Providence, R.I. - Following a 20-0 shutout victory over Yale last Saturday, its first shutout over the Bulldogs since 1949, coach Phil Estes' Brown football team returns to the gridiron for its final road contest of the season, traveling to Hanover, New Hampshire on Saturday, November 11, to battle the Dartmouth Big Green. A win over the Big Green (5-3, 3-2 Ivy) would assure the Bears (5-3, 2-3 Ivy) of their fifth consecutive winning season.
- Brown head coach Phil Estes is 11-3 lifetime against Dartmouth.
- Bears' senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall ranks 10th in the nation in receptions with 7.38 per game. He had 7 catches for 92 yards last week vs. Yale, and 17 the previous week vs. Penn.
- Brown ranks 10th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing 110.38 yards per game, and is 10th in scoring defense with 17.0 points per game allowed. Brown's defensive unit also ranks number four in the nation with 8.63 tackles for a loss per game. The Bears made an incredible 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage vs. Princeton.
- Brown's defense held Yale to 22 passing yards last week, with the Bulldogs completing 4 of 18 passes.
- 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 has been much friendlier, with three of five games being played at Brown Stadium.
- Senior cornerback AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA) picked off two passes vs. Yale and ranks 8th nationally in interceptions (0.5 per game). His 12 career interceptions rank fourth in the Brown record book.
- Junior All-Ivy kicker Alexander Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in booting two field goals in Brown's 20-0 Ivy victory over Yale on Saturday. Norocea connected on field goals of 37 and 46 yards without missing, while converting both extra point attempts. His 46-yard field goal, his second of that distance this season, is the 12th longest in Brown football history.
Brown vs. Dartmouth – 90th Meeting: Brown and Dartmouth have met 89 times, dating back to 1894, with the Big Green holding a 55-30-4 series advantage. Brown has won 10 of the last 14 meetings between the two teams, including three of the last four. Last year, Dartmouth dashed Brown's Ivy title hopes with a 21-16 win at Brown Stadium. In 2011, Brown pulled out a thrilling 38-28 come-from-behind win over Dartmouth in Hanover, NH, after trailing 28-17 in the third quarter.
Donnelly At The Helm: Senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns in Brown's win over Yale. He threw for 312 yards and a touchdown against Penn, completing 30 of 47 passes, and completed 19 of 26 passes for 189 yards vs. Cornell, while scoring on a 26-yard touchdown run. He ranks third in the Ivy League in both passing yards (225.8 per game), and total offense (232.8 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.
BROWN PASS COMPLETIONS - CAREER
1. 789 James Perry 97-98-99
2. 520 Jason McCullough 94-95-96
3. 517 Kyle Newhall-Caballero 09-10-11
4. 487 Michael Dougherty 06-07-08
5. 449 Kyle Slager 02-03
5. 401 Joe DiGiacomo 04-05-06
7. 306 Eric Webber 97-98-00
8. 232 Joe Potter 81-82-83
9. 226 Pete Beatrice 72-73-74
226 Patrick Donnelly 10-11-12
Did You Know? Junior wide receiver Jordan Evans (Brentwood, TN) is Brown's second leading receiver with 31 catches for 338 yards. He made his first career touchdown reception with a 25-yard TD grab against Yale…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 and caught a three-yard touchdown pass against Yale, while running for 52 yards against the Bulldogs…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… 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… Senior Jonah Fay (Brookline, MA), who had six catches for 57 yards against Princeton, has made two touchdown catches for the season. Overall, Fay has caught 25 passes for 3065 yards this season.
Walthall 33rd Nationally In Tackles For Loss: Senior tackle and co-captain Ross Walthall (Carmel, IN), who had three tackles for a loss vs. Princeton, ranks 33rd in the nation with 10.0 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 4th In Ivy League Tackles: Senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti (Germantown, TN) led the Bears with eight tackles vs. Yale and is Brown's top tackler, with 8.4 tackles per game, fourth best in the Ivy League. 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. He also had seven tackles vs. Cornell, including two for a loss and a key interception in the end zone.
Lundevall 10th Nationally In Receptions: Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL), who made seven catches for 92 yards vs. Yale, leads the Bears and ranks 10th nationally with 7.43 receptions per game. Lundevall's 142 career catches rank 8th in the Brown record book, while his 1,439 receiving yards are ninth all-time at Brown. He 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. 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, caught four touchdown passes, and completed a 24-yard pass for a touchdown against Princeton.
BROWN PASS RECEPTIONS - CAREER
1. 305 Stephen Campbell 97-98-99-00
2. 294 Chas Gessner 99-00-01-02
3. 251 Sean Morey 95-96-97-98
4. 229 Buddy Farnham 06-07-08-09
5. 210 Bobby Sewall 06-07-08-09
6. 155 Lonnie Hill 03-05-06
7. 145 Jarrett Schreck 02-03-04
8. 142 Tellef Lundevall 10-11-12
8. 127 Rodd Torbert 89-90-91
9. 116 Paul Raymond 04-05-06-07
BROWN YARDS RECEIVING - CAREER
1. 3,850 Sean Morey 95-96-97-98
2. 3,555 Stephen Campbell 97-99-99-00
3. 3,408 Chas Gessner 99-00-01-02
4. 2,895 Buddy Farnham 06-07-08-09
5. 2,440 Jarrett Schreck 02-03-04
6. 2,144 Lonnie Hill 03-05-06
7. 2,141 Bobby Sewall 06-07-08-09
8. 1,651 Rodd Torbert 89-90-91
9. 1,439 Tellef Lundevall 10-11-12
10. 1,483 Mike Geroux 88-89-90
Polley 27th Nationally In Interceptions: Junior corner back Emory Polley (University Heights, OH) intercepted his third pass of the season against Cornell and ranks 27th 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. His 27 tackles this season ranks seventh on the Brown team.
Cruz – 4th 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. Cruz intercepted two passes vs. Yale and ranks 8th nationally and leads the Ivy League with four interceptions this season. His 12 career interceptions ranks 8th in the Brown record book. Cruz ranks second on the Brown team with 57 total tackles. 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 last season.
BROWN INTERCEPTIONS - CAREER
1. 14 Joe Paterno 47-48-49
14 Greg Parker 93-94-95-96
3. 13 Walt Pastuszak 48-49-50
4. 12 Roderic Parson 94-95-96-97
12 AJ Cruz 09-10-11-12
6. 11 Don Cottey 51-52-53
11 Alex Pittz 96-97-98
11 Pat Allman 89-90-91
9. 10 Frank Finney 56-57-58
10 Tom Clark 73-74-75
10 Walt Cataldo 85-86-87
10 Jamie Gasparella 03-04-05
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 39.34 yards per punt and his net punting average of 39.18 yards is 9th 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.
Kachmer Out For The 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
11/3 Alexander Norocea, K Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week
AJ Cruz, DB Ivy League Honor Roll
Patrick Donnelly, QB Ivy League Honor Roll
Yules 18th Nationally in Tackles For Loss: Junior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) had his 11th tackle for a loss vs. Yale, and ranks third in the Ivy League and 18th in the nation with 1.38 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 defensive end Luke Miller (Bryn Mawr, PA) came up with two tackles for a loss in Brown's win over Yale. He has 21 tackles for the season, five tackles for a loss, while his three quarterback sacks are second on the team. He registered two tackles for a loss against Georgetown, and 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 7.38 per game
Tackles For Loss 18th Michael Yules 1.38 per game
Interceptions 8th AJ Cruz 0.5 per game
Tackles For Loss 4th BROWN (Team) 8.63 per game
Net Punting 9th BROWN (Team) 38.60 yards per punt
Rushing Defense 10th BROWN (Team) 110.38 yards per game
Scoring Defense 11th BROWN (Team) 17.0 points per game
Pass Efficiency Def, 11th BROWN (Team) 107.14
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 50 total tackles, including 3.5 for a loss.
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 5.9 points per game. He has connected on 46-yard field goals vs. Penn and Yale, the longest in the Ivy League this season and 12th longest all-time at Brown. He has connected on 9 of 11 field goals in 2012, and 31 of 45 career field goals. Norocea's 168 career points rank ninth in the Brown record book. 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. The final two Estes Coaches Shows of the season will be held at Pinelli's restaurant, located on Broadway in East Providence, this Thursday from 7-9 pm, and next Thursday (11/15) from 6-7 pm. The Estes Show can also be heard live on the internet on www.brownbears.com.
How Do You Say That?
Patxi Colburn potch-ee cole-burn
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 game of the 2012 season, hosting Columbia on Saturday, November 17 at Brown Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 12:30 p.m. It's Military Day at Brown, with members of the Armed Forces in attendance and being honored in pre-game and halftime ceremonies.
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 20-0, W
11/10 Sat. at Dartmouth 1:30 p.m.
11/17 Sat. COLUMBIA 12:30 p.m.
2012 Dartmouth Schedule & Results
9/15 Sat. BUTLER 35-7, W
9/21 Sat. at Holy Cross 13-10, W
9/29 Sat. PENN 21-28, L
10/6 Sat. at Yale 34-14, W
10/13 Sat. SACRED HEART 10-27, L
10/20 Sat. at Columbia 21-16, W
10/27 Sat. HARVARD 14-31, L
11/3 Sat. at Cornell 44-28, W
11/10 Sat. BROWN 1:30 p.m.
11/17 Sat. at Princeton 1:00 p.m.
2012 BROWN FOOTBALL
Depth Chart vs. Dartmouth 11/10/12
QB 6 Patrick Donnelly Sr. 17 Marcus Fuller So.
TB 33 Jeffrey Izon Sr. 31 Jordan Reisner Jr.
FB 21 Jackson Freeman Sr. 22 Cody Taulbee Jr.
FL 81 Jonah Fay Sr. 5 Alex Phelan Jr.
OC 60 Matt Miller Sr. 65 Nathan Svensson Jr.
TE 82 Alex Harris Sr. 2 Andrew Marks Jr.
SE 85 Tellef Lundeval Sr. 80 Jordan Evans 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.
CB 1 Emory Polley Jr. 30 Matthew Billeci Jr.
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.
Game 3: Brown at Georgetown, September 29, 2012 Washington, D.C.
Brown returned to the D.C. area for the first time since 2005 and turned in a dominant performance in all facets of the game – offense, defense and special teams - to earn a 37-10 win over Georgetown to disappoint an overflow Homecoming crowd on the Georgetown campus. Senior tailback Spiro Theodhosi ran for 142 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bears' offensive effort.
"Spiro is a real workhouse for our team," said Bears' head coach Phil Estes. He runs North-South, breaks a lot of tackles and plays with tremendous energy."
Bears' quarterback Patrick Donnelly threw for 188 yards and two touchdowns, sitting out most of the fourth quarter. Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall caught five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown, while junior Jordan Evans caught five passes for a game high 62 yards.
Theodhosi, who is making a bid for the nation's Comeback Player of the Year after missing the last two seasons due to knee injuries, ran for 88 yards in the third quarter alone as Brown took over the game.
Harassing Georgetown quarterback Stephen Skon all day, Brown's defense had five sacks and 15 tackles for a loss to hold the Hoyas to 159 total yards and no second half first downs. Senior linebacker Steve Zambetti had 10 of his 11 tackles in the first half, and junior Michael Yules led the Bears with two sacks and a tackle for a loss. Senior Luke Miller also had two of Brown's five sacks.
Three Brown defenders intercepted passes, senior Reed Watne, senior Ade Oyalowo and senior Anthony Franciosi. Brown's also scored on special teams when junior John Bumpus blocked a Georgetown punt at the one-yard line early in the fourth quarter and recovered it in the end zone to put the game out of reach.
"Our defense really followed the game plan and took away the quarterback option," said Estes. "We were able to put last week's game out of our memory and move on to the rest of the season."
Bears' junior All-Ivy kicker Alex Norocea was a perfect 3 of 3 in field goals, connecting on kicks of 22, 35 and 34 yards.
The Bears had good field position on its first offensive possession following a sack by Miller and a poor Georgetown punt, taking over at the Hoyas 41 yard line. Five plays later, Donnelly connected on a five yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Andrew Marks to grab an early 7-0 lead.
Brown extended its lead to 10-0, with 6:08 left in the first quarter when Norocea booted a 22-yard field goal on Brown's next possession, capping a 44-yard scoring drive.
Georgetown's Matt Maczura booted an 18-yard field goal to trail, 10-3, with 25-seconds left in the opening quarter, but it was Brown's incredible goal line stand that kept the Hoyas out of the end zone. With Georgetown taking over with a first and goal at the Bears' one-inch line, Brown's defense stopped the Hoyas' straight ahead running three consecutive times at the one-inch line, forcing the Georgetown field goal. Yules had two stops for the Bears in the goal line stand.
Skon knotted the score, 10-10, with a scrambling 23-yard touchdown pass to Zack Wilke with 11:22 left in the second quarter.
The Bears took the lead once again, 17-10, when Theodhosi ran untouched into the end zone from the 18-yard line with 5:57 remaining in the first half, capping a 50-yard scoring drive.
Brown extended its lead to 20-10 at the half when Norocea connected on a 35-yard field goal as time expired. The Brown score was set up by an interception by senior Reed Watne.
Brown's defense forced three consecutive three-and-outs for the Hoyas to open the second half and take control of the game.
Donnelly directed another Brown scoring drive late in the third quarter, tossing an 11-yard touchdown strike to Lundevall to give the Bears a 27-10 advantage with 4:05 left in the quarter.
Game 4: Brown at Rhode Island, October 6, 2012 Kingston, RI
Junior fullback Cody Taulbee ran for his first career touchdowns and junior Alex Norocea booted a 41-yard field goal to lift Brown a 17-7 victory over Rhode Island in the 97th Annual Governor's Cup football game. The Bears extend their record to 3-1, and retained the Governor's Cup by defeating URI in Kingstown for the first time since 2004.
"It's a nice thing that we get to keep the Governor's Cup and bring it back to Providence," said Bears' head coach Phil Estes. "That's something we haven't done in a while. We did some really good things defensively and did an especially good job in short yardage situations."
Taulbee's touchdowns came on runs of six and 10 yards. He ran for 44 yards on 10 carries, while senior tailback Mark Kachmer rushed 17 times for 73 yards.
"Our offensive line should get all the credit," said Taulbee. "While I'm happy to get two touchdowns it was the offensive line and Jackson Freeman making the kick-out block, who made it all happen."
Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly threw for a pedestrian 125 yards, completing 14 of 28 passes. Junior wide receiver Jordan Evans caught a team high four passes for 45 yards.
But it was Brown's defense that made the difference in the game, shutting out its opponent in the second half for the second straight game.
Senior free safety Anthony Franciosi led the Bears defense with 12 tackles, including 11 solo hits. Sophomore linebacker Dan Giovacchini had the best game of his career with a quarterback sack, three tackles for a loss of 21 yards and nine tackles overall. Senior captain Ross Walthall also had six tackles, three for a loss, including a key fourth down stop in the fourth quarter.
Brown's defense stopped the Rams on their first two offensive possessions and the Bears' offense got rolling midway through the opening quarter.
Taulbee scored his first career touchdown and gave the Bears an early 7-0 lead when he scampered into the end zone from six yards out with 7:01 left in the first quarter, capping a 50-yard drive. The key play in the drive was a 16-yard Donnelly pass to Evans on third down that advanced the Bears to the six-yard line.
Following a fumble recovery by Brown senior Adam Pelzer, Brown took over at the URI 22 yard line. Taulbee got into the end zone three plays later, scoring untouched on a 10-yard run with 11:04 remaining in the second quarter.
Rhode Island got on the scoreboard following a questionable pass interference call deep in Brown territory. Rams' quarterback Robert Bensten scampered into the end zone from the three yard line to trail, 14-7, with just 15 seconds left in the half.
Senior kicker Alex Norocea lifted the Bears to a 17-7 lead with a 41-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
With the rams driving midway through the fourth quarter, Brown senior captain Ross Walthall came up with a big stop on fourth and one at the Bears' 24-yard line, stopping the URI drive.
Game 5: Brown at Princeton, October 13, 2012 Princeton, New Jersey
The road weary Brown offense was unable to get on track, accumulating just 17 rushing yards and 242 yards of total offense in a 19-0 loss to Princeton in the 79th meeting with the Tigers at Princeton Stadium. The shutout loss snaps the Bears' Ivy League record 162 consecutive game scoring streak, dating back to the 1996 season.
The loss also snaps a two-game Brown (3-2, 0-2 Ivy) winning streak, while Princeton (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) captured its third straight game.
Brown, playing its third straight road game and competing away from home the fourth time in five games, had not been shut out since the opening game of the 1996 season, a 30-0 loss to Yale.
The Bears came into the game without tailback Spiro Theodhosi and offensive tackle Jack Templeton, who were injured last against URI and will be lost for the season. It got worse with two early injuries to key players.
"We had a lot of offense go out the window when tailback Cody Taulbee got hurt on the second play," said Estes. "We planned to go to the three tight offense, and one of those went down too."
"Give Princeton's defense a lot of credit," continued Estes. "The have the best defensive front in the Ivy League. They're really good." The Tigers defense finished with six quarterback sacks.
Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly threw for 225 yards on 25 of 50 passing. Senior wide receivers Tellef Lundevall and Jonah Fay made six catches each. Senior tailback Mark Kachmer rushed for a team high 35 yards.
Defensively, senior Steve Zambetti registered 14 tackles for the Bears, while seniors A.J. Cruz and Reed Watne had nine tackles each.
Princeton quarterback Connor Michelsen completed 13 of 22 passes for 156 yards, but it was the Tigers' running game that made the difference, with 186 total rushing yards.
Princeton got on the scoreboard first with a bit of trickery in the opening quarter when quarterback Connor Michelsen threw a lateral pass to offensive tackle Spencer Houston, who took the backward toss at the 20 yard line, and ran into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown with 4:09 remaining for a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers opened up a 10-0 lead early the second quarter when Nolan Bieck connected on a 21-yard field goal at the 14:25 mark.
Princeton struck again, this time on a safety. Brown had the ball on its own one-yard line when Bears' tailback Mark Kachmer was tackled in the end zone by Princeton's Reid Caraun with 14:20 to go in the second quarter to give the Tigers a 12-0 advantage.
Brown's defense was unable hold the Tigers on Princeton's first possession of the second half. The Tigers drove 80 yards in eight plays and grabbed a 19-0 lead on an eight yard scoring run by Will Powers with 10:35 left in the third quarter.
Game 6: Cornell at Brown, October 20, 2012 Providence, RI
Just two weeks ago, Brown junior tailback Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL) was fifth on the Bears' depth chart. He made the most of his first real opportunity to play by running for 193 yards and two touchdowns to lead Brown to a 21-14 Ivy League win over Cornell at Brown Stadium.
Reisner, playing in place of injured tailbacks Spiro Theodhosi, Mark Kachmer and Cody Taulbee, and along side senior Jeffrey Izon, scored touchdowns on runs of 27 and 49 yards, while rushing for his 193 yards on 22 carries.
"The first time I played was last week when I got three snaps," said Reisner. "The big guys up front and fullback Jackson Freeman deserve all the credit. I got a lot of reps in practice this week and wasn't nervous, just anxious. It's football, it's fun."
"Our game plan was to run the ball, going with either Jordan or Jeffrey Izon," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "Jordan really stepped up and had a great game. I always thought he had the talent. He really showed what he can do this afternoon."
Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly had a strong day, passing for 189 yards, running for a 26-yard touchdown and completing 19 of 26 passes. Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall had 7 receptions for 54 yards, while junior Jordan Evans caught six passes for a team high 83 yards.
Brown's defensive effort stymied Cornell junior quarterback Jeff Matthews, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, and confounded him with a variety of looks. While Matthews passed for 357 yards on 58 attempts, he was intercepted three times, with senior AJ Cruz, senior Stephen Zambetti and junior Emory Polley all registering interceptions.
Senior linebacker Reed Watne and junior linebacker Ade Oyalowo each had eight tackles to lead the Bears, with Watne, junior Brett Polacek and junior Michael Yules each making a quarterback sack.
After being shut out a week ago, Brown's offense came out with a vengeance, despite playing without its top three tailbacks.
The Bears drove 87 yards on 9 plays, with Donnelly running 26-yards for a touchdown on a naked bootleg, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead with 7:28 left in the opening quarter.
Brown's staunch defense held the vaunted Big Red offense scoreless in the second quarter as well, as the Bears held a seven point lead at the half.
The Bears were placed in a hole after Cornell returned a Brown fumble and brought it to the Bears 15-yard line early in the third quarter.
After a controversial pass interference call on the Bears on third down at the four yard line, Cornell managed to score on the next play on a two-yard run by Luke Hagy, tying the score, 7-7, with 11:28 left in the third quarter.
Undaunted, Brown's offense drove right down the field on its next possession with Reisner busting several tackles and running 27 yards into the end zone at the 8:27 mark of the third quarter to cap a 77-yard scoring drive and give the Bears a 14-7 lead.
Reisner continued to confound the Big Red defense, this time breaking three tackles and out-running the Cornell secondary for a 49-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 21-7 lead with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter.
With Cornell driving deep in Brown territory, Brown's defense needed a big play and got it from senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti. On first and goal at the Bears' seven-yard line, Zambetti intercepted a Cornell pass in the end zone to halt the Big Red scoring drive.
The Big Red made it close in the end with a four yard Matthews' touchdown pass to Kurt Ondash, pulling Cornell to within 21-14 of the Bears.
But Brown's Emory Polley intercepted Matthews on Cornell's last possession to preserve the victory.
Game 7: Brown at Penn, October 27, 2012 Philadelphia, PA
Brown will look back at Saturday's game as a lost opportunity, with penalties and turnovers deciding the outcome. In the end, Penn's Connor Loftus kicked a 35 yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining to lift the Quakers to a 20-17 come-from-behind win over Brown at Franklin Field. The loss drops Brown to 4-3 overall, 1-3 in the Ivy League, while Penn is now 3-4 overall, 3-1 in Ivy play.
Brown grabbed a late 17-14 lead when junior fullback Cody Taulbee plowed into the end zone from the one yard line with 3:47 remaining in the game.
The Quakers came back and Loftus tied the game with a 45-yard field goal, 17-17, with 2:12 left in the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bears' senior AJ Cruz raced 99-yards for an apparent touchdown, only to have it call back due to a holding penalty.
"I saw a touchdown, and they (officials) threw a flag," said Brown head coach Estes. "There's probably holding on every play, but it was certainly bad riming for us."
Pinned deep in their own territory, the Bears were intercepted by Penn's Trevor Niemann with 1:21 remaining at the Brown 44 yard line, setting up Loftus' deciding field goal with 17 seconds remaining on the clock.
Bears' senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall turned in one of the finest performances in Brown football history. He hauled in 17 passes, 6th best in the Brown record book, making several diving receptions along the way. Lundevall had 170 yards with his 17 catches, including a 10-yard touchdown reception.
With the Bears decimated at running back, Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly three 47 passes with 30 completions and 312 yards. Senior Jeffrey Izon ran for 44 yards on 10 carries to lead the Brown rushing attack.
Cruz led the Bears defensive effort with nine tackles, including eight solo hits. Sophomore linebacker Dan Giovacchini had two tackles for a loss to go with his six tackles.
Penn quarterback Billy Ragone completed 13 of 22 passes for 165 yards, and threw touchdown passes of 22 and 36 yards.
Brown got the game's first break when junior linebacker Ade Oyalowo intercepted a tipped pass, making an acrobatic catch with 8:58 left in the opening quarter. But Penn returned the favor on a tipped ball, with Taylor Brown making the interception for the Quakers two minutes later.
After an exchange of 11 punts between the two teams, Penn got on the scoreboard first, late in the second quarter, when Ragone connected on a 22 yard touchdown pass to Connor Scott with 2:37 left in the half to grab a 7-0 lead.
Brown drove down the field and got its first points of the game on a 46-yard field goal by junior Alex Norocea to trail, 7-3, as time expired in the half.
The Bears grabbed their first lead of the game, 10-7, with 7:11 left in the third quarter, when Donnelly connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Lundevall, who caught the ball at the five yard line and dove into the end zone at the pylon.
The Quakers didn't trail for long, driving 75 yards on eight plays on their next possession to pull ahead, 14-10, on a 36 yard touchdown pass from Ragone to Jason Seifert with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
Game 8: Yale at Brown November 3, 2012 Providence, RI
Senior cornerback AJ Cruz intercepted two passes to lead a tremendous Brown defensive effort in a 20-0 Bears' win over Yale, shutting out the Bulldogs for the first time since 1949. The win lifts Brown to 5-3 overall, 2-3 in the Ivy League, while Yale falls to 2-6, 1-4 in league play.
"AJ and our defense were incredible," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "He baited Yale into a couple of tough throws that he intercepted. Our defensive line also did a good job of pressuring the quarterback. Holding Yale to no third down (0 for 10) or fourth down (0 for 2) conversions is an outstanding effort."
Brown's defense came into the game ranked second in the nation in tackles for a loss and recorded eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage against the Bulldogs. Senior Luke Miller's two tackles for a loss led Brown. The Bears held Yale to just 22 passing yards and four of 18 completions.
Senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti had eight total tackles to lead the Brown squad, while senior Ade Oyalowo registered five solo tackles and recovered a fumble. Cruz finished the game with four tackles to go with his two interceptions.
Offensive, Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly turned in an efficient performance, completing 24 of 38 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Donnelly also ran for 50 yards. Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall caught seven passes for 92 yards, while junior tailback Cody Taulbee led the Bears' rushing attack with 52 yards on 13 carries.
Yale sophomore tailback led all rushers with 104 yards on 20 carries.
Cruz intercepted Yale early in the first quarter, picking off his 11th career pass and third of the season, at the Bears 20 yard line. Cruz would later make his 12 career interception that ranks 4th in the Brown book, two shy of Brown's all-rime record of 14.
"The coaching staff did a good job of preparing us for the Yale's Wildcat offense," said Cruz. "The defensive line and linebackers also did a fantastic job."
The Bears took advantage and drove 80-yards in 10 plays for the game's first touchdown with Donnelly connecting on a three-yard scoring pass to junior Cody Taulbee with 5:00 left in the opening quarter to give the Bears a 7-0 lead.
Brown extended its lead when junior Alex Norocea booted a 37-yard field goal with 10:32 left in second quarter, giving the Bears a 10-0 lead at the half, as the Bears' defense held the Elis to just six passing yards at intermission.
Norocea booted a 46-yard field goal with 8:52 left third quarter to extend the Brown advantage to13-0.
The Bears broke the game open when Donnelly threw a 25-yard strike to junior wide receiver Jordan Evans in the end zone for a 20-0 lead with 4:26 left in the quarter, capping a 75-yard, five play scoring drive.