Princeton Rallies To Defeat Brown, 39-17

Princeton Rallies To Defeat Brown, 39-17

Providence, R.I.-  Trailing 17-0, Princeton scored 39 unanswered points to rally for a 39-17 win over Brown before a Family Day crowd of 8,056 and a national television audience at Brown Stadium. The loss drops the Bears to 3-2 overall, 0-2 in the Ivy League, while Princeton stays unbeaten in the Ivy League, 4-1 overall.


The Tigers racked-up 566 total yards of offense, while Brown accounted for 319 total offensive yards.


Senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH) led the Brown attack with 103 yards rushing on nine carries. He scored on a 71-yard touchdown run.  Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) completed 21 of 35 passes for 166 yards. Senior Tellef Lundevall (Highland Park, IL) led the Brown wide receivers with eight catches for 79 yards.


Defensively, junior linebacker Dan Giovacchini (Acton, MA) made 12 tackles to lead the Bears.


Princeton quarterback Quinn Epperly ran for three touchdowns and passed for another, while rushing for 95 yards and throwing for 233 yards.


Brown got on the scoreboard first following a fumble recovery by junior Courtland Clavette (Ashville, NC) at the Princeton 23-yard line.  Senior Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) booted a 32-yard field goal with 11:29 left in the first quarter to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage.


Spooney showed why he's considered the fastest man in the Ivy League with an electrifying touchdown run.  Spooney burst through the right side of Bears line, accelerated past the Princeton secondary, and outran everyone for a 71-yard touchdown with 6:44 left in the opening quarter, giving the Bears' a 10-0 lead.


Lightning struck once again for the Bears when junior Jacob Supron (Mansfield, OH) burst through the Tigers' line and blocked a punt at the Tigers' five yard line.  Sophomore Michael Walsh (Swampscott, MA) picked it up at the 18 yard line and ran into the end zone for a 17-0 Brown lead with 14:51 left in the second quarter, scoring his first career touchdown.


Princeton got on the scoreboard on an eight-yard scoring run by Brian Mills with 2:05 left in the half, cutting Brown's lead to 17-6. The Tigers scored on their first possession of the second half and pulled to within 17-12 on an 18-yard scoring run, capping a 79 yard drive.


The lead changed when Princeton quarterback Connor Michelsen completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Des Smith for an 18-17 Tigers' advantage.


The Tigers' third quarter offensive onslaught continued, extending their lead to 25-17 on a two yard touchdown run by Quinn Epperly to cap a 94-yard scoring drive. Epperly scored once again, this time on a 32-yard run to extend the Tigers' to lead to 32-17, with 10:34 left in the game.


Princeton piled on with a late touchdown, scoring again with 1:16 remaining in the game.


Brown will travel to Ithaca, New York on Saturday, October 26 to battle the Cornell Big Red.  Game time is 12:30 pm at Schoellkopf Field.