Ithaca, New York - Senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Brown to a 35-24 Ivy League victory over Cornell at Schoellkopf Field, where they have won 8 of the last 9 games played in Ithaca since 1992. The win lifts the Bears to 5-1 overall, 2-1 in the Ivy League, while Cornell falls to 2-4, 0-3 in Ivy play.
"We bent but didn't break," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "Cornell is a talented passing team and we held them to a bunch of field goals and had a couple of sacks to keep them out of the end zone."
Newhall-Caballero accounted for 299 total yards, passing for 256 yards with touchdown passes of 27 and 45 yards, while running for a career best 43 yards. He completed 22 of 33 passes. Overall, Brown had 469 yards in total offense, while Cornell gained 418 total yards.
Bears' sophomore tailback John Spooney became the first Brown player to rush for 100 or more yards since 2009, rushing for a game high 156 yards on 20 carries, including an 81 yard run for a touchdown.
Senor outside linebacker Dan Smithwick led the Bears with 14 total tackles, while six different Brown defenders had quarterback sacks – senior Matt O'Donnell, junior Stephen Fox, junior Ross Walthall, sophomore Michael Yules and senior Clay McGrath. Senior Brett Wyman and senior Kyle Rettig shared a quarterback sack.
Cornell grabbed an early 7-0 lead when quarterback Jeff Matthews lofted a 14-yard scoring pass to Ahmed Avery less than two minutes into the game.
Brown evened the game, 7-7, when senior Newhall-Caballero was flushed out of the pocket and connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior Jimmy Saros with 5:47 left in the first quarter.
The Bears made a defensive stand deep in their own territory, holding the Big Red to a field goal after Cornell had a first and goal at the Brown two-yard line. Brad Greenway's 27-yard field goal with 2:14 left in the quarter gave the Big Red a 10-7 lead.
Newhall-Caballero put Brown on top of the Big Red when he pranced into the end zone untouched on a quarterback sneak from the one yard live, giving the Bears a 14-10 advantage with 11:32 left in the second quarter.
The Big Red answered once again, this time with a 30-yard field goal with 4:40 left in the quarter to pull to within one point of the Bears, 14-13.
Brown mounted a 91-yard scoring drive with Newhall-Caballero making the difference once again with his legs. He scrambled 14 yards for a touchdown with 46 seconds left before intermission to put the Bears up by eight points, 21-13. Newhall-Caballero also had a 19-yard run in the drive, but the he big play in the scoring drive was a 42-yard third down pass play from Newhall-Caballero to Saros.
Bears' sophomore Jordan Evans returned the opening kickoff of the second half 58 yards, giving Brown possession at the Big Red 45-yard line.
Three plays later, Newhall-Caballero connected on a 45-yard scoring pass to senior Matt Sudfeld, who caught the pass at the 35 yard line, avoided the defender and scampered the rest of the way untouched into the end zone to give the Bears a 28-13 lead just 38 seconds into the second half.
Cornell drew to within 12 points of the Bears, 28-16, when Greenway booted his third field goal of the game, this time a 43-yard kick with 6:11 left in the third quarter.
Brown broke the game open and grabbed a 35-16 lead when Spooney ran 81-yards for a touchdown on its next possession. Spooney, considered the fastest man in the Ivy League after winning the 100 and 200 meter dash at last year's Heptagonal Championship, broke one tackle at the line of scrimmage and out-ran the entire Cornell defense down the field.
The Big Red made a late run at the Bears when Matthews threw a 17-yard touchdown strike to Kurt Ondash with 7:15 remaining in the game. The two point conversion made the score 35-24.
The Bears return home next Saturday, October 29, to face Penn in a key Ivy League battle at Brown Stadium. Game time is 12:30 p.m.