Bears Shut Down By Princeton, 19-0
Princeton, New Jersey – The road weary Brown offense was unable to get on track, accumulating just 17 rushing yards and 242 yards of total offense in a 19-0 loss to Princeton in the 79th meeting with the Tigers at Princeton Stadium. The shutout loss snaps the Bears' Ivy League record 162 consecutive game scoring streak, dating back to the 1996 season.
The loss also snaps a two-game Brown (3-2, 0-2 Ivy) winning streak, while Princeton (3-2, 2-0 Ivy) captured its third straight game.
Brown, playing its third straight road game and competing away from home the fourth time in five games, had not been shut out since the opening game of the 1996 season, a 30-0 loss to Yale.
The Bears came into the game without tailback Spiro Theodhosi and offensive tackle Jack Templeton, who were injured last against URI and will be lost for the season. It got worse with two early injuries to key players.
"We had a lot of offense go out the window when tailback Cody Taulbee got hurt on the second play," said Estes. "We planned to go to the three tight offense, and one of those went down too."
"Give Princeton's defense a lot of credit," continued Estes. "The have the best defensive front in the Ivy League. They're really good." The Tigers defense finished with six quarterback sacks.
Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly threw for 225 yards on 25 of 50 passing. Senior wide receivers Tellef Lundevall and Jonah Fay made six catches each. Senior tailback Mark Kachmer rushed for a team high 35 yards.
Defensively, senior Steve Zambetti registered 14 tackles for the Bears, while seniors A.J. Cruz and Reed Watne had nine tackles each.
Princeton quarterback Connor Michelsen completed 13 of 22 passes for 156 yards, but it was the Tigers' running game that made the difference, with 186 total rushing yards.
Princeton got on the scoreboard first with a bit of trickery in the opening quarter when quarterback Connor Michelsen threw a lateral pass to offensive tackle Spencer Houston, who took the backward toss at the 20 yard line, and ran into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown with 4:09 remaining for a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers opened up a 10-0 lead early the second quarter when Nolan Bieck connected on a 21-yard field goal at the 14:25 mark.
Princeton struck again, this time on a safety. Brown had the ball on its own one-yard line when Bears' tailback Mark Kachmer was tackled in the end zone by Princeton's Reid Caraun with 14:20 to go in the second quarter to give the Tigers a 12-0 advantage.
Brown's defense was unable hold the Tigers on Princeton's first possession of the second half. The Tigers drove 80 yards in eight plays and grabbed a 19-0 lead on an eight yard scoring run by Will Powers with 10:35 left in the third quarter.
After three straight road games, Brown returns home to battle Cornell next Saturday, October 20 at Brown Stadium, with kick-off at 12:30 p.m.