Providence, R.I. - Coming off last week's shutout victory over Penn, Brown (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) looks to extend its winning streak to three games on Saturday, November 9, traveling to New Haven, Conn., to face Yale (4-3, 2-2 Ivy) at the Yale Bowl. It's the 118th meeting between the two Ancient Eight schools, with kick-off at 12 noon.
The Bears: Brown (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) got back in the hunt for the Ivy League title with a 27-0 shutout win over Penn at Brown Stadium, knocking the Quakers out of first place in the League standings. Senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH) rushed for 232 yards and had TD runs of 93 and 94 yards.
The Bulldogs: Yale extended its record to 4-3 overall, 2-2 in the Ivy League, with a 53-12 win over Columbia at the Yale Bowl. Kahlil Keys rushed for 137 yards, including a 94-yard TD run to lead the Bulldogs.
Brown vs. Yale- 118th Meeting: Brown and Yale have met 117 times, dating back to 1880, with the Bulldogs holding a 78-34-5 series advantage. Brown has won the last two games against the Bulldogs, including last year's 20-0 win in Providence, shutting out the Bulldogs for the first time since 1949. In 2010, Yale had two kickoff returns for a touchdown to eek out a 27-24 win over the Bears at Brown Stadium. The Bears have won four of the last five meetings with Yale at the Yale Bowl.
Last Year's Game: Cornerback AJ Cruz '13 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 Bears held Yale to just 22 passing yards and four of 18 completions.
Spooney and Polley Earn Ivy League and New England Honors: Bears' senior tailback John Spooney was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week and the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award winner after running for 232 yards and setting an Ivy record with two 90-plus yard TD runs – 93 and 94 yards. Senior cornerback Emory Polley was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting two passes in the shutout of the Quakers.
Bears' Offensive Line/Defense/Special Teams Among Nation's Best: Brown's offensive line ranks second in the nation in sacks allowed with just 0.43 sacks allowed per game, and fifth nationally in tackles for loss allowed with 3.86. The Bears' defense also gets some kudos, ranked 4th in the nation in team sacks and 11th nationally in tackles for a loss with 7.7 per game. In addition, Brown's special teams unit ranks 3rd in the nation in kickoff return defense, allowing just 14.9 yards per return.
Donnelly 5th Nationally In Passing: Senior captain Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) ranks fifth nationally in completion percentage (.687) and is the Ivy League's second leading passer with 228.0 yards per game. Donnelly directed the Brown offense to a 27-0 win over Yale with 19-of-25 passing for 210 yards and a touchdown. He completed 21-of-27 passes for 295 yards vs. Cornell and tossed TD passes of two, 33 and 43 yards. Donnelly threw touchdown passes of 34, 55, 14 and 22 yards vs. Bryant, while throwing for a career high 339 yards against the Bulldogs. He led the Bears over URI by completing 25 of 39 passes for 220 yards, while rushing for 62 yards and a touchdown. 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.
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
6. 411 Patrick Donnelly 10-11-12-13
7. 401 Joe DiGiacomo 04-05-06
8. 306 Eric Webber 97-98-00
9. 232 Joe Potter 81-82-83
10. 226 Pete Beatrice 72-73-74
YARDS PASSING - CAREER
1. 9,294 James Perry 97-98-99
2. 6,739 Jason McCullough 94-95-96
3. 5,763 Michael Dougherty 06-07-08
4. 5,475 Joe DiGiacomo 04-05-06
5. 5,472 Kyle Newhall-Caballero 09-10-11
6. 5,007 Kyle Slager 02-03
7. 4,271 Patrick Donnelly 10-12-13
8. 3,313 Eric Webber 97-98-00
8. 3,015 Pete Beatrice 72-73-74
9. 2,954 Joe Potter 81-82-83
Michael Yules Named National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Semifinalist: Brown senior defensive lineman Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) is among the record number of 170 football student-athletes announced as candidates for the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®.
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.
Spooney 10th Nationally In Rushing: Senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH) was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week after he set an Ivy League record with two 90-plus yard runs for touchdowns in Brown's 27-0 win over Penn, knocking the Quakers out of first place in the Ivy standings. Spooney scored on the game's first play from scrimmage, running 93 yards for a touchdown, at the time, the third longest ever at Brown. He later outran the Penn defense again for a 94 yard touchdown, the second longest run in Brown football history and the ninth longest in Ivy football history. He finished the game with 232 yards rushing, sixth best in the Brown record book. He was also named the Ivy League and New England Player of the Week for his efforts against the Quakers. Spooney is the nation's 14th leading scorer with 10.0 points per game, and has run for 115.5 yards rushing per game, 10th best in the nation. Spooney went on a 71-yard TD romp vs. Princeton and finished with 103 yards on nine carries. Spooney rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns vs. URI, including a 73-yard touchdown run on Brown's first play from scrimmage. 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 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, with a breakout game against Cornell, rushing for 156 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown scamper.
Spooney's 70-Plus Yard Runs
94 yards vs. Penn, 11-2-13
93 yards vs. Penn, 11-2-13
81 yards vs. Cornell, 10-22-11
73 yards vs. URI, 10-5-13
71 yards vs. Princeton, 10-19-13
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
10/5/13 Emory Polley, DB Ivy League Honor Roll
John Spooney, RB Ivy League Honor Roll
Alex Norocea, K Ivy League Honor Roll
10/12/13 Alex Norocea, K Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week
Patrick Donnelly, QB Ivy League Honor Roll
Eric Armagost, DB Ivy League Honor Roll
10/19/13 Michael Walsh, FS Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week
Dan Giovacchini, LB Ivy League Honor Roll
John Spooney, RB Ivy League Honor Roll
10/26/13 Patrick Donnelly, QB Ivy League Honor Roll
Ade Oyalowo, LB Ivy League Honor Roll
Will Twyman,ILB Ivy League Honor Roll
11/2/13 John Spooney, RB NE Football Writers Gold Helmet Award
Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Emory Polley, DB Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week
Alex Norocea, K Ivy League Honor Roll
Bear Facts: The Brown and Cornell offensive units each racked-up 488 total yards… Brown posted a 3-0 non-league record for the third consecutive season… 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 wide receiver Brian Strachan's (Wellesley, MA) 22-yard touchdown reception against the Crimson was the first of his career. He made six catches for 63 yards vs. URI…Senior wide receiver Alexander Phelan (Walpole, MA) made his first career touchdown reception with an 8-yard catch vs. Georgetown…Junior Reilly Higgins (Coto de Caza, CA) also made his first career touchdown reception, making a 22 yard TD grab vs. Bryant. Higgins also had six punt returns for 42 yards.
Reisner, Coke Pick-Up Rushing Attack: With senior John Spooney sidelined due to injury, senior tailback Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL) and sophomore tailback Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) picked up the slack vs. Cornell. Reisner rushed for a season high 110 yards on 19 carries and a 1-yard TD run. Coke came through with 71 yards on the ground on 18 attempts, scoring on a four-yard run.
Evans Catching On: Senior wide receiver Jordan Evans (Brentwood, TN) had another big day, making four catches for 104 yards against Cornell, including a 43-yard touchdown reception. He ranks ninth in the Ivy League with 61.0 receiving yards per game. Evans hauled in five catches for 108 yards against Bryant, including a diving 42-yard catch and a 22-yard touchdown reception. He also had five catches vs. Princeton. Evans ranks seventh in the Ivy League with 5.0 receptions per game, and leads the Brown wide receivers with two touchdown catches.
Brown In The NCAA FCS Rankings (Top 20):
Field Goal Percentage 1st Alex Norocea 1.000 (8-8)
Completion Percentage 5th Patrick Donnelly .687
Interceptions 1st Emory Polley 0.7 per game
Punt Returns 12th Alex Jette 12.4 yards per return
Receptions Per Game 19th Tellef Lundevall 6.4 per game
Pass Sacks 141h Michael Yules 0.9 per game
Scoring 9th John Spooney 10.0 ppg.
Rushing Yards Per Game 10th John Spooney 115.5 per game
Yules Leads Ivy League and Ranks 11th Nationally In QB Sacks: Senior defensive end Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) ranks 11th nationally and leads the Ivy League in sacks with 0.9 per game. Yules had a quarterback sack and three tackles in Brown's win over Penn. He picked up where he left off last year and registered three quarterback sacks against Georgetown, while making five tackles overall. Yules had a sack vs. Princeton, and registered a sack in Brown's win over URI for the Governor's Cup. 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: Senior kicker Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) continued to show why he's one of the top kickers in Ivy League football history by booting two long field goals in Brown's 27-0 win over Penn. Norocea's first field goal came on the final play of the first half, booting a 44 yard field goal as time expired. He also connected on a 45-yard fourth quarter field goal, the second longest of his career. Norocea has connected on 8-of-8 field goals and 28-of-28 extra points in 2013, and has now converted 39-of-53 career field goals. His 7.4 kick-scoring points per game leads the Ivy League. Norocea was named the Ivy League's Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on field goals of 23 and 38 yards, while converting five-of-five extra points against Bryant. He kicked a 27-yard field goal in Brown's win over URI and made two key tackles on special teams, booted a 32-yard field goal vs. Georgetown and a 23-yarder vs. Harvard. 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 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 RECORD BOOK: MOST POINTS - CAREER
1. 324 Nick Hartigan 02-03-04-05
2. 290 Steve Morgan 04-05-06-07
3. 252 Michael Malan 99-00-01
4. 240 Sean Morey 95-96-97-98
5. 229 Sean Jensen 98-99-00-01
6. 227 Alex Norocea 10-11-12-13
7. 218 Chas Gessner 99-00-01-02
8. 192 Stephen Campbell 97-98-99-00
9. 186 Dave Fultz 1894-97
10. 156 Bobby Sewall 06-07-08
Polley Leads Ivy League Interceptions: Senior All-Ivy defensive back Emory Polley (University Heights, OH) , the nation's leader in interceptions with 0.9 per game, led the Brown defense to a shutout victory over Penn that knocked the Quakers out of first place in the Ivy League standings. Polley intercepted two passes against the Quakers. His first interception came deep in Brown territory, at the Bears' four yard line, keeping Penn off the scoreboard. Polley's second interception came in the fourth quarter at the Brown 18 yard line, and he returned it 40 yards. He also had four total tackles in the shutout, including three solo stops. He intercepted two passes in Brown's win over URI, while also making seven tackles. He ranks sixth on the Brown team with 24 tackles. Last year, Polley intercepted four passes, second most in the Ivy League, and made 32 tackles for the season, including 22 solo stops. The versatile Polley also returned kickoffs late in the season and averaged a team high 24.7 yards per return. He led the Ivy League in passes defended in 2012, knocking down 11 passes.
BROWN CAREER INTERCEPTIONS
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
10 Emory Polley 10-11-12-13
Lundevall Ranks 19th Nationally In Receptions: 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 ranks 19th nationally and fourth in the Ivy League in receptions with 6.4 per game and receiving yards with 80.3 yards per game. He caught five passes for 106 yards against Penn, and made a 33-yard TD reception vs. Cornell. Lundevall made eight catches for 79 yards vs. Princeton. He had seven receptions for 112 yards vs. Bryant, and made 10 catches for 85 yards in Brown's win over URI. Lundevall opened the season with four catches for 46 yards against Georgetown and made five more receptions 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.
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. 200 Tellef Lundevall 10-11-12-13
7. 155 Lonnie Hill 03-05-06
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. 2,166 Tellef Lundevall 10-11-12-13
7. 2,144 Lonnie Hill 03-05-06
8. 2,141 Bobby Sewall 06-07-08-09
Giovacchini Leads Linebacker Corps: Junior linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) leads the Brown team with 47 total tackles, including 31 solo stops. He led the Bears with 10 total hits in a 27-0 win over Yale and excelled vs. Cornell, making nine tackles, including seven solo hits and two tackles for a loss of 12 yards. He also recovered a key fumble late in the game against the Big Red. Giovacchini led the Bears with a season high 12 tackles vs. Princeton, including 10 solo hits and a tackle for a loss. He registered a game high 10 tackles against URI, including eight solo stops and a tackle for a loss. Giovacchino had a sack to go along with two tackles vs. Bryant. 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.
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 in 2012, 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.
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)
Lattrell Stands Out At LB: Senior linebacker Zack Lattrell (West Newbury, MA) led the Bears with 11 tackles against Harvard, including a tackle for a loss. Lattrell, who had eight tackles vs. Princeton, ranks fourth on the Brown team in tackles with 42, including 28 solo stops. He had four tackles, including 1.5 for a loss in Brown's win over Penn.
Walsh Named Ivy League Special Teams Player Of The Week: Bears' sophomore free safety Michael Walsh (Swampscott, MA) was named the Ivy League's Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring his first career TD vs. Princeton. Junior DB Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH) burst through the line and blocked a punt at the Tigers' five-yard line. Walsh scooped up the ball at the 18-yard line and ran into the end zone for his first career touchdown, giving the Bears a 17-0 advantage.
Jette – 12th Nationally In Punt Returns: Brown freshman wide receiver/return specialist Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, MA) was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week following Brown's win over Georgetown, returning four punts for 82 yards, and 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. His 12.4 yards per return rank 12th in the nation.
Armagost Leads Bears In Solo Tackles: Junior defensive back Eric Armagost (Fayetteville, GA), who intercepted a pass vs. Yale, leads in solo tackles with 5.6 per game (36). Armagost, who had eight solo stops vs. Princeton, ranks second on the Brown team in tackles with 45 for the season. He came up from the secondary to make 10 tackles against Bryant, including eight solo hits.
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. This week's Estes Coaches Show will be held at B. Pinelli's Restaurant, located at 736 North Broadway in East Providence, Rhode Island. The Estes Show can also be heard live on the internet on www.brownbears.com.
How Do You Say That?
Giovacchini joe-vack- keen-nee
Ade Oyalowo oy-a-low-O
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.
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 Brownbears.tv as part of the Ivy League 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 – Bears Hosts Dartmouth: Brown returns home for a Senior Day matchup against Dartmouth on Saturday, November 16. Game time is 12:30 pm at Brown Stadium with Senior Day festivities starting at 12:20 pm.