also appear on the YES network on Saturday, November 9th against Yale at Brown Stadium as part of the Ivy League's TV package. The games can be seen on DIRECTV, with the "Sports Pack," on channel 622. In addition, CN8 in Philadelphia will broadcast Brown's game against Penn on Saturday, November 2nd in Philadelphia. The satellite coordinates for the Penn game are: KU Band, SBS 6, Transponder 4.
Don Carcieri '65 - Former Brown Gridder Running for RI Governor: Don Carcieri '65 is the Republican nominee for Governor of Rhode Island and will battle Democrat Myrth York in the November election. Carcieri lettered in 1962, 1963 and 1964 for the Bears, first as a quarterback and as a defensive back his senior year. Known as a defensive specialist, he also completed 14 of 36 passes for 171 yards as a quarterback in 1962 and 1963.
Next Week: After two straight non-league games, Brown returns to Ivy League action against Princeton on Saturday, October 19, 2002. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Princeton Stadium.
2002 Brown Schedule and Results: 2002 Fordham Schedule and Results: 9/21 at Towson 42-56 9/7 St. PETER'S 43-0 9/28 HARVARD 24-26 9/14 COLGATE 41-13 10/5 at Rhode Island 28-38 9/21 at Columbia 11-13 10/12 at Fordham 1:00 p.m. 9/28 at Fairfield 51-6 10/19 at Princeton 1:00 p.m. 10/5 at Georgetown 41-10 10/26 CORNELL 1:00 p.m. 10/12 BROWN 1:00 p.m. 11/2 at Pennsylvania 1:00 p.m. 10/26 LAFAYETTE 1:00 p.m. 11/9 YALE 12:30 p.m. 11/2 LEHIGH 12:30 p.m. 11/16 at Dartmouth 12:30 p.m. 11/9 at Holy Cross 12:30 p.m. 11/23 COLUMBIA 12:30 p.m. 11/16 TOWSON 12:30 p.m. 11/23 at Bucknell 12:30 p.m.
2002 BROWN UNIVERSITY VARSITY FOOTBALL Depth Chart 10/12/02 vs. Fordham
BROWN OFFENSE QB 2 Kyle Slager Jr. 10 Nate Poole Jr. TB 21 Tristan Murray Fr. 41 Nick Hartigan Fr. FB 35 Brent Grinna Jr. 36 Max Tornatore Fr. SE 23 Chas Gessner Sr. 80 Ian Malepeai Sr. RT 67 Dan Startsman Sr. 66 Steve Hervey So. RG 64 Will Burroughs So. 79 Ian Tolle So. OC 59 Matt Slowick Sr. 74 Sean Fortin So. LG 68 James Dominic Sr 73 Tyler Johnson So. LT 71 Lawrence Rubida Jr. 52 Bill Behuniak Sr TE 83 Chris Walther Sr. 82 Nick Christ Jr. FL 13 Brandon Buchanan Sr. 86 Matt O'Malley Sr.
BROWN DEFENSE DE 88 Ryan Devlin Jr. 97 Jesse Hawkins Jr. DT 53 Brendan Kelly Sr. 95 Bryan Ramm Sr. DT 94 Christian Garnett Jr. 93 Sam Snead Sr. DE 90 Lee Heitmann Sr. 50 Phil Ford Sr. OLB 12 Bobby Parisien Sr. 37 Kevin Khasigian Sr. ILB 51 Joel Barone Sr. 45 Luke McCullough Sr. ILB 56 Jeremiah Watts Sr. 39 Scott Epperson So. OLB 22 Jermaine Griffin Jr. 3 Angel Gutierrez So. CB 14 Jason Ching Fr. 42 Matt Pinkham Jr FS 8 Hunter Young Sr. 17 Shaun Eidson Sr. CB 1 Selom Azuma Sr. 30 Darren Carmon Jr.
BROWN SPECIALISTS P 43 Tim Goobic Jr. 81 Shawn Smith So. PR 86 Matt O'Malley Sr. 6 Jarrett Schreck Fr. KOR 13 Brandon Buchanan Sr. 6 Jarrett Schreck Fr. FG 11 Paul Christian Fr. 91 Tynan Wyatt So. H 16 Nick Marietti So. KO 91 Tynan Wyatt So. LS 4 Craig Young So. SSn 59 Matt Slowick Sr.