Brown Returns Home For Family Weekend Match-up With Cornell

Brown Returns Home For Family Weekend Match-up With Cornell

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  Brown returns home to Brown Stadium on Saturday, October 25 against Cornell, looking to even its overall record and earn its first Ivy win of the season. The Bears have two close Ivy losses to Harvard and Princeton and will look to capture its seventh straight win over Cornell, who is seeking its first win of the season.  It should be a festive day at Brown Stadium with a big Family Weekend crowd expected and the celebration of Providence Public Schools Literacy Day. Kick-off is 12:30 pm.

The Bears' Record:  Brown (2-3, 0-2 Ivy) senior quarterback Marcus Fuller threw an Ivy League record 71 passes for 454 yards, but the Bears fell behind by a 24-point second quarter deficit before falling to the Tigers, 27-16, at Princeton Stadium. Fuller's 454 passing yards rank sixth best in Brown football history. Junior wide receiver Troy Doles caught six passes for 200 yards, while senior wide receiver Brian Strachan caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.


The Big Red: Cornell's (0-5, 0-2 Ivy) second half surge fell short as the Big Red dropped a 31-14 decision to Lehigh at Schoellkopf Field. Big Red wide receiver Collin Shaw reeled in four catches for 119 yards, including one touchdown, in his first career 100-yard game. The 14 points scored by the Big Red were a season high.


Brown vs. Cornell – 62nd Meeting: Brown and Cornell have met 61 times, dating back to 1895, with the Bears leading the series by a 34-26-1 margin. Brown has won the last six games and 15 of the last 18 meetings between the two teams.  Last year, Brown came away with a hard-fought 42-35 win over the Big Red in an aerial show at Ithaca, NY. Seven years ago (2007), Cornell captured a 38-31 overtime win over Brown in Ithaca, NY, beating the Bears for the first time since 2002.


Senne Named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week: Bears' kicker Grant Senne '16 was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after booting three field goals and averaging nearly 40 yards per punt last week against Princeton. Senne kicked field goals of 28, 33 and 19 yards against the Tigers, and averaged 39.6 yards per punt. Just one week ago, Senne 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 kicked a career high 40-yard field goal against the Crusaders. He has connected on 8-of-10 field goals this season and averaged 38.9 yards per punt. His 1.60 field goals per game rank 11th in the nation.


Brown Football Hosts Fifth Annual Literacy Day: For the fifth year in a row, Brown Football, in conjunction with the Brown Football Association, Brown Catering, and Brown University's Delta Phi fraternity, have partnered with the Providence Public Schools to promote "Literacy Day" at this week's football game against Cornell. The Brown Football Association is also excited to announce that Gilbane Building Company has joined this year's event.


Fuller Has Record Setting Day vs. Princeton: Senior co-captain Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH) set an Ivy League record with 71 pass attempts against Princeton, and threw for 454 yards, the sixth best performance in Brown football history. Fuller ranks second in the Ivy League and 13th nationally in passing with 260.6 yards per game. He is also third in the Ivies and 23rd nationally in total offense with 265.0 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.


Estes Earns 100th Career Win:  Bears' head coach Phil Estes' 100th career win came in style with a double overtime victory over Holy Cross. Estes now has a career record of 100-64 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.


Bears In Overtime:  Brown had lost its last two overtime games before grabbing a 27-24 double overtime decision over Holy Cross.  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.


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 fifth in the Ivy League and 27th nationally with 5.8 receptions per game. He caught 10 passes for 146 yards, both career highs, and a 20-yard touchdown against Princeton. 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.


Coke Takes Lead At Running Back: Junior tailback Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) ranks fifth in the Ivy League with 57.0 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.


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.

Walsh At OLB: Junior outside linebacker Michael Walsh (Swampscott, MA) registered a career high 12 tackles against Princeton last week. He had four second-half tackles vs. Rhode Island. His 6.0 tackles per game rank second on the Brown team and 19th in the Ivy League.


MacDonald Stepping Up: Junior outside linebacker Ryan MacDonald (Falmouth, ME) ranks third on the Brown team with 28 tackles.  He registered seven tackles vs. Princeton, and made six tackles vs. Holy Cross, intercepting a pass at the goal line to stop a Crusaders' drive. MacDonald made six solo tackles against Harvard.


Russo Leads Ivy League In Solo Tackles:  Senior Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) leads the Ivy League and ranks 19th in the nation with 28 solo tackles.  His 8.2 tackles per game rank sixth in the Ivy League.  Russo, who had eight tackles vs. Princeton, 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.


Doles Explodes For 200-Yards vs. Princeton:  Junior Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA) has explosive speed at wide receiver and is a kick-off return specialist. He dominated the field against Princeton, making six catches for 200 yards, including a 70-yard grab. Doles had four catches for 68 yards vs. Georgetown, and made four catches vs. Holy Cross, while throwing 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 17 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. He has 15 tackles for the season…Senior end Zach Sparber (Norwood, NJ) made six tackles vs. Georgetown, including two solo hits. Sparber, who made six tackles vs. Princeton,  has 23 total tackles on the season…Sophomore Charles Barry (Bethesda, MD) leads the Brown team with two quarterback sacks.


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.  Giovacchini, who missed Brown's game vs. Holy Cross, returned to make six tackles vs. Princeton. 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.

Romberg Second In Brown Receptions: Senior Stian Romberg (Maryville, TN) ranks second on the Brown team with 16 receptions for 191 yards.  He earned the starting nod at the wide receiver position and had a team high five receptions vs. Georgetown. Romberg had 4 catches for 38 yards vs. URI, including a seven-yard TD reception.


Senne 11th Nationally In Field Goals: 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.  His 1.60 field goals pert game rank 11th in the nation. He also booted a career high 40-yard field goal against the Crusaders. Senne was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking field goals of 28, 33 and 19 yards vs. Princeton, while averaging 39.6 yards per punt against the Tigers. 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.


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 100-64 overall mark (.610) in his 17 seasons, including a 67-47 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

10/18/14          Grant Senne, K           Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week

Troy Doles, WR         Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Michael Walsh, OLB  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.


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.


Supron Leads Secondary:  Senior cornerback Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH) ranks fourth on the Brown team with 24 tackles. Supron intercepted his second pass of the season last week vs. Princeton. 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 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.


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 Estes Show can also be heard live on the internet on


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 1.00 passes defended per game leads the Ivy League.  He had six tackles vs. Princeton.


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


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 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. 


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 Take On Penn at Franklin Field: Brown travels south for the second time in three weeks to battle the Penn Quakers on Saturday, November 1 at Franklin Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.