Brown & URI Football Prepare To Face Off In 101st Governor’s Cup Game

Brown University Press Release

Providence, R.I. –  The battle for Rhode Island bragging rights between Brown and URI will take place on Saturday, October 1 at in Kingston, RI, as the Bears and Rams vie for the Governor’s Cup in the 101st meeting between the two Ocean State universities. Kick-off is scheduled for 12 noon at Meade Stadium.

The Records:  Brown (1-1) battled #19 Harvard to the wire before falling to the Crimson by a 32-22 margin at Brown Stadium. Senior QB Kyle Moreno threw three touchdown passes, two to senior Troy Doles and one to senior Garrett Swanky. Rhode Island (0-4) dropped a 39-17 decision to New Hampshire after trailing by just eight points in the fourth quarter, 25-17. QB Paul Mroz passed for 249 yards to pace the Rams.

Last Year’s Game: Trailing 24-20 in the fourth quarter, Brown rallied for a 41-31 win over the Rams at Brown Stadium. Brown’s fast-paced offense ran 100 plays, compared to the Rams’ 56 plays from scrimmage, and outgained the Rams by a 559-342 margin in yards. Wide receivers Troy Doles ‘16.5and Alex Jette ’17 made nine catches each for the Bears.

The Governor’s Cup History – 101st Meeting: Brown and Rhode Island have met 100 times, dating back to 1909, with the Bears holding a 72-26-2 series advantage over the Rams. Last year, Brown earned its fifth straight victory over the Rams, 41-31, at Brown Stadium to retain the Governor’s Cup with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo making the presentation after the game. In 2010, Rhode Island came away with a 27-24 win in overtime over the Bears at Meade Stadium. Historically, Brown won the first 23 meetings between the two teams, 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 2021.  Two previous Rhode Island Governors have played in the Governor’s Cup game: Phil Noel, Brown Class of 1954, and Donald Carcieri, Brown Class of 1965.

Bear Facts: 

–           Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo will present the Governor’s Cup on the field at the completion of Saturday’s game.

–           Senior DB Jordan Ferguson leads the nation in passes defended (3.0 per game), while junior teammate Connor Coughlin is fifth in passes defended (2.0 per game).

–           Senior QB Kyle Moreno is second nationally in points responsible for (25.0 per game), and ranks 13th in the nation in completions per game (23.5 per game).      

Moreno Takes The Helm At QB: Senior co-captain Kyle Moreno (Pleasanton, CA) has earned the starting nod at quarterback and gives the Bears a dual threat ability to run the read-option. Moreno ranks second in the nation with 25.0 points responsible for in two games. He threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns against Harvard. Moreno made the most of his first collegiate start vs. Bryant, rallying the Bears from a 21-0 deficit by taking part in all five Brown touchdowns, including three passing and two via the ground in being named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week.  He tossed touchdown passes of 18, 11 and 11 yards against the Bulldogs, scored on a 10-yard run and, after Bryant drew to within one point, 28-27, scored Brown’s final touchdown to put the Bears up by eight points. Overall, Moreno completed 16-of-29 passes for 224 yards and zero interceptions, while rushing for 10 yards. Moreno accounted for four touchdowns against Harvard last year, passing for 307 yards and two touchdowns against the Crimson, while also rushing for 28 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for a season-high 78 yards and a touchdown against Dartmouth. He will be backed-up by junior TJ Linta (Bradford, CT).

All-Ivy Alex Jette Headlines Receiving Corps: Brown’s wide receiver corps is ranked among the best in the nation and senior Alex Jette (North Attleboro, MA) is considered the most talented and versatile wide receiver in the league. He made six catches for 79 yards vs. Harvard. Jette made four catches for a team high 74 yards in Brown’s season opening win over Bryant. A two-time First Team All-Ivy wide receiver and return man with exceptional speed, Jette was 10th in the nation last year in receptions, 10th in receiving yards and led the Ivy League and ranked 24th nationally in all-purpose yards, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Princeton. He made a career high 16 receptions for 215 yards against Holy Cross. Jette also returns kickoffs for the Bears and had a 99-yard return for a TD last year vs. Princeton. Jette also handles the punting duties for the Bears.

BROWN – CAREER RECEPTIONS

1.         305       Stephen Campbell           97-98-99-00

2.         294       Chas Gessner                  99-00-01-02

3.         251       Sean Morey                    95-96-97-98

4.         229       Buddy Farnham              06-07-08-09

5.         216       Tellif Lundevall              10-11-12

6.         210       Bobby Sewall                 06-07-08-09

7.         155       Lonnie Hill                    03-05-06

8.         150       Brian Strachan                13-14-15

9.         145       Jarrett Schreck                 02-03-04

10.        127       Rodd Torbert                  89-90-91

—          106       Alex Jette                      13-14-15-16

—          102       Troy Doles                    13-14-15-16

BROWN – CAREER RECEIVING YARDS

1.         3,850    Sean Morey                    95-96-97-98

2.         3,555    Stephen Campbell           97-98-99-00

3.         3,408    Chas Gessner                  99-00-01-02

4.         2,895    Buddy Farnham              06-07-08-09

5.         2,440    Jarrett Schreck                 02-03-04

6.         2,349    Tellif Lundevall              10-11-12-13

7.         2,144    Lonnie Hill                    03-04-06

8.         2,141    Bobby Sewall                 06-07-08-09

9.         1,652    Rodd Torbert                  89-90-91

10.        1,562    Troy Doles                    13-14-15-16

—          1,495    Alex Jette                      13-14-15-16

Troy Doles Provides Deep Speed: Senior wide receiver Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA) earned second team All-Ivy honors in 2015 and is Brown’s main downfield threat with terrific speed.  Doles caught touchdown passes of 20 and 24 yards vs. Harvard, while making seven receptions for 99 yards overall.  Doles has 1,562 career receiving yards, 10th best in Brown football history,  and 102 career receptions. Doles caught Brown’s first touchdown vs. Bryant, an 18-yard reception.  He finished the game with two receptions for 32 yards. Last year, he was 10th nationally with 96.3 receiving yards per game, while making 66 catches, 16th best in the nation. Doles caught passes for 100 or more yards six times in 2015, including 147 yards vs. Bryant. He caught eight or more passes four times, including nine receptions vs. Rhode Island and Holy Cross.

Bears Elect Captains: Senior defensive end Robert Hughes (Long Valley, NJ) and senior quarterback Kyle Moreno (Pleasanton, CA) have been elected captains of the 2016 Brown football team.

Brown In the FCS National Rankings (Top 20):

Passes Defended                     1st        Jordan Ferguson          3.0 per game

                                                5th        Connor Coughlin         2.0 per game

Points Responsible For          2nd       Kyle Moreno              25.0 per game

Completions                           13th      Kyle Moreno              23.5 per game

Passing Yards                          19th      Kyle Moreno              263.0 per game

Jarvis At Defensive End: Senior DE Richard Jarvis (Watertown, MA) paced the defensive front with five tackles against Bryant. He came back vs. Harvard to make two tackles and recover a fumble. Last year, he was a dominant force up front with a team leading 6.5 tackles for loss and 34 tackles overall. Jarvis helped hold together a defensive line decimated by injury last year. 

Hughes Gets Defensive: Senior co-captain Robert Hughes (Long Valley, NJ) registered three tackles vs. Harvard, while adding a quarterback sack and a tackle for a loss.  He made two tackles vs. Bryant, along with a tackle for loss. He had 17 tackles last year and was Brown’s sack leader with three for a loss of 22 yards. 

Offensive Line: One of the major strengths of the offensive unit is its offensive line that ranked number one in the Ivy League and seventh nationally in sacks allowed, and was ninth in the nation in tackles for loss allowed. Second Team All-Ivy tackles Matt Girard (Holyoke, MA) and Dakota Girard (Wellfleet, MA) are two-year starters, who also helped Brown’s passing offense to rank 12th nationally with 288.5 yards per game. The Bears also return starting senior guards Bruce Hall (Leslie, MI) and Clay Eubank (Coto De Caza, CA) along with junior center Christian Montano (Orange, CT), who earned a starting role in the latter third of the season.

Ferguson Leads Nation In Passes Defended: Senior cornerback Jordan Ferguson (Ladera Heights, CA) the lone returning starter to the secondary, leads the nation with 3.0 passes defended per game. He made four solo tackles and broke up two passes vs. Harvard. Ferguson intercepted a pass vs. Bryant, made two tackles and broke up three passes. Last year, he intercepted two passes for the Bears, broke up five passes and made 39 tackles overall.

Twyman On The Inside:  Senior inside linebacker Will Twyman (Sudbury, MA) paced the Bears with eight tackles, including a quarterback sack and two tackles for a loss vs. Harvard.  He made six tackles in Brown’s season opening game vs. Bryant. Twyman’s 7.7 tackles per game led the Bears and were fourth in the Ivy League a year ago.

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 15 of his 18 seasons, while compiling an impressive 73-54 Ivy mark (.575), 109-72 (.602) overall. Estes’ 73 career Ivy League wins are the most ever at Brown and rank sixth in the Ivy League record book, while his 109 career wins overall rank 10th all-time in the Ivy League. Estes’ 181 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 18 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)

2015    Brown        5-5                        3-4 (Fourth)

Tylki In The Middle:  Senior inside linebacker Max Tylki (Wethersfield, CT) picked up where he left off a year ago, making six tackles, including one for a loss, in Brown’s season opener vs. Bryant. Tylki had five tackles and a quarterback sack for a loss of seven yards vs. Harvard. Last year, Tylki made 62 tackles including 5.5 for a loss.

First Interceptions: Sophomore cornerback Sebastian Dovi (Newark, DE) and junior free safety Connor Coughlin (Medford, NY) each intercepted his first career pass vs. Bryant.  Coughlin had four tackles and two pass break-ups vs. Bryant and made seven tackles with 1.5 tackles for a loss vs. Harvard. Dovi made a career best seven tackles vs. Harvard and added three tackles vs. Bryant.

Newcomers To Watch: Several freshmen are expected to contribute immediately, with several on the opening day depth chart. Jakob Prall (Tipp City, OH) is listed on the 2-deep as a punt and kick-off return man, while Emerson Logie (New Canaan, CT) is listed as a back-up tight end and Antonio Trapp (Tyrone, GA) as a back-up defensive back.  The versatile Prall had a punt return for 20 yards vs. Bryant, while also catching one pass for 18 yards, rushing once for 10 yards and returning two kickoffs 45 yards. He returned two punts 16 yards vs. Harvard, while returning four kickoffs 67 yards.

Bears In The NFL:  Brown has two of its former players on NFL rosters in 2016.  Special Teams Captain Zak DeOssie ’07 is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl Champion (2007, 2011) for the New York Giants. Coming into the 2016 season, DeOssie has played in all 128 regular-season and nine postseason games in his career, and is the 2nd-longest tenured Giants player, behind Eli Manning. Fullback James Develin ’10, an engineering concentrator at Brown, enters his fourth season with the New England Patriots. He is the New England Patriots starting fullback, with exceptional seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15, including the 2015 Super Bowl Championship team.

How Do You Say That?

Biestek                                    bee-steck

Coughlin                                  cog-lin

Dovi                                        doe-vee

Ikwechegh                               ick-weh-jay

Jette                                        jet-ee

Kopec                                     ko-peck

Kutschke                                 kutch-kee

Marchie                                   march-ee

Moreno                                   more-A-no

Pena                                        pain-ya

Schmelzle                                shmell-zul                              

Tylki                                       till-key

Family Matters:  Junior kicker Brett Estes (East Greenwich, RI) is the son of Bears’ head coach Phil Estes. Senior defensive end Robert Hughes has a long tradition of family members playing football at Brown. He is the second of three Hughes brothers to play for head coach Phil Estes, joining brothers Peter ’10 and Alex ’20. His uncles, Bill ’88 and Scott ’91 Perry, also played for the Bears

Brown’s Weekly Award Winners

9/17     Kyle Moreno, QB                 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week

                                                            STATS FCS National Honor Roll

            Max Tylki, LB                       Ivy League Honor Roll

9/24     Will Twyman, LB                 Ivy League Honor Roll

            Troy Doles, WR                    Ivy League Honor Roll

            Kyle Moreno, QB                 Ivy League Honor Roll

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. Available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app., packages for Brown’s channel (brownbears.tv) on the Ivy Digital Network 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 at Hope Street Pizza/View On Facebook Live: 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. on WPRV-AM 790 and hosted by Scott Cordischi, the play-by-play voice of Brown football. Brown fans are invited to attend the show at Hope Street Pizza, listen live on WPRV-AM790, and for the first time, watch the show on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) and Facebook Live. All 10 of the Phil Estes Shows will be held at Hope Street Pizza, located at 720 Hope Street on the East Side of Providence.

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 – Brown Hosts Stetson: Brown will host Stetson University on Saturday, October 8, in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 pm at Brown Stadium.