Brown Hosts Columbia In 2014 Season Final Game - Senior Day

Brown Hosts Columbia In 2014 Season Final Game - Senior Day

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. -  Brown wraps up its 2014 season on Saturday, November 22 against Columbia at home, looking for a win over Lions that would even the Bears' record and make eight straight seasons that Brown has had a .500 or better record. Brown head coach Phil Estes, who has won more Ivy Championships (3) than he has losing seasons (2), is 13-3 lifetime against the Lions.  Brown's 30 seniors will be honored in pre-game ceremonies.  Kick-off is 12:30pm at Brown Stadium.

The Records: Brown dropped a 44-21 decision to Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire to fall to 4-5 overall, 2-4 in the Ivy League.  A win over Columbia would even the Bears' record and make eight straight seasons that Brown has had a .500 or better record. Brown head coach Phil Estes, who has won more Ivy Championships (3) than he has losing seasons (2), is 13-3 lifetime against the Lions. Columbia held a lead on Cornell through three quarters before succumbing to the Big Red, 30-27, falling to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in Ivy play.


Congratulations Brown Seniors: Brown will honor its 30 football seniors in ceremonies prior to its final game against Columbia on November 22. Brown's Class of 2015 has compiled a 24-15 record so far and posted winning seasons in each of the last three seasons. Brown's Class of 2015 includes: Jeffrey Anderson, Eric Armagost, Chesley Brooks, Courtland Clavette, Nick Codrea, James Connelly, Caleb Cragle, Ryan Davenport, Abe Dube, Marcus Fuller, Matthew Garofalo, Chad Ginsburg, Dan Giovacchini, Robert Grebenc, Andrew Hansen, Reiley Higgins, Austin Jennings, Nicholas Lawley, Stephen Loudon, Matthew O'Brien, Patrick O'Neill, Alex Quoyeser, Stian Romberg, Xavier Russo, Philip Smith, Zach Sparber, Brian Strachan, Jacob Supron, Alexander Viox and Conor Wyand.


Fox College Sports TV: Saturday's game between the Bears and Lions will be televised live on Fox College Sports.  Comcast's Eric Frede will call the play and Matt Goldstein will provide the analysis.


Brown vs. Columbia – 79th Meeting: Brown and Columbia have met 78 times, dating back to 1902, with the Bears holding a 50-26-2 series advantage over the Lions. Brown has won the previous two games, and 14 of the last 16 meetings, between the two teams, including a 48-7 victory last year in New York City. In 2011, Columbia rallied for a 35-28 double overtime victory over the Bears at Wein Stadium. Among the most memorable games in the series came in 1995 when Brown rallied from a 27-3 third quarter deficit to score 56 unanswered points for a 59-27 victory. 


Strachan Leads Receiving Corps: Senior Brian Strachan (Wellesley, MA), who had a team leading six catches for 65 yards against Dartmouth, leads the Bears and ranks sixth in The Ivy League with 56 receptions. He also ranks sixth in the Ivy League with 69.8 yards per game. Strachan hauled in 10 passes for 83 yards vs. Yale. He 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 led the Bears with four receptions for 76 yards against Penn. He had 33 catches as a wide receiver a year ago.


Fuller Ranks 11th Nationally In Passing: Senior co-captain Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH) has thrown for 2,349 yards this season and ranks third in the Ivy League and 11th nationally in passing with 260.4 yards per game. He is also fourth in the Ivies in total offense with 260.1 yards per game Fuller 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. He threw for 393 yards and two touchdowns against Yale, completing 27-of-39 passes. 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 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. Fuller threw a 36-yard touchdown pass vs. Penn, while throwing for 177 yards. 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.

Brown Passing Yards – Single Season







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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 102-66 in his 17th season and has won three of Brown's four Ivy League Championships. Estes' 102 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.


Dan Giovacchini and Stian Romberg Named Capital One Academic All-District: Senior linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) and senior wide receiver Stian Romberg (Maryville, TN) have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Football First Team as selected by CoSIDA. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.


Coke Takes Lead At Running Back: Junior tailback Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) rushed for 88 yards against Yale, including a 77-yard touchdown run, and caught two passes for 21 yards against the Bulldogs. He scored on a two-yard run against Cornell and rushed for 60 yards vs. Penn. Coke is averaging 55.2 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.  A versatile back, he also has 18 receptions for the Bears. 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. Walsh made a team high seven tackles vs. Penn, including a big fourth down tackle at the goal line to stop Quakers' drive. He had four second-half tackles vs. Rhode Island. His 45 tackles rank second on the Brown team.


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. 


Rosenbauer – QB, RB, WR: Battling windswept rain at Franklin Field, Brown junior back-up quarterback Seth Rosenbauer (Lima, OH) displayed the versatility that enabled the Bears to establish a much-needed run game to counter the elements, rushing for a career high 206 yards and two touchdowns, to lead Brown to a 21-13 Ivy League win over Penn. Rosenbauer, who did not attempt a pass, lined up at tailback, wide receiver and took direct snaps to give the Bears a power running attack, rushing for 206 yards on 30 carries yards.  The 6-3, 240 Rosenbauer often ran for five yards and carried the pile another five-to-six yards for a first down. He scored touchdowns on runs of one and two yards, while also making an eight-yard catch as a wide receiver. Rosenbauer also moved the chains for the Bears, running for 12 first downs, and catching a pass for another. His 206 yards rank 11th best in Brown football history. For the season, Rosenbauer has rushed for 338 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.


Berry Good:  Junior defensive end Chad Berry (East Lyme, CT) leads the Bears with five tackles for a loss of 22 yards and three quarterback sacks.  He registered a quarterback sack against Penn and had two tackles for a loss with a fumble recovery vs. URI. He has 31 total tackles on the season.


All-Ivy Alex Jette Steps Up:  Sophomore wide receiver Alex Jette (North Attleboro, MA) caught touchdown passes of 28 and 30 yards against Yale, catching five passes for 91 yards overall. Jette ranks third on the Brown team with 26 receptions. He impacted 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.  Jette caught three passes vs. Penn and ran for 13 yards against the Quakers. 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.


Higgins Stepping Up His Game: Senior wide receiver Reiley Higgins (Coto de Caza, CA) had seven receptions for a career high 137 yards against Yale, while also racking-up 42 kick-off return yards. He came back with five catches for 66 yards last week vs. Dartmouth. Higgins 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.  He caught a 36-yard touchdown pass against Penn and made three receptions for 48 yards. His 27 receptions are second on the Brown team.


Russo Second In Ivy League Tackles:  Senior Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) ranks second in the Ivy League with 8.3 tackles per game, while his 41 solo hits rank third in the Ivies. He led the Bears with 13 tackles against Yale, and he had eight tackles, including one for a loss vs. Dartmouth.   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.


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 38 career games. He stepped up against Dartmouth with 11 tackles, including a quarterback sack. Giovacchini, who has 42 tackles for the season,  registered eight tackles against Yale and made 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. 

Doles Explodes For 200-Yards vs. Princeton:  Junior Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA) ranks second on the Brown team with 436 receiving yards has made and 24 receptions on the season. He had an 18-yard TD reception last week vs. Dartmouth. 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.


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.


Senne Gets His Kicks: Junior Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL) has connected on 10-of-12 field goals and 24-of-24 extra points this season. He connected on 2-of-2 field goals vs. Yale, connecting on kicks of 33 and 38 yards. 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 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.


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 102-66 overall mark (.607) in his 17 seasons, including a 69-49 Ivy League mark.  Estes' 69 career Ivy League wins are the most ever at Brown and rank sixth in the Ivy League record book, while his 102 career wins overall rank 9th all-time in the Ivy League. Estes' 168 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        4-5                        2-4

Supron Leads Secondary:  Senior cornerback Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH) made six solo tackles, including one for a loss, in Brown's win over Penn. He ranks fifth on the Brown team with 37 tackles and leads the squad with two interceptions. 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. 


O'Neill In the Secondary Senior defensive back Patrick O'Neill (Honolulu, HI) intercepted a pass vs. Holy Cross at his own six yard line, stopping a Crusaders' drive. O'Neill, who has 24 tackles overall, had six tackles vs. Princeton and four vs. Yale.


MacDonald Stepping Up: Junior outside linebacker Ryan MacDonald (Falmouth, ME) scooped up a fumble vs. Yale and scampered 53 yards for a touchdown. He made seven tackles against the Bulldogs and ranks third on the Brown team with 45 tackles.  MacDonald made seven tackles against Dartmouth last week. 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.


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

11/1/14            Seth Rosenbauer, QB  Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week

                                                            College Madness Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week

                        Michael Walsh, OLB  Ivy League Honor Roll

11/8                 Marcus Fuller, QB      Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Ryan MacDonald, LB            Ivy League Honor Roll

11/15               Dan Giovacchini, LB  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.


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


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.


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.


Next Season: Brown opens its 2015 season on September 19, hosting Bryant at Brown Stadium.