September 28, 2002

Brown Gridders Fall to Crimson, 26-24

Sept. 28, 2002

Providence, Rhode Island - The final stats indicated that Brown and Harvard scored four touchdowns each, but the Bears failed to convert any extra point conversions as Brown dropped a 26-24 decision to Harvard in an Ivy League game before a crowd of 13,523 at Brown Stadium.

For the second straight week, Brown scored on its first posession when freshman Tristan Murray drove in from the three-yard line to cap an 85 yard drive that took 15 plays and consumed 8:03. Brown's extra point was wide and the Bears held a 6-0 advantage.

The Bears scored on their next possession, driving 94 yards in 15 plays, capped off by a 27 yard touchdown reception by Chas Gessner from quarterback Kyle Slager with 10:55 remaining in the second quarter. This time Brown's extra point attempt was blocked, giving the Bears a 12-0 lead.

Following a Harvard touchdown and extra point conversion, Brown took over at its own 35-yard line and struck quickly. Slager connected on a 60-yard touchdown pass to Gessner to give the Bears an 18-0 lead. Brown's attempt at a two-point conversion failed.

Harvard scored the last two touchdowns of the second half to take a 19-8 lead at the half, and added the first score of the third quarter to grab a 26-18 advantage with10:07 remaining in the third quarter.

Slager directed another long scoring drive for the Bears, driving the Bears 70 yards in 13 plays, connecting with tight end Chris Walther on a nine yard touchdown pass with 4:09 remaining in the game. With the Bears now trailing 26-24, Slager's two-point conversion pass failed, accounting for the final score.

Slager was brilliant for the Bears, connecting on 22 of 31 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was Gessner, who caught 10 passes for 150 yards.

Walther grabbed four passes for 33 yards, while senior runningback Joe Rackley ran 15 times for 50 yards.

Defensively, senior linebacker Joel Barone made 16 tackles including eight solo hits, to lead the Bears. Senior safety Hunter Young registeres 13 total hits, including a quarterback sack.