Providence, Rhode Island - Just two weeks ago, Brown junior tailback Jordan Reisner (Highland Park, IL) was fifth on the Bears' depth chart. He made the most of his first real opportunity to play by running for 193 yards and two touchdowns to lead Brown to a 21-14 Ivy League win over Cornell at Brown Stadium. The win lifts the Bears to 4-2 overall, 1-2 Ivy, while Cornell falls to 3-3 overall, 1-2 in Ivy play.
Reisner, playing in place of injured tailbacks Spiro Theodhosi, Mark Kachmer and Cody Taulbee, and along side senior Jeffrey Izon, scored touchdowns on runs of 27 and 49 yards, while rushing for his 193 yards on 22 carries. Izon also had a solid game with 46 yards on 11 carries.
"The first time I played was last week when I got three snaps," said Reisner. "The big guys up front and fullback Jackson Freeman deserve all the credit. I got a lot of reps in practice this week and wasn't nervous, just anxious. It's football, it's fun."
"Our game plan was to run the ball, going with either Jordan or Jeffrey Izon," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "Jordan really stepped up and had a great game. I always thought he had the talent. He really showed what he can do this afternoon."
Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly had a strong day, passing for 189 yards, running for a 26-yard touchdown and completing 19 of 26 passes. Senior wide receiver Tellef Lundevall had 7 receptions for 54 yards, while junior Jordan Evans caught six passes for a team high 83 yards.
Brown's defensive effort stymied Cornell junior quarterback Jeff Matthews, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, and confounded him with a variety of looks. While Matthews passed for 357 yards on 58 attempts, he was intercepted three times, with senior AJ Cruz, senior Stephen Zambetti and junior Emory Polley all registering interceptions.
"Our defense played a terrific game," said Estes. "The three interceptions kept us in the game, and we applied a lot of pressure on Matthews, throwing him off his game."
After being shut out a week ago, Brown's offense came out with a vengeance, despite playing without its top three tailbacks.
The Bears drove 87 yards on 9 plays, with Donnelly running 26-yards for a touchdown on a naked bootleg, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead with 7:28 left in the opening quarter.
Brown's staunch defense held the vaunted Big Red offense scoreless in the second quarter as well, as the Bears held a seven point lead at the half.
The Bears were placed in a hole after Cornell returned a Brown fumble and brought it to the Bears 15-yard line early in the third quarter.
After a controversial pass interference call on the Bears on third down at the four yard line, Cornell managed to score on the next play on a two-yard run by Luke Hagy, tying the score, 7-7, with 11:28 left in the third quarter.
Undaunted, Brown's offense drove right down the field on its next possession with Reisner busting several tackles and running 27 yards into the end zone at the 8:27 mark of the third quarter to cap a 77-yard scoring drive and give the Bears a 14-7 lead.
Reisner continued to confound the Big Red defense, this time breaking three tackles and out-running the Cornell secondary for a 49-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 21-7 lead with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter.
With Cornell driving deep in Brown territory, Brown's defense needed a big play and got it from senior linebacker Stephen Zambetti. On first and goal at the Bears' seven-yard line, Zambetti intercepted a Cornell pass in the end zone to halt the Big Red scoring drive.
The Big Red made it close in the end with a four yard Matthews' touchdown pass to Kurt Ondash, pulling Cornell to within 21-14 of the Bears.
But Brown's Emory Polley intercepted Matthews on Cornell's last possession to preserve the victory.
Brown travels to Philadelphia, PA to face Penn on Saturday, October 27 at Franklin Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Photo: Jordan Reisner '13 running for a big gain. Photo by Michael Cohea.