Bears To Battle Rhody For State Bragging Rights

Sept. 28, 2006

Providence, RI -

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The annual battle for the Governor's Cup, emblematic of Rhode Island football supremacy, will take place Saturday in Kingston with defending Ivy League Champion Brown facing the University of Rhode Island from the Atlantic 10 Conference in the 91st meeting between Rhode Island's Division I football schools. Game time is 12:00 noon at Meade Stadium.

Both teams a geared up to play and will be looking to rebound from tough losses last week. Brown had its nine-game winning streak snapped last week by Harvard, 38-21, to fall to 1-1 for the season, 0-1 in the Ivy League. Rhode Island dropped to 1-2 for the season with a 24-17 loss to Delaware.

Brown and Rhode Island have met 90 times, dating back to 1909, with the Bears holding a 66-22-2 series advantage over the Rams. Brown won the first 23 meetings, the first 16 by shutout. The Bears and Rams met continuously for 67 years, from 1925 to 1991, but a scheduling snafu temporarily disrupted the series. The series resumed in 1993 and the two teams are scheduled to play at least through the year 2011. Brown captured the last two meetings, 20-13, in Kingston in 2004, and 45-35 in Providence last season. Rhode Island's last win over the Bears came in 2003 when the Rams earned a 27-9 victory in Providence.

Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri '65, a former Brown defensive back and member of Brown Football's 125th Anniversary All-Decade Team of the 1960's, will be on hand to present the Governor's Cup to the victorious team at the end of the game.