Brown Can’t Overcome Late Harvard Rally, Falls to Crimson, 22-14

Brown Can’t Overcome Late Harvard Rally, Falls to Crimson, 22-14

Providence, R.I. - Brown played physical football and led through three quarters, but Harvard rallied for a 22-14 Ivy League win over the Bears before a near sellout crowd of 13,511 at Brown Stadium.  The Bears (0-2, 0-1 Ivy) wore throwback uniforms as part of the university's 250th anniversary celebration.


"We came out with enthusiasm and played physical Brown football," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "We battled out there, but still have a lot of work to do."


Harvard (2-0, 1-0 Ivy) struck first, capping a 57-yard scoring drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Scott Hosch, who was starting in place of injured Connor Hempel, to Andrew Fischer with 2:11 left in the opening quarter.  The extra point failed on a high snap and the Crimson led, 6-0.


Brown took the lead and scored its first touchdown of the young season on an 18-yard scoring strike from senior quarterback Marcus Fuller to a wide-open senior Reiley Higgins in the right side of the end zone with 2:20 left in the half to lift the Bears to a 7-6 halftime advantage.


The Bears extended their lead to 14-6 on a one-yard touchdown run by junior Andrew Coke with 6:48 left in the third quarter, capping off a workmanlike 95 yard, 9 play drive.


The Crimson nudged closer to the Bears and pulled to within a point, 14-13, on a 43-yard run by Paul Stanton with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter.


Andrew Flesher's 22-yard field goal gave Harvard the lead for good, 16-14, with 8:47 left in the game.  Hosch's three-yard run with 2:07 left iced the game for the Crimson, 22-14.


Fuller headlined the Brown offense and passed for 238 yards, while completing 16 of 29 passes. Junior tailback Andrew Coke rushed for 56 yards, and Higgins caught a team leading four passes. Sophomore wide receiver Alex Jette had several big catches, making three receptions for 77 yards.


Defensively, junior safety Will Quigley led the Bears with 10 tackles, including six solo stops. Senior inside linebacker Xavier Russo made nine total tackles.  Sophomore defensive end Robert Hughes and sophomore tackle Tom Kutschke each registered a quarterback sack.


Hosch passed for 234 yards, completing 24 of 34 passes.  Paul Stanton had his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game, running for 120 yards.


Brown travels to Kingston, Rhode Island on Saturday, October 4, 2014, to face the University of Rhode Island in the 99th renewal of the Governor's Cup football game between the two Rhode Island colleges. Game time is 1pm at Meade Stadium.