Rams, Bears to Renew Governor's Cup Rivalry Saturday

Photo Credit: Mikayla Gemp
Photo Credit: Mikayla Gemp

THE BASICS
Rhode Island (0-4) at Brown (1-1)
Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 5, 12:30 p.m. EST
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RHODE ISLAND VS. BROWN - SERIES NOTES

  • 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.

DORSEY TAKES ANOTHER KICK ALL THE WAY

  • 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.

CAMPBELL MAKES PRESENCE FELT

  • 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.

JAVIER-CASTILLO LEADS CAA IN TACKLES 

  • 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.