Bears and Tigers Battle For First Place In The Ivy Standings

Oct. 16, 2008

Providence, RI -

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After closing out its non-league schedule, Brown (2-2, 1-0 Ivy) heads to Princeton, New Jersey for its third straight road game to battle Princeton (2-2, 1-0) with first place at stake in the Ivy League standings. The Bears are coming off a 41-34 loss to Holy Cross in its final non-league game of the season, while Princeton also played its last non-league game of the season, dropping a 27-24 decision to Colgate.

Brown and Princeton have met 74 times, dating back to 1898, with the Tigers holding a 51-23-0 series advantage. The Bears will be looking for their first win ever at Princeton Stadium, which opened for football in 1998. Brown defeated Princeton, 33-24, in Providence last year, while in 2006, the Tigers came away with a 17-3 victory over the Bears in Princeton.

Bears' senior quarterback Michael Dougherty (Davie, FL) was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after he passed for an Ivy League and Brown record 526 yards against Holy Cross last week, completing 41 of 60 passes, including four touchdowns. His 526 passing yards eclipsed the previous Ivy League record of 501 yards by Princeton's Bob Holly against Yale in 1981, and the Brown mark of 497 yards by Kyle Slager against Rhode Island in 2002. Dougherty's 41 completions rank fourth in the Brown record book. Dougherty also set a Brown and Ivy record for total offense, adding 12 rushing yards for 538 total yards. The previous Ivy record of 504 total yards was held by Columbia's John Witkowski against Dartmouth in 1982, while the Brown mark for total offense was held by Kyle Rowley with 483 yards against URI in 2001.