Rams, Bears to Renew Governor's Cup Rivalry Saturday

Photo Credit: Mikayla Gemp
Photo Credit: Mikayla Gemp

Rhode Island (0-4) at Brown (1-1)
Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 5, 12:30 p.m. EST
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  • Saturday will be the 104th meeting between Rhode Island and Brown, with Brown leading the series, 73-28-2.
  • This is the 38th game between the schools since the Governor's Cup was introduced. The Bears have the slight edge, 19-18. Rhode Island won last season's meeting, 48-0. It was the largest margin of  victory for the Rams against their in-state rival.
  • Redshirt junior Vito Priore made his first career start in last year's meeting, throwing for 310 yards and four touchdowns while completing 19-of-25 pass attempts.
  • The Rams are looking to win at Brown for the first time since 2007, when URI  outlasted the Bears, 49-42 in double overtime.
  • Rhody comes in having dropped its first four contests, while Brown is fresh off a loss to Harvard in its Ivy League opener. The Bears defeated Bryant in their season opener.
  • Former URI player Willie Edwards is on the Brown staff, working with the outside linebackers. 
  • Brown tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Ryan Mattison spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons coaching defensive backs at Rhode  Island.


  • Senior Ahmere Dorsey returned a kick 99 yards for a score last week against Stony Brook, marking the third kick return touchdown of his career.
  • He and Harold Cooper (2004-07) are the only URI players with three kick returns of 90+ yards.
  • Dorsey ranks ninth in the nation with 153.0 all-purpose yards per game. He also is 10th in the country with a 29.3 yard kick return average. 
  • In 15 career games, Dorsey has scored nine touchdowns. He has rushed for four, returned three kickoffs for scores, returned one punt for a touchdown and caught one touchdown pass.
  • Dorsey had 1,085 combined kick and punt return yards last year, making him the first player in Rhode Island history to top 1,000 special teams yards in one year.


  • Senior safety Brian Campbell had his best career game last week, posting a career-high 11 tackles to go with a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and one pass break up.
  • Campbell has started every game for the Rams this season. 
  • He is second on the team with 36 tackles and leads the Rams with 1.5 sacks.


  • Rhode Island linebacker Branyan Javier-Castillo is averaging a league-best 10.3 tackles per game.
  • He ranks 13th among all players nationally in tackles per game
  • He is tied for seventh in the league with 1.0 tackles for loss per game.
  • Javier-Castillo had 14 tackles against Delaware, which is tied for the most by any CAA Football players in a game this season.
  • It was the second time in his career he has recorded at least 14 stops in a game.
  • In addition to the 14 tackles, Javier-Castillo had an interception that he returned 16 yards. He also had a sack in the game.
  • Javier-Castillo has started all 15 games he has played for the Rams.