Bears Stymied By Princeton Defense, 17-3
Oct. 13, 2006
Princeton, New Jersey - After a tough defensive battle for nearly 45 minutes, Princeton scored two late third quarter touchdowns to take control of the game and earn a 17-3 victory over Brown in the first ever Ivy League Friday night football game at Princeton Stadium, The game was broadcast to a national television audience by ESPNU.
The Tigers grabbed an early 3-0 lead, booting a 28-yard field goal with 2:43 left in the first quarter. The Bears' defense kept the opposition out of the end zone in the first quarter for the first time this season.
Junior All-Ivy kicker/punter Steve Morgan knotted the score at 3-3 with a 45-yard field goal with 10:47 remaining in the second quarter.
The game would remain tied until late in the third quarter when Princeton struck on 18-yard pass play on third and seven to grab a 10-3 advantage with 2:11 remaining in the quarter. The Bears seemingly tied the score on the ensuing kickoff on a long return for a touchdown by senior Brandon Markey, but a holding penalty negated the score.
Brown's offense stalled and lightning struck the Bears following a short punt. On second down at the Bears 40-yard line, Princeton connected on a 40-yard touchdown pass to take control of the game with a 17-3 advantage late in the third quarter
The Bears' offense sputtered throughout and was held to just 157 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Joseph DiGiacomo was sacked three times and often hurried by a blitzing Princeton defense. He completed just 6 of 17 passes for 71 yards. Sophomore quarterbacks Matt Nuzzo (3 of 7, 16 yards) and Michael Dougherty (1-6, 29 yards) also saw action at quarterback.
The three points scored by the Bears were the fewest since being shut out by Yale in the opening game of the 1996 season.
Brown's defense turned in its best effort of the season and was led by senior All-American Zak DeOssie, who made 12 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack. Junior linebacker Eric Brewer also came up big with 12 tackles. Junior tackle Kai Brown turned in a strong performance with eight tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack. Senior defensive back Matt Mullanex returned to the lineup and picked off a pass for the Bears.
After three straight road games, the Bears return to action next Saturday, October 21, for a Homecoming match-up with Cornell, the 54th meeting between the two Ancient Eight schools. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Brown Stadium.