Sept. 15, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island - Junior quarterback Michael Dougherty (Davie, FL) passed for three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and senior running back Dereck Knight (Pawtucket, RI) rushed for 208 yards, as Brown kicked-off its 130th season of intercollegiate football with a 28-17 victory over Duquesne at Brown Stadium.
Knight's 208 yards, the 10th best rushing performance in Brown football history, came on 33 carries. It was his first career 100-yard rushing game, and the first time a Brown runner has gone over the 100-yard rushing mark since November 19, 2005.
Knight electrified the Brown crowd on the second play of the game when he bounced outside and ran down the Brown sideline 61 yards for a touchdown to give Brown an early 7-0 lead.
Following a Duquesne 35-yard field goal, Brown got back on the scoreboard late in the first quarter.
Dougherty tossed his first career touchdown pass when he spotted junior Colin Cloherty (Bethesda, MD) wide open across the middle at the 28-yard line. Dougherty's pass was perfect, with Cloherty catching the pass in stride and running the rest of the way into the end zone to complete a 44-yard pass play, giving the Bears a 14-3 advantage with 5:27 left in quarter.
The Dukes came back to cut the Brown lead to 14-10 at the half on a 14-yard pass play for a touchdown midway through the second quarter.
Brown's offense struggled early in the second half, but snapped out of the doldrums when Bears' head coach Phil Estes rolled the dice on a fourth and three at the Duquesne 33-yard line. With the Dukes coming on an all-out blitz, Dougherty spotted senior wide receiver Paul Raymond (Miami, FL) wide open down the right sideline, connecting on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter to lift the Bears to a 21-10 advantage.
The Bears offense kept rolling in the second half and the Bears broke the game open when Dougherty tossed an 11 yard scoring pass to sophomore Buddy Farnham (Andover, MA) to extend the lead to 28-10 with 11:05 left in the game. Farnham finished the game with five receptions for 27 yards.
The combination of Dougherty to Cloherty proved to be a winning one for the Bears, with Cloherty making 8 catches for 171 yards. Dougherty completed 17 of 31 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
Bears' junior running back Jon Edwards (Roanoke, VA) enjoyed a solid game, running for 53 yards on 10 carries, as Brown rushed for 262 yards as a team. He also had a 39-yard kickoff return.
Brown's defensive effort was led by senior safety Jose Yearwood (Spring Hill, FL), who registered a game high eight tackles, and stopped a late Duquesne drive with an interception in the end zone. Senior linebacker Eric Brewer (Vero Beach, FL) also came up big for the Bears with six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss. Brewer also forced a fumble and broke up two passes.
Junior Miles Craigwell (Boston, MA) made five tackles at outside linebacker, while junior inside linebacker Frank Nuzzo (Everett, MA) came up with four tackles and recovered a fumble. Junior Joe McPhee (South Weymouth, MA), sophomore James Develin (Gilbertsville, PA), and junior Wale Adedokun (Mequon, WI) each had quarterback sacks, while senior Kai Brown (Bellevue, WA) and junior David Howard (Columbia, MD) shared a quarterback sack for the Bears.
The Bears will open their Ivy League season next Saturday, September 22nd against Harvard in the first intercollegiate football night game ever played at Harvard Stadium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.