Brown and URI Battle For The Governor’s Cup

Brown and URI Battle For The Governor’s Cup


Providence, RI - After dropping its first two games by a total of four points, the Brown football team will play at home for the first time this season in a Homecoming match-up on Saturday, October 3rd against the University of Rhode Island, the 94th battle for the Governor’s Cup. Kickoff at Brown Stadium is 12:30 p.m.

The Bears feature the Ivy League’s top passing offense (246.0 yards per game) and total offense (376.5 yards per game), under the direction of junior quarterback Kyle Newhall (54-86 492 yards) and the receiving prowess of senior All-American wide receivers Buddy Farnham and Bobby Sewall, two of the top wide receivers in Ivy League football history.

Brown dropped a 24-21 decision to Harvard last week and has now lost both its games by a field goal or less. Sewall had all three Brown touchdowns against the Crimson, two rushing and one receiving. The Bears recovered an onside kick in the game’s last minute, and made two throws in the end zone on their final two plays. Rhode Island (1-2) faced Connecticut last week, falling to the Huskies by a 52-10 margin.

Brown and Rhode Island have met 93 times, dating back to 1909, with the Bears holding a 66-25-2 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. URI has won the last three meetings for the Governor’s Cup, including a 49-27-9 decision last year in Kingston. 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.

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