Bears Tame Tigers, 33-24, To Even Ivy Record At 1-1
Oct. 13, 2007
Providence, RI - Brown evened its Ivy League record at 1-1 with a 33-24 Ivy victory over Princeton before a Homecoming crowd of 6,493 at Brown Stadium. Brown's Steve Morgan helped the Brown cause by connecting on four field goals to establish a new Ivy League record for career field goals, now with 47.
Brown's defense, which struggled in recent weeks, forced six Princeton turnovers, with two interceptions by juniors Steve Ziogas and Darrell Harrison, and four recovered fumbles. Junior Joseph McPhee forced a fumble and recovered another fumble for the Bears.
"This was a good win that we badly needed," said Bears coach Phil Estes after the game. "At halftime last week we asked the team to believe. We came back from a 21-point deficit to tie the game, but couldn't finish. Today we finished. We also went back to our base defense and got after the football, forcing six turnovers."
On the offensive side of the ball, junior quarterback Michael Dougherty passed for 360 yards, distributing the ball to his four speedy wide receivers, first on short pinpoint passing, and later on long throws. Sophomore Buddy Farnham grabbed eight passes for 128 yards, senior Paul Raymond hauled in seven passes for 116 yards, and sophomore Bobby Sewall caught seven passes for 53 yards. Dougherty completed 26 of 40 passes for the day, while completing two touchdown passes.
Morgan's Ivy League record of 47 career field goals eclipsed the previous Ivy record of 46, held by Princeton's Dereck Javerone from 2002-2005. Just one week ago, Morgan established a new Ivy League record for kick scoring. Morgan now has 255 career kicking points.
Brown's defense forced the issue on Princeton's first possession, when Brown junior defensive tackle Joe McPhee sacked Princeton's quarterback Bill Foran, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Bears' junior Jake Powers at the Tigers seven-yard line. The Bears responded immediately with Dougherty connecting with Sewall, who made a diving catch on a 12-yard fade route to give the Bears a 7-0 advantage with 7:35 left in the first quarter.
The Tigers knotted the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter on a 48-yard pass play for a touchdown.
The Bears took the lead for good when Morgan booted a 30-yard field goal with 8:28 left in the second quarter, capping off a 48-yard scoring drive, lifting Brown to a 10-7 advantage.
Brown extended its lead to 10 points late in the first half when Dougherty connected on a 43-yard touchdown strike to Farnham, who caught the ball behind the Princeton secondary at the 20-yard line, and cruised into the end zone with 5:00 left in the half.
The Tigers struck just before the half, booting a 23-yard field goal with just 16 seconds remaining, cutting the Brown lead to 17-10 at the half.
Early in the second half, Brown junior outside linebacker Miles Craigwell forced a Princeton fumble at the 43-yard line that was picked by Powers and returned to the Tigers 26-yard line.
The Bears advanced to the Princeton three-yard line on a Dougherty 23-yard pass play to Farnham. Sewall ran the ball two-yards into the end zone to lift the Bears to a 24-10 advantage with 12:59 left in the third quarter.
Morgan added his second field goal of the day with 9:00 left in the third quarter, connecting on a 44 yard kick to tie the Ivy League record for career field goals with 45.
Princeton drew to within 10 points of the Bears, 27-17, with a 64 run by Foran on a fourth down play. Overall, the Bears defended the run well, holding the Tigers to 148 yards on the ground, with 64 coming on the one play.
For the second straight week, Morgan etched his name into the Ivy League record book, kicking his third field goal of the day, a 22 yard boot with 8:02 left in the game, to establish a new Ivy League record for career field goals.
Following a Brown fumble, Princeton battled back to pull to within six points of Brown, 30-24, with 6:37 remaining, following a 39-yard touchdown pass by the Tigers. But Morgan sealed the Brown victory on the Bears next possession, booting a 22-yard field goal with 3:15 remaining, putting the game out of reach, 33-24.
Brown's defensive effort was spearheaded by junior Jon May, who made 11 total tackles, including nine solo hits, three tackles for a loss of 17 yards, and forces a fumble. Ziogas had nine total tackles, forced a fumble and intercepted a Princeton pass, returning it 20 yards. Senior linebacker Eric Brewer was credited with six tackles and a pass break-up.