Strong Defensive Effort Lifts Brown Over Penn, 31-17
Oct. 27, 2007
Providence, RI - Senior quarterback Michael Dougherty, the nation's leading passer, threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns as Brown built a 28-10 half time lead on its way to a solid 31-17 Parent's Day victory over Penn at Brown Stadium. Brown benefited from a strong defensive effort that included two blocked field goals, a fumble recovery and a 65-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior Darrell Harrison.
Brown also mounted its first effective rushing attack since its season opener, with sophomore Chris Strickland running for a career best 81 yards on 25 carries. Senior Tyler Rowley enjoyed the best day of his collegiate career by rushing for 20 yards on two carries, and making four catches for 35 yards.
"This was a battle today," said Bears head coach Phil Estes. "We hit hard, made plays as a team and were mentally fit. We made sure that our first half team was ready and hungry in the second half."
After holding the Quakers to a missed early field goal, Brown got on the scoreboard first when Dougherty connected on an 18-yard scoring strike to junior tight end Colin Cloherty, who was wide open in the middle of the field and walked into the end zone. The 68-yard scoring drive lifted the Bears to a 7-0 advantage with 5:36 left in the first quarter.
It took the Quakers just 27 seconds to tie the score, 7-7, following a 48-yard kickoff return and two big plays, scoring on a 1- yard touchdown run with 5:09 remaining.
Bears senior Darrell Harrison electrified the Brown crowd when he stepped in front of a Penn pass at the Brown 35-yard line and scampered down the sideline 65 yards for a touchdown with 2:11 in the first quarter to lift the Bears to a 14-7 advantage.
"Darrell is a playmaker," said Estes. "He hasn't played with confidence recently, but his interception for a touchdown was a huge momentum swing for our team."
Brown extended its lead to 21-7 when Dougherty lofted a 23-yard scoring strike to senior Paul Raymond, who was wide-open in the corner of the end zone with 9:15 left in the half.
The Quakers booted a 35-yard field goal with 7:19 left in the second quarter to pull to within 11 points of the Bears, 21-10.
Brown got a big break with 26 remaining in the quarter when senior Bears' sophomore James Develin recovered a Quakers fumble at the Penn four-yard line. Following a timeout, sophomore Bobby Sewall scampered into the end zone for a four-yard score to extend the Bears' lead to 28-10 at the half.
With the clock the Bears' ally in the third quarter, Brown didn't get on the scoreboard, but a staunch defense held the Quakers scoreless as well.
Bears' senior Steve Morgan extended the Brown lead to 21 points, 31-10, when he booted a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Morgan, the Ivy League's all-time leader in field goals, connected on the 49th field goal of his stellar Brown career.
Penn pulled to within 31-17 of the Bears late in the quarter, but junior outside linebacker Miles Craigwell picked off a pass in the end zone with 1:11 remaining to dash the Quakers hopes.
Raymond finished with another big day for the Bears, with the nation's third leading receiver making nine receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. Seven different Brown receivers caught balls from Dougherty. Sophomore Buddy Farnham next in line with five catches for 53 yards.
Junior linebacker Steve Ziogas had another solid effort for the Brown defense, leading the team with nine total tackles, including six solo hits. Junior Jon May came up with eight solo tackles while senior Matt Mullenax came up with eight solo hits, while Craigwell came up with seven tackles. Harrison made six tackles to go with his interception return for a touchdown.
The Bears will be on the road next Saturday, traveling to New Haven to battle first place Yale. Game time is 12:30 p.m. at the Yale Bowl.