Providence, Rhode Island - Heading down the final stretch of the 2012 season, coach Phil Estes' Brown football team will look to finish strong with two of its final three games at Brown Stadium. The Bears host Yale at Brown Stadium on Saturday, November 3 in a game televised nationally on the YES Network, starting at 12:30 p.m.
The Records: Brown (4-3, 1-3 Ivy) fell to Penn last week, 20-17, when the Quakers connected on a 35-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining. Yale (2-5, 1-3 Ivy) also lost on a last minute score, falling to Columbia, 26-22.
YES Network: Saturday's Youth Day match-up between the Bears and Bulldogs will be televised nationally on the YES Network with Chris Shearn calling the play, Jack Ford and Ross Tucker working as color analysts, and Howard Kellman providing sideline reports.
- Bears' senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall made 17 catches against Penn last week, sixth best in the Brown record book. He ranks 10th nationally with 7.43 receptions per game.
- Brown head coach Phil Estes is 8-6 lifetime against Yale.
- Senior defensive end Michael Yules ranks 16th nationally with 1.43 tackles for a loss per game.
- Senior punter Nate Meyer is averaging 40.08 yards per punt, and his pinpoint punting has led to a net punting average of 39.18 yards per punt, fourth best in the nation.
- Yale sophomore tailback Tyler Varga, who was pressed into duty at quarterback last week vs. Columbia, ranks 1st nationally in All-Purpose running with 203.83 yards per game.
- Brown ranks sixth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 97.43 yards per game, while Yale is 27th nationally in rushing offense (194.43 yards per game).
Brown vs. Yale- 117th Meeting: Brown and Yale have met 116 times, dating back to 1880, with the Bulldogs holding a 78-33-5 series advantage. Last year, Brown defeated Yale, 34-28 at the Yale Bowl behind Mark Kachmer's three touchdowns, including a Yale Bowl record 95-yard touchdown run. In 2010, Yale had two kickoff returns for a touchdown to eek out a 27-24 win over the Bears at Brown Stadium.
Bears' Defense #2 Nationally In Tackles For Loss: Brown's defensive unit ranks number two in the nation with 8.71 tackles for a loss per game. The Bears made an incredible 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage vs. Princeton.
Road Warriors: Brown played four of its first five games on the road, with six of its 10 games in 2012 being played away from Brown Stadium. The second half of the season is much friendlier, with three of five games being played at Brown Stadium.
Donnelly At The Helm: Senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) threw for 312 yards and a touchdown against Penn, completing 30 of 47 passes. In Brown's win over Cornell, Donnelly completed 19 of 26 passes for 189 yards, while scoring on a 26-yard touchdown run. He ranks third in the Ivy League in both passing yards (224.9 per game), and total offense (224.7 yards per game). He completed 20 of 32 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in Brown's win over Georgetown, and threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns (12, 16, 12 yards) against Harvard, completing 27 of 40 passes. Donnelly 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), saw his first varsity action in the fourth quarter vs. Georgetown.
Did You Know? Junior runningback Cody Taulbee (Kettering, OH) registered his first career touchdowns against URI, scoring on runs of 6 and 10 yards. He also scored on a one yard run against Penn…Sophomore linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) registered two tackles for a loss vs. Penn, including a quarterback sack. He had a big day vs. Rhode Island with eight solo tackles, three tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack…Senior defensive end John Bumpus (Concord, MA) blocked a punt against Georgetown and recovered it in the end zone for his first career touchdown. He also had four tackles against the Hoyas…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 League standings in each of the last two years… Estes has coached Brown to three (1999, 2005, 2008) of its 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…Sophomore tight end Alex Viox (Cincinnati, OH) also made his first career TD reception, a 16 yard catch vs. Harvard… Senior Jonah Fay (Brookline, MA), who had six catches for 57 yards against Princeton, has made touchdown catches in two of Brown's first seven games. Overall, Fay has caught 22 passes for 273 yards this season.
Walthall 30th Nationally In Tackles For Loss: Senior tackle and co-captain Ross Walthall (Carmel, IN), who had three tackles for a loss vs. Princeton, ranks 30th in the nation with 9.0 tackles for a loss. He came up with several big plays in the Bears' win over URI, finishing with six tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss, including a key fourth down stop of the Rams in the fourth quarter. He registered two tackles for a loss vs. Harvard and has registered 23 total tackles for the season.
Zambetti 5th In Ivy League Tackles: Senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti (Germantown, TN), who had seven tackles vs. Cornell, including two for a loss and a key interception in the end zone, leads Brown and ranks fifth in the Ivy League with 8.4 tackles per game. He had a big game vs. Princeton with 14 tackles against the Tigers. Zambetti made a game-high 11 tackles vs. Georgetown, and led the Bears with 12 tackles, including 8 solo hits, vs. Holy Cross. He also had eight tackles vs. Harvard and six stops vs. Rhode Island.
Cruz – 8th In Career Interceptions: 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. His 10 career interceptions ranks 8th in the Brown record book. Cruz ranks second on the Brown team with 53 total tackles, while making two interceptions. Cruz had eight solo tackles vs. Penn, and made five tackles and a pass interception vs. Cornell. He had six tackles vs. URI, and made six tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, in Brown's win over Georgetown. He made 10 tackles vs. Harvard, 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 last year's 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.
Lundevall's 17 Receptions vs. Penn Rank 6th All-Time At Brown: Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) turned in a record-setting performance against Penn with 17 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown. His 17 receptions rank sixth best in Brown football history. He leads the Bears and ranks 10th nationally with 7.43 receptions per game. Lundevall had seven receptions vs. Cornell, and had six receptions for 63 yards vs. Princeton. He grabbed an 11-yard TD pass vs. Georgetown and had 5 receptions for 50 yards against the Hoyas. He had a game-high seven catches for 70 yards vs. Harvard, and led the Bears with seven catches for 74 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown against Holy Cross. Lundevall has tremendous athleticism (he also plays basketball for Brown), with exceptional jumping ability. Brown's leading receiver from 2011, Lundevall made a team high 51 catches for 516 yards, and caught four touchdown passes, while also completed a 24-yard pass for a touchdown against Princeton.
Reisner To The Rescue – Wins New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award: Just two weeks prior to Brown's game against Cornell, junior tailback Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL) found himself fifth on the Brown depth chart. He had his first collegiate carry against Princeton the following week, gaining five yards. With injuries to the Bears' top three runningbacks, Reisner, playing behind senior tailback Jeffrey Izon, made the most of his opportunity against Cornell by running for 193 yards on 22 carries, including touchdown runs of 27 and 49 yards, breaking several tackles along the way. He was named the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award Winner as the top player in New England.
Nate Meyer Among Nation's Leaders In Net Punting: Brown junior punter Nathaniel Meyer (Bettendorf, Iowa) is averaging 40.08 yards per punt and his net punting average of 39.18 yards is fourth in the nation. He was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after helping Brown win the battle of field position in the Bears' 17-7 victory over Rhode Island for the Governor's Cup. Meyer averaged 40.3 yards per punt on five punts, with a long punt of 55 yards. He pinned the Rams deep in their own territory three times with punts downed at the 18, 13 and 17-yard lines. His second-half punting forced Rhode Island into poor field position as the Bears held the Rams scoreless in the second half.
Polley 23rd Nationally In Interceptions: Junior corner back Emory Polley (University Heights, OH) intercepted his third pass of the season against Cornell and ranks 23rd nationally. A two-year starter for the Bears, Polley made eight tackles vs. Penn and has made 25 tackles this season, including 18 solo hits.
Kachmer Out For Season: Bears' senior tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL), a two-time All-Ivy tailback, who led the Bears in rushing last year with 569 yards on 126 carries, will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2012 season due to injury. Kachmer has run for 1,281 career yards. 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 TD, 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.
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
9/29 Michael Yules '14, DE Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week
Spiro Theodhosi '12, RB Ivy League Honor Roll
John Bumpus '13, DL Ivy League Honor Roll
10/6 Nate Meyer '13, P Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week
Dan Giovacchini, LB Ivy League Honor Roll
Cody Taulbee, FB Ivy League Honor Roll
10/13 Steve Zambetti, LB Ivy League Honor Roll
10/20 Jordan Reisner, RB New England Sportswriters Gold Helmet Award
CFPA FCS National Running Back of the Week
Ivy League Honor Roll
Reed Watne, LB Ivy League Honor Roll
10/27 Tellef Lundevall, WR Ivy League Honor Roll
AJ Cruz, DB Ivy League Honor Roll
Yules 16th Nationally in Tackles For Loss: Junior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) had his 10th tackle for a loss vs. Cornell, and ranks second in the Ivy League and 16th in the nation with 1.43 per game. He was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he led the Brown defense that held Georgetown to one yard of total offense in the second half and zero first downs after halftime. Yules had two quarterback sacks for a loss of 13 yards and added another tackle for a loss. He also played a major role in an incredible goal line stand that set the tone for the game. Georgetown had the ball first and goal at the Brown one-inch line. Yules stopped the Hoyas on first down for no gain, and then again on second down for no gain, both times the nose of the ball an inch away from the goal line. Georgetown was held to a field goal.
Video Scoreboard Makes Debut At Brown Stadium: Brown Football unveiled a new LED video display scoreboard on September 22 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.
Miller Time: Senior end Luke Miller (Bryn Mawr, PA), who registered two tackles for a loss against Georgetown, has made 18 total tackles this season, and ranks second on the Brown team with three quarterback sacks, eighth best in the Ivy League. He had four total tackles in Brown's win over Rhode Island. He saw action in all 10 games last year, making seven tackles, including two for a loss and a quarterback sack.
Brown In The NCAA Division I FCS National Rankings (Top 25)
Receptions 10th Tellef Lundevall 7.43 per game
Tackles For Loss 16th Michael Yules 1.43 per game
Interceptions 23rd Emory Polley 0.4 per game
Tackles For Loss 2nd BROWN (Team) 8.71 per game
Net Punting 4th BROWN (Team) 39.18 yards per punt
Rushing Defense 6th BROWN (Team) 97.43 yards per game
Sacks 23rd BROWN (Team) 2.57 per game
Scoring Defense 22nd BROWN (Team) 19.43 points per game
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)
Franciosi Steps Up: Senior safety Anthony Franciosi (Easton, MA) stepped up in a big way vs. Rhode Island, making a game-high 12 tackles, including 11 solo hits and one tackle for a loss. He came back with eight tackles, including two for a loss vs. Princeton. Franciosi, who had seven tackles vs. Cornell, ranks fourth on the Brown team with 46 total tackles.
Theodhosi Sidelined: After missing the 2010 and 2011 seasons following injuries, senior Spiro Theodhosi (Londonderry, NH) had been making a bid for the National Comeback Player of the Year. Theodhosi's comeback bid ended on October 6th against Rhode Island after his first play from scrimmage when he injured his foot, suffering a Linsfranc fracture. He will be lost for the remainder of the season. Coming into Saturday's game against Rhode Island, Theodhosi was ranked 16th in the nation with 115.7 rushing yards per game. Theodhosi took over the Georgetown game at the beginning of the second half, rushing for 88 of his game high 142 yards in the third quarter, and scoring on an 18-yard run, where he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and ran untouched into the end zone. He opened the season 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 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 Second In Ivy League In Kick Scoring: The Brown kicking game is handled by the capable feet of junior All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA), the Ivy League's second ranked kick-scorer with 5.6 points per game. Norocea's 46-yard field goal vs. Penn is the longest in the Ivy League this season. He has connected on 7 of 9 field goals in 2012, and 29 of 43 career field goals. He had a key 41-yard field goal vs. Rhode Island, and connected on three of three field goals vs. Georgetown, hitting kicks of 22, 35 and 34 yards. Norocea booted a 24-yard field goal vs. Holy Cross and a 42-yarder vs. Harvard. 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.
Bears In The NFL: Brown has two 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. Fullback James Develin '10 is on the New England Patriots practice squad.
Freshmen Travel: Brown had five freshmen travel to its opening game at Holy Cross and have continued to see action this season – 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).
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 Spats Restaurant, located on Angell Street in Providence, and can also be heard live on the internet on www.brownbears.com.
How Do You Say That?
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Giovacchini joe-vack- keen-nee
Ade Oyalowo AH-day O-YAL-O-wo
Stian Romberg stee-N
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.
Next Week: Brown plays its final road game of the season, traveling to Hanover, New Hampshire, on Saturday, November 10, to battle the Dartmouth Big Green. Game time is 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.
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 37-10, W
10/6 Sat. at Rhode Island 17-7, W
10/13 Sat. at Princeton 0-19, L
10.20 Sat. CORNELL 21-14, W
10/27 Sat. at Penn 17-20, L
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 Yale Schedule & Results
9/15 Sat. at Georgetown 21-24, L
9/21 Sat. at Cornell 6-45, L
9/29 Sat. COLGATE 24-47, L
10/6 Sat. DARTMOUTH 14-34, L
10/13 Sat. LAFAYETTE 10-30, L
10/20 Sat. PENN 27-13, W
10/27 Sat. at Columbia 22-26, L
11/3 Sat. at Brown 12:30 p.m. (TV – YES)
11/10 Sat. PRINCETON 12 noon (TV - YES)
11/17 Sat. at Harvard 12 noon