Brown Bears Beat Yale, 37-34
Nov 3, 2001
By DONNA TOMMELLEO
AP Sports Writer
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Kyle Rowley threw three touchdown passes, including a 28-yard game-winner to his brother, Travis, as Brown rallied for a 37-34 win over Yale on Saturday.
Rowley completed 18 of 32 attempts for 274 yards. His longest was a 58-yard strike to Chas Gessner, the national Division I-AA leader in receptions (10 pg) and yards (153.0) coming into Saturday's game.
The Bears (4-3, 3-2 Ivy League) rebounded from a 20-17 halftime deficit with gadget plays, solid defense and 112 yards of rushing from tailback Mike Malan. The Bulldogs (3-4, 1-4) held Malan to just 27 yards in the first half.
T.J. Hyland, Yale's backup quarterback, started in place of injured passer Peter Lee. The more mobile Hyland rushed for a team-high 139 yards. He completed 11 of 22 attempts for 146 yards and one touchdown.
Yale fullback Jay Schulze scored a career-high four touchdowns including two in the first half to give the Bulldogs the early edge.
Brown's defense set the tone for the second half, keeping Hyland's scrambling in check and holding the Bulldogs on a crucial fourth-and-inches late in the third quarter with Yale clinging to a 27-24 lead. Outside linebacker Bobby Parisien stopped Schulze just short of the first down.
The Bears countered quickly on the next play when Malan pitched back to Kyle Rowley who found his brother for the go-ahead score with 1:18 left in the third quarter and a 31-27 lead. Brown extended the lead with two fourth-quarter field goals from Sean Jensen, who was 3-for-3 on the day.
Malan finished with 139 yards on 18 rushes and one touchdown. He fielded a direct snap from 2 yards out for the score.
Gessner had eight catches for 118 yards.
Yale freshman Ralph Plumb caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Hyland in the first quarter for his first collegiate catch and touchdown.