Brown’s Comeback Bid Falls Short, Bears Fall To Quakers, 17-7

Daniel Aidman '19
Daniel Aidman '19

Providence, R.I. – Brown turned in its best defensive performance of the season, but was unable to muster enough points in a 17-7 loss to Penn Saturday afternoon at Brown Stadium.


Trailing by 10 points, 17-7, heading into the second half, Brown advanced into Penn territory several times, but couldn't come up with any points, falling to 2-5 on the season, 0-4 in Ivy League play.  The Quakers improve to 3-4 overall, 1-3 in the Ivy League.


Penn All-American wide receiver Justin Watson came up big for the Quakers, making 8 catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He set new all-time Penn career records for touchdown receptions (27) and receiving yards (3,413).  He has now caught touchdown passes in seven straight games, one short of the Ivy League record.  


Bears' junior quarterback Nick Duncan (St. Louis, MO) completed 13-of-25 passes for 86 yards, with sophomore wide receiver Jakob Prall (Tipp City, OH) making five catches for 35 yards.


The Bears ground game was led by David Moodie (Sanford, FL) with 47 yards and Darius Daies (St. Louis, MO), who rushed for 35 yards.


On the defensive side of the ball, senior All-Ivy defensive end Richard Jarvis (Watertown, MA)  made 10 total tackles for the Bears, while senior safety Connor Coughlin (Medford, NY) had five tackles and an interception. Junior linebacker Daniel Aidman (Austin, TX) and sophomore inside linebacker Brendan Pyne (Bradenton, FL) each registered five tackles and a quarterback sack, with Pyne also forcing a fumble.


Quakers' quarterback Nick Robinson threw for 173 yards, completing 15-of-23 passes and two touchdowns, while Abe Willows paced the rushing attack with 59 yards.


Cornerback Conor O'Brien made 11 total tackles to lead the Quakers.


Penn struck on its first play from scrimmage, scoring just 11 seconds into the game, when Robinson connected on an 80-yard pass play with Watson for an early 7-0 lead.


The Robinson to Watson combination struck again following a Brown fumble, this time on a 20-yard pass play with 6:55 left in the opening quarter for a 14-0 Quakers' lead.


Brown got on the scoreboard with a 62-yard scoring drive, capped off by a five-yard touchdown run by Duncan with 1:16 left in the quarter, to trail 14-7.  The big play in the drive was a 33-yard shuffle pass to senior tight end Anton Casey (Bethesda, MD) that moved the ball from the Penn 38 to the Quakers' five yard line.


The Quakers capitalized on a Brown fumble with 21 seconds left in the half at the Bears' 40 yard line. Jack Saslow booted a 51-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half for a 17-7 Penn lead at intermission.


Brown heads down to New Haven, Conn. to battle Yale on Friday evening, November 3 at the Yale Bowl.  The game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network, kicking off at 8:00 p.m.