November 3, 2007

Bears Toppled By Elis , 17-7, In Defensive Battle

Nov. 3, 2007

New Haven, Connecticut - As a Nor'easter descended on the East Coast, Brown and Yale played through the remnants of Tropical Storm Noel. The game between Ivy League offensive heavyweights turned into a defensive battle with rain, wind and cold dictating the style of play. In the end, Yale's rushing running game was able to maintain possession, while Brown's passing game faltered, as the Elis earned a 17-7 win over the Bears at the Yale Bowl.

Despite Yale's decisive 17 minute advantage in time of possession in the first 30 minutes, Brown held a 7-3 lead at the half. But in the end, Yale out-rushed the Bears by a 335-70 margin. Brown's passing offense came into the game averaging 329 yards per game, fourth best in the nation. The inclement conditions held the Brown passing game to just 99 yards.

Bears' junior Michael Dougherty, the nation's leading passer coming into the game, was held to 10 of 31 passing. Sophomore Buddy Farnham led the Brown receivers with six receptions for 66 yards.

Brown started out the game by making several big plays on defense. The Bears made a fourth down stop on Yale's first possession with junior Miles Craigwell recovering a fumble by tailback Mike Mcleod, the nation's leading rusher. The Elis came back on their next possession to kick a field goal, grabbing an early 3-0 lead with 6:34 remaining in the first quarter.

Sophomore James Develin came up with a big play for the Bears' defense, forcing Yale to intentionally ground the ball at the Yale two-yard line, which eventually set up a Brown score.

Following a punt return by Farnham to the Eli 43-yard line, Brown struck lightning when junior quarterback Michael Dougherty spotted Farhman downfield on the Brown sideline. Dougherty's pass was on target, connecting with Farnham at the Yale 10 yard line, with Farnham breaking a tackle and running into the end zone for a 43-yard touchdown pass play with 11:39 remaining in the second quarter, giving the Bears a 7-3 lead at the half.

Yale grabbed a 10-7 lead with 5:01 remaining in the third quarter, scoring on a 31 yard run, and added a fourth quarter touchdown for the final margin of victory.

Sophomore James Develin led the Brown defensive effort with 11 total tackles and three tackles for a loss, including a quarterback sack. Senior Jose Yearwood and junior Darrell Harrison made 10 tackles each, while junior Jon May registered eight total tackles.

The Bears return to Brown Stadium on Saturday, November 10th, against Dartmouth for their final home game of the season.