Providence, Rhode Island - Brown's offense scored early and often, while the Bears' defense registered their first shutout since 1990, as Brown cruised to a 34-0 win over Princeton before a Homecoming crowd of 5,265 at Brown Stadium. The win extends Brown's record to 4-1 overall and gives the Bears their first win league of the season (1-1 Ivy). Princeton falls to 1-4, 1-1 in the Ivy League.
"We played 60 minutes of football and didn't let up," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "Mike Kelleher (Brown's defensive coordinator) had a great defensive game plan and his defense did a heck of a job executing throughout the entire game."
The Bears defense held Princeton to just 75 passing yards and 208 total yards. Princeton was successful on just three of 15 third down conversion attempts. Brown's offense accounted for 415 yards
Brown senior outside linebacker Daniel Smithwick electrified the Brown Stadium crowd before all the fans were able to get into their seats. On Princeton's first possession, Smithwick intercepted a Tommy Wornham pass in the flat and ran 36 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 7-0 advantage just 1:57 into the game.
"That was a great interception by Dan, who read the play perfectly," said Estes. "He's come up with big play after big play all season, and really turned the momentum in our favor."
Smithwick led the Bears with eight total tackles, including six solo stops and a tackle for a loss of 10 yards. Junior corner back AJ Cruz also contributed with seven tackles and a tackle for a loss. Sophomore tackle Michael Yules, sophomore tackle Dillon Ingham and senior end Clayton McGrath each registered two tackles for a loss for the Bears.
Junior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall headlined the Brown offense with six receptions for 75 yards. Lundevall caught an 11-yard touchdown pass and later threw a 24-yard scoring pass.
Bears' senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero was impressive with 229 yards passing, completing 22 of 31 passes. Junior tailback Mark Kachmer led the Bears' rushing attack with 67 yards on 19 carries and a one-yard touchdown run.
Brown extended its lead to 10-0, when sophomore Alex Norocea connected on a 39-yard field goal at the 7:49 mark of the first quarter.
The Bears continued their offensive onslaught by driving 76-yards for a score, with Newhall-Caballero connecting on an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lundevall, who made an acrobatic catch in the end zone to give the Bears a 17-0 advantage with 9:38 left in the second quarter. The big play in the scoring drive was a 41-yard pass play from Newhall-Caballero to senior Alex Tounkara-Kone.
Kachmer gave the Bears a 24-0 lead with 2:00 left in the half when he recovered from a fumbled snap and scampered around left end into the end zone from the one-yard line.
Brown scored first in the second half on its initial possession when Norocea booted a 29-yard field goal with 6:36 left in the third quarter to give the Bears a 27-0 lead.
Senior Jimmy Saros made his first touchdown reception of the season, hauling in a 24-yard pass from Lundevall, who tossed his first career touchdown pass on an end-around play, to extend Brown's lead to 34-0 with 9:34 left in the game. The touchdown was set up by a 22-yard run by senior Nate Lovett on a faked punt.
Princeton's offensive attack was headlined by Chuck Dibilio, who ran for a game high 78 yards on 16 carries. Wornham completed 11 of 27 yards for 75 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers were led by Caraun Reid, who made 9 tackles, including three for a loss.
Brown returns to the gridiron next Saturday, October 22 against the Cornell Big Red in Ithaca, New York. Game time is 12:30 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field.
Pictured: Dan Smithwick '12 on his way to the end zone following a 36-yard interception. photo by dspics.com