Brown Hosts First Place Penn In Key Ivy Battle

 

Providence, Rhode Island - Brown (4-2, 2-1 Ivy) and Penn (4-2, 3-0 Ivy) will battle it out on Saturday, October 31, 2009, at Brown Stadium, beginning at 12:30 p.m., in a classic match-up of the Ivy League’s top offense and the league’s leading defense. Brown has scored an Ivy League leading 28.5 points per game, and leads the league with 290.0 passing yards, and 413.8 yards of total offense. Penn features the league’s top defense, allowing just 12.3 points per game, 149.7 passing yards, and 216.2 total yards per game.

As a special promotion for the Halloween game, children wearing a Halloween costume will be admitted free of charge to Saturday’s game between the Bears and Quakers, with parents paying only $5. All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume, and a hand-full of fans will be selected to participate in a costume contest at halftime—in which contestants will compete to win a prize pack from sponsors of Brown Athletics.

After dropping their Ivy opener to Harvard by three points, the Bears have clawed their way back in contention for the Ivy League championship following solid Ivy wins over Princeton and Cornell. Penn has already beaten Dartmouth, Columbia and Yale, and shares first place in the Ivy standings with Harvard.

Brown and Penn have met 77 times, dating back to 1895, with the Quakers holding a 54-21-2 series lead. Brown has won the last four games over Penn, including a 34-27 victory over the Quakers last year in Philadelphia. 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.

Two-time, first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, senior wide receiver Buddy Farnham (Andover, MA) continued his distinguished Brown career by making nine catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns (48, 56 yards) against Cornell and moved into the top 10 in Ivy League career receptions and yards. His 201 career receptions are 8th all-time in the Ivy League, his 2,584 receiving yards are 10th in the Ivy record book, and his 4,333 career all-purpose yards rank 10th in Ivy League football history. He currently ranks second in the nation in receiving yards with 115.3 yards per game.

Junior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ) is the nation’s leader in passing with 27.2 completions per game. In addition, his 290 passing yards per game lead the Ivy League and rank 7th best in the nation, while his 308 yards of total offense are 5th nationally. Newhall-Caballero threw touchdown passes of 48 and 56 yards vs. Cornell while completing 26 of 40 passes for 338 yards.

Freshman defensive back AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA) has thrived as a starter in Brown’s last four games. Generously listed as 5-9, Cruz has been Brown’s top tackler in three of those games, playing a tough bump-and-run style. Cruz was named the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Week after he led the Bears with seven tackles against Cornell, while intercepting a pass against the Big Red, returning it 26 yards. Cruz and his defensive teammates kept the Cornell offense out of the end zone all day and prevented Cornell from getting inside the Brown 30-yard line.

All-Ivy senior safety Chris Perkins (Bridgeton, MO), who had five tackles in Brown’s win over Cornell, is Brown’s leading tackler with 44 total tackles for the season. Senior co-captain James Develin (Gilbertsville, PA), a 6-3, 270 defensive end, is a two-time second team All-Ivy selection. He came up with a big play against Cornell, turning the momentum of the game in Brown’s favor by intercepting a pass and returning it 28 yards to the Big Red six yard line, setting up Brown’s go ahead touchdown. He also had a tackle for a loss and five tackles against Cornell.

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