Oct. 28, 2006
Philadelphia, PA -
Junior Steve Morgan's 25-yard field goal in overtime capped a furious comeback that saw the Bears come from 10-points down in the fourth quarter for a 30-27 come-from-behind victory over Penn at Franklin Field. The win gives the Bears a 2-2 Ivy record, 3-4 overall, and its first win over Penn in Philadelphia since 1999.
"The character of this team really came out today," said an elated Brown coach Phil Estes after the game. "We overcame a lot of adversity and I couldn't be prouder of this team".
Penn took the ball first in overtime, but missed a 26-yard field goal attempt wide to the right. The Bears took the ball next and gained seven yards before attempting its first game-winning kick. Morgan's attempt at a 35-yard field goal sailed left, but the Quakers were offside, giving the Bears another attempt to win the game. This time Brown would not be denied, with Morgan booting the game winner from 25 yards out, setting off a wild celebration.
Brown's fourth quarter comeback began when Morgan booted a 25-yard field goal to bring the Bears to within a touchdown of the Quakers, 27-20.
Brown tied the game when junior quarterback Joseph DiGiacomo fired an 11-yard pass into the end zone and senior wide receiver Lonnie Hill went high in the air to grab the game-tying score with 3:53 left to play. The big play in the 14 play, 80-yard scoring drive, was a fourth down catch by freshman Bobby Sewall, who made a diving reception on fourth and nine at the Penn 34-yard line.
Hill was playing the game with a heavy heart. His mom, Christine, passed away last Sunday. "I was playing for mom today" said Hill. "She was an inspiration for me. Making that touchdown catch really meant a lot to me."
It looked like Brown's offense was running on all cylinders when DiGiacomo methodically marched the Bears down the field on their first possession, moving 12 plays from its own 22-yard line Penn 19-yard line. Morgan booted a 36-yard field goal with 9:46 left in the first quarter to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage.
The Bears extended their lead to 10-0 when senior Akin Oyalowo exploded into the end zone from 10 yards out on the first play of the second quarter. Oyalowo's 10-yard run capped a 93-yard, 14 play scoring drive that consumed 6:14.
Penn scored on its next possession with 13:11 left in the second quarter, narrowing Brown's lead to 10-6. Junior Kai Brown came up big for the Bears by blocking the extra point.
With 4:00 left in the half, a Brown fumble was picked up by Penn and returned 10 yards for a touchdown to give the Quakers a 13-10 lead.
The Bears were intercepted on the first play of their next possession, giving Penn the ball at the Brown 15-yard line. The Bears' defense stiffened and the Quakers missed a field goal.
Bears' senior outside linebacker Mike Cholipski registered his first career interception at the Brown five-yard line early in the third quarter to thwart a Quaker drive.
Following a Brown punt, Penn drove 40 yards in seven plays to extend its lead to 20-10 with 7:53 left in the quarter.
DiGiacomo got the Bears on course late in the third quarter when he connected on a 46-yard pass play to junior wide receiver Paul Raymond to bring the Bears to within three points of the Quakers with 12 seconds left in the quarter.
Lightning struck the Bears on the ensuing kickoff when Penn freshman Chris Wynn scored on a 98-yard return to again give the Quakers a 10-point lead, 27-17, after three quarters of play.
It took Brown just 1:49 to get back on the scoreboard when Morgan booted a 25-yard field goal with 13:21 left in the game, cutting Penn's advantage to 27-20.
DiGiacomo finished the game by completing 27 of 49 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. Raymond made eight catches for 150 yards, while Hill made 7 receptions for 64 yards. Sewall made a career high 4 catches for 47 yards.
Defensively, junior Jose Yearwood made seven tackles and broke up three passes. Junior linebacker Eric Brewer made six tackles, while senior Zak DeOssie made 5.5 total hits. Junior Matt Mullenax also picked off a pass for the Bears.
Brown returns home to Brown Stadium on Saturday, November 4th for a key Ivy match-up against first place Yale. The game will be televised nationally on the YES Network and will start at 12 noon.