Bears Seek Winning Ivy Season At Columbia

Nov. 16, 2007

Providence, RI -

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Coach Phil Estes' Brown football team will look to complete a winning Ivy League season for its 18 football seniors, traveling to New York City to battle Columbia. The Bears have posted a 3-3 Ivy mark, 4-5 overall, and a win over the Lions this week would assure Brown of a third place finish in the Ivy standings and lift the Bears to a winning Ivy League record for the 24th time since the Ivy League was formed 51 years ago.

Saturday's game against Columbia will be the final contest for 18 Brown seniors, who have posted a 22-17 record over their four-year careers, including an Ivy League Championship in 2005. Brown's Class of 2007 includes: Kai Brown, Nick D'India, Patrick Fisher, Nick Houston, Patrick Lysaght, Anthony Martucci, Steve Morgan, Matt Mullenax, Robert Ranney, Paul Raymond, Geoff Rhatican, Tyler Rowley, James Tull, Robert Weiss, Jose Yearwood, tri-captain Eric Brewer, tri-captain Dereck Knight, and tri-captain AJ Tracey. 13 seniors are listed in the starting lineup against Columbia.

Brown and Columbia have met 71 times, dating back to 1902, with the Bears holding a 45-24-2 series advantage over the Lions. Columbia broke a nine game losing streak against the Bears last year, kicking a field goal with three seconds remaining to come away with a 22-21 victory. Brown had won the previous nine meetings between the two teams, including a 52-21 decision at Wein Stadium in 2005 to earn the Ivy League Championship. Among the most memorable games in the series came in 1995 when Brown rallied from a 27-3 third quarter deficit to score 56 unanswered points in a 59-27 win.

Sophomore wide receiver Bobby Sewall (Portsmouth, RI) was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, the College Sporting News National Player of the Week and was the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award winner after he ran for four touchdowns and threw for a fifth in Brown's 56-35 victory over Dartmouth. His rushing touchdowns came on runs of one yard, two yards, one yard and 44 yards. He also threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Buddy Farnham just before the end of the first half. In a remarkable effort, Sewall rushed for 144 yards on 15 carries, and made 18 receptions for 141 yards. His 18 receptions are fourth best in the Brown record book and a national FCS season high. He is the only Division I player to rush and catch for 140 yards in the same game this season. Sewall also played on the defensive side of the ball at free safety on Dartmouth's last offensive series.