Brown and Holy Cross Renew New England Rivalry In Worcester

Brown and Holy Cross Renew New England Rivalry In Worcester

Game Notes

Providence, R.I. - Brown completes it's non-league schedule with the 60th meeting against New England rival Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. on Saturday afternoon, October 10. Both teams feature wide-open offenses with the Bears averaging 28 points per game and the Crusaders averaging 26 points per game. Kick-off is 1:05 pm at Fitton Field.

The Bears:  Brown's (1-2) offense was running on all cylinders in a 41-31 win over Rhode Island at Brown Stadium to retain the Governor's Cup for the fifth straight year. Senior quarterback Marcus Fuller passed for 438 yards and four touchdowns, completing 41-of-58 passes.


The Crusaders:  Holy Cross (2-2) is coming off a 37-0 win over Albany at Fitton Field. Quarterback Peter Pujals threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns, while Kalif Raymond had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.


The Brown vs. Holy Cross Series Record – 60th Meeting: Brown and Holy Cross have played 59 times, dating back to 1898, with the Crusaders holding a 32-24-3 series advantage. Brown has won the previous three games, including a thrilling 27-24 overtime win last season at Brown Stadium. In that game, senior wide receiver Brian Strachan caught three touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime. Holy Cross' last win over the Bears came in 2010 when the Crusaders earned a 17-13 decision in Worcester.


Did You Know?:  Brown coach Phil Estes, now in his 18th season, ranks sixth in Ivy League football history with 70 career Ivy wins.  His 104 career coaching wins is 10th all-time in Ivy football history…Senior Marcus Fuller's 41 completions vs. Rhode Island rank fifth in the Brown record book, while 438 passing yards are tenth…Senior Brian Strachan's 15 receptions against Rhode Island rank seventh in the Brown record book…Three Brown receivers had 100 or more yards in the URI game – Strachan with 135 yards, senior Troy Doles with 127 yards and junior Alex Jette with 116 yards…Junior corner back Jordan Ferguson scored his first career touchdown with a 34-yard interception return vs. Rhode Island…Freshman Sebastian Dovi registered five tackles in the Bears' secondary vs. Rhode Island.


Fuller Throws For Over 400 Yards…Twice: Senior co-captain Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH) completed 41-of-58 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns, the third time in his career he's thrown for 400 or more yards. Fuller came up with a big performance in the Bears' season opener against Bryant, completing 32-of-52 passes for 403 yards and an 83-yard touchdown completion. He ranks 12th nationally and second in the Ivy League in passing (282.3 yards per game) and fourth nationally with 25 completions per game. Fuller returns for a fifth year after a solid inaugural season as the Bears' signal caller, throwing 15 touchdown passes and passing for 2,618 yards, eighth all-time at Brown. He ranked 14th nationally with 261.8 passing yards per game and 21st in the nation in completions per game (19.8). 


Moreno In Relief Role: Junior quarterback Kyle Moreno (Pleasanton, CA) came into the Harvard game midway through the second quarter and passed for 307 yards, completing 20-of-31 passes, while also rushing for 28 yards.  He threw touchdown passes of 79 and five yards, and ran for touchdowns of 11 and four yards against the Crimson.


Fuller To Doles – Third Longest Pass Play Ever:  Brown's first touchdown of the 2015 season came on an 83-yard pass play from senior quarterback Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH) to senior wide receiver Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA) against Bryant.  Doles grabbed the pass at midfield and outran the Bulldogs' defense into the end zone. The 83-yard completion is the third longest passing play in Brown's 138-year football history.


Brian Strachan Named National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Semifinalist:  Brown senior wide receiver Brian Strachan (Wellesley, MA) is among 135 football student-athletes, including five Ivy League standouts, announced as candidates for the 2015 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®.


Running Downfield: Head coach Phil Estes is looking to get more production out of the running back position and will look to seniors Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) and Seth Rosenbauer (Lima, OH) to set the pace.  Coke led the Bears in rushing with 516 yards last year and ran for a season-high 89 yards vs. Holy Cross. Rosenbauer, a converted quarterback, ran for a team high 76 yards and a four yard touchdown run vs. URI. Last year, he rushed for 382 yards, including 206 yards vs. Penn, in being named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Junior Johnny Pena (Tucson, CA) led the Bears with 47 yards on the ground against Harvard.


Jette On The Receiving End: All-Ivy junior wide receiver Alex Jette (North Attleboro, MA) made nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns vs. Rhode Island, including the go-ahead touchdown, a 20-yard reception, with 5:16 left in the game. He made an impact in Brown's opening game against Bryant with seven receptions for 84 yards, while rushing once for 10 yards. Jette had two catches for 30 yards against Harvard. Last year, Jette made 26 catches and returned punts for the Bears with 8.7 yards per return, 29th best in the nation.


Doles Fourth Nationally In Receiving Yards: Senior wide receiver Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA) ranks fourth in the nation with 131.0 receiving yards per game. His 21.83 yards per reception ranks 11th nationally, while he is ninth in the nation with 163.67 all-purpose yards per game. Doles excelled vs. Rhode Island with nine catches for 127 yards and a 20-yard touchdown. He made six catches for 147 yards against Bryant, including an 83-yard touchdown reception, the third longest pass play in Brown history. Doles also made three receptions for a game high 119 yards against Harvard. Doles made 26 receptions a year ago.


Strachan Ranks Second Nationally In Receptions:  Senior wide receiver Brian Strachan (Wellesley, MA) ranks second nationally and leads the Ivy League with 9.7 receptions per game after making a career high 15 catches vs. Rhode Island, seventh best in Brown football history. He made eight catches for 87 yards against Harvard.  Strachan opened the season against Bryant with six catches for 53 yards. In 2014, Strahan made a team leading 56 catches, sixth best in the Ivy League, for 668 yards.


Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: Since Phil Estes became head coach of the Bears in 1998, his Brown football teams have captured three Ivy League titles (1999, 2005, 2008), finished second four times, third five times, and overall have finished in the top half of the Ivy League in 14 of his 17 seasons, while compiling an impressive 70-40 Ivy mark (.580), 104-68 (.605) overall. Estes' 70 career Ivy League wins are the most ever at Brown and rank sixth in the Ivy League record book, while his 103 career wins overall rank 10th all-time in the Ivy League. Estes' 172 career games coached at Brown are ninth in Ivy football history. Estes, the 19th head coach in Brown history, is the second winningest coach in Brown football history, guiding the Brown football program to an unprecedented level of success, winning three Ivy League Championships, including Brown's first ever Ivy outright title in 2005. He has also coached and recruited Brown's only four Ivy League Players of the Year – Sean Morey '99, James Perry '00, Nick Hartigan '06 and Buddy Farnham '10. In the 17 years Estes has coached on the East Side, five of his players have gone on to win Super Bowl rings. The select fraternity includes James Develin of the New England Patriots (2015), two-time winner Zak DeOssie of the New York Giants (2008, 2012), the Pittsburgh Steelers' Sean Morey (2006) and New England Patriots' Drew Inzer (2001) and Chas Gessner (2003). 


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        5-5                        3-4 (Fifth)                  


Kutschke Leads Defensive Line: Junior tackle Thomas Kutschke's (Lake Forest, IL) 10 tackles leads the Bears' defensive front.  In 2014, Kutschke made 17 tackles.


The Kicking Game: Brown's kicking game is in the capable hands of senior Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL), who kicked field goals of 20, 23 and a career-best 45 yards against Bryant. Last season, Senne connected on 12-of-15 field goals, booted 29-of-29 extra points and averaged 37.8 yards per punt. Senne was named one of the Top 5 Ivy Football players to watch by Hero Sports.


Offensive Line: The Bears feature a veteran offensive line with senior three-year starter John Heile at center, junior left tackle Dakota Girard (Wellfleet, MA), junior right tackle Matt Girard (Holyoke, MA), senior guard Andrew Terry (Simi Valley, CA), who missed last year due to injury, and junior guard Bruce Hall (Leslie, MI).


Brown Captains:­ Senior quarterback Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH), senior center John Heile (Louisville, KY) and senior defensive tackle Zach Sparber (Norwood, NJ) have been named captains of the 2015 Brown Football team. 


Hughes On The Defensive Front: Junior end Robert Hughes (Long Valley, NJ) has made nine tackles on the season, including two for a loss and a quarterback sack. Last year, Hughes made 15 tackles, including two tackles for loss.


Freshmen Traveling:  Brown listed 11 freshmen on its opening travel roster to Harvard: wide receiver Howard Strachan, wide receiver Ike Marchie, free safety Sebastian Dovi, running back Garrett Robinson, running back David Moodie, inside linebacker Isaiah Thompkins, defensive lineman Grant Varner, tight end Peter Honzik, tight end Anton Casey, defensive end Andrew Hauser and defensive tackle Daryle Banfield 


Twyman For The Defense: Senior Will Twyman (Sudbury, MA) has stepped up his play at inside linebacker and ranks second on the Brown team with 20 total tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. He made 17 tackles last year.


Gillen Paces Brown Defense:  Senior safety Zachary Gillen (Mt. Brook, AL), the lone defensive backfield starter returning from last year, leads the Brown defense with 22 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss. Gillen registered 32 tackles and had two pass break-ups in 2014.


MacDonald On The Outside:  Senior All-Ivy outside linebacker Ryan MacDonald (Falmouth, ME), who ranks fifth on the Brown team with 14 tackles, made 10 total tackles vs. Harvard.  He earned a starting role last year and responded by making 45 tackles, fourth on the Brown team. He also picked up a fumble and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown against Yale.


At the Corners: Senior Will Quigley (Marblehead, MA) has made16 tackles and picked off a pass for the Bears. He made 19 tackles at safety a year ago, despite missing the Bears' last seven games due to injury.  Senior Jordan Ferguson (Ladera Heights, CA) intercepted a pass vs. Rhode Island and returned it for his first career touchdown. He made five tackles vs. Bryant. Ferguson posted 16 tackles last year.


Bears In The NFL:  Brown has two of its former players on NFL rosters in 2015.  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, was the New England Patriots starting fullback for the last two seasons, including last year's Super Bowl Championship team, but was placed on injured reserve in the preseason.


Tylki at Inside Linebacker:  Junior Max Tylki (Wethersfield, CT) has 13 tackles in two games this season.  He made nine tackles in the Bears' season opening game vs. Bryant.


2015 Honors and Awards

9/19/15            Troy Doles, WR                     Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Grant Senne, K                       Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Max Tylki, LB                        Ivy League Honor Roll

9/26/15            Kyle Moreno, QB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Zachary Gillen, FS                  Ivy League Honor Roll

10/3/15            Marcus Fuller, QB                  Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Brian Strachan, WR                Ivy League Honor Roll

                        Jordan Ferguson, DB              Ivy League Honor Roll


Brown In the FCS National Rankings (Top 15):

Receptions                  2nd       Troy Doles                 9.7 per game

Receiving Yards          4th        Troy Doles                 131.0 yards per game

Completions               4th        Marcus Fuller             25.0 per game

Passes Defended         8th        Will Quigley                1.7 per game

All-Purpose Yards      9th        Troy Doles                 163.67 yards per game

Yards Per Reception   11th      Troy Doles                 21.83 yards

Passing Yards              12th      Marcus Fuller             282.3 yards per game


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


Watch The Bears on the Ivy League Digital Network: All of Brown's home games (except those blacked out by national TV) and its Ivy League away games can be viewed on the Ivy League Digital Network, a nine-channel digital network that includes an easy-to-navigate interface, a League-wide network schedule and interactive features, such as simultaneous four-game viewing, full DVR controls and social media integration. These features are available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app. Packages for Brown's channel ( are $89.95 for 12 months, $34.95 for four months, $10.95 for one month and $9.95 for a day pass. Packages for the League-wide channel, which features everything the network has to offer, are $119.95 for 12 months, $49.95 for four months and $15.95 for one month.


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. This week's Estes Coaches Shows 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


Family Matters:  Sophomore kicker Brett Estes (East Greenwich, RI) is the son of Bears' head coach Phil Estes. Brett kicked for the Bears' JV team a year ago and is Brown's back-up kicker.


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.



Next Week:  The Bears return to Brown Stadium for Ivy League action and a Homecoming/Parent's Weekend match-up against Princeton on Saturday, October 17.  Kick-off is 12:06 p.m.