The Ivy Champions of 2008
The Brown Class of 2009 came into the 2008 season looking to become the first class in Brown football history to earn two Ivy League Championships. But the talented upperclassmen had never beaten Harward and knew the opening game against the Crimson might dictate the success of the squad.
The Bears and Crimson played a thrilling game in a driving rainstorm at Brown Stadium, with Brown pulling out a 22-24 victory over Harvard. Brown's defence provided the theatrics in the game's waning moments, halting Harvard's two-point conversion attempt by a full yard to preserve the victory.
Solid wins over Princeton and Cornell gave the 3-0 Brown team its best start ever, setting up a showdown with unbeaten Penn at Franklin Field before a national television audience on the Versus Network. Facing the nation's top defence, which had allowed just 13 points per game, Brown's high-scoring offence wasn't fazed, exploding for 34 points in a 34-27 victory over the Quakers.
Brown's bid for a perfect Ivy League season was derailed by Yale, 13-3, at Brown Stadium, but the Bears knew that wins over Dartmouth and Columbia in the upcoming weeks would assure them of the Ivy title.
Coach Phil Estes' Brown football team entered Memorial Field at the start of its game against Dartmouth with a fierce determinatino to take care of business. The first-place Bears needed wins in both of their last two games to be assured at least a share of the Ivy league title, and had struggled in recent years against the Big Green in Hanover. Brown scored on its first four offensive possessions and intercepted a pass for a touchdown to cruise to a 45-16 win over the Big Green.
Playing in sub-freezing temperatures on the frozen tundra at Brown Stadium, Brown played like a champion and came away with a 41-10 victory over Columbia before a Brown Stadium crown of 7,865, earning Brown's third Ivy title in the last 10 years, and fourth ever League Championship.