Oct. 1, 2001
Providence, RI -
Brown University junior wide receiver Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, Maryland) re-wrote the Brown record book against ninth-ranked Rhode Island on Saturday and was named The Sports Network NCAA I-AA National Offensive Player of the Week, and the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week.
Gessner, who came to Brown from Good Counsel High School, could prove to be the most dominating wide receiver in Ivy League history. Two-weeks ago against Harvard, Gessner thought he had a new Brown record with 226 receiving yards. A mistake by the Harvard statistics crew, discovered later in the week, reduced Gessner's numbers to 11 catches for 217 yards, no longer a school record.
The 6-5, 220 Gessner responded with a record-setting performance against unbeaten Rhode Island, tying the Brown record with 19 receptions, and smashing the school record for receiving yards with 269. Along the way, Gessner grabbed three touchdown passes, on receptions of five, 18 and 23 yards. He also caught a two-point conversion pass.
Gessner's acrobatic 23-yard touchdown reception came with 1:03 remaining in the game, put Brown in the lead, 38-35. The Bears eventually fell to the Rams, 42-38, on a Rhode Island touchdown with seven seconds remaining. Gessner's 269 yards are the most by an Ivy League player ever in a non-league game.
The previous Brown receptions mark was held by Stephen Campbell '01, who caught 19 passes against Rhode Island last year, and is the most for a non-league game in Ivy history (also tied with Campbell). Sean Morey '99 held the previous Brown record for reception yards with 221 yards vs. Cornell in 1998.
Where does Gessner stand in the NCAA I-AA national rankings this season? He leads the nation by a wide margin with 15.0 receptions per game and in receiving yards with 243.0 yards per game. He is also number-one nationally in all-purpose running with 273.5 yards per game.
Gessner, who was named the top offensive player in the Ivy League by Street & Smith's College Football Preview magazine, is a two-sport athlete at Brown, also starring for the Bears' lacrosse team. He was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year in football following Brown's Ivy League Championship season of 1999.