October 29, 2008

Brown and Penn Battle For First Place In The Ivy Standings

Oct. 29, 2008

Providence, R.I -

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Brown and Penn, the only two unbeaten teams in the Ivy League (3-0), will battle for first place in the league standings on Saturday at Franklin Field with a contrast of styles. Brown comes in with a high-powered offense (averaging 24.33 points per game) and a slew of big playmakers - quarterback Michael Dougherty, and wide receivers Buddy Farnham and Bobby Sewall - with its passing offense averaging 278.17 yards per game. The Quakers have allowed just 129.5 passing yards per game, and lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 13 points per game.

Saturday's showdown between Brown and Penn for first place in the Ivy standings will be televised nationally on the Versus Network, with kick-off slated for 12:08 p.m. Rick Ackerman will call the play with Dale Helleste providing the color commentary.

Brown (4-2,3-0 Ivy) earned a 27-7 victory over Cornell before 9,298 at Brown Stadium to extend its Ivy record to 3-0 for the first time in school history. While Brown won Ivy titles in 1976, 1999 and 2005, the closest Brown had come to a 3-0 Ivy record was 1975, starting the league with a 2-0-1 mark. Penn (4-2, 3-0 Ivy), the only other Ivy team without a league loss, booted three field goals on its way to a 9-7 win over Yale at Franklin Field.

Brown and Penn have met 76 times, dating back to 1895, with the Quakers holding a 54-20-2 series lead. Brown has won the last three games over Penn, including a 31-17 victory over the Quakers last year in Providence. Penn's last win over the Bears was in 2004, a 20-16 decision in Philadelphia. In 1998, Brown defeated Penn, 58-51, in the highest scoring game in Ivy League football history.