October 15, 2009

VERSUS To Nationally Televise Brown vs. Princeton

Providence, Rhode Island -  Brown returns to Ivy League play on Saturday, October 17, hosting the Princeton Tigers at Brown Stadium, following a thrilling 34-31 win over #19 Holy Cross, when junior Patrick Rooney booted a 34-yard game-winning field goal with four seconds remaining to give Brown the victory. Bears’ junior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero established a new Ivy League record with 46 completions against the Crusaders.

Saturday’s game is being televised nationally on the Versus Network with kick-off at 12:37 p.m.. Mike Crispino will call the play and Ross Tucker will provide the color commentary.

The Bears(2-2, 0-1 Ivy) have won two straight non-league games heading into Saturday’s Ivy contest against the Tigers. Princeton (1-3, 0-1 Ivy) battled 23rd ranked Colgate into overtime on Thursday evening (10/8), before falling to the Red Raiders, 21-14, in double overtime.

Brown and Princeton have met 75 times, dating back to 1898, with the Tigers holding a 51-24-0 series advantage. Brown has won the last two games over Princeton, including a 31-10 victory over the Tigers in 2008, Brown’s first ever win at Princeton Stadium. Princeton’s last win over the Bears came in 2006 when Tigers came away with a 17-3 victory over the Bears in New Jersey.

Newhall-Caballero was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and Rooney earned Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honors for their performances in Brown’s last second win over Holy Cross on Saturday.

Newhall-Caballero, who was also named the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award winner and a College Sporting News National All-Star, set a new Ivy League record with 46 completions against the Crusaders on 61 attempts, while accumulating 431 passing yards. His 46 completions broke the previous Ivy League mark of 44 completions by Brown’s Kyle Slager against Rhode Island on October 5, 2002. Newhall-Caballero also threw two touchdown passes (22 and 10 yards) and ran for another on a seven-yard run. Newhall also ran for 14 yards, and his 445 yards of total offense rank ninth in the Brown record book, and 21st in Ivy football history.

Rooney entered the game on the first play of the fourth quarter, making his first varsity kicking appearance, and connected on a 31-yard field goal to extend Brown’s lead to 23-17. With the score tied 31-31 in the waning moments of the game, Rooney drilled a 34-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to lift Brown to a stunning 34-31 victory over the Crusaders.

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