November 17, 2007

Bears Take Down Columbia, 30-22, For Third Place In The Ivy Standings

Nov. 17, 2007

Final Stats

New York, New York - Brown's football built a 24-3 halftime advantage and bent, but never broke in the second half as the Bears came away with a 30-22 win over Columbia in the final game for 18 Brown seniors. The win, coupled with Dartmouth's loss to Princeton, gave Brown sole possession of third place in the Ivy League standings with a 4-3 league mark.

"We had a very good first half and a not so good second half," said Bears head coach Phil Estes. Our defense came up big at the end and Steve Morgan really came up big for us with three field goals."

Bears' junior quarterback Michael Dougherty became the eight player in Ivy League football history to pass for 3,000 or more yards in a season. He completed 27 of 40 passes for 254 yards against the Lions, and finished the season with 3,039 passing yards. In addition, Dougherty's 264 completions this season rank fifth in the Ivy League record book.

Sophomore Bobby Sewall turned in another outstanding performance, rushing for 80 yards and two touchdowns, and making 12 catches for 83 yards.

Senior Steve Morgan, the Ivy League's all-time leader in career field goals, connected on three-of-three field goals for the day to finish with 52 career field goals. He also finished with 290 career kick-scoring points, an Ivy League record.

Brown marched down the field on its first possession and took an early 7-0 lead when Dougherty connected on a 17 yard scoring strike to sophomore Buddy Farnham in the right side of the end zone. The touchdown capped a 10 play, 61-yard scoring drive for the Bears.

After taking over on downs following Columbia's first possession, Dougherty drove the Bears down the field once again with sophomore Bobby Sewall getting into the end zone on a three-yard touchdown run with 4:49 left in the first quarter, capping a 70 yard drive.

The Bears extended their lead to 21-0 with another long first quarter scoring drive, with Dougherty once again driving the offense down the field with a mix of pass and run plays. Brown's 67-yard scoring drive was once again capped off by Sewall, who scampered into the end zone from the one yard line after taking a direct snap.

The Lions got onto the scoreboard with 1:24 left in the first half with a 23-yard field goal, cutting the Brown lead to 21-3.

Steve Morgan booted his 50th career field goal, connecting on a 43-yard attempt with two seconds left in the first half to send the Bears into the locker room with a 23-3 advantage.

Columbia made a run at the Bears in the second half, pulling to within 24-22 of Brown after picking up a Bears' fumble and returning it 69-yards for a touchdown with 11:37 left in the game.

Brown's Darrell Harrison turned the momentum of the game back in favor of the Bears when he intercepted a Columbia pass at the Columbia 33 yard line and returned it to the Dartmouth nine-yard line with nine minutes remaining in the game.

Columbia's defense stiffened once again and the Bears were held to a 25-yard Morgan field goal with 8:37 remaining in the game to give the Bears a 27-22 lead.

Morgan's 52nd career field goal put the Bears back up by eight points, 30-22, while senior Jose Yearwood and junior Steve Ziogas intercepted passes for the Bears in the last 2:05 to seal the victory.

Senior Paul Raymond finished his Brown career by making six catches for 79 yards, finishing his career with 1,800 career receiving yards, sixth best in the Brown record book.

Defensively, junior Jon May made a team high 14 tackles, including 10 solo hits and two tackles for a loss. Ziogas made nine tackles to go with his interception, while senior Matt Mullenax and junior Matt Nuzzo made seven tackles each.

With the conclusion of the 2007 season, Brown will look forward to the opening of the 2008 season on Saturday, September 20, at home against Stony Brook, the first-ever meeting between the two teams.