Oct. 18, 2008
Princeton, New Jersey - Junior All-Ivy wide receiver Buddy Farnham scored two touchdowns and compiled 285 all-purpose yards to lead Brown to a 31-10 Ivy league win over Princeton and keep the Bears unbeaten in the Ivy League with a 2-0 league mark. The win was also Brown's first at Princeton Stadium in five games since it opened in 1998.
"It's not about years past, it's about what happening now," said Bears head coach Phil Estes. "We knew today's game would be a dog fight, but we responded with big plays. We earned the victory today with solid performances on both sides of the ball."
Farnham turned in a virtuoso performance for the Bears, racking up receiving, rushing, punt and kickoff return yards. He caught six passes for 79 yards and one touchdowns; he rushed three times for 27 yards and a touchdown; returned two kickoffs 55 yards; and brought back four punts 124 yards yards. He finished the game with 285 all-purpose yards.
"Buddy is a warrior," said Estes. "He plays whether he's hurt of not and we ask him to do a lot - he's in the middle of everything. He played a complete game today. I'm amazed how much he gets out of his body."
Junior wide receiver Bobby Sewall (Portsmouth, RI) also had a strong game for the Bears, making three receptions for 69 yards and rushing four times for 18 yards. He also added a two-yard touchdown run. Bears' quarterback Michael Dougherty completed 14 of 27 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown.
Senior running back Dereck Knight (Pawtucket, RI) moved the ball on the ground for the Bears, compiling 89 yards on 22 carries and scoring on a six yard touchdown run.
Princeton marched down the field on its first possession, advancing to the one-foot line with a first and goal. Brown's defense stopped the Tigers three times before Princeton settled on an 18- yard field goal and a 3-0 lead with 8:47 left in the quarter.
Not to be outdone, Brown scored on its first possession, weaving down the field 59 yards on just five plays with Knight running into the end zone from six yards out to grab a 7-3 lead. The big play of the drive was a 34-yard run Dougherty.
The Bears extended their lead to 14-3 with 1:41 left in the quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Sewall, who took the direct snap on his route to the end zone. The score capped a 71-yard, five play drive for the Bears.
Princeton crept back into the game midway through the second quarter, scoring on a 12-yard run to pull to within 14-10 of the Bears at the half.
A 33-yard kickoff return by senior Nkosi Still brought the ball to the Tigers 45 yard line and set up a Brown field goal, with senior Robert Ranney converting a 33-yard kick to put the Bears up by seven points, 17-10.
Farnham sparked the Bears with a 37-yard punt return that advanced the ball to the Princeton 20 yard line. Farnham was rewarded for his effort on the first play from scrimmage when he hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to lift the Bears to a 24-10 advantage with 7:10 left in the third quarter.
The Bears built a 21-point advantage after a strong defensive effort where senior David Howard stripped the ball and freshman Neal Rooney recovered the fumble at the Princeton 19-yard line. Farnham reached the end zone once again two plays later when he scored on a three-yard run with 1:31 left in the quarter to lift the Bears to a 31-10 lead.
Senior defensive back Darrell Harrison, a co-captain of the Bears, saw his first action of the season after suffering a pre-season injury.
Following three straight games on the road, the Bears return home to Brown Stadium to host Cornell on Saturday, October 25 for a Family Weekend game, beginning at 12:30 p.m.