Bears Face Elis In Key Ivy League Match-Up

Nov. 1, 2007

Providence, RI -

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Saturday's key Ivy League game between Brown and Yale at the Yale Bowl, features two of the nation's top offenses, Brown's fourth-ranked passing offense (329.0 yards per game) and Yale's third-ranked rushing offense (302.86 yards per game). Headlining the Bears' passing attack is junior quarterback Michael Dougherty, who leads the FCS in passing with 326.1 yards per game. His top receiver is speedy senior Paul Raymond, who ranks 4th nationally in receiving yards (114.0 per game). Yale will try to keep the ball away from the Bears' offense by running the ball behind the nation's rushing leader, junior Mike McLeod, who has run for 182.43 yards per game.

Brown evened its Ivy League record at 2-2 (3-4 overall), and remained in the hunt for the Ivy title, with a 31-17 victory over Penn last Saturday. Yale (7-0, 4-0 Ivy) remained unbeaten and in first place in the Ivy League with a 28-7 victory over Columbia.

Brown and Yale have met 111 times, dating back to 1880, with the Bulldogs holding a 75-31-5 series advantage. Interestingly, the home team has lost nine of the last 11 meetings in the series. Last year, Yale scored 10 unanswered fourth quarter points to pull out a 27-24 decision over the Bears in Providence. Brown had won the previous three games, including a 38-21 decision at the Yale Bowl in 2005. Bears' coach Phil Estes is 6-3 lifetime against the Elis, and 4-0 against Yale at the Yale Bowl.