November 10, 2010

Brown Travels To Dartmouth For National TV Game

Providence, Rhode Island -  Brown's football team travels to Hanover, New Hampshire for its final road game of the season to face Dartmouth live on the VERSUS Network on Saturday, November 13th starting at 12:07 p.m. at Memorial Field.  The game will also be available on Brown's home radio, WPRV-AM 790;  Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 130;  and brownbears.com.

 

While mathematically still in the hunt for the Ivy title with two Ivy losses, coach Phil Estes' team will look to move up in the Ivy standings against the Big Green. After opening its Ivy season with a 3-0 mark, Brown (4-4, 3-2 Ivy) has dropped consecutive games to Penn and Yale (27-24)  to fall to fourth place in the Ivy League behind Penn (5-0), Yale (4-1) and Harvard (4-1).  Dartmouth (5-3, 2-3 Ivy) rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to earn a 28-10 victory over Cornell last week.

 

Saturday's game between the Bears and Big Green will be televised live nationally on the VERSUS Network. Veteran sportscaster Mike Crispino will call the play, and former Princeton standout Ross Tucker will provide the color commentary. Now in more than 75 million homes, VERSUS is distributed via most cable systems and is available on satellite on DirecTV (Channel 603) and the DISH Network (Channel 151).

 

Brown and Dartmouth have met 87 times, dating back to 1894, with the Big Green holding a 54-29-4 series advantage. Brown, winners of nine of the last 12 meetings between the two teams, including the last three, earned a hard fought 14-7 overtime victory over the Big Green last year in Providence. In 2006, Dartmouth pulled out a 19-13 overtime win in Hanover, New Hampshire.

 

Bear Facts: Senior quarterback Joe Springer (Mendota Heights, MN) returned to the lineup last week against Yale after he was injured late in the second quarter against Penn two weeks ago. Springer threw for 269 yards against the Elis, completing 17 of 35 passes, including a 16-yard touchdown pass… Senior tri-captain and inside linebacker Andrew Serrano (Phoenix, AZ) turned in a standout performance against Yale last week, making 12 tackles and intercepting his second pass of the season.  Serrano leads the Bears with 67 total tackles and interceptions (2)… Brown's kicking game is in good hands with the return of All-Ivy junior punter Nate Lovett (East Providence, RI), who ranks second in the Ivy League with an average of 42.4 yards per punt. He punted eight times for a 40.5 yards per punt average last week against Yale… Senior outside linebacker Phil Roffi (Tempe, AZ) ranks third on the Brown team with 51 total tackles, including 4.5 tackles for a loss… Second team All-Ivy senior tailback Zack Tronti (Ponte Vedra, FL) returned to form last week against Yale, rushing for a team high 54 yards on 12 carries, and making two catches for 53 yards. Tronti has made a strong comeback after a season ending knee injury in last year's game against Yale... Second team All-Ivy sophomore corner back AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA) came up with a strong performance against Yale, intercepting his first pass of the season and making eight tackles…Senior Jeremy Raducha (Bristol, CT) ranks second in the Ivy League with nine tackles for a loss of 46 yards, including a team high three quarterback sacks. He had three tackles last week against Yale, including one for a loss.. Junior defensive end Clay McGrath (Longmeadow, MA) has the unique opportunity to be coached by his father, Brown defensive line coach Neil McGrath. Clay is recognized as one of the top defensive players on the Brown squad with 28 total tackles.   He has also registered six tackles for a loss of 20 yards, and 2.5 quarterback sacks, both second on the Brown team.

 

Pictured:  AJ Cruz '13