Brown Finishes Second In The Ivy League With 38-16 Win Over Columbia
Providence, RI – With the emotion of 26 seniors being honored in pre-game ceremonies, Brown built a 28-0 halftime over Columbia and cruised to a 38-16 Ivy League victory over the Lions at Brown Stadium, moving the Bears into second place in the Ivy standings on the final day of the season.
Brown's second place finish comes with a 5-2 Ivy record, and a 6-4 overall record, its ninth winning season in coach Phil Estes 13 years at Brown. The Lions finish at 4-6 overall and 2-5 in Ivy play.
"This is a great way for our seniors to go out," said Estes after the game. "I enjoyed this group tremendously, especially their leadership and the way they played as a team. The 19 wins over their four year career is the second most in Brown football history. I'm really proud of this team."
Senior quarterback Joe Springer finished his Brown career by passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns, completing 15 of 27 passes. Senior wide receiver Alex Tounkara made five receptions for 69 yards.
Sophomore Mark Kachmer ran for a game high 87 yards on 14 carries for the Bears, including a one-yard touchdown run.
Brown's defensive effort was led by junior Clay McGrath, who made seven tackles, but more importantly, four tackles for a loss, including 2.5 quarterback sacks. Junior safety Stephen Peyton also had seven tackles for the Bears.
With senior Ryler Hegarty starting at quarterback for the Bears, Brown got a first down on its first series when senior Mark Howland ran eight yards on third down. That provided the impetus for Brown to score on its opening possession with a senior at virtually every position.
Following the first set of plays, Springer came in for Hegarty and continued the drive, taking Brown down the field for their first score. The 69-yard scoring drive was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Kachmer with 11:37 remaining in the quarter, giving Brown a 7-0 advantage.
The Bears had great field position following an interception by senior Chimso Okoji at the Columbia 20 yard line, but stalled after a series of penalties, turning the ball over on downs to the Lions.
Brown's offense got back on track following a Columbia pun. The Bears drove 63 yards in six plays, capped off by an eight yard run by junior wide receiver Jimmy Saros on a wide receiver reverse with 5:32 remaining to give the Bears a 14-0 lead. The big play on the drive was a 33-yard run by Kachmer.
Brown extended its lead to 21-0 early on the second quarter following an interception by junior Matt O'Donnell at the Lions 25-yard line. On third and goal at the Lions seven yard line, Springer eluded two defenders and tossed a touchdown pass to a diving sophomore Tellef Lundevall with 12:02 left in the quarter.
The offensive onslaught continued for the Bears when Springer spotted senior Alex Prestley down field, and connected with the tight on a 48-yard pass play for a touchdown to give the Bears a 28-0 lead at the half.
Columbia finally got on the scoreboard with 9:17 left in the third quarter when Leon Ivery scored on a one yard run to cut the Brown lead to 28-7.
Bears' freshman kicker Alex Norocea gave the Bears a 31-7 lead with 6:18 left in the third quarter when he booted a 42-yard field goal, his 15th of the season.
The Lions continued to show life and scored once more, this time on a seven yard pass from sophomore Sean Brackett to Andrew Kennedy with 2:56 remaining in the quarter to pull to within 31-13.
With Columbia knocking on the door once again, Brown senior Phil Roffi recovered a Lions fumble at the Bears' five yard line to stop potential score.
The Lions completed their scoring with a 21 yard fourth quarter field goal by Luke Eddy.
Brown senior Kasey McCurdy scored his first career touchdown and the final score of the 2010 season, with a five yard touchdown run with 1:17 remaining as the Bears chewed up 8:02 seconds on its final possession.
Pictured: Alex Prestley '11 scores on a 48-yard pass play. photo by dspics.com