Brown Football Edges Rhode Island To Win Fourth Straight Governor’s Cup

Brown University Press Release

Kingston, R.I. – Brown used a balanced offensive attack and a defense that held Rhode Island (0-5) to just three rushing yards to capture the Governor’s Cup for the fourth straight year and earn its first win of the season, beating the Rams, 20-13, at Meade Stadium, in the 99th meeting between the two Ocean State universities.

Clinging to a narrow 17-13 lead, Brown (1-2) went on a nine-minute fourth quarter drive, grinding down the field 80 yards, that culminated in a 26-yard field goal by junior Grant Senne with 3:28 left in the game to give the Bears a 20-13 lead.

“Coach (Frank) Sheehan really did a great job of calling plays to milk the clock,” said Brown head coach Phil Estes.  “I’m happy for our players.  We now know how to win. It’s great to bring home the Governor’s Cup for the fourth straight year.”

Bears’ senior quarterback Marcus Fuller passed for 169 yards and a touchdown, completing 20-of-35 passes.  Brown’s rushing attack was buoyed by the play of junior tailback Andrew Coke, who ran for 61 yards, and junior quarterback Seth Rosenbauer, who had 53 yards on 10 carries.

Senior Brian Strahan hade seven receptions for 55 yards, while senior Stian Romberg had four receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown.

“We were able to execute with our guys up front doing a fantastic job,” said Fuller. ”When you run the football it opens up the entire playbook.”

Brown’s defense had nine tackles for a loss of 40 yards and three quarterback sacks. Senior inside linebacker Xavier Russo led the Bears with six tackles, while senior cornerback Jacob Supron had five solo hits, a tackle for a loss and an interception.

“We played much more physical in the second half and started to believe in ourselves,” said Supron.

On its first possession, Brown drove from the its own 25 yard line before stalling at the Rhode Island 10-yard line, missing a field goal just five minutes into the game.

Supron intercepted a URI pass at the Brown 38 yard line and returned it to the Rams’ 42 yard line. Fuller threw a seven-yard scoring strike to Romberg to give the Bears a 7-0 advantage with 4:24 left the opening quarter.

Rhode Island got on the scoreboard and tied the game, 7-7, just before the end of the half when Harold Cooper took a short pass from quarterback Mack Lowrie and scampered down the sideline 39-yards for a touchdown.

The Bears grabbed a 10-7 lead with 5:09 left in the third quarter when Senne booted a 32-yard field goal.

Sophomore Alex Jette set up Brown’s next touchdown, breaking several tackles on a punt return, running 30 yards to the URI 14-yard line.  Two runs by Coke, the second from two yards out, gave the Bears a 17-7 advantage with 3:40 left in the third quarter.

The Rams got back in the game after getting great field position at the Brown 11-yard line.  Lowrie scored on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter to bring the Rams to within four points, 17-13. Lowrie finished the game with 229 passing yards and 21 completions.

Brown returns home for the 59th meeting with Holy Cross on Saturday, October 11.  Kick-off between the two New England schools is 12:30 pm at Brown Stadium.