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Providence, RI - It's time to light up the night. The much awaited first-ever night game at Brown Stadium, which opened 85 years ago in 1925, comes to fruition Saturday evening, September 25, when Brown hosts Harvard in an historic match-up. Game time is 6:00 p.m.
The end product is nothing short of Herculean, with temporary lighting for Saturday's game between the Bears and Crimson. Three banks of Musco lights will illuminate Brown Stadium, with two banks of temporary lights towering above the home side of the stadium, and one bank of lights on the visitor's side. Each bank of lights features 15 light units, with 6,000 watts of light for each unit.
Brown (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) opened its 133rd season of intercollegiate football last week with a thrilling 33-30 overtime victory over Stony Brook. Senior All-Ivy tailback Zack Tronti ran for two touchdowns in overtime, including a one-yard game-winning run. Harvard (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) dominated Holy Cross, 34-6, in its season opener last week.
Brown and Harvard have met 109 times, dating back to 1893, with the Crimson holding a 78-29-2 series advantage. Harvard pulled out a 24-21 win over the Bears at Harvard Stadium last year, winning for the ninth time in the last 10 meetings. The Bears threw two passes into the end zone on the last two plays of the game. Brown earned a 24-22 victory over the Crimson in 2008 at Brown Stadium and went on to share the Ivy League Championship with the Crimson with a 6-1 Ivy League record.
Junior quarterback Joe Springer took over the quarterbacking duties from injured Kyle Newhall-Caballero '11 and opened the game by connecting on his first collegiate pass, a 45-yard pass play to senior Alexander Tounkara. Springer had command of the Bears' offense all day, and completed 23 of 43 passes for 250 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown pass. Newhall-Caballero has practiced all week with the Bears and is expected to return to the lineup.
Senior tri-captain and inside linebacker Andrew Serrano, was the defensive standout for the Bears in their season opener against Stony Brook, making 12 tackles, including seven solo hits and a quarterback sack, and intercepting a pass at the Brown five yard line to stop a potential Stony Brook game-winning drive, returning it 18 yards with 5:33 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Ross Simons Jewelers Couples Toss at Halftime: Lucky couples will have the opportunity to win a $500 Ross Simons Jewelers gift card with a special promotion at halftime of Saturday's game. Couples can sign up for the promotion at the Sports Foundation tent, located inside the stadium.