Oct. 26, 2002
Providence, RI - Brown held Cornell scoreless for 59 minutes on Saturday, but faltered in the end, dropping a 10-7 overtime decision to the Big Red at rainy Brown Stadium.
The Bears couldn't capitalize on eight Cornell turnovers, with the Big Red losing six fumbles and Brown picking off two passes. Brown turned the ball over four times in the steady rain.
"It's very frustrating," said Brown football coach Phil Estes. "Cornell tried to hand us the football game with eight turnovers and we gave it right back to them."
Junior quarterback Kyle Slager got Brown on the scoreboard first when he capped a 78 yard, 12 play drive with a five yard scoring run, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead with 7:32 left in the first quarter.
Brown maintained its 7-0 lead until the Big Red scored on a 15 yard run with 52 seconds remaining in regulation to knot the score, 7-7. The score by the Big Red snapped a streak of five consecutive scoreless quarters by the Brown defense.
After a scoreless first overtime, Cornell took possession and converted a 42 yard field goal to grab a 10-7 lead. The Bears took possession at the 25 yard line and Slager connected on a 9 yard completion to senior Chas Gessner. But a 10 yard roughing penalty put the ball back to the Big Red 35, where Brown's drive stalled.
Brown's defense was led by sophomore Anjel Gutierrez, who made 9 tackles, including three for a loss, and a quarterback sack. Junior Germaine Griffin made eight tackles, recovered two fumbles and picked off a pass for the Bears. Senior Shaun Eidson also made eight stops for Brown.
Gessner, the nation's top wide receiver, made 12 catches for 91 yards. Senior Joe Rackley led the Brown rushers with 60 yards on 20 carries.