October 8, 2009

Aerial Show Expected As Brown Hosts Holy Cross

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Providence, Rhode Island - Whenever Brown and Holy Cross get together, footballs are sure to fill the air. Expect a reprise of the aerial show with both teams boasting dynamic passing offenses when the Bears and Crusaders battle on Saturday, October 10 at Brown Stadium, with kick-off at 12:30 p.m.

The Bears feature two All-American wide receivers - seniors Buddy Farnham and Bobby Sewall - and Holy Cross features the top passer in Patriot League history, senior Dominic Randolph. Last year’s game featured 956 passing yards and 75 points scored between the two teams, and in 2007, 85 combined points were scored with 426 combined passing yards.

Brown (1-2) earned its first win of the season last week and took the Governor’s Cup back from Rhode Island with a 28-20 victory over the Rams in a driving rain storm at Brown Stadium. Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri, Brown Class of 1965, presented the Governor’s Cup to the ebullient Bears at the conclusion of the game. Holy Cross (4-0) stayed unbeaten by building a 35-0 lead and coasting to a 42-21 win over Northeastern.

Farnham was honored as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and The Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week for his role in Brown mp;rsquo;s win over URI after accumulating 274 all-purpose yards against the Rams. Farnham caught touchdown passes of 32 and 42 yards, made five receptions for 100 yards, returned four punts 97 yards, including a 67-yard return that set up a Brown touchdown, and brought back three kickoffs 77 yards, with a long return of 31 yards. The 97 punt return yards by Farnham is the third best performance in Brown football history.

Brown and Holy Cross have played 54 times, dating back to 1898 ,with the Crusaders holding a 31-20-3 series advantage. Holy Cross earned a 41-34 shoot-out last year in Worcester, despite an Ivy League record 526 passing yards by the Bears, for its third win in consecutive years over Brown. Prior to that, Brown and the Crusaders had not met since a 37-14 Bears’ victory on September 30, 1995. The two teams are now scheduled to play at least through 2014.

With heavy rain turning the majestic Brown Stadium tundra into thick mud, Brown senior wide receiver Buddy Farnham turned in a spectacular performance and was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after

Brown holds the Ivy League record for scoring in consecutive games, having posted points in 131 consecutive games. Dartmouth held the previous mark of 109 straight games scored from 1960-1973. The record is now 14-years and counting for the Bears, dating back to the second game of the 1996 season.

Bear Facts: Senior co-captain James Develin wrecked havoc with the Rhode Island offense, making five tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss, while recovering a fumble. What's not on the stat sheet is that Develin was held five times by the left side of the URI offensive line, resulting in penalties for the Rams…Sophomore punter/kicker Nate Lovett punted eight times against URI in the driving rain for a 40.9 yards per punt average. With less than a minute left in the game, Brown clinging to an eight point lead, and Lovett standing in deep mud on a rain soaked field, 11 URI players rushed the punter. Lovett delivered with a 50 yard boot to the URI six yard line, pinning the Rams deep with 48 seconds remaining… Junior quarterback Kyle Newhall is 23rd nationally and leads the Ivy League in total offense with 248.67 yards per game. Newhall threw touchdown passes of 32, 42 and 13 yards in Brown’s win over Rhode Island… Senior safety Chris Perkins, a second team All-Ivy selection a year ago, is Brown’s leading tackler with 21 tackles for the season. He made a team high nine tackles and recovered a fumble in Brown’s win over Rhode Island… In his first starting role in the Bears' secondary, freshman AJ Cruz made a team high seven solo tackles, broke up two passes and made nine tackles overall…Senior linebacker Kelly Cox forced two fumbles against URI.

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