Bears Tangle With Tigers In Key Ivy Match-up

Bears Tangle With Tigers In Key Ivy Match-up

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  With career win number 100 under his belt, head coach Phil Estes will guide the Brown football team into a key match-up with the Princeton Tigers in a regionally televised game (NBC Regional Sports) that can be viewed in New England on Comcast. The Bears (2-2, 0-1 Ivy) are riding a two-game winning streak and will be looking for their first Ivy win in the young season.


The Bears' Record:  Senior wide receiver Brian Strachan caught three touchdown passes, including one in overtime, and junior Grant Senne booted the game-winning 23-yard field goal in the second overtime, to lift Brown (2-2, 0-1 Ivy) to a 27-24 non-league win over Holy Cross and give Bears' head coach Phil Estes his 100th career victory.


Estes Earns 100th Career Win:  Bears' head coach Phil Estes' 100th career win came in style with a double overtime victory over Holy Cross last week. Estes now has a career record of 100-63 in his 17th season and has won three of Brown's four Ivy League Championships. Estes' 100 career overall wins rank 9th all-time in Ivy League history and his 67 career conference wins are the most in Brown history and rank sixth in the Ivy League record book.


The Tigers: Princeton (2-2, 1-0 Ivy) raced out to a 16-0 lead, but Colgate rallied for a 31-30 win over the Tigers. Junior tailback DiAndre Atwater paced the Tigers' offense with 131 yards on 18 carries, while Dre Nelson opened the game with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.


Brown vs. Princeton – 81st  Meeting: Brown and Princeton have met 80 times, dating back to 1898, with the Tigers holding a 53-27-0 series advantage. Last year, Princeton rallied from an early 17-0 deficit to defeat the Bears, 39-17, in Providence. Brown has dropped the last two match-ups against Princeton after winning five straight games, its last win a 34-0 decision over the Tigers in 2011 at Brown Stadium.


Bears and Tigers On NBC Regional Sports Network: Saturday's game against Princeton is featured as the Ivy League Game of the Week and will televised on the NBC Regional Sports Network with the following affiliates: SNY, TCN Philadelphia, CSN New England, CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Bay Area & CSN California.  Jon Gurevitch will call the play and former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kevin Riley will provide the analysis.


Bears In Overtime:  Brown had lost its last two overtime games before grabbing a 27-24 double overtime decision over Holy Cross last week.  The Bears' last overtime win came in the opening game of the 2010 season, a 33-30 victory over Stony Brook.  Brown lost a 27-24 overtime decision at URI in 2010 and 35-28 at Columbia to conclude the 2011 season.


Fuller Directs Bears' Offense: Senior co-captain Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH) earned the starting nod at quarterback with an outstanding spring and preseason camp.  He ranks fourth in the Ivy League in passing with 212.2 yards per game. Fuller threw for a season high 240 yards and two touchdowns against Holy Cross, completing 20-of-37 passes. He had his first win as a starter, 20-13, over URI, completing 20-of-35 passes for 169 yards and a TD. Fuller threw for 238 yards and a touchdown, while running for 22 yards against Harvard, and 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.


Coke Takes Lead At Running Back: Junior tailback Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 69.5 yards per game.  He rushed for a career high 89 yards on 18 carries vs. Holy Cross, while also catching three passes for 28 yards.  Coke ran for 72 yards on 13 carries vs. Georgetown, while also making three catches for 23 yards. He also had 56 hard-fought yards on 18 carries against Harvard, and ran for 61 yards on 22 carries against URI.  Coke is Brown's top returning tailback after rushing for 292 yards a year ago.


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 receptions for 53 yards vs. Holy Cross. He had three catches for 42 yards vs. URI, and set up a Brown score with a 30-yard punt return. Jette made three catches for 78 yards against Harvard. He returned a punt 23 yards and had a reception for five yards vs. Georgetown.


Strachan Catching On: Senior Brian Strachan (Wellesley, MA), who started the season at tailback but moved back to wide receiver, leads the Bears and ranks seventh in the Ivy League with 19 receptions. Strachan had a big day against Holy Cross, making eight receptions for 98 yards with three touchdown receptions, including a 25-yard TD catch in the first overtime period. He led the Bears with seven receptions against Rhode Island. Strachan had 33 catches as a wide receiver a year ago,


Bear Facts: Brown's defense held Rhode Island to just three rushing yards…Junior Seth Rosenbauer (Lima, OH) had a major impact in the Bears' win over URI, running for 53 yards on 10 carries, including a 38-yard run… Junior safety Will Quigley (Marblehead, MA), who ranks fourth on the Brown team with 19 total tackles, led the Bears with 10 tackles against Harvard after making eight tackles vs. Georgetown…Junior outside linebacker Michael Walsh (Swampscott, MA) had four second-half tackles vs. Rhode Island. His 18 tackles rank fourth on the Brown team.


MacDonald Stepping Up: Junior outside linebacker Ryan MacDonald (Falmouth, ME) ranks third on the Brown team with 21 tackles.  He made six tackles vs. Holy Cross and intercepted a pass at the goal line to stop a Crusaders' drive. He made six solo tackles against Harvard.


Versatile Doles:  Junior Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA) has explosive speed at wide receiver and is a kick-off return specialist. Doles had four catches for 68 yards vs. Georgetown, and made four catches vs. Holy Cross and threw a 10-yard TD pass.


Defensive Line Tidbits: Senior defensive end Chad Berry (East Lyme, CT) had two tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble vs. URI. He has 15 total tackles on the season… Sophomore defensive end Robert Hughes (Long Valley, NJ) and sophomore defensive tackle Tom Kutschke (Lake Forest, IL) each recorded sacks 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. He has 17 total tackles on the season.


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.  He had four solo tackles, including one for a loss, and recovered a fumble in Brown's win over URI. 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) booted the game-winning 23-yard field goal in the second overtime period to lift the Bears to a 27-24 win over Holy Cross.  He also booted a career high 40 yard field goal against the Crusaders. Senne booted field goals of 32 and 26 yards in Brown's win over URI. 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.


Russo Leads Ivy League In Solo Tackles:  Senior Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) leads the Ivy League and ranks 11th in the nation in solo tackles with 6.0 per game.  His 8.2 tackles per game rank fifth in the Ivy League.  Russo made eight tackles in the Bears' win over Holy Cross. He led the Bears with six tackles, including four solo hits, against URI. Russo 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.


Romberg Leads Receiving Corps: Senior Stian Romberg (Maryville, TN) ranks second on the Brown team with 14 receptions for 156 yards.  He earned the starting nod at the wide receiver position and had a team high six receptions vs. Georgetown. Romberg had 4 catches for 38 yards vs. URI, including a seven-yard TD reception.


O'Neill Leads Ivy League In Passes Defended:  Senior defensive back Patrick O'Neill (Honolulu, HI) intercepted a pass vs. Holy Cross at his own six yard line, stopping a Crusaders' drive. His 1.33 passes defended per game leads the Ivy League.


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.

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 100-63 overall mark (.610) in his 17 seasons, including a 67-46 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 100 career wins overall rank 9th all-time in the Ivy League. Estes' 163 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)               


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

10/4/14            Jacob Supron, DB       College Sports Madness Ivy League Def. Player of the Week

                                                            Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Seth Rosenbauer, QB  Ivy League Honor Roll

10/11/14          Grant Senne, K           Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Zachary Gillen, S        Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Brian Strachan, WR    Ivy League Honor Roll


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.

Supron Leads Secondary:  Senior cornerback Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH) ranks second on the Brown team with 22 tackles. He had a monster game vs. URI, making five solo tackles, including one for a loss of 10 yards, while intercepting a pass, returning it 27 yards to set up Brown's first touchdown. Supron was named the College Sports Madness Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his play against the Rams. Supron 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.


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.


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


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 Ivy League Digital Network. Powered by NeuLion, Brownbears.TV is a part of the Ivy League's 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. 


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 – Bears Return Home To Face Cornell: The Bears are back at Brown Stadium next Saturday, October 25, hosting the Cornell Big Red. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 pm.