Brown and Harvard Battle In Ivy Opener

Brown and Harvard Battle In Ivy Opener

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Providence, RI -  Brown kicks-off its Ivy League football season Friday evening against Harvard at Harvard Stadium.  The Bears are coming off a big season opening win over Stony Brook, while Harvard dropped its season opener to Holy Cross. It's the 111th meeting between the two Ancient Eight schools, and the key early season league match-up is expected to have Ivy title implications. All the action starts at 7:00 p.m. in Cambridge, MA.

The Records:   Brown (1-0) kicked-off its season last week with a thrilling 21-20 come-from-behind victory over Stony Brook on Long Island Saturday evening.  Harvard (0-1) opened its season with a 30-22 loss at Holy Cross.  Both the Bears and Crimson will open their Ivy League season this week.


Kyle-Newhall-Caballero Named Ivy League and  New England Player of the Week: Bears' senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) made a triumphant return to the Brown lineup against Stony Brook after missing the last seven games of 2010 with a broken wrist, and was rewarded by being named the Ivy League and New England Player of the Week. With Brown trailing 20-14 late in the fourth quarter, Newhall-Caballero engineered a 57-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Tellef Lundevall with 3:06 remaining to give Brown a 21-20 come-from-behind victory. Playing on the road and under constant pressure from the huge Stony Brook front line, Newhall-Caballero, the Ivy League's first team All-League quarterback in 2009, completed 22 of 37 passes for 292 yards, and threw touchdown passes of 38, 46 and 12 yards in his first competition in nearly a year.


Last Year's Game: A hard-hitting defense and Alex Norocea's school record five field goals helped Brown to a 29-14 Ivy League win before a near sellout crowd of 17,350 in the first night game ever played Brown's Stadium's 86-year history. The Bears limited the Crimson to 112 total yards, including a minus-16 yards rushing.  Norocea connected from 20 yards twice, 35 yards twice and converted a career high 44-yard field goal.  His 17 kick-scoring points were third best in Ivy football history.


The Brown vs. Harvard Series History - 111th Meeting: Brown and Harvard have met 110 times, dating back to 1893, with the Crimson holding a 78-30-2 series advantage. Last year, Brown grabbed an early 23-0 lead and cruised to a 29-14 Ivy victory over Harvard in the first night game at Brown's Stadium. Harvard pulled out a 24-21 win over the Bears at Harvard Stadium in 2009. The Bears threw two passes into the end zone on the last two plays of the game.

Night, Night, Night:  Brown opens its season with three straight night games for the first time ever. The Bears played at Stony Brook on 9/17 (6:00 p.m.), open up their Ivy season at Harvard on Friday, 9/23 (7:00 p.m.), before returning home for the second ever night game at Brown Stadium against Rhode Island on Saturday, 10/1 (6:00 p.m.) in the battle for the Governor's Cup.


All-Ivy QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero Returns:­   Senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) was named the Ivy league's Player of the Week and New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award winner as the outstanding player in New England after throwing for three touchdowns against Stony Brook, including the game-winning 12-yard touchdown pass with 3:06 remaining.  He also threw touchdown passes of 38 and 46 yards and completed 22 of 37 passes for 292 yards. The Ivy League's first team All-Ivy quarterback in 2009, Newhall-Caballero's 2010 season was almost over before it started.  He broke his hand in the first week of pre-season camp, returned to play half of Brown's win over Harvard, and broke his wrist on the last play of regulation in Brown's third game against Rhode Island, missing the remainder of the season.  He passed for 325 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams.  In 2009, Newhall-Caballero completed 259 of 413 passes for 2,709 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was second in the nation in completions (25.9 per game), 10th in total offense (281.4 yards per game), and 12th nationally in passing yards (270.9 yards per game). Newhall-Caballero's 259 completions in 2009 were seventh for a single season in the Ivy football history. He also set an Ivy League record with 46 completions against Holy Cross. 



1.         9,294                        James Perry                                 97-98-99

2.         6,739                        Jason McCullough                     94-95-96

3.         5,763                        Michael Dougherty           06-07-08

4.         5,475                        Joe DiGiacomo                    04-05-06

5.         5,007                        Kyle Slager                                02-03

6.         3,408                        Kyle Newhall-Caballero            09-10

7.         3,313                        Eric Webber                     97-98-00

8.         3,015                        Pete Beatrice                        72-73-74

9.         2,954                        Joe Potter                        81-82-83

10.       2,781                        Larry Carbone                        78-79-80



1.         789                                 James Perry                                 97-98-99

2.         520                                Jason McCullough                     94-95-96

3.         487                                Michael Dougherty                    06-07-08

4.         449                                Kyle Slager                                 02-03

5.         401                                 Joe DiGiacomo                    04-05-06

6.         313                                 Kyle Newhall-Caballero            09-10

7.         306                                 Eric Webber                     97-98-00

7.         232                                 Joe Potter                                 81-82-83

8.         226                                 Pete Beatrice                     72-73-74

9.         210                                 Bob Hall                                 63-64-65

10.       205                                Larry Carbone                     78-79-80


Brown Football Interactive Magazine: Brown Athletics launched a bold initiative to present its athletic teams in a modern, interactive mode with the release of the Football Interactive Magazine, which is available for view on The Brown football interactive magazine is available by clicking on the Interactive Magazine link under Team Information. Here's link to the football magazine:

Quarterbacks In Waiting: Junior Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA), a passing and running threat, saw valuable action in 2010. Donnelly completed 43 of 81 passes for 411 yards and a touchdown, while running for 114 yards. Also competing for time under center are junior quarterback John Ryan (Exton, PA), who passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the Spring Game, and junior Alexander Phelan (Walpole, MA).


2011 Honors and Awards:

9-17-11            Kyle Newhall-Caballero, QB                  Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week

                                                                                    NE Football Writers Gold Helmet Award

                        Matt O'Donnell, LB                            Ivy League Honor Roll


All-Ivy Returnees: The Bears' offensive fortunes could hinge on the successful return of first team All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ), who was able to play in parts of just two games last year before being sidelined due to injury. Brown's offense also returns first team All-Ivy wide receiver Alex Tounkara-Kone (Staten Island, NY) senior honorable mention All-Ivy wide receiver Jimmy Saros (Grosse Pointe Park, MI) senior honorable mention All-Ivy tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL), and senior honorable mention All-Ivy center Jack Geiger (Whitefish Bay, WI). Brown's defensive unit returns six starters, including three All-Ivy players, led by first team All-Ivy junior defensive back AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA), senior second team All-Ivy safety Steve Peyton (Woodland, CA) and honorable mention All-Ivy defensive end Clay McGrath (Longmeadow, MA).


Tounkara-Kone Picks Up Where He Left Off:  Senior wide receiver Alex Tounkara-Kone (Staten Island, NY) turned in another outstanding performance against Stony Brook, making seven receptions for 149 yards, while hauling in touchdown passes of 38 and 46 yards. Tounkara, a first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection for the Bears in 2010, ranked among the nation's top wide receivers with 61 receptions, 18th best in the country and second in the Ivy League.  His 84.20 yards per game were also second in the Ivy League and 19th nationally.


Lundevall Makes Game-Winning Catch:  Junior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) made the biggest reception of his career, a 12-yard touchdown catch against Stony Brook that rallied the Bears to a 21-20 victory over the Seawolves. In 2010, Lundevall impressed the coaching staff with 32 catches for 370 yards and two touchdowns.


Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 14th-year head coach Phil Estes, the 19th head coach and second winningist coach in Brown football history (79 career wins), has brought the Brown football program to an unprecedented level of success, winning three Ivy League Championships (1999, 2005 and 2008), including Brown's first ever Ivy outright title in 2005.  He helped guide Brown's Class of 2009 to two Ivy League titles, the first class in Brown football history to win two Ivy Championships. Estes' Brown teams have also finished second three times and third four times, while compiling an impressive 78-51 overall mark (.605) in 13 seasons.  He has also coached and recruited Brown's only four Ivy Players of the Year: Sean Morey '99, James Perry '00, Nick Hartigan '06 and Buddy Farnham '10. A former offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, Estes was also the Bears' recruiting coordinator for four years (1994-1997) and coached the running backs for three years.


Local Players To Contribute:  Brown has two from Rhode Island on its 2011 roster: senior All-Ivy punter Nathan Lovett (East Providence) and sophomore defensive tackle Brett Polacek (Providence).  Sophomore defensive end Michael Yules, hails from South Dartmouth, MA and played at Moses Brown.   All three are listed on Brown's 2-deep this week.


Governor's Cup Press Conference:  Brown and URI will co-host a press conference at the Rhode Island Statehouse for the Governor's Cup Football game on Tuesday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m.  Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee will participate in the press conference along with Brown head coach Phil Estes, URI head football coach Joe Trainer, and selected players from both teams.  Scott Cordischi, the voice of Brown football, will MC the event. A light lunch will be served at the Statehouse immediately following the press conference.


Offensive Front: Senior All-Ivy center Jack Geiger (Whitefish Bay, WI) returns to anchor the offensive line at center, the Bears will look to rebuild with the loss of two All-Ivy players. Geiger had a terrific season in helping Brown's passing offense to an Ivy League leading 244.3 yards per game, while allowing just 10 quarterback sacks.  Senior Luke Landers (Friendswood, TX) had a solid junior campaign, and will start at right guard for the Bears, while senior Evan Johnson (Kettering, OH) also earned several starts at guard, and is Brown's starting left guard. Juniors Jack Templeton (Ramsey, NJ) and Cole Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK) have earned starts at the tackle positions.


Norocea Gets His Kicks: The Brown kicking game is in the capable hands of sophomore All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA), the Ivy League's kick-scoring leader with 7.1 points per game, who connected on 15 of 21 field goals and 26 of 27 extra points in his inaugural season with the Bears.  He ranked seventh nationally in field goals with 1.50 per game.  His 15 field goals rank second best in Brown football history, and seventh in the Ivy League record book, while his 71 kick-scoring points are 15th in Ivy history.  Additionally, Norocea's 12 field goals in Ivy games are second best in Ivy history.  A two-time Ivy League Rookie and Special Teams Player of the Week, Norocea booted a Brown record five field goals vs. Harvard, and a season long 45-yard field goal against Cornell.


Gotta Lovett: Two-time All-Ivy senior punter Nate Lovett (East Providence, RI) punted well against Stony Brook with three punts for an average of 43.7 yards per kick, including a long boot of 53 yards.  He ranked second in the Ivy League with an average of 42.1 yards per punt in 2010. He had four punts of 50 or more yards, including a  season-long 57 yard boot against Harvard and 55-yards against Princeton. Lovett's strongest game came against Dartmouth where he punted for a 45.2 yards per punt average, with a 53-yard boot.


Two-Time All-Ivy AJ Cruz: Brown's defensive secondary ranked number one in the Ivy League in pass efficiency defense a year ago, and was led by junior two-time All-Ivy corner back AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA).  Cruz stepped in to make seven tackles against Stony Brook and also returned punts for the Bears.  A first team All-Ivy selection in 2010 after earning second team All-Ivy honors in 2009, Cruz made 33 tackles, led the Bears with eight pass break-ups, and tied for the team lead with two interceptions. He also returned kickoffs for the Bears, with 13 kickoff returns for 295 yards, including a 45-yard return against Princeton.


O'Donnell and Smithwick Step Up At Linebacker: Brown's senior linebackers Daniel Smithwick (Danville, CA) and Matt O'Donnell (Tipton, IA) turned in strong performances against a strong Stony Brook rushing attack. O'Donnell led the Bears with 12 tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards.  Smithwick made nine total tackles, including one for a loss, and recovered a fumble for the Bears.


How Do You Say That?

Caballaro                                    ca – ba- yair – oh

Giovacchini                                    joe-vack- keen-nee

Norocea                                    nor-row-cha

Pakan                                      Pay-kin

Tounkara - Kone               Toon-kara – cone-ee

Polley                                      pah-lee

Patxi Colbern                                    poch-ee Colbern


Top Tackler Peyton Returns: Senior All-Ivy safety Steve Peyton (Woodland, CA) registered nine total tackles in Brown's win over Stony Brook.  He headed the Bears' defense in 2010 with 79 total tackles, 7th best in the Ivy League. He came up big in Ivy games with 10 tackles against Dartmouth, and 12 total hits against Penn. Peyton was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his dominating play against Rhode Island, where he seemed to be everywhere on the field, leading the Bears with a career high 20 tackles in the battle for the Governor's Cup.


Co-Captains:  Providing leadership for this year's team are senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) and senior defensive tackle Kyle Rettig (Clearwater, FL).  


Kachmer Top Tailback: Brown's ground attack will be led by junior All-Ivy tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL), a versatile tailback, who led the Bears with 557 yards on the ground, sixth best in the Ivy League, while making 19 receptions for 131 yards. Kachmer rushed for a season high 89 yards in Brown's win over Harvard. Look for sophomore speedster John Spooney (Northfield, OH), considered the fastest man in the Ivy League after winning the Ivy Championship in the 100 and 200 meters, will back-up Kachmer.


McGrath and Rettig Excel Up Front: Senior All-Ivy defensive end Clay McGrath (Longmeadow, MA) and senior co-captain Joseph Rettig (Clearwater, FL) controlled the line of scrimmage against Stony Brook on Saturday.  Rettig made a key tackle for a five yard loss on Stony Brook's final possession, and finished the game with five total tackles, including two for a loss.  McGrath, an honorable mention All-Ivy selection last season, had six total tackles and two tackles for a loss against the Seawolves.


Three Rings:  Three members of the Brown head coaching staff – head coach Phil Estes, assistant head coach Abbott Burrell and offensive coordinator Frank Sheehan – have earned three Ivy League Championship rings (1999, 2005, 2008) coaching the Bears.





Speaking of Rings:  Bears' tight ends coach Joseph Leslie has earned nine Ivy League Championship rings, including two as a coach of the Bears in 2005 and 2008, three as a player at Dartmouth (1969, 1970, 1971), two as an assistant coach at Penn (1983, 1984), and two as an assistant coach at Dartmouth (1972, 1996).


Listen To Brown Football:  Brown's 10-game football schedule will be aired throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England on WPRV-AM 790 (Providence).  The Brown football broadcast team features Scott Cordischi calling the play-by-play, and former Brown All-Ivy fullback Mike Wall '99 providing the color commentary. You can also listen live on your computer at


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 the season on WPRV-AM 790. The show is hosted by Scott Cordischi, who is the play-by-play voice of Brown football, and will be broadcast live from area restaurants.  This Thursday's Coaches Show is at Hope Street Pizza at 720 Hope Street on the East Side of Providence.. The show can also be heard live on the internet on


Watch Live Video of The Bears On The Internet: Brown Football fans can watch a live video and audio feed (WPRV - AM 790) of all home games through B2 Networks. All five home football games will be aired through Brown's athletic website    Fans wanting to watch Brown events via B2 Networks will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. Games will be sold on an individual basis at $7 per game or $30 for the season.


Next Week – Bears and Rams Light Up The Night: Brown will host Rhode Island on Saturday, October 1, in the second ever night game at historic Brown Stadium. The game is presented by Dexter Credit Union, and will be televised live on myRITV with kick-off at 6:00 p.m. Temporary lighting will be installed for the Saturday evening match-up against the Rams. Four banks of Musco lights will illuminate Brown Stadium, with two banks of temporary lights towering above the stadium on either side of the field. Brown hosted Harvard in 2010 in the first night game played at Brown Stadium, drawing a crowd of 17,330, the largest crowd for a sporting event in the State of Rhode Island for 2010.



2011 Brown Football Schedule & Results           

9/17     Sat.            at Stony Brook                        21-20, W

9/23     Fri.            at Harvard                                    7:00 p.m.

10/1     Sat.            RHODE ISLAND (myRITV)  6:00 p.m.

10/8     Sat.            HOLY CROSS                        12:30 p.m.

10/15   Sat.            PRINCETON                        12:30 p.m.

10/22   Sat.            at Cornell                                    12:30 p.m.

10/29   Sat.            PENN                                             12:30 p.m.

11/5     Sat.            at Yale (TV- YES)               12:00 noon

11/12   Sat.            DARTMOUTH                        12:30 p.m.

11/19   Sat.            at Columbia                                    12:30 p.m.


2011 Harvard Schedule & Results

9/17     Sat.            at Holy Cross                                    22-30, L

9/23     Sat.            BROWN                             7:00 p.m.

10/1     Sat.            at Lafayette                                    1:00 p.m.

10/8     Sat.            at Cornell                                    12:30 p.m.

10/15   Sat.            BUCKNELL                                    1:00 p.m.

10/22   Sat.            PRINCETON                        1:00 p.m.

10/29   Sat.            DARTMOUTH                        6:00 p.m.

11/5     Sat.            at Columbia                                    12:30 p.m.    

11/12   Sat.            PENN                                             12:00 p.m.

11/19   Sat.            at Yale                                         12:00 p.m.