Brown Wins Ivy League Battle For First Place With 34-27 Victory Over Penn
Nov. 1, 2008
Philadelphia, PA - Facing the nation's top defense that had allowed just 13 points per game, Brown's high scoring offense wasn't fazed, exploding for 34 points in a 34-27 victory over Penn in a battle between the top two teams in the Ivy League. The Bears are now 4-0 in the Ivy League for the first time ever and in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings.
Both Brown and Penn entered the game as the Ivy League's only unbeaten teams at 3-0 in the Ivy standings. The fight for first place didn't disappoint the 15,056 in attendance at Franklin Field.
The wide-open game came down to big plays and Brown made most of them. The biggest play of all came late in the fourth quarter and Brown holding a 28-20 lead. With 4:30 remaining on the clock, Penn gambled on fourth down and two at its own 28-yard line. Brown senior Nkosi Still came up with the big play, stopping the Quakers two yards short of a first down, and putting the Bears' offense on the field once again.
Brown put the game away two plays later when senior quarterback Michael Dougherty faked a handoff to runningback Dereck Knight and lofted his fourth touchdown pass of the day, a 29-yard touchdown strike to uncovered tight end Colin Cloherty in the end zone, to give the Bears an insurmountable 34-20 lead with 4:05 left in the game.
The Bears needed the score because the Quakers blocked a Brown punt for a touchdown with 1:21 remaining to make it close, 34-27. Junior wide receiver Buddy Farnham, who caught two touchdown passes for the Bears, recovered the onsides kick to preserve the victory for the Bears.
"I'm pleased with the win," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "To come away with a win in a big game like this, knowing it was going to be a physical game against a very good team like Penn, our players were exhausted. It hit us in the locker room that we're 4-0 and alone in first place in the Ivy League."
Dougherty directed the Bears' offense by completing 16 of 32 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Buddy Farnham made six receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns, while junior wide receiver Bobby Sewall made six catches for 47 yards, catching a touchdown and running for another.
Brown's offense established itself from the opening drive. Bears' senior quarterback Michael Dougherty marched the Brown 51 yards in nine plays to an opening score, capped by an 9-yard touchdown run by junior wide receiver Bobby Sewall, to give the Bears a 7-0 advantage with 11:02 left in the opening quarter.
The Quakers had the better of play for most of the remainder of the first half, booting a 22-first quarter field goal and scoring a touchdown on a halfback option pass with 1:15 left in the half to grab a 10-3 advantage.
But lightning struck for the Bears just 21 seconds later when Dougherty connected on a 57-yard scoring pass to junior wide receiver Buddy Farnham, who caught the ball at the Quakers' 15-yard line and tip-toed his way down the visiting sideline into the end zone to lift the Bears to a 14-10 halftime advantage.
Penn came out of the locker room at halftime with more razzle-dazzle on offense, taking the lead on their first possession by scoring on a 15-yard run to go up, 17-14, with 11:01 left in the third quarter.
The Bears jumped back on top following a fumble recovery by junior tackle Michael Lemmons at the Penn 11-yard line. Two plays later, Dougherty connected with Farnham on a wide receiver screen. He grabbed the ball at the seven yard line and scampered into the end zone to give the Bears a 21-17 lead with 8:24 remaining in the third quarter.
Brown's defense made another big play when senior David Howard stripped Penn's quarterback at the Quakers' 46 line with Brown senior Joe McPhee recovering the ball late in the third quarter.
The Bears started down the field but were faced with a fourth and one at the Penn 46 yard line. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Brown rolled the dice and came up with a big when senior Dereck Knight bulled his way two yards for a first down.
That led to another Brown touchdown, a 12-yard scoring pass from Dougherty to Sewall with 12:45 left in the game to give the Bears a 28-17 advantage.
Penn made it an eight point Brown lead, 28-20, with a 38-yard field goal with 9:33 left in the game.
Still was the easy choice for a Brown defensive hero. In addition to making the key fourth quarter fourth down stop of the Quakers, Still made a game high 12 tackles, including eight solo stops and a tackle for a loss. Senior Miles Craigwell registered nine tackles for the Bears at outside linebacker, while junior safety Chris Perkins made eight total tackles,
The Bears return home next Saturday, November 8 for a key Ivy League game against Yale, which will nationally-televised game on the YES Network. Game time is 12:30 p.m. at Brown Stadium.