Philadelphia, PA – Battling rain and heavy winds at Franklin Field, junior back-up quarterback Seth Rosenbauer (Lima, OH) displayed his versatility and enabled Brown to establish a much-needed run game to counter the elements, rushing for 206 yards and two touchdowns to lead Brown to a 21-13 Ivy League win over Penn Saturday afternoon.
The Bears, winners of four of their last five games, including two straight, are now 4-3 overall, 2-2 in the Ivy League, while Penn falls to 1-6 overall, 1-3 in Ivy play.
"I'm really pleased with our execution in the adverse conditions," said an ebullient coach Phil Estes after the game. "The weather dictated our style of play. The more we had success running the ball the more we the ball to Seth."
"Seth is a quarterback, running back and wide receiver, and I haven't seen this versatile an athlete in quite some time," continued Estes. "He sees the field exceptionally well, makes great cuts and is very physical."
Rosenbauer, who did not attempt a pass, gave the Bears a power running attack, rushing for 206 yards on 30 carries yards, scoring on runs of one and two yards, while also making an eight yard catch as a wide receiver.
Brown's defense was led by senior outside linebacker Michael Walsh, who made seven tackles, including a key fourth quarter stop at the goal line on a fourth down play. Senior safety Eric Armagost and senior cornerback Jacob Supron had six solo tackles each for the Bears.
Penn quarterback Alek Torgensen passed for 252 yards on 30-of-47 passing and a touchdown. Quakers' Spencer Kulcsar made a game high 14 receptions for 103 yards.
Following a scoreless opening quarter, Brown got on the scoreboard first when Fuller connected on a 36-yard pass to senior Reiley Higgins, who got behind the Penn defenders in the back of the end zone, giving the Bears a 7-0 lead with 11:38 left in the second quarter.
On its next possession, Brown drove 91 yards in nine plays, with Rosenbauer powering into the end zone from one yard out to give the Bears a 14-0 lead with 4:10 remaining in the half.
The Quakers got back in the game, scoring with 36 seconds left in the opening half to cut Brown's lead to 14-7 at intermission. Penn drove 65 yards on 12 plays, with Adam Strauss leaning into the end zone on a one yard run.
The gusty winds picked up even more in the second half and neither team could find the end zone in the third quarter.
On the opening play of the fourth quarter, Rosenbauer fumbled the direct snap, but picked it up and ran two yards into the end zone to lift the Bears to a 21-7 advantage.
The Bears' defense made a goal line stand on Penn's next possession, stopping the Quakers four times inside the 10-yard line with Walsh and junior Thomas Kutschke making the fourth down stop at Penn's one yard line.
Penn made it interesting at the end when Torgensen tossed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Justin Watson with 37 seconds left on the clock. The Quakers' onside kick was covered by Higgins, who recovered an onside kick for the second straight game.
The Bears return to Brown Stadium for a key Ivy match-up with Yale on Saturday, November 8. The game will be televised live on Fox College Sports starting at 12:30 pm.