Bears Battle Crimson In Key Ivy League Match-up at Brown Stadium

Sept. 21, 2006

Providence, Rhode Island - Brown (1-0) opened its 129th season of intercollegiate football last week with a 34-21 victory over Georgetown at Brown Stadium. Brown has won a record-tying nine straight games, dating back to last year's double overtime loss to Harvard. The Bears have also won nine straight home games, dating back to a 35-34 loss to the Crimson on 9/25/04. Harvard (1-0) also opened its season at home with a win, beating Holy Cross, 31-14.

Brown and Harvard have met 105 times, dating back to 1893, with the Crimson holding a 75-28-2 series advantage. Harvard has won the last six meetings, including a 38-35 double overtime decision last year in Cambridge. Brown last defeated Harvard in 1999 when the Bears came away with a 17-10 victory in Providence.

The marquee individual match-up of the Ivy League season will take place on Saturday with the battle between Brown's Zak DeOssie, a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player, and Harvard's Clifton Dawson, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top offensive player. How did the two players fare in their season opening games? DeOssie dominated the field on defense against Georgetown with 13 total tackles and several bruising hits. Dawson rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns against Holy Cross.

Saturday's game against the Crimson will be televised live on CN8- The Comcast Network with Bob Norton calling the play, Dave Shea providing the color commentary and Jeb Fisher roaming the sidelines. CN8 will stream the video of the game on its web site for Brown fans across the nation at http://www.cn8.tv/

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