Cornell Takes Down Brown, 34-7

photo by Dave Burbank
photo by Dave Burbank

Ithaca, N.Y. –With the Bears' offense in hibernation for three quarters, Cornell built a 34-0 lead  midway through the fourth quarter and cruised to a 34-7 Ivy League win over Brown Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.


The Bears fall to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Ivy League, while Cornell improves 2-4, 2-1 in league play.


The Big Red outgained the Bears by a 504-161 margin, and had a 40:19 –19:40 advantage in time of possession.


With Brown's starting quarterback TJ Linta (Branford, CT) unable to play, freshman Jeffrey Jonke (Lucas, TX) got the start for the Bears. He limped off the field in the opening quarter and was replaced by junior Nick Duncan (St. Louis, MO). Coming off an injury himself, Duncan played at less that 100-percent and completed 10-of-26 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.


Bears' senior defensive Richard Jarvis (Watertown, MA) made his 16th career quarterback sack, third all-time at Brown, moving past New England Patriots' fullback James Develin, who made 15 sacks for the Bears from 2006-2009.  The All-Ivy Jarvis finished the game with nine tackles overall. Senior safety Connor Coughlin (Medford, NY) also registered nine tackles, including one for a loss.


Big Red quarterback Dalton Banks threw for 228 yards, completing19-of-26 passes. Jake Gellatly rushed for a game high 74 yards and a touchdown, while Harold Coles rushed for two touchdowns and 65 yards.


Cornell struck first, grabbing an early 3-0 lead on its first possession following a 24-yard field goal by Zach Mays. Another Mays field goal, this time a 30-yard boot, with 12:11 left in the second quarter gave the Big Red a 6-0 advantage.


The Big Red pulled ahead by a 13-0 margin with 7:47 left in the half on a three-yard touchdown run by  Coles., capping a 63-yard scoring drive.


Brown was only able to gain two first downs and 59 total yards in the opening 30 minutes, trailing 13-0 at the half as the Big Red offense held the ball for 19 minutes.


A three-yard touchdown run by Chris Walker gave the Big Red a 20-0 advantage with just 24 seconds left in the third quarter.


Coles burst through the Bears' defensive line for his second touchdown of the day early in the fourth quarter, this time on a 42-yard run.  A three-yard touchdown run by Gellatly gave the Big Red a 34-0 advantage.


Brown got on the scoreboard with 8:13 left in the game on a two-yard touchdown pass from Duncan to senior Anton Casey (Bethesda, MD). The Bears' 80-yard scoring drive came on six plays, with Casey accounting for 50 receiving yards in the drive.


Brown heads back to Brown Stadium next week for its final home game of the season on the East Side, hosting Penn on Saturday, October 28 at 12:30 pm. The Bears will also play a "home" game against Dartmouth at Fenway Park on Friday, November 10.