Ithaca, N.Y. – Senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) threw for a 295 yards and three touchdowns as Brown held on for a 42-35 Ivy League win over Cornell at chilly Schoellkopf Field Saturday afternoon. The win gives the Bears their first Ivy win of the season (1-2), while extending their overall record to 4-2.
Donnelly's 295 aerial yards came on 21 of 27 passing, while throwing touchdown passes of two, 33 and 43 yards. Senior wide receiver Jordan Evans (Brentwood, TN) caught four passes for a game high 104 yards.
The game was in doubt to the final moments. Cornell rallied from 21 points down to pull to within seven points of the Bears, 42-35. With 2:16 left in the game and the momentum all in Cornell's favor, Brown senior defensive end John Bumpus (Concord, MA) stripped Big Red quarterback Jeff Matthews and Bears' junior Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) pumped on the ball to kill the possession and preserve the victory at the Cornell 41-yard line.
Bears' senior Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL) ran for his first 100-yard game in a year, scampering for a game high 101 yards. Reisner ran for 193 yards against the Big Red a year ago.
Defensively, senior Ade Oyalowo (Bowie, MD) led the Bears with nine tackles, including two for a loss of 12 yards. Junior Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH) and Giovacchini had eight tackles each.
After fumbling deep in its own territory on its first possession, Brown's offense got back on track following a 10-yard punt return by freshman Alex Jette (North Attleboro, MA). Five plays later, Reisner capped a 49-yard scoring drive when he drove into the end zone from one yard out to give the Bears a 7-0 lead with 8:08 left in the opening quarter.
Following a short Brown punt, Cornell got on the scoreboard with 1:36 left in the quarter on a 31 yard touchdown pass from Matthews to Luke Hagy, tying the game, 7-7.
Donnelly connected on a two-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Andrew Marks early in the second quarter to lift the Bears to a 14-7 advantage. Several big runs by Reisner and a 27-yard catch by Brian Strachan (Wellesley, MA) highlighted the 80-yard scoring drive.
With 1:49 left in the half, Donnelly completed a home run touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL), who hauled in the 33-yard touchdown throw in stride to give the Bears a 21-7 advantage.
Donnelly was right on target in the opening 30 minutes, completing 16 of 30 passes for 198 yards.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, sophomore Michael Walsh (Swampscott, MA) forced a Cornell fumble was picked out of the air by Bears' sophomore William Twyman (Sudbury, MA) at the Big Red 22 yard line. Twyman has clear sailing the rest of the way into the Cornell end zone for his first collegiate score and a 28-7 Brown lead.
When Cornell drew to within 28-14 of the Bears, Donnelly immediately answered for the Bears.
Donnelly drove the Bears 80-yards in five plays, completing the drive with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Evans, who hauled in the pass at the Big Red 20 yard line, broke a tackle and sprinted the rest of the way into the end zone to give the Bears a 35-14 lead with 10:48 remaining.
Cornell and Matthews answered with back-to-back touchdown passes to cut the Brown lead to 35-28 with 10:20 remaining in the game.
Brown stopped the Big Red tidal ways with a big play drive, a 44 yard Donnelly to Evans pass play, and a 15 run by Reisner. The 75 yard scoring drive put the Bears back up by 14 points, 42-28, and was capped by a three-yard touchdown run by sophomore Andrew Coke (Andover, MA) with 7:53 left in the game.
Brown hosts Penn on Saturday, November 2 in a Homecoming match-up at Brown Stadium in a game televised live on Fox College Sports. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 pm.