Penn Tops Brown, 24-7, In Battle For First Place
Brown extended its Ivy League record consecutive game scoring streak to 145 games, dating back to the second game of the 1996 season.
"Penn was a better football team today," said Bears' head coach Phil Estes. "Their run game was superior to anything we've come up against all year, and they were extremely physical defensively."
Bears' starting quarterback Joe Springer left the game after being injury with 3:03 left in the half and was replaced with sophomore Patrick Donnelly, who was third on the Brown depth chart at the start of the season. Springer completed 7 of 10 passes for 64 yards and did not return.
Donnelly passed for 194 yards, completing 20 of 36 passes, and was Brown's top rusher, running for 68 yards on nine carries.
Penn quarterback Billy Rangone was the star of the game, running for a game high 151 yards and a touchdown, and passing for another 92 yards, as the Quakers rushed for 321 yards overall.
Both teams missed field goals in a scoreless first quarter defensive battle, with the Bears missing from 48 yards, and the Quakers failing to convert from 42 yards out.
Penn got on the scoreboard first when Ragone ran 54 yards on a quarterback draw to lift the Quakers to a 7-0 lead with 13:21 left in the second quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Brown sophomore Mark Kachmer stunned the Franklin Field crowd by returning the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, his second kickoff return for a score this season. Kachmer's kickoff return evened the score at 7-7 with 13:07 left in the half.
The Quakers put together an impressive 78-yard scoring drive on its next possession, taking 14-7 lead with 9:05 remaining in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by fullback Luke DeLuca.
Penn grabbed a 21-7 lead at the half when Brandon Colavita scored on a two-yard run with 37 seconds remaining. Ragone make the big play once again with a 35 yard run in the 50 yard scoring drive.
Andrew Samson extended the Quakers lead to 24-7 when he connected on a 46-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
Junior Stephen Peyton led the Brown defense with 12 total tackles, including six solo stops. Senior linebacker Chimso Okoji was credited for 10 tackles, while senior linebacker Andrew Serrano added eight tackles, including a tackle for a loss for the Bearts.
Brown returns to Providence for the 115th meeting with Yale, hosting the Elis on Saturday, November 6th. Game time is 12:30 p.m. at Brown Stadium.
Pictured: Mark Kachmer '13