Second Half Rally Propels Brown Over Princeton, 17-13
"This was a great, great win for our team," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "We made a lot of mistakes and penalties in the first half, and had to get out of our funk at halftime. We played Brown football in the second half – we hit hard on defense, executed on offense and didn't make any mistakes."
The Bears awoke from their first half hibernation and came out in the second half with a vengeance – on both sides of the ball. Brown's defense held Princeton to just 43 total yards in the second half, while its offense accounted for 253 second half yards.
Brown's second half comeback was directed by senior quarterback Joe Springer, who passed for just 60 yards and had eight completions at the half. He rallied the Bears in the second half and finished by completing 21 of 31 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown.
"We were off-track in the first half," said Springer. "We settled down in the third quarter and got the offense rolling."
Brown also got its running game on track in the second half with senior Zach Tronti, who ran for 60 of his game high 86 yards in the second half.
Senior linebacker Phil Roffi led the ears' defensive effort with eight tackles, including three key tackles for a loss of 12 yards.
Brown got on the scoreboard and drew to within six points of the Tigers, 13-7, when sophomore tailback Mark Kachmer bulled his way into the end zone from two yards out with 5:07 left in the third quarter. The two-yard run capped a 50-yard Brown scoring drive.
Brown grabbed its first lead of the game when Springer engineered a 60 yard scoring drive, capped off by an eight yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jonah Fay to give the Bears a 14-13 advantage with 7:39 left in the game,
Brown freshman kicker Alex Norocea completed the Brown scoring with a 38-yard field goal with 2:21 remaining to ice the game for the Bears.
Princeton scored on its opening possession, driving 69 yards in 12 plays to grab a 7-0 lead on a one-yard run by quarterback Tommy Wornham.
Bears' senior linebacker Chimso Okojo stopped another Princeton drive deep in Brown territory with an interception midway through the first quarter.
The Tigers extended their lead to 10-0 on a 37-yard field goal by Patrick Jacob with 1:20 left in the first quarter. Jacob added a 42-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 13-0 advantage at the half.
Senior Cameron Cotton also picked off a Princeton pass late in the second quarter to keep the Bears in the game.
Senior wide receiver Alex Tounkara turned in a solid performance with six receptions for 69 yards. Junior Jimmy Saros made four receptions for 62 yards, while sophomore Jackson Freeman hauled in four passes for 14 yards.
Brown returns home to Brown Stadium after three straight road games to host Cornell on Saturday. October 23. It's Family Day at Brown, with kick-off slated for 12:30 p.m.
Pictured: Joe Springer '11. photo by dspics.com