Harvard Sneaks By Brown, 27-20
Sept 22, 2001
BOSTON (AP) - Josh Staph ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns and Neil Rose completed 16 of 22 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown as Harvard beat Brown 27-20 on Saturday.
Rose's 9-yard touchdown pass to Carl Morris with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter gave the Crimson the win.
Brown's Chas Gessner had 12 receptions for a school record 226 yards in the loss. .Gessner, who had 169 receiving yards in the first half, broke the previous Brown record of 221 yards by Sean Morey against Cornell in 1997. The 226 yards by the former Ivy League Rookie of the Year is the sixth best receiving performance in Ivy League football history. Gessner's 12 receptions, which included a 49 yard catch from senior quarterback Kyle Rowley, ranks 8th in the Brown record book.
Rowley completed 20 of 42 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown, but also threw two interceptions. The second interception, by Andy Fried with four seconds left, ended Brown's hopes.
Harvard (1-0, 1-0 Ivy League) took a 7-0 lead on Staph's 1-yard score with 4:57 in the first quarter. Brown (0-1, 0-1) answered with a 2-yard run by Joe Rackley with 2:28 left in the first to tie the game.
The Bears then scored 10 unanswered points to take a 17-7 lead into the third quarter. Sean Jenson hit a 25-yard field goal just before halftime and Rowley had a 10-yard scoring pass to his brother, Travis Rowley, at the 8:39 mark.
Staph scored two touchdowns on runs of 3 and 10 yards in the third quarter as Harvard took a 20-17 lead.
Brown tied the score on Jenson's second field goal, from 21 yards, with 7:48 left in the game.
Morris' touchdown catch then provided the margin of victory for Harvard.
Junior Andrew Gallagher had a standout game for the Bears' defense, making a career high 15 tackles that included 13 solo hits. Junior safety Hunter Young registered 13 tackles, while senior corner back Melvin Justice and junior defensive end Jeremiah Watts made eight tackles each.