Brown and Rhode Island Battle for the Governor’s Cup - 99th Meeting

Brown and Rhode Island Battle for the Governor’s Cup - 99th Meeting

Game Notes

Kingston, R.I. - Brown and Rhode Island will battle for the Governor's Cup in the 99th meeting between the two Ocean State universities on Saturday, October 4 at URI's Mead Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 1:00 pm.  Listen to all the action on WPRV-AM 790, with Scott Cordischi calling the play and John Anderson providing the analysis.

The Bears:  Brown (0-2) led Harvard through three quarters last week, before falling to the Crimson, 22-14, at Brown Stadium. A crowd of 13,511 packed the venerable East Side stadium for Brown's sixth ever night game. Senior quarterback Marcus Fuller threw for 238 yards and completed his first career touchdown pass, an 18-yard toss to senior Reiley Higgins.  Junior safety Will Quigley led the Bears' defense with 10 tackles.


The Rams: Rhode Island (0-4) fell behind Central Connecticut early and fell to the Blue Devils by a 38-14 margin. The Rams are coached by former Bears' defensive coordinator Jim Fleming, who coached at Brown in 1993 under head coach Mickey Kwiatkowski.


Last Year's Game: Brown racked-up 471 yards of total offense and hoisted the Governor's Cup for the third straight year with a 31-14 win over URI under the lights at Brown Stadium in the 98th meeting between the two Ocean State schools.


The Governor's Cup History – 99th Meeting: Brown and Rhode Island have met 98 times, dating back to 1909, with the Bears holding a 70-26-2 series advantage over the Rams. Last year, Brown earned its third straight win over the Rams, 31-14, at Brown Stadium. 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.

Fuller Takes Over At Quarterback: Senior co-captain Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH) earned the starting nod at quarterback with an outstanding spring and preseason camp.  He ranks second in the Ivy league in passing with 220.0 yards per game. Fuller threw for 238 yards and a touchdown, while running for 22 yards against Harvard. He passed for 202 yards against Georgetown in his first collegiate start, completing 18 of 31 passes. A Business Entrepreneurship and Organizations concentrator, he appeared in two games in 2013, completing 2-of-2 passes against Georgetown, while also competing against Bryant. He can use his athletic ability to offer pass or run options for the Bears. Junior Seth Rosenbauer (Lima, OH) also saw action against Georgetown running for 12 yards. Sophomore Kyle Moreno (Pleasanton, CA) completed his first collegiate pass vs. Georgetown, throwing for 13 yards.


Coke Takes Lead At Running Back: Junior Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) ran for a career best 72 yards on 13 carries vs. Georgetown, while also making three catches for 23 yards. Coke also had 56 hard-fought yards on 18 carries against Harvard. He is Brown's top returning tailback after rushing for 292 yards a year ago. Senior Brian Strachan (Wellesley, MA), who had 33 catches as a wide receiver a year ago, made the transition to tailback in the spring. He had 14 rushing yards against Georgetown.


All-Ivy Alex Jette Returns:  Sophomore wide receiver Alex Jette (North Attleboro, MA) is the lone returning All-Ivy player on offense after being named First Team All-Ivy as kick returner, becoming the first freshman in Brown history to earn first team all-league honors.  Jette made three catches for 78 yards against Harvard. He returned a punt 23 yards and had a reception for five yards vs. Georgetown.


Bear Facts: Sophomore defensive end Robert Hughes (Long Valley, NJ) and sophomore defensive tackle Tom Kutschke (Lake Forest, IL) each recorded sacks against Harvard…Junior outside linebacker Ryan MacDonald made six solo tackles against Harvard…Junior tackle Jake Walther (Pittsburgh, PA) turned in a strong effort vs. Georgetown with his first career interception, a forced fumble and four tackles. Last year, he made 22 tackles, including six tackles for a loss…Senior end Zach Sparber (Norwood, NJ) made six tackles vs. Georgetown, including two solo hits…Senior Stian Romberg (Maryville, TN) earned the starting nod at the wide receiver position and had a team high six receptions vs. Georgetown... Junior Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA), who had four catches for 68 yards vs. Georgetown, has explosive speed at wide receiver and is a kick-off return specialist…Junior safety Will Quigley (Marblehead, MA) led the Bears with 10 tackles against Harvard after making eight tackles vs. Georgetown…Senior cornerback Patrick O'Neill (Honolulu, HI) leads the Ivy League with 1.5 passes defended per game.


Giovacchini Headlines Linebacker Corps – Named Co-Captain: An honorable mention All-Ivy inside linebacker, senior co-captain Daniel Giovacchini (Acton, MA) is a two-year starter for the Bears and has played in all 30 games of his career.  A National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete award nominee and Business Entrepreneurship and Organizations concentrator at Brown, he led the defensive unit with 66 total tackles a year ago, making 43 solo hits and assisting on 23 tackles.  His two interceptions ranked second on the 2013 Brown team.

Senne Gets His Kicks: Junior Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL) is averaging 40.5 yards per punt, fourth best in the Ivy League. He was the Bears' player of the game against Georgetown, providing the Bears with their lone score, a 22-yard field goal, and punting for a 43.6 yard per punt average.  Senne averaged 38.0 yards per punt vs. Harvard with three boots downed inside the 20. He returns to the punting duties after averaging 37.3 yards per punt a year ago. Estes will also look at Senne for place-kicking duties with the graduation of record-setting kicker Alex Norocea.

Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: 17th-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 five times, while compiling an impressive 98-61 overall mark (.610) in 16 seasons, including a 67-45 Ivy League mark.  Estes' 67 career Ivy League wins are the most ever at Brown and rank sixth in the Ivy League record book, while his 98 career wins overall rank 10th all-time in the Ivy League. Estes' 159 career games coached at Brown are ninth in Ivy football history. 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)

2013    Brown        6-4                        3-4 (Fourth)               


Russo Second In Ivy League Tackles:  Senior Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) ranks second in the Ivy League with 9.5 tackles per game.  He had a strong game vs. Georgetown with a team high 10 tackles (9 solo), a quarterback sack and two tackles for a loss. Against Harvard, Russo had nine tackles, including five solo stops. He started all 10 games for the Bears a year ago, making 46 total tackles. An imposing figure at 6-5 and 255 pounds, Russo also had three quarterback sacks and intercepted a pass against Harvard.

Family Matters:  Freshman kicker Brett Estes (East Greenwich, RI) is the son of Bears' head coach Phil Estes. Brett punted and was the place-kicker for East Greenwich High School.

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 displayed a variety of marketing and promotional vignettes, real-time game statistics and player features.

Brown's Weekly Award Winners:

9/20/14                        Xavier Russo, LB       Ivy League Honor Roll

9/27/14                        Xavier Russo, LB       Ivy League Honor Roll

                                    Marcus Fuller, QB      Ivy League Honor Roll

Supron Leads Secondary:  Senior cornerback Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH) made a team high 10 tackles vs. Georgetown, including eight solo hits.  He had 28 tackles a year ago.

Freshmen To Watch:  Brown featured five freshmen on its season opening travel roster at Georgetown.  Defensive back Isaac Whitney (Venice, FL), free safety Connor Coughlin (Medford, NY), offensive lineman Zachary Marti (Miami, FL), Oliver Bucka (Atherton, CA) and tailback Jake Hall (Tipp City, OH) all made their collegiate debut against the Hoyas.


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, an engineering concentrator at Brown, is the New England Patriots starting fullback.


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 first five Estes Coaches Shows of the season, starting September 18, will be held at Hope Street Pizza, located at 772 Hope Street in Providence. The Estes Show can also be heard live on the internet on


How Do You Say That?

Armogost                                arm-a-gost

Codrea                                     code-dray

Coughlin                                  cog-lin

Giovacchini                             joe-vack- keen-nee

Jette                                        jet-ee

Kutschke                                 cut-skee

Senne                                       sen-ee

Strachan                                  stra-han

Supron                                                soup-ron

Stian Romberg             stee-N


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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.


Three Rings:  Three members of the Brown coaching staff – head coach Phil Estes, assistant head coach Abbott Burrell and offensive coordinator Frank Sheehan – have earned three Ivy League Championship rings (1999, 2005, 2008) coaching the Bears.


Brown's Catena Named NFF Gold Medal Co-Recipient:  A world-renowned doctor, global humanitarian and an All-America football player from Brown, Dr. Tom G. Catena has been named a co-recipient of the 2014 National Football Foundation (NFF) Gold Medal. Catena will be honored during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. The highest and most prestigious award presented by the National Football Foundation, the Gold Medal recognizes an outstanding American who has demonstrated integrity and honesty, achieved significant career success, and has reflected the basic values of those who have excelled in amateur sport, particularly football.


Next Week – Holy Cross: Brown returns home for the 59th meeting with Holy Cross on Saturday, October 11.  Kick-off between the two New England schools is 12:30 pm at Brown Stadium.