Washington, D.C. - Brown Football returns to the Nation's Capitol for the first time since 2005 to face the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday, September 29, in Washington, DC, with kick-off slated for 2:00 p.m. on the Georgetown campus. The Bears will be playing the first of three straight games on the road, with games at Rhode Island and Princeton in the following weeks.
Brown's Record: Before a crowd of 13,884 and a national television audience under the lights at Brown Stadium, Brown (1-1) dropped its Ivy League opener to Harvard, 45-31. Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly tossed three touchdown passes and threw for 336 yards.
The Hoyas Record: Georgetown kicker Matt MacZura booted a 33-yard field goal with 14 seconds to rally Georgetown (3-1) to a 21-20 win over Princeton at Princeton Stadium last Friday evening.
The Brown vs. Georgetown Series History – 3rd Meeting: Brown and Georgetown have met twice before with the Bears holding a 2-0 series advantage. In 2005, the Bears defeated the Hoyas in Washington, DC, 34-3, and in 2006, Brown earned a 34-21 decision over Georgetown in Providence.
Donnelly At the Helm: Senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns (12, 16, 12 yards) against Harvard, completing 27 of 40 passes. He waited patiently for two years to get his first career starting nod against Holy Cross, and responded by throwing for two touchdowns (38 and 2 yards) and running 10 yards for the game winning touchdown. Overall, Donnelly completed 24 of 41 passes for 199 yards against the Crusaders. A passing and running threat, Donnelly, who also plays basketball at Brown, saw valuable action in 2010, completing 43 of 81 passes for 411 yards and a touchdown, while running for 114 yards. Donnelly's back-up, sophomore Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH), has not seen any varsity action.
Video Scoreboard Makes Debut At Brown Stadium: Brown Football unveiled a new LED video display scoreboard last Saturday vs. Harvard, featuring Daktronics 15HD pixel spacing, that shows live video and instant replays, scoring information, sponsor advertisements, vivid graphics and colorful animations. Measuring more than 18 feet high by nearly 36 feet wide, the video scoreboard also displayed a variety of marketing and promotional vignettes, real-time game statistics and player features.
Did You Know? Brown and Yale are the only Ivy League teams to play on grass…The Bears will be playing their first game of the season on an artificial surface this week vs. Georgetown…The Bears' win over Holy Cross gave head coach Phil Estes an 11-4 lifetime record in season-opening games, including eight of his last nine…Brown is playing its 135th season of intercollegiate football…The Bears have finished second in the Ivy standings in each of the last two years… Estes has won three (1999, 2005, 2008) of Brown's four Ivy League Championships…Sophomore wide receiver Stian Romberg (Maryville, TN) made his first career touchdown reception vs. Harvard, hauling in a 12-yard scoring reception from Patrick Donnelly '13…Sophomore tight end Alex Viox (Cincinnati, OH) also made his first career TD reception, a 16 yard catch vs. Harvard.
Brown's Weekly Award Winners:
9/15 Spiro Theodhosi '13, RB New England Sportswriters Gold Helmet Award
Ivy League Honor Roll
Patrick Donnelly '13, QB Ivy League Honor Roll
AJ Cruz '13, DB Ivy League Honor Roll
9/22 Patrick Donnelly '13, QB Ivy League Honor Roll
Cruz - Pre-Season All-American: The leader of the Brown defensive unit is senior defensive back and co-captain AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA), a preseason All-American choice and a three-time All-Ivy selection, earning first team honors twice. He was solid in the Bears' secondary vs. Harvard, making 10 tackles, including five solo hits. Cruz came up with a big play against Holy Cross, picking off a pass with 56 seconds remaining to stop the Crusaders' final drive. He also made eight tackles, including one for a loss against Holy Cross. One of the most respected players in the Ivy League, Cruz ranked fifth on the Brown team with 60 total tackles and led the Bears with three interceptions, second best in the Ivy League last season. A terrific kick returner, Cruz ranked fourth in the nation and led the Ivy League in kick-off returns, averaging 31.15 yards per return. He also ran back a kick-off 83 yards for a touchdown against Dartmouth.
D-Line: Senior tackle and co-captain Ross Walthall (Carmel, IN) headlines the defensive line after making 20 tackles a year ago. He registered two tackles for a loss last week vs. Harvard. An aggressive pass rusher, Walthall registered two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack in 2011. He had a big game in Brown's shutout of Princeton with six tackles. Senior end Luke Miller (Brwyn Mawr, PA) saw action in all 10 games, making seven tackles, including two for a loss and a quarterback sack. Senior tackle Patxi Colbern (Anchorage, AK) is also a strong force in the middle for the Bears. He made13 tackles, including two for a loss last season. Senior tackle Stephen Fox (Winter Haven, FL) was also in the rotation a year ago, making nine tackles, including two for a loss. Junior end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) ranked third on the Brown team with 6.5 tackles for a loss and will anchor one of the defensive ends positions.
Kachmer At Tailback: The Bears' rushing attack is led by senior Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL), a two-time All-Ivy tailback, who led the Bears in rushing with 569 yards on 126 carries. Kachmer has run for 1,137 career yards heading into the 2012 season. Last year, he was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career high 192 yards against Yale, including a Brown and Yale Bowl record 95-yard run for a touchdown, the fourth longest run in Ivy football history. He accounted for all 99 yards in Brown's NCAA record 99-yard scoring drive. His 95-yard run bested the previous Brown rushing mark of 94 yards by Bob Flanders '71, also against Yale in 1968. He also ran for 97 yards vs. Harvard.
Brown In The NCAA Division I FCS National Rankings (Top 25)
Receptions 18th Tellef Lundevall 7.0 catches per game
Total Offense 19th Patrick Donnelly 273.0 yards per game
All-Purpose Running 20th Spiro Theodhosi 142.0 yards per game
Rushing 23rd Spiro Theodhosi 102.5 yards per game
Interceptions 24th AJ Cruz 0.5 per game
All-Ivy Returnees: Senior AJ Cruz (first team), senior tailback Mark Kachmer (honorable mention) and senior offensive tackle Jack Templeton (first team) are Brown's three All-Ivy returnees.
Lundevall 18th Nationally In Receptions: Brown's leading receiver from 2011, senior Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL), returns to the lineup after making a team high 51 catches for 516 yards. Lundevall had a game high seven catches for 70 yards vs. Harvard. He led the Bears with seven catches for 74 yards and a 38-yard touchdown against Holy Cross. Lundevall has tremendous athleticism (he also plays basketball for Brown), with exceptional jumping ability. He caught four touchdown passes last year and also completed a 24-yard pass for a touchdown against Princeton.
Fay Catches Another Touchdown: Senior Jonah Fay (Brookline, MA) has made touchdown receptions in each of Brown's first two games. He made a 12-yard TD reception vs. Harvard after a 2-yard touchdown catch vs. Holy Cross. Fay has caught six passes for 108 yards this season. He excelled on the gridiron a year ago, making 19 catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns.
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 15th-year head coach Phil Estes, the 19th head coach and second winningest coach in Brown football history, 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 outright Ivy 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 four times and third four times, while compiling an impressive 84-54 overall mark (.610) in 14 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.
Phil Estes' Career Coaching Record:
Year School Overall Record Ivy League Record
1998 Brown 7-3 5-2 (Second)
1999 Brown 9-1 6-1 (First) Ivy League Champions
2000 Brown 7-3 4-3 (Third)
2001 Brown 6-3 5-2 (Third)
2002 Brown 2-8 2-5 (Sixth)
2003 Brown 5-5 4-3 (Second)
2004 Brown 6-4 3-4 (Fourth)
2005 Brown 9-1 6-1 (First) Ivy League Champions
2006 Brown 3-6 2-5 (Sixth)
2007 Brown 5-5 4-3 (Third)
2008 Brown 7-3 6-1 (First) Ivy League Champions
2009 Brown 6-4 4-3 (Third)
2010 Brown 6-4 5-2 (Second)
2011 Brown 7-3 4-3 (Second)
Bears In The NFL: Brown has three of its former players on NFL rosters in 2012. Zak DeOssie '07 is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl Champion for the New York Giants. Colin Cloherty '09 is a tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars, while fullback James Develin '10 is on the New England Patriots practice squad.
Offensive Front: Senior offensive tackle Jack Templeton (Ramsey, NJ), a first team All-Ivy selection, is the lone returning starter on the Bears' offensive line. He took every snap at left tackle and played a key role in the Bears' offense that averaged 364.5 yards of total offense and posted 23.6 points per game. The Brown offensive line allowed just 13 sacks for the season. Senior Nate Bernstein (Charlotte, NC) was Brown's starting right tackle a year ago and will transition to left guard. Senior Cole Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK) is also experienced after taking 300 snaps at right tackle a year ago. Senior Matt Miller (Villa Hills, KY) will take over at center and junior Dan Austin (Franklin, TN) has earned a starting role at right guard.
Freshmen Travel: Brown had five freshmen travel to its opening game at Holy Cross – defensive tackle Ludovic Richardson (Killingworth, CT), kicker Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL), inside linebacker Chad Berry (East Lyme, CT), defensive back Michael Walsh (Swampscott, MA) and offensive lineman Andrew vanderWilden (Concord, MA). Senne kicked-off for the Bears, Richardson made a tackle for a loss, while Berry made two tackles on special teams.
Welcome Back Theo: After missing the 2010 and 2011 seasons following injuries, senior Spiro Theodhosi (Londonderry, NH) made the comeback of his life by rushing for 120 yards on 20 carries in Brown's win over Holy Cross. Theodhosi was named the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award winner as the top player in New England after he ran for 103 of his 120 yards in the second half against the Crusaders. He came back strong vs. Harvard with 85 rushing yards and another 61 receiving yards. Theodhosi, who will be making a bid for the Ivy League's Comeback Player of the Year, is a talented tailback, who ranked second on the 2009 team in rushing with 423 yards on 82 carries. He ran 25 times for a Brown season-best 167 yards and a touchdown against Yale, and rushed 33 times for 138 yards and another touchdown against Dartmouth.
Norocea Gets His Kicks: The Brown kicking game is in the capable feet of junior All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA), the Ivy League's kick-scoring leader in 2010 with 7.1 points per game. Norocea, who booted a 24-yard field goal vs. Holy Cross and a 42-yard FG vs. Harvard, has connected on 24 of 36 career field goals for the Bears. His 15 field goals as a freshman were second best in Brown football history, and seventh in the Ivy League record book, while his 71 kick-scoring points rank 15th in Ivy history. Additionally, Norocea's 12 field goals in Ivy games in 2010 are second best in Ivy history.
Three Rings: Three members of the Brown 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.
New Faces At Inside Linebacker/Safety: Senior Stephen Zambetti (Germantown, TN) is the Bears' top returning inside linebacker after making 20 tackles last season. He led the Bears with 12 tackles, including 8 solo hits, vs. Holy Cross. He also had eight tackles vs. Harvard. Also on the inside is sophomore Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA), who played mostly special teams as a freshman. He had a career high nine tackles against Harvard. Senior safety Anthony Franciosi (Easton, MA) saw action in all 10 games in 2011, and opened the 2012 season with five tackles against Holy Cross. Junior Ade Oyalowo (Bowie, MD) earned a start at outside linebacker and responded with six solo tackles vs. Holy Cross, and five more against Harvard. Senior outside linebacker Reed Watne (Los Angeles, CA) stepped up against Holy Cross with nine solo tackles, and led the Bears with 10 tackles against Harvard.
How Do You Say That?
Patxi Colburn potch-ee cole-burn
Giovacchini joe-vack- keen-nee
Stian Romberg stee-N
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 John Anderson P'11 providing the color commentary.
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 www.brownbears.com.
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 America One Networks. All five home football games will be aired through Brown's athletic website http://brownbears.com. Fans wanting to watch Brown events via America One Networks will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. A single day pass is $8, allowing the viewer to watch multiple Brown events for the entire day. Monthly and yearly passes are also available.
Road Warriors: Brown returns to Rhode Island next weekend, heading down to Kingston, to face the Rhode Island Rams in the 97th annual Governor's Cup game. Game time is 12:00 noon at Meade Stadium.
2012 Brown Football Schedule & Results
9/15 Sat. at Holy Cross 24-21, W
9/22 Sat. HARVARD 31-45, L (TV - NBC Sports)
9/29 Sat. at Georgetown 2:00 p.m.
10/6 Sat. at Rhode Island 1:00 p.m.
10/13 Sat. at Princeton 12:05 p.m. (TV - NBC Sports)
10.20 Sat. CORNELL 12:30 p.m.
10/27 Sat. at Penn 1:00 p.m.
11/3 Sat. YALE 12:30 p.m. (TV - YES)
11/10 Sat. at Dartmouth 1:30 p.m.
11/17 Sat. COLUMBIA 12:30 p.m.
2012 Georgetown Schedule & Results
9/1 Sat. at Davidson 35-14, W
9/8 Sat. WAGNER 13-10, W
9/15 Sat. YALE 21-24, L
9/21 Fri. at Princeton 21-20, W
9/28 Sat. BROWN 2:00 p.m.
10/6 Sat. at Fordham 1:00 p.m.
10/13 Sat. LEHIGH 1:00 p.m.
10/20 Sat. at Colgate 1:00 p.m.
10/27 Sat. at Lafayette 6:00 p.m.
11/10 Sat. BUCKNELL 1:00 p.m.
11/17 Sat. HOLY CROSS 1:00 p.m.
2012 BROWN FOOTBALL
Depth Chart vs. Georgetown, 9/29/12
QB 6 Patrick Donnelly Sr. 17 Marcus Fuller So.
TB 47 Spiro Theodhosi Sr. 33 Jeffrey Izon Sr.
FL 81 Jonah Fay Sr. 85 Tellef Lundeval Sr.
LT 79 Jack Templeton Sr. 76 Clayton Paino Jr.
OC 60 Matt Miller Sr. 65 Nathan Svensson Jr.
RT 71 Cole Hooper Sr. 66 Ryan McCourt Jr.
TE 82 Alex Harris Sr. 2 Andrew Marks Jr.
SE 80 Jordan Evans Jr. 5 Alex Phelan Jr.
DE 78 Luke Miller Sr. 91 John Bumpus Jr.
DT 97 Ross Walthall Sr. 88 Brett Polacek Jr.
DT 94 Stephen Fox Sr. 72 Ludovic Richardson Fr.
DE 96 Michael Yules Jr. 99 Patxi Colbern Sr.
OLB 46 Reed Watne Sr. 7 Ben Noury Sr.
ILB 40 Stephen Zambetti Sr. 64 Xavier Russo So.
ILB 48 Dan Giovacchini So. 49 Adam Pelzer Sr.
OLB 39 Ade Oyalowo Jr. 38 Phillip Smith So.
S 13 Anthony Franciosi Sr. 26 Eric Armogost So.
CB 12 AJ Cruz Sr. 36 Jacob Supron So.
P 95 Nate Meyer Sr. 27 Grant Senne Fr.
PR 12 AJ Cruz Sr. 81 Jonah Fay Sr.
KOR 12 AJ Cruz Sr. 25 Mark Kachmer Sr.
FG 41 Alexander Norocea Jr. 27 Grant Senne Fr.
H 5 Alex Phelan Jr. 8 John Ryan Sr.
KO 41 Alexander Norocea Jr. 27 Grant Senne Fr.
SSn 50 Courtland Clavette So. 60 Matt Miller Sr.
Game 1: Brown at Holy Cross, September 15, 2012 Worcester, MA
Making his first collegiate start, senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly rallied Brown from a 21-10 fourth quarter deficit to lead the Bears to a 24-21 non-league victory over Holy Cross in the season opener of Brown's 135th year of intercollegiate football.
"When it came down to crunch time and the game was on the line, Patrick Donnelly really came through," said Brown football coach Phil Estes. "We settled down in the last 30 minutes after struggling in the first half. This is a great come-from-behind win for our team."
Trailing 21-10 early in the fourth quarter, Donnelly cut the Crusader lead to 21-17, when he connected on a two-yard touchdown pass to senior Jonah Fay to cap a 75-yard scoring drive at the 10:17 mark.
Following a defensive stop, Brown took over at its own 16-yard line with over seven minutes remaining in the game.
Donnelly directed a 13 play, 84 yard scoring drive behind the running of senior tailback Spiro Theodhosi, who accounted for 53 yards in the drive. Theodhosi, who finished with a game high 120 yards on the ground, missed the last two years due to injury after a stellar sophomore season.
Donnelly scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard run, giving the Bears a 24-21 lead with just 1:24 left on the clock.
Brown All-American corner back AJ Cruz iced the game for the Bears with an interception on the Crusaders' last possession, giving the ball back to Brown with 56 seconds remaining.
"I can't say enough about Spiro Theodhosi, who had most of our yards on that final drive and made a key first down at the end of the game to put it away," added Estes. "He provided our offense with a shot in the arm."
Donnelly completed 24 of 41 passes for 199 yards, including touchdown passes of 38 and 2 yards. Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall made 7 catches for a game high 74 yards, while senior Mark Kachmer and Fay made six catches each.
Overall, Brown's defensive effort was led by senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti, who made 12 tackles, including eight solo stops. Senior linebacker Reed Watne also came through with nine solo tackles.
Holy Cross senior quarterback Kevin Watson racked up a bunch of yards for the Crusaders, throwing for 223 yards, while completing 26 of 40 passes. Eddie Houghton led the Holy Cross ground game with 62 yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, Brown got on the scoreboard first when Alex Norocea connected on a 24-yard field goal with 13:08 left in the second quarter, giving the Bears a 3-0 advantage.
Holy Cross answered on its next possession, marching 79 yards on 14 plays with Watson diving into the end zone from one yard out to give the Crusaders a 7-3 lead at the 7:52 mark of the second quarter.
The Crusaders scored on their first possession of the second half to pull ahead by a 14-3 margin with 9:33 left in the third quarter when Alex Schneider caught a 6-yard Watson touchdown pass.
Donnelly got the Bears back in the game when he spotted Lundevall wide open down the sideline, tossing a 38-yard scoring pass with 4:02 left in the third quarter to pull the Bears to within 14-10 of the Crusaders.
Holy Cross extended its lead to 21-10 with an 83 yard scoring drive at the end of the third quarter, with Eddie Houghton running into the end zone from one yard out.
Game 2: Harvard at Brown, September 22, 2012 Providence, RI
A crowd of nearly 14,000 packed Brown Stadium in the third ever night game played at the historic field on the East Side of Providence. Brown and Harvard battled under the lights with the Crimson coming out on top of a 45-31 decision.
The excitement of Brown's opening home game, a festive crowd and a new video scoreboard drew a partisan Bruno crowd in a classic matchup of Ivy heavyweight contenders.
Brown took the opening kickoff and drove 78 yards in eight plays to grab an early 7-0 lead. Senior tailback Spiro Theodhosi capped the drive when he bulldozed his way into the end zone from one yard out with 11:01 left in the first quarter. The big play in the scoring drive was a 43-yard pass play from quarterback Patrick Donnelly to senior wide receiver Jonah Fay.
Harvard also scored on its next possession with David Mothander booting a 22-yard field goal with 5:25 left in the opening quarter to trail, 7-3.
The Crimson took a 10-7 lead when Trevor Scales dove into the end zone from the one yard line with 10:26 left in the second quarter, capping a 98-yard scoring drive.
Following a Brown fumble, Harvard went to the zone on its first play from scrimmage with quarterback Colton Chapple throwing a 30 yard touchdown to a diving Sietu Smith with 9:14 left in the second quarter, giving the Crimson a 17-7 advantage.
Brown took possession at the Harvard 17 yard line when junior Brett Polacek forced a Harvard fumble that was recovered by senior Patxi Colburn. Junior kicker Alex Norocea booted a 42-yard field goal to cut Harvard's lead to 17-10 at the half.
Harvard grabbed its biggest lead, 24-10, with 5:12 left in the third quarter when Treavor Scales scored on a 10 yard run to cap an 81-yard scoring drive.
The Bears came back again when Donnelly tossed a 12-yard scoring pass to Fay with 2:17 left in the third quarter to trail, 24-17. But the Crimson answered to extend their lead to 31-17, early in the fourth quarter.
Once again, Donnelly engineered a Brown scoring drive, throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Alex Viox with 12:56 left in the game, to trail, 31-24.
Harvard's Scales scored again, this time on a 36-yard run with 3:45 left, to play to give the Crimson a 38-24 advantage.
Donnelly threw his third touchdown pass of the day, a 12-yard strike to sophomore Stian Romberg following an 80-yard scoring drive to account for the final score, 45-31.
Donnelly passed for 336 yards and completed 27 of 40 passes. His favorite target was senior Tellef Lundevall, who made seven receptions for 70 yards.
Theodhosi accounted for 146 yards of total offense, rushing for 85 yards and catching four passes for 61 yards.
Defensively for the Bears, seniors AJ Cruz and Reed Watne made 10 tackles each, while sophomore linebacker Daniel Giovacchini registered nine tackles.
Chapple had a big day for the Crimson, completing 30 of 40 passes for 351 yards. Scales led all runners with 136 yards on 18 carries, scoring four times.
Head Coach: Phil Estes