Worcester, Mass. – For the past four years, the Brown Holy Cross match-up featured a wide-open offensive shootout. This year the 56th edition of the battle between the Bears and Crusaders was decided on the defensive side of the ball with Holy Cross pulling out a 17-13 win over Brown at Fitton Field. The loss drops Brown to 2-2 overall, while Holy Cross evened its record at 3-3.
Missing from the Bears' lineup was first team All-Ivy quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero '11, who broke his wrist on the Brown's last offensive play in regulation against Rhode Island last week. He will miss the remainder of the season.
Senior Joe Springer started the game at quarterback for the Bears, but sophomore quarterback Patrick Donnelly came into the game in a relief role at the beginning of the second quarter and immediately breathed life into the Brown offense.
Donnelly, who directed the Bears to a touchdown on his first drive, completed 23 of 40 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown. He was Brown's second leading rusher with 39 yards.
In a sluggish first quarter, Holy Cross got on the scoreboard first with a 31-yard field goal by Rob Dornfield with 5:12 left in the first quarter.
The Crusaders extended their lead to 10-0 on the first play of the second quarter when Crusaders' quarterback Ryan Taggart spotted Alex Schneider in the back of the end zone for a 12-yard scoring play.
Donnelly marched the Bears 76 yards down the field with Brown scoring on a five yard run by sophomore Mark Kachmer with 11:14 left in the quarter to cut the Holy Cross advantage to 10-6.
Donnelly led the Bears on another long drive just before the end of the half. This time, Donnelly drove the Bears 75 yards, connecting on a seven-yard scoring pass to sophomore Tellef Lundevall, who caught the ball at the Crusaders five yard line and bulled his way into the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown. The score gave the Bears a 13-10 advantage with 26 seconds left in the half.
Holy Cross jumped out on top with 3:14 left in the third quarter when Taggert rifled a 12-yard scoring pass to Bill Edger to give the Crusaders a 17-13 advantage and the final margin of victory.
Senior Alex Tounkara, the Ivy League's top wide receiver, made 8 receptions for 104 yards. Junior Jonah Fay hauled in 7 passes for 57 yards, while Lundevall made six catches for 43 yards. Kachmer was the top rusher for the Bears with 67 yards.
Senior outside linebacker Phil Roffi led the Bears' defense with 12 total tackles, including nine solo hits. Junior Matt O'Donnell made seven solo hits for the Bears.
The Bears will be on the road for the third straight week next Saturday, traveling to Princeton, New Jersey, to face Princeton on October 16, in a key Ivy League. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Princeton Stadium.