Oct. 3, 2002
The Records: Brown dropped a 26-24 decision to Harvard last week at Brown Stadium to fall to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the Ivy League. Rhode Island lost to Maine, 31-14, in Orono, Maine, to drop to 1-3 overall.
The Series Record: Brown and Rhode Island have met 86 times, dating back to 1909, with the Bears holding a 64-20-2 series advantage over the Rams. Brown won the first 23 meetings, the first 16 by shutout. The Bears and Rams had met continuously for 67 years, from 1925 to 1991, when 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 2007. Brown has won five of the last eight meetings between the two teams. The Rams captured last year's game at Brown Stadium, coming away with a last-minute 42-38 decision. Brown defeated the Rams, 29-19 in Kingston, RI, in 2002 and earned a 27-25 victory in 1999.
BROWN-RHODE ISLAND SERIES FACTS Series Record: Brown leads, 64-20-2 First Game: 1909 Last Brown Win: 2000, 29-19 Last Rhode Island Win: 2001, 42-38 Current Series Streak: URI, 1 game Longest Series Streak: Brown, 23 games/Rhode Island, 5 games Last Shutout by Brown: 1976, 3-0 Last Shutout by URI: (none) Last Tie: 1973, 20-20 Most Points Scored by Brown: 55, in 1947 (55-6) and in 1950 (55-13) Most Points Scored by URI: 44, in 1998 (44-16) Most Points Scored by Both Teams: 80 (42-38, Rhode Island, 2001) Largest Margin of Victory by Brown: 49 (55-6, 1947) Largest Margin of Victory by URI: 28 (44-16, 1998)
Listen To Brown Football: Brown's 10-game football schedule will be aired throughout Rhode Island and Southern New England on WSKO-AM 790 The Score (Providence). The Brown football broadcast team features David Mager calling the play-by-play, and Travis Rowley '02 providing the color commentary.
NCAA Division I-AA National Rankings (Top 10): Total Offense: 1st Kyle Slager, 384.0 yards/game Receptions Per Game: 1st Chas Gessner, 10.5 rec./game Receiving Yards Per Game: 1st Chas Gessner, 159.0 yards/game Points Responsible For: 1st Kyle Slager, 24.0 points/game Scoring: 2nd Chas Gessner, 15.0 points/game Passing: 4th Kyle Slager, 25.0 comp./game Passing Efficiency: 7th Kyle Slager, 160.2 points Passing Offense: 1st BROWN, 372.5 yards/game Total Offense: 6th BROWN, 467.0 yards/game
Rackley Runs, Catches: Senior tailback Joe Rackley has proven to be an all-purpose back for the Bears. Against Harvard, Rackley ran for 50 yards and caught three passes for 64 yards. In the Towson game, Rackley caught eight passes for 128 yards, and rushed 12 times for 31 yards, scoring on a three yard touchdown run that tied the game, 42-42, in the fourth quarter. Rackley missed most of the pre-season with a hamstring injury, but resumed practice a week prior to Brown's season opening game. Last year, Rackley rushed for 415 yards, running for a career high 122 yards against Cornell, and scampering for 109 yards against Dartmouth. Rackley is backed-up by sophomore Aaron Neff and freshman Tristan Murray.
Did You Know? The 98 combined points by Brown and Towson are the most points in a season opener in Brown's 124-year football history, the most ever scored in a game at Towson, and the most since Brown and Penn combined for 109 points in 1998, when the Bears defeated the Quakers, 58-51... Senior All-American wide receiver Chas Gessner has been thrown to by four different starting quarterbacks in his four-year Brown career. James Perry, the Ivy League's all-time career passer, threw to Gessner in 1999, followed by Eric Webber in 2000, Kyle Rowley in 2001, and Kyle Slager this season.
Slager Leads Nation In Total Offense: Junior Kyle Slager battled with junior Nate Poole for the starting job at quarterback throughout the pre-season, and earned the starting nod a week before the season opened. He currently leads the nation in total offense with 384.0 yards per game. Slager looked smooth against Harvard, completing 22 of 31 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Against Towson, Slager completed 28 of 49 passes, and finished the game with 434 passing yards, 7th best in Brown football history, and 16th best in Ivy League football history (4th for a non-league game). His 447 yards in total offense (434 passing, 13 rushing) ranks 4th in the Brown record book, tied for 8th in Ivy football history (tied for 3rd in a non-league game). Slager is a transfer from the University of Arizona, who sat out last season after seeing limited action for the Wildcats in 2000. Both Slager and Poole played against each other in the same high school football league in Ohio. Slager comes from a long line of college quarterbacks. His father, Rick was a three-year letterwinner at quarterback for Notre Dame from 1974-1976, starting for the Fighting Irish in 1975 and 1976. His understudy at Notre Dame was Joe Montana. His grandfather also played quarterback at Ohio State.
Last Week vs. Harvard: Conversion Mistakes Hurt Bears: The final stat sheet indicated that Brown and Harvard scored four touchdowns each. There were no turnovers in the game, and the total offense was a virtual dead heat with Brown gaining 443 yards and Harvard 442 yards. But the Bears were 0 for 4 in extra point conversions, missing two kick attempts and two, two-point conversions in a 26-24 loss to Harvard in the Ivy League opener for both teams. The game was billed as a match-up between the top two teams in the Ivy League and a battle between two of the top candidates for the Walter Payton Award, Brown's Chas Gessner and Harvard's Carl Morris. None of the performers disappointed the crowd of 13,523 at Brown Stadium.
For the second straight week, Brown scored on its first possession when freshman Tristan Murray drove in from the three-yard line to cap an 85-yard drive that took 15 plays and consumed 8:03. Brown's extra point was wide and the Bears held a 6-0 advantage.
The Bears scored on their next possession, driving 94 yards in 15 plays, capped off by a 27 yard touchdown reception by Chas Gessner from quarterback Kyle Slager with 10:55 remaining in the second quarter. This time Brown's extra point attempt was blocked, giving the Bears a 12-0 lead.
Following a Harvard touchdown and extra point conversion, Brown took over at its own 35-yard line and struck quickly. Slager connected on a 60-yard touchdown pass to Gessner to give the Bears an 18-7 lead. Brown's attempt at a two-point conversion failed. Harvard scored the last two touchdowns of the second half to take a 19-18 lead at the half, and added the first score of the third quarter to grab a 26-18 advantage with10:07 remaining in the third quarter.
Slager directed another long scoring march for the Bears, driving the Bears 70 yards in 13 plays, connecting with tight end Chris Walther on a nine-yard touchdown pass with 4:09 remaining in the third quarter. With the Bears now trailing 26-24, Slager's two-point conversion pass failed, and the Bears remained down by two points.
Brown mounted a final assault on the Crimson midway through the fourth quarter, but the Bears were thwarted by a controversial pass interference call.
The battle between Gessner and Morris indicated that the two wide receivers are the top players in the Ivy League. Gessner finished with 10 catches for 150 yards, including touchdown receptions of 23 and 60 yards. Morris made eight catches for 93 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown reception at the end of the first half.
Slager was brilliant for the Bears, connecting on 22 of 31 passes without being intercepted, and throwing for 301 yards and three touchdowns.
Rackley also had an outstanding game, running 15 times for 50 yards, and making three receptions for 64 yards. Walther grabbed four passes for 33 yards to go along with his touchdown.
Chas Gessner - "Payton Watch": For the second consecutive season, senior wide receiver Chas Gessner has been named to the "Payton Watch" as a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, presented annually by The Sports Network to the top offensive player in the nation. He was a finalist for the Payton Award in 2001. Follow Gessner's progress at: http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=cfoot2/misc/payton_2002/Gessner.htm.
More Gessner: Chas Gessner opened his 2002 season where he left off last year, leading the nation in receiving yards (159 per game) and receptions per game (10.5). He opened the season by making 11 catches for 168 yards, while grabbing three touchdown catches against Towson. He continued his dominance over the Ivy League by making 10 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns (23 yards, 60 yards) vs. Harvard. A first team All-American in 2001, Gessner has drawn the attention of NFL scouts with his 6-5, 230 frame and his pass-catching ability. A first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection and second team All-American by The Sports Network and AP, Gessner was a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award last season, presented annually by The Sports Network to the nation's top I-AA player. Gessner's 1,182 receiving yards was first in the nation and 5th best in Ivy history, averaging 131.3 yards per game. He was second in the nation with 9.2 receptions per game, making 83 catches, which ranks 8th in the Ivy record book. Gessner tied the Brown record with 19 receptions against Rhode Island, and smashed the Brown record for receiving yards with 269 against the Rams. Gessner's two touchdown receptions against Harvard gives him 30 for his Brown career, third best in Ivy League history behind Sean Morey '99 (39) and Stephen Campbell '00.5 (33). His 2,535 career receiving yards is now 6th in the Ivy League record book, while his 199 career receptions is 4th in the Ivy football history.
Gessner: Year-by-Year Career Statistics G Rec. Yards. TD's 1999 10 43 560 8 2000 10 52 500 5 2001 9 83 1,182 12 2002 2 21 318 5 Total 32 199 2,560 30
Receiver U. - Since 1996, Brown has featured three first team All-American wide receivers and two first team All-American tight ends. Sean Morey was a first team All-American wide receiver in 1997 after being named the Ivy League Player of the Year. He was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles this season.. Steven Campbell earned first Team All-American accolades in 2000 after setting an NCAA record with 120 receptions. Senior wide receiver Chas Gessner led the nation in receiving last year and was named a first team All-American. Brown tight ends Paul Choquette (1996) and Zach Burns (1998) were also first team All-American selections.
Barone - Last Year's Ivy League Leader In Tackles: Senior Joel Barone, an honorable mention All-American selection a year ago, returned to form against Harvard with 16 tackles, including 8 solo hits. He registered four total tackles against Towson, but missed most of the second half after having problems with the severe heat. A second team All-Ivy selection last year, Barone came off the bench to lead the Ivy League and rank sixth nationally in tackles, making 12.9 tackles per game for the Bears, finishing with 103 tackles (53 solo, 50 assists). He was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Dartmouth where he registered15 tackles, including a quarterback sack where he jarred the ball loose, which was picked up in the end zone for a touchdown.
Switch Kicker: Freshman kicker Paul Christian, who can kick with either foot equally as well, booted six of six extra points for the Bears against Towson, but missed a 44 yard field goal. He booted all of his kicks with his right foot against the Tigers.
Watts The Answer: Senior linebacker Jeremiah Watts, who made eight tackles against Harvard, earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors last season after making 92 total tackles, second best in the Ivy League, averaging 10.2 tackles per game. Watts, who had 8 tackles for a loss and three quarterback sacks, made a career high 18 tackles against Penn. He was second on Brown's 2000 team in tackles with 78 total hits.
Young Leads Brown Defensive Effort: Hunter Young, a senior safety and second team All-Ivy selection, made 13 tackles against Harvard, including a quarterback sack, after registering a game-high 12 tackles against Towson, including one for a loss of three yards. He was Brown's third leading tackler last year with 73 total hits - 48 solo and 36 assists. Young returned a fumble 82 yards for a touchdown against Cornell last year, and made a key fourth-down stop against Yale that turned the momentum of the game in Brown's favor.
Parisien For the Defense: Senior safety Bobby Parisien ranked fourth on last year's team in tackles with 57 total hits, picking off two passes. He was an All-Ivy (honorable mention) selection in 2000, starting out the season at quarterback and moving over to be the backbone of the Bears' defense, making 71 total hits, while making two interceptions and knocking down six passes. He also picked up a fumble and returned it 82 yards against Cornell last year.
Buchanan Utrilizes Speed: Junior wide receiver Brandon Buchanan could be a lethal weapon for Brown's offense with tremendous speed and experience. Buchanan had a strong pre-season, and made two receptions for 52 yards against Towson, including a 29-yard touchdown catch. His 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Fordham in 2000 was the sixth longest kickoff return in Brown football history and the longest of the season in the Ivy League. A first team All-Ivy selection in the 60 meters for the Brown track team, Buchanan led last year's team with 24.9 yards per catch, including an 65-yard reception for a touchdown against Dartmouth. He caught three passes in Brown's scrimmage against Susquehanna.
Plowing the Road: The engine that drives Brown's explosive offense is its offensive line that was the Ivy League leader in scoring offense (35.4 ppg), passing offense (264,8 yards per game) and total offense (446.9 yards per game) in 2001. The Bears are led by senior tackle Dan Startsman (6-1, 300), who was a second team All-Ivy selections last year after earning honorable mention All-Ivy honors as sophomores. Also returning to provide stability to the lineup is senior Matt Slowik (6-2, 285), a two-year starter at center.
Brown Football on the Internet: Brown football fans can listen to the live audio broadcast of Bears football and the Phil Estes Show on the internet via a new subscription-only service called College Sports Pass for $6.95 per month. To sign up for the subscription, Brown fans can go to the Bears' official web site www.brownbears.com.
Brown Head Coach Phil Estes: Fifth -year head coach Phil Estes , the 19th head coach in Brown football history, has compiled an impressive 29-12 record at Brown, including an Ivy League Championship in 1999. His nine wins (9-1) in 1999 were the most since the 1926 Iron Men (9-0-1). Estes' 23 victories in his first three seasons, joins Penn's Al Bagnoli as the only coaches to win that often in their first three years since the official formation of the Ivy League back in 1956. A former offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, Estes was also the Bears' recruiting coordinator for four years and coached the runningbacks for three years.
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 he season on WSKO, Sports Radio 790 - The Score. The show is hosted by Dave Mager, the play-by-play voice of Brown football. The show can also be heard live on the internet on Brown's official web site, www.brownbears.com.
Brown on TV: Brown Football fans can watch the Bears twice this season. The Bears Brown will also appear on the YES network on Saturday, November 9th against Yale at Brown Stadium as part of the Ivy League's TV package. In addition, CN8 in Philadelphia will broadcast Brown's game against Penn on Saturday, November 2nd in Philadelphia.
Don Carcieri '65 - Former Brown Gridder Running for RI Governor: Don Carcieri '65 is the Republican nominee for Governor of Rhode Island and will battle Democrat Myrth York in the November election. Carcieri lettered in 1962, 1963 and 1964 for the Bears, first as a quarterback and as a defensive back his senior year. Known as a defensive specialist, he also completed 14 of 36 passes for 171 yards as a quarterback in 1962 and 1963.
Next Week: Brown travels to the Bronx, NY to battle Fordham on Saturday, October 12th. The two teams have met seven times, dating back to 1990, with the Bears holding a 6-1 series advantage.
2002 Brown Schedule and Results: 2002 Rhode Island Schedule and Results: 9/21 at Towson 42-56 8/31 BRYANT 28-0 9/28 HARVARD 24-26 9/7 at Hofstra 19-37 10/5 at Rhode Island 12:00 p.m. 9/14 at Syracuse 17-63 10/12 at Fordham 1:00 p.m. 9/28 at Maine 14-31 10/19 at Princeton 1:00 p.m. 10/5 BROWN 12:00 p.m. 10/26 CORNELL 1:00 p.m. 10/12 at Northeastern 1:00 p.m. 11/2 at Pennsylvania 1:00 p.m. 10/19 DELAWARE 12:00 p.m. 11/9 YALE 12:30 p.m. 10/26 RICHMOND 12:00 p.m. 11/16 at Dartmouth 12:30 p.m. 11/2 JAMES MADISON 12:00 p.m. 11/23 COLUMBIA 12:30 p.m. 11/9 at William & Mary 12:30 p.m. 11/16 at Villanova 12:30 p.m. 11/23 MASSACHUSETTS 12:00 p.m.
2002 BROWN UNIVERSITY VARSITY FOOTBALL Depth Chart 10/5/02 vs. Rhode Island
BROWN OFFENSE QB 2 Kyle Slager Jr. 10 Nate Poole Jr. TB 32 Joe Rackley Sr. 11 Aaron Neff So. FB 35 Brent Grinna Jr. 36 Max Tornatore Fr. SE 23 Chas Gessner Sr. 80 Ian Malepeai Sr. RT 67 Dan Startsman Sr. 66 Steve Hervey So. RG 64 Will Burroughs So. 79 Ian Tolle So. OC 59 Matt Slowick Sr. 74 Sean Fortin So. LG 68 James Dominic Sr 73 Tyler Johnson So. LT 71 Lawrence Rubida Jr. 52 Bill Behuniak Sr TE 83 Chris Walther Sr. 82 Nick Christ Jr. FL 13 Brandon Buchanan Sr. 86 Matt O'Malley Sr.
BROWN DEFENSE DE 88 Ryan Devlin Jr. 97 Jesse Hawkins Jr. DT 53 Brendan Kelly Sr. 95 Bryan Ramm Sr. DT 94 Christian Garnett Jr. 93 Sam Snead Sr. DE 90 Lee Heitmann Sr. 50 Phil Ford Sr. OLB 12 Bobby Parisien Sr. 37 Kevin Khasigian Sr. ILB 51 Joel Barone Sr. 45 Luke McCullough Sr. ILB 56 Jeremiah Watts Sr. 39 Scott Epperson So. OLB 22 Jermaine Griffin Jr. 3 Angel Gutierrez So. CB 14 Jason Ching Fr. 42 Matt Pinkham Jr FS 8 Hunter Young Sr. 17 Shaun Eidson Sr. CB 1 Selom Azuma Sr. 30 Darren Carmon Jr.
BROWN SPECIALISTS P 43 Tim Goobic Jr. 81 Shawn Smith So. PR 86 Matt O'Malley Sr. 6 Jarrett Schreck Fr. KOR 13 Brandon Buchanan Sr. 6 Jarrett Schreck Fr. FG 11 Paul Christian Fr. 91 Tynan Wyatt So. H 16 Nick Marietti So. KO 91 Tynan Wyatt So. LS 4 Craig Young So. SSn 59 Matt Slowick Sr.