Brown Hosts URI In 98th Battle for the Governor’s Cup

Brown Hosts URI In 98th Battle for the Governor’s Cup

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. - When Brown and URI get together on Saturday, October 5 at Brown Stadium, starting at 6pm, the stakes are high with the two teams battling for the Governor's Cup. While the Bears have won the last two games in the series, including a 35-21 win in 2011 with over 10,000 fans under the lights at Brown Stadium, the series is even over the last 10 years, with each team winning five times. Brown is also pleased to host Rhode Island Legends Day on Saturday, honoring some of the Ocean State's greatest sports legends at halftime.

Bears Last Week:  Brown fell to 1-1 on the season following a 41-23 loss to Harvard on Saturday in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The Bears built a 13-0 first quarter lead, but Harvard scored 31 unanswered points to put the game away.  Brown senior tailback John Spooney had touchdown runs of 10 and 34 yards, while rushing for 110 yards on 17 carries. 

The Rams:  URI extended its record to 2-3 overall with a 42-7 win over Central Connecticut at Meade Stadium, scoring the most points in a game since 2009. Running back Justin Semmes topped 100 yards for the first time as a Ram, running 18 times for 114 yards and two scores.

Last Year's Game: Fullback Cody Taulbee '14 ran for his first career touchdowns and Alex Norocea '14 booted a 41-yard field goal to lift Brown to a 17-7 victory over Rhode Island in the 97th Annual Governor's Cup football game at Meade Stadium.  Taulbee's touchdowns came on runs of six and 10 yards, while overall he rushed for 44 yards on 10 carries.

The Governor's Cup History – 98th Meeting: Brown and Rhode Island have met 97 times, dating back to 1909, with the Bears holding a 69-26-2 series advantage over the Rams. Last year, Brown earned its second straight win over the Rams, 17-7, in Kingston, RI.  In 2010, Rhode Island came away with a 27-24 win in overtime over the Bears at Meade Stadium. Historically, Brown won the first 23 meetings between the two teams, the first 16 by shutout.  The Bears and Rams met continuously for 67 years, from 1925 to 1991, but a scheduling snafu temporarily disrupted the series.  The series resumed in 1993 and the two teams are scheduled to play at least through the year 2021.  Two previous Rhode Island Governors have played in the Governor's Cup game: Phil Noel, Brown Class of 1954, and Donald Carcieri, Brown Class of 1965.

Back-To-Back Games vs. Ocean State Opponents: While Brown and URI will be battling for the 98th time on Saturday, next week's game (10/12) is also against an Ocean State opponent, with Brown's first ever meeting against Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.

Brown Athletics To Host Rhode Island Legends Day at Brown Stadium:  Bringing together the legends of Rhode Island sports for an evening of celebration, Brown Athletics will host Rhode Island Legends Day at Brown Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Brown's football game against URI. The Governor's Cup football game between the Bears and Rams will kickoff at 6:00 p.m. Among the Ocean State sports legends already committed to the weekend's events are: Bill Almon '75, Bill Bennett, Harvey Bennett, Jim Bennett '79, Jamie Benton, Wilma Briggs, Mary Burke, Nancy Chaffee, Ed Cooley, Sara DeCosta-Hayes, Ernie DiGregorio, David Emma, Gordie Ernst '90, Brad Faxon, Tom Gagnon '86, Anna Grzebien, Joe Hassett, Ginny Mahoney, Len Mercurio, Theresa Moore, Digit Murphy, Carolan Norris, Jamie Silva, TJ Sorrentine, Dave Stenhouse, Mark van Eeghen, and Brad Wilson.

Spooney Leads Nation In Scoring: Senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH) is the nation's leading scorer with 15.0 points per game, and ranks 24th nationally with 106.0 yards rushing per game.  He ran for two touchdowns, caught a 24-yard TD pass, and rushed for 102 yards against Georgetown, all in the opening 30 minutes.  Spooney came back to run for 110 yards and had touchdown runs of 10 and 34 yards last week vs. Harvard.  The fastest man in the Ivy League, Spooney did not play football last season while exclusively running track.  Spooney, a three-time Heptagonal Champion in the 100-meters, ran for 375 yards on 73 carries in 2011. He had a breakout game against Cornell, rushing for 156 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown scamper.

Brown's Weekly Award Winners:

9/21/13            Alexaner Jette, PR                  Ivy League Rookie of the Week

                        John Spooney, RB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Eric Armagost, DB                 Ivy League Honor Roll

9/28/13            John Spooney, RB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Xavier Russo, LB                   Ivy League Honor Roll

Donnelly Keeps The Offense Rolling: The Bears feature one of the Ivy League's top quarterbacks with the return of senior captain Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA).  Donnelly opened the season by completing 19 of 27 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns against Georgetown. He completed passes to 10 different wide receivers, and ran for 35 yards. Donnelly passed for 169 yards and a TD vs. Harvard, completing 21 of 33 passes.  Last year, Donnelly threw for over 300 yards twice, with 336 yards against Harvard and 312 yards against Ivy Champion Penn.  He ranked third in the Ivy League in total offense (236.8 yards per game) and passed for 2,264 yards and 15 touchdowns, while completing 61-percent of his passes (219-of-357).  Donnelly was named the Ivy League and New England Player of the Week for his effort against Dartmouth where he completed 20-of-32 passes for 233 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more. 


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.         302         Patrick Donnelly               10-11-12

9.         232         Joe Potter                             81-82-83

10.       226         Pete Beatrice                                    72-73-74

Bear Facts:  Junior linebacker Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) intercepted his first career pass vs. Harvard, stopping a Crimson scoring drive and returning it 16 yards.  He finished with eight tackles, including a quarterback sack for a loss of 14 yards…Junior linebacker Zack Lattrell (West Newbury, MA) led the Bears with 11 tackles against the Crimson, including a tackle for a loss…Brown's first quarter onside kick vs. Harvard was recovered by sophomore Will Quigley (Marblehead, MA)…Junior wide receiver Brian Strachan's (Wellesley, MA) 22 yard touchdown reception against the Crimson was the first of his career.

Veteran OL:  Three returning starters - senior first team All-Ivy tackle Cole Hooper (Oklahoma City, OK), senior All-Ivy guard Dan Austin (Franklin, TN), and senior left tackle Clay Paino (Tarpon Springs, FL) will anchor Brown's offensive line. The three were key cogs in the Brown offensive line that yielded just one sack per game, 18th best in the nation. With injuries to the offensive line and tailback position, the trio helped the offensive line to four straight games without a sack to end the season, and did not allow a sack in 7-of-10 games. In addition, Brown's 4.4 yards per rush ranked second in the Ivy League. The Bears will look for senior Nathan Svensson (Provo, UT) to step in at the center position, with senior Ryan McCourt (Scituate, MA) stepping in at guard.

Lundevall Among Brown's All-Time Leading Receivers: At the head of the class of Brown's receiving corps is second team All-Ivy senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL), who made four catches for 46 yards against Georgetown and five more vs. Harvard. Lundevall had a terrific 2012 season for the Bears, making 72 catches for 718 yards. His 72 receptions were second in the Ivy League and rank 10th best in Brown football history. He also moved into fifth place in Brown career receptions with 155 catches. Lundevall's 7.2 catches per game ranked 14th nationally. 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.


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.         165         Tellef Lundevall                      10-11-12

            155         Lonnie Hill                              03-05-06

8.         145         Jarrett Schreck               02-03-04        

9.         127         Rodd Torbert                89-90-91

10.       116         Paul Raymond               04-05-06-07



  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.         1,709        Tellef Lundevall      10-11-12

  9.       1,651         Rodd Torbert             89-90-91

  10.       1,483         Mike Geroux            88-89-90

Yules Ranks 3rd Nationally In QB Sacks:  Senior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) picked-up where he left off last year and registered three quarterback sacks against Georgetown, while making five tackles overall. He ranks third in the nation and leads the Ivy League with 1.5 sacks per game. Yules had a breakout year for the Bears in 2012 and ranked 13th nationally with 13 tackles for a loss of 59 yards. He had 32 tackles overall, and ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 6.5 quarterback sacks. Yules, an Academic All-Ivy selection, 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. He had two quarterback sacks for a loss of 13 yards and added another tackle for a loss against the Hoyas.

Norocea Gets His Kicks: One of the Ivy League's top kickers for the last three years, Bears' senior Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) booted a 32-yard field goal vs. Georgetown and a 23-yarder vs. Harvard, and has converted 33-of-47 career field goals.  He was the Ivy League's second ranked kick-scorer with 5.3 points per game, converting 9-of-11 field goals and 26-of-26 extra points in 2012.  Norocea, who booted 46-yard field goals vs. Penn and Yale, the longest in the Ivy League last year, and 12th longest all-time at Brown.

Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 16th-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 92-57 overall mark (.610) in 15 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)

2012    Brown        7-3                        4-3 (Third)

Polley Heads Defensive Secondary: Senior All-Ivy defensive back Emory Polley (University Heights, OH) led the Ivy League in passes defended in 2012, knocking down 11 passes. He made two tackles vs. Harvard last week. Last year, Polley intercepted four passes, second most in the Ivy League, and made 32 tackles for the season, including 22 solo stops. Polley had a season high six tackles against Harvard and Penn. The versatile Polley also returned kickoffs late in the season and averaged a team high 24.7 yards per return.

Giovacchini Leads Linebacker Corps: Among the emerging players for the Bears, junior linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) started last year as a sophomore and has all the tools to be an outstanding inside linebacker.  He made three tackles in Brown's win over Georgetown and five tackles against Harvard. Giovacchini ranked sixth on last year's Brown team with 61 tackles, while his 13.5 tackles for a loss were second on the Brown team and fifth in the Ivy League.

Jette 2nd Nationally In Punt Returns:  Brown freshman wide receiver/return specialist Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, Mass.) ranks 2nd nationally in punt return with 20.5 yards per return.  He was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week following Brown's win over Georgetown, returning four punts 82 yards, averaging 20.5 yards per return. His 82 total punt return yards rank 11th on Brown's single-game list for most punt return yards. Jette, who had punt returns of 30, 22, 20 and 10 yards, also made his first collegiate catch for five yards.

Video Scoreboard At Brown Stadium: Brown Football's LED video display scoreboard from Daktronics, has 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 displays a variety of marketing and promotional vignettes, real-time game statistics and player features.

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, the play-by-play voice of Brown football, and will be broadcast live from area restaurants. The next three Estes Coaches Shows will be held at Hope Street Pizza, located at 772 Hope Street in Providence, on October 3, 10 and 17. The Estes Show can also be heard live on the internet on

How Do You Say That?

Armogost                                arm-a-gost

Billeci                                      bell-ee-see

Codrea                                     code-dray

Giovacchini                             joe-vack- keen-nee

Norocea                                   nor-row-cha

Ade Oyalowo                         oy-a-low-O

Polacek                                    pol-a-check

Polley                                      pah-lee

Senne                                       sen-ee

Strachan                                  stra-han

Stian Romberg             stee-N 

Bears In The NFL:  Brown has two of its former players on NFL rosters in 2013.  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' active roster.

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.

Watch Live Video of The Bears On BrownBears.TV: Brown fans can watch a multi-camera HD broadcast of all Brown home games and away Ivy League contests on as part of the IvyLeague Digital Network. Powered by NeuLion, the Brown Channel is a part of the Ivy League's completely redesigned, nine-channel digital network that includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a League-wide network schedule and new interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls and social media integration. These new features enhance the viewing experience for the expanded range of events and other content offerings, all of which are available on computer, mobile and tablet devices without the use of an app. Packages for BrownBears.TV are $89.95 for 12 months, $39.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a single day and include multi-camera HD coverage of all available home and Ivy away games in football, and men's and women's basketball. 

Three Brown Games To Be Televised on FOX College Sports: FOX College Sports (FCS) announced that it will televise seven Ivy League football games for the 2013 season. Three Brown games were selected for the schedule, including home games against Princeton and Penn, and the Bears' final regular season game at Columbia. 

Next Week – Brown's First Ever Meeting With Bryant: Brown will travel 14 miles north to Smithfield, Rhode Island for the first ever meeting with Bryant University on Saturday, October 12.  Game time is 1:00 p.m.