Brown Lights Up Harvard, 29-14
Providence, Rhode Island - Inspired by the first night game in Brown Stadium's 85-year history and a near sellout crowd of 17,360, Brown grabbed an early 23-0 lead and cruised to a 29-14 Ivy League win over Harvard Saturday night. The win lifts the Bears to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in the Ivy League, while Harvard drops to 1-1 overall, 0-1 in Ivy play.
"I told our team that I saw this game," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "I saw us knock out Harvard. I saw the interceptions, the big plays. I told them it already happened. Harvard had the big names. We went out and just got after them."
"The big home crowd lifted our players and got us going early," added Estes. "Our team fed off the crowd."
Freshman Alex Norocea tied the Brown school record for field goals in a game with five field goals, including a career best 44-yard boot. He now shares the record with Brown greats Tyler Chase (1972), Chris Ingerslav (1985) and Steve Morgan (2005).
The difference in the game was the play of Brown's staunch defense that harassed Harvard quarterback Andrew Hatch all day, chasing him out of the pocket and forcing him to run and sacking him four times. The Bears, who picked-off two passes, limited Harvard to just 65 total yards through three quarters, and 110 yards overall.
Senior captain Andrew Serrano led the Bears' defense with seven tackles and forced a fumble. Sophomore Patxi Colbern, junior Clay McGrath, sophomore Ross Walthall and John Anderson each registered quarterback sacks for Brown.
Brown's All-Ivy senior quarterback Kyle Newhall and senior Joe Springer shared the signal-calling duties for the Bears, as Brown head coach Phil Estes put together a near perfect game plan. Newhall-Caballero saw his first action of the season in a relief role after breaking his right throwing hand four weeks ago.
Sophomore tailback Mark Kachmer was a workhorse for the Bears' offense, running 19 times for 89 yards, while accounting for both of Brown's touchdowns.
Brown got on the scoreboard on its first possession when Norocea booted a 20-yard field goal with 6:53 left in the first quarter to cap a 69-yard drive.
The Bears drove down the field following a missed Crimson field goal, but stalled at the Crimson four-yard line. Norocea gave the Bears a 6-0 with his second field goal, again from 20-yards, with 10:03 left in the quarter.
On Harvard's next possession, Brown senior Robert Gillett intercepted a pass at the Harvard 42 yard line and returned it 41 yards to the Harvard one-yard line. Kachmer got the call on first and goal and dove into the end zone for a one-yard score to lift the Bears to a 13-0 advantage over the Crimson with 9:40 left in the half.
Brown extended its first half lead to 16-0 when Norocea connected on a 35-yard field goal with 3:54 left in the second quarter.
The Bears' first half onslaught continued with a 69-yard scoring drive to grab a 23-0 lead over Harvard on a one-yard Kachmer scoring run with 31 seconds left before intermission.
Following a squib kick, Harvard got on the scoreboard with just seven seconds left in the half when Hatch threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Marco Iannuzzi to cut Brown's lead to 23-7.
Harvard stunned the Brown faithful when Iannuzzi returned the second half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to pull to within 23-14 of the Bears. But that turned out to be as close as the Crimson would get.
Following an interception by Brown junior Steve Peyton deep in Harvard territory, Norocea booted his fourth field goal of the game, this time a career best 44-yard kick, to give the Bears a 26-14 advantage.
The Alex Norocea Show continued for the Bears as the first year kicker gave the Bears a 29-14 lead with his fifth field goal, kicking a 34-yard field goal with 2:18 left in the third quarter, tying the school record for field goals in a game.
Brown hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to Kingston, RI, on Saturday, October 2 to battle Rhode Island in the 95th battle for the Governor's Cup. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Meade Stadium. Brown alum and Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri '69 will be on hand to present the Governor's Cup to the winning team at the end of the game.