Bears Toppled By Crimson, 38-21
Sept. 23, 2006
Providence, Rhode Island - In the Ivy League season opener, Harvard's ground attack was too much for the Bears, as the Crimson came away with a 38-21 win over defending Ivy champion Brown, snapping the Bears' nine game winning streak before a crown of 8,456 at Brown Stadium.
Harvard scored on its first possession, driving 57 yards on seven plays to grab a 7-0 lead. Brown's defense had stopped the Crimson four times inside the two yard line, but a face mask penalty gave Harvard a fifth opportunity where they scored from one-yard out.
The Crimson kept rolling, scoring once more in the first quarter and again to open the second quarter, to extend their lead to 21-0 before the Bears earned a first down.
Down 21 points, Brown reached deep from within and got back in the game with a long ball-control scoring drive. Senior quarterback Joe DiGiacomo dove into the end zone from one yard out to cap a 66-yard, 18-play scoring drive that consumed 8:16 of the game clock, to bring the Bears to within 21-7 with 3:31 left in the first half.
The third quarter was all Crimson, as Harvard outscored the Bears by a 10-0 margin to grab a 31-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Senior tailback Akin Oyalowo scored on a one-yard run and DiGiacomo tallied on a two-point conversion to get Brown to within 31-15 of the Crimson with 8:33 left in the game. The big play in the 10-play, 80-yard drive was a 23-yard pass play to junior Paul Raymond that brought the ball to the Harvard one-yard line.
Brown made it interesting when DiGiacomo marched the Bears 80-yards once again, with Oyalowo scoring on a two yard run with 2:52 left to play. The two-point conversion failed, and the Bears trailed 31-21.
The Bears on-side kick attempt was recovered by the Crimson. Harvard drove 48 yards down the field to score with 40 seconds remaining to grab a 38-21 advantage.
DiGiacomo provided most of the offense for the Bears, completing 17 of 34 passes for 238 yards. On the receiving end, senior Lonnie Hill made seven receptions for 124 yards.
Defensively, junior Nkosi Still, sophomore Jon May and junior Darrell Harrison registered eight tackles each, while Harrison added a tackle for a loss. Junior Jose Yearwood made seven tackles and registered his first career interception. Senior All-America Zak DeOssie had six solo tackles and two tackles for a loss.
The Bears will travel to Kingston, Rhode Island next week for their first road game of the season against URI. The battle for the 91st Governor's Cup begins at 12:00 noon.