Brown Takes Governor’s Cup 17-7 Over URI
Saturday, October 06, 2012
The Rhody Rams entered play Saturday desperate for a win. At (0-4) to start the season, they were hoping a home game against intrastate rival Brown would do the trick. Unfortunately for the Rams, the Bears proved to be uncooperative guests. Brown beat URI 17-7 to take the Governor's Cup back to Providence.
The Bears were dealt an unfotunate blow early in the game when star runningback Spiro Theodhosi had to leave the field in the first quarter after having his right foot stepped on by a Ram defender. Theodhosi would not return to the game and was seen on crutches on the Brown sideline in the second half of the game.
But with injury comes opportunity. And Cody Taulbee and Mark Kachmer took advantage of that opportunity.
Talbee put the Bears on the board first when he capped off an 8-play, 50-yard scoring drive with a 6-yard TD run putting Brown up 7-0. Taulbee, listed as a fullback on Brown's roster, lined up behind fellow fullback Jackson Freeman in the "I" in a power formation that also included 3 tight ends. It worked to perfection putting the Bears in front.
In the second quarter, a swarming Brown defense stood up Rams WR Brandon Johnson-Farrell after a short completion of two yards. As three Bears defenders stood him up, a fourth came in and stripped the ball from Johnson-Farrell's hands. Brown recovered the fumble at the URI 22 yard line.
Three plays later, Taulbee took it in from 10 yards out for a 14-0 lead.
Rhode Island struck paydirt just before halftime when QB Bob Bentsen (Warwick Vets) ran it in from3 yards out to cut the deficit to 14-7 for URI. Rhody was hoping to carry that momentum into the second half of the game but it didn't happen.
Brown controlled the football for almost 18 of the 30 minutes in the final two quarters for a 17-7 win. It was the second straight win for the Bears over URI.
Taulbee finished the game with 44 yards rushing and 2 TD's on 10 carries while Kachmer ran for 73 yards on 17 carries.
Bears QB Patrick Donnelly was 14-28 passing for 125 yards while his couterpart Bentsen went 22-38 for 193 yards and 1 int.
Johnson-Farrell led the Rams receivers with 10 receptions for 95 yards.
Brown (3-1) will play its third straight road game and its fourth in five games to start the season next Saturday at Princeton. The Bears will head back into Ivy League play for the remainder of the season having finished the non-conference portion of their schedule at a perfect (3-0).
Rhody (0-5 ) will host winless Georgia State (0-6) in CAA play next Saturday at Meade Stadium on Family Day.