Brown Toppled By Harvard, 24-7
Cambridge, Mass. – With a steady rain pelting Harvard Stadium, Brown turned the ball over five times and fell to the Crimson by a 24-7 margin before a rain-soaked crowd of 18,585. The game was evenly played on the offensive side of the ball with Harvard holding a narrow 366-352 advantage in total yards, and turning the ball over just once.
Two key Brown miscues deep in Harvard territory prevented the Bears from rallying from an 14-0 deficit– a second quarter Harvard interception in its own end zone, and a Brown fourth quarter fumble at the Crimson one yard line with the Bears trailing by a touchdown.
Harvard was without its starting quarterback Collier Winters, who was injured last week against Holy Cross. He was ably replaced in the lineup by junior Colton Chapple, who passed for 207 yards and threw two touchdowns.
Brown quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero completed 28 of 52 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown. Bears' junior tailback Mark Kachmer ran for 97 yards on 19 carries.
Harvard got on the scoreboard first following a bit of trickery. The Crimson set up for a 23 yard field goal on fourth and four at the Brown six yard line, but holder Colton Chapel took the snap and ran for a first down to the Bears' one yard line. Junior Trevor Scales ran into the end zone on the next play to give the Crimson a 7-0 advantage with 5:12 left in the first quarter.
The Crimson seemingly took control of the game with an 80-yard yard scoring drive to extend its lead to 14-0 early in the second quarter following a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chappel to Cameron Brate.
Uncharacteristically, the Bears had two personal foul penalties, a fumble, and a dropped pass in the end zone to trail by 14 points at the half.
Brown turned the momentum in its favor early in the second half when sophomore Emory Polley intercepted a pass at the Brown 44-yard line.
Following an exchange of punts, Bears' senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero found his stride and directed a 57 yard scoring drive for Brown's first score of the game. He threw downfield to junior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall, who grabbed the ball at the five yard line and spun his way into the end zone for a 30-yard pass play to bring the Bears to within 14-7 of the Crimson with 6:29 left in the third quarter.
The Bears were knocking on the Harvard end zone once again, advancing to the Harvard two yard line, but fumbled the ball away to the Crimson with 13:05 left in the fourth quarter.
Harvard put the game out of reach when Chappel connected on a 56-yard scoring strike to Adam Chrissis with 6:39 left in the game, capping off a 95-yard, eight play scoring drive.
Defensively, Brown senior defensive end Clay McGrath came through with a game high 15 tackles, including three tackles for a loss. Senior linebacker Matthew O'Donnell chipped in with 10 tackles. Harvard was led by Joshua Boyd with 11 total tackles.
Brown will host Rhode Island next Saturday, October 1, in the second ever night game at historic Brown Stadium, with kick-off at 6:00 p.m. Temporary lighting will be installed for the Saturday evening match-up against the Rams. Four banks of Musco lights will illuminate Brown Stadium, with two banks of temporary lights towering above the stadium on either side of the field. Brown hosted Harvard in 2010 in the first night game played at Brown Stadium, drawing a crowd of 17,330, the largest crowd for a sporting event in the State of Rhode Island for 2010.