Brown Travels To Philadelphia For Ivy Match-Up With Penn

Brown Travels To Philadelphia For Ivy Match-Up With Penn

Game Notes


Providence, R.I. - Brown heads to Franklin Field for the 83rd meeting with Penn on Saturday, November 1. Brown evened its record at 3-3 overall, 1-2 in the Ivy League, with a 42-16 win over Cornell last week at Brown Stadium for its seventh straight win over the Big Red. Bears' head coach Phil Estes is 8-8 lifetime against Penn coach Al Bagnoli, who is retiring at the end of the season. Kick-off is scheduled for 1pm.

Brown Last Week: Senior quarterback Marcus Fuller passed for 306 yards and four touchdowns to give Brown its first Ivy win of the season over Cornell, 42-16. Sophomore Alexander Jette, junior Troy Doles, senior Brian Strachan and senior Reiley Higgins each caught touchdown passes for the Bears.  Higgins also scored on a rare onside kick return, running 44 yards for a touchdown. Senior tackle Zack Sparber led the defensive effort with five tackles, including three for a loss of 14 yards and a quarterback sack, while forcing two fumbles.


The Quakers: Penn (1-5, 1-2 Ivy) lost for the fifth time in six games, falling to Yale, 43-21, at the Yale Bowl. Quakers' head coach Al Bagnoli will be retiring at the completion of this, his 23rd season, with nine outright Ivy League titles.


Brown vs. Penn- The 83rd Meeting: Brown and Penn have met 82 times, dating back to 1895, with the Quakers holding a 57-23-2 series lead. Bears' head coach Phil Estes has posted an 8-8 lifetime record against the Quakers. Last year, Brown earned its second consecutive home shutout of the Quakers, coming away with a 27-0 win at Brown Stadium behind John Spooney's '14 two touchdown runs of over 90 yards. In 2012, Penn earned a 20-17 win over the Bears at Franklin Field on a field goal with 17 seconds remaining. Brown's last win at Franklin Field came in 2008, a 34-27 decision over the Quakers.


Higgins Named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week: Senior wide receiver Reiley Higgins (Coto de Caza, CA) was named the Ivy League's Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring two touchdowns in Brown's 42-16 win over Cornell, including one of the rarest plays in football, a touchdown return of an onside kick. A member of the "hands" team, Higgins braced himself for a Cornell onside kick midway through the fourth quarter. Higgins grabbed the onside kick in full stride, broke through the initial group of Big Red tacklers and never looked back, scampering 44-yards for a touchdown. Higgins also grabbed an 11-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Marcus Fuller. 

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, 27th nationally, with 5.5 receptions per game. Strachan grabbed four passes for 79 yards against Cornell, including a 13-yard touchdown catch. 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.


Fuller Throws Four TD's Vs. Cornell: Senior co-captain Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH) threw a career high four touchdowns against Cornell on throws of 23, 13, 29 and 11 yards.  He completed 20-of-33 passes for 306 yards against the Big Red. Fuller 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 11th nationally in passing with 268.2 yards per game, and ranks 20th nationally with 20.5 completions per game. He is also third in the Ivies and 17th nationally in total offense with 272.7 yards per game. Fuller threw for 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 passed for 238 yards and a touchdown, while running for 22 yards against Harvard, and threw 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 101-64 in his 17th season and has won three of Brown's four Ivy League Championships. Estes' 101 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 earlier this year.  Brown lost a 27-24 overtime decision at URI in 2010 and 35-28 at Columbia to conclude the 2011 season. The Bears' previous overtime win came in the opening game of the 2010 season, a 33-30 victory over Stony Brook. 


Coke Takes Lead At Running Back: Junior tailback Andrew Coke (Andover, MA), who scored on a two-yard run against Cornell, ranks sixth in the Ivy League with 50.8 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.


Walsh At OLB: Junior outside linebacker Michael Walsh (Swampscott, MA) registered a career high 12 tackles against Princeton, and came back with four tackles against Cornell, including one for a loss. He had four second-half tackles vs. Rhode Island. His 34 tackles rank second on the Brown team and 23rd in the Ivy League.


All-Ivy Alex Jette Steps Up:  Sophomore wide receiver Alex Jette (North Attleboro, MA) had a big impact in Brown's win over Cornell with two catches for 58 yards, including a diving 23 yard touchdown grab, a run for 22 yards, and punt returns totaling 44 yards.  He 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… Senior Stian Romberg (Maryville, TN) ranks third on the Brown team with 16 receptions for 196 yards.  He had a team high five receptions vs. Georgetown. Romberg had 4 catches for 38 yards vs. URI, including a seven-yard TD reception.


Russo Second In Ivy League Solo Tackles:  Senior Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) ranks second in the Ivy League and 37th in the nation with 30 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.


Defensive Line Tidbits: Senior end Zach Sparber (Norwood, NJ) registered two tackles for a loss of 8 yards vs. Cornell, including a quarterback sack. He made six tackles vs. Georgetown, including two solo hits. Sparber, who made six tackles vs. Princeton, has 27 total tackles on the season…Junior defensive end Chad Berry (East Lyme, CT) had two tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble vs. URI. He has 19 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) had two tackles for a loss vs. Cornell. He turned in a strong effort vs. Georgetown with his first career interception, a forced fumble and four tackles. He has 20 tackles for 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 35 career games. 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.

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 1.0 passes defended per game leads the Ivy League.  O'Neill, who has 14 tackles overall, had six tackles vs. Princeton.

MacDonald Stepping Up: Junior outside linebacker Ryan MacDonald (Falmouth, ME) ranks fourth on the Brown team with 29 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.


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. His 21 pass receptions for 394 yards rank second on the Brown team. He dominated the field against Princeton, making six catches for 200 yards, including a 70-yard grab. Doles led the Bears with seven catches for 77 yards against Cornell, including a 29-yard touchdown reception. He had four catches for 68 yards vs. Georgetown, and made four catches vs. Holy Cross, while throwing a 10-yard TD pass.


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 101-64 overall mark (.612) in his 17 seasons, including a 68-47 Ivy League mark.  Estes' 68 career Ivy League wins are the most ever at Brown and rank sixth in the Ivy League record book, while his 101 career wins overall rank 9th all-time in the Ivy League. Estes' 165 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)

2014    Brown        3-3



Senne 21st 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. He also booted a career high 40-yard field goal against the Crusaders. His 1.33 field goals per game rank 23rd in the nation. 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'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

10/25/14          Reiley Higgins, WR    Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week

                                                            CFPA National Kick Returner of the Week  

Marcus Fuller, QB      Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Jake Sparber, DT        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 third on the Brown team with 29 tackles. Supron intercepted his second pass of the season 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.


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.


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


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.


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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.


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.


Up Next: The Bears return to Brown Stadium for a key Ivy match-up with Yale on Saturday, November 8.  The game will be televised live on Fox College Sports starting at 12:30 pm.