Big Red Overtakes Bears, 38-31, In Overtime
Oct. 20, 2007
Ithaca, NY - Cornell rallied from a 31-14 deficit late in the third quarter to overtake Brown, earning a 38-31 win over the Bears in overtime, its first win over Brown in Ithaca since 1992. The win lifts the Big Red to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 2-4, 1-2 in the Ivy League.
Cornell scored on its first possession of overtime with Randy Bell running into the end zone from five yards out to grab a seven point lead, 38-31. Brown was unable to get a first down in overtime, and was stymied on its fourth down play. Bears quarterback Michael Dougherty tossed a lateral to sophomore Bobby Sewall, who attempted to throw back to Dougherty. Sewall's pass across the field fell incomplete and the Big Red earned the victory.
The Bears' offense was brilliant in the first half, racking up 308 total yards by intermission, including 276 yards via the pass. But the second half was another story with Brown's offense accumulating just 95 total yards.
"We didn't make plays in the second half," said Bears head coach Phil Estes. "As Cornell made plays at the end of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter, we seemed to die as a team on the sideline
Dougherty completed 32 of 55 passes for 359 yards and three touchdown, with 276 yards and 22 completions coning in the first half.
Brown's offense was operating on all cylinders on its first possession when Dougherty directed the Bears on a 69 yard scoring drive, capped off with a four yard touchdown pass to Sewall with 11:19 left in the quarter, giving the Bears a 7-0 advantage. The big play in the drive was a 40-yard pass from Dougherty to sophomore Buddy Farnham that advanced the ball from the Cornell 42 to the two yard line.
The Bears extended their lead to 14-0 following a Cornell punt. The Bears marched 51 yards in six plays, capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by sophomore Jon Edwards with 8:47 left in the first quarter. The Bears' score was once again set up by a long pass, this time a 39-yard strike from Dougherty to junior Colin Cloherty that advanced the Bears from the Big Red 40 to the one-yard line.
Cornell got on the scoreboard with a 64-yard scoring drive on its next possession to pull to within 14-7 of the Bears with 5:46 left in the first quarter.
Sewall caught his second touchdown pass from Dougherty midway through the second quarter, making an 8-yard scoring reception with 8:25 remaining in the quarter to exten the Brown advantage to 21-7.
The shootout continued with the Big Red marching xxx yards for a touchdown to cut the Bears lead to 21-14 with 3:36 remaining in the first half.
Bears' senior Steve Morgan, the all-time Ivy League leader in field goals, extended the Brown lead to 24-14 at the half when he booted a 42-yard field goal just 1:28 before the end of the half.
After a mostly stagnant third quarter where both offensive units had trouble getting on track, the Bears' defense came up with a big play when junior Jon May picked-off a Cornell pass and returned it 51 yards, giving Brown possession at the Cornell 12 -yard line.
After a Brown penalty, Dougherty connected on his third touchdown pass of the day, connecting with Buddy Farnham on an 18-yard scoring pass with 5:27 to play in the third quarter, giving the Bears a 31-14 lead.
Cornell resorted to some trickery to get itself back in the game. The Big Red faked a field goal, with its holder running eight yards into the end zone to cut the Bears lead to 31-21 with 1:07 left in the third quarter. Cornell tried an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, but alert sophomore Eric Hunt fell on the ball for the Bears at the Cornell 43 yard line.
The game got even closer when the Big Red scored on a 12-yard pass play with 9:19 remaining on the game clock to cut Brown's lead to 31-28. Cornell sent the game into overtime when peter Zell booted a 24-yard field goal with 2:55 left in regulation.
Brown senior wide receiver Paul Raymond continues his ascent in the Brown record book in career receiving yards and pass receptions. After making seven receptions for 95 yards against the Big Red, Raymond moved into 10th place in career receptions (97), and seventh place in career receiving yards (1,531).
Farnham finished the game with 11 receptions for 132 yards, while Sewall caught seven passes for 55 yards.
Brown's defensive effort was led by junior Steve Ziogas, who made 12 total tackles, including nine solo hits, and forced a fumble. May contributed 10 tackles to go with his interception.
The Bears return home next Saturday, October 27th for a Parent's Day match-up against Penn. Game time is 12:30 p.m. at Brown Stadium.