September 25, 2008

Bears and Crimson Open Ivy League Season At Brown Stadium

Sept. 25, 2008

Providence, RI -

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One of the most storied games in college football history will be renewed for the 108th time when Brown battles Harvard on Saturday, September 27th at Brown Stadium, beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Brown (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) opened its 131st season of intercollegiate football last Saturday with a strong defensive effort, limiting Stony Brook to no offensive points in a 17-7 win over the Seawolves. Harvard (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) rallied from a 24-12 fourth quarter deficit to score the game's last thirteen points in a 25-24 win over Holy Cross Friday evening.

Brown and Harvard have met 107 times, dating back to 1893, with the Crimson holding a 77-28-2 series advantage. Harvard has won the last eight meetings since the series moved to the second game of the season for both teams, including a 24-17 win over the Bears last year under the lights at Harvard Stadium. Prior to the game moving to the second spot in the schedule, Brown had won six of the previous meetings from 1993-1999. Brown last defeated Harvard in 1999 when the Bears earned a 17-10 victory in Providence.

Today's game will feature the two marquee quarterbacks in the Ivy league, Brown senior Michael Dougherty and Harvard senior Chris Pizzotti. Dougherty was the fourth passer in Ivy League history to throw for 3,000 or more yards, while his 264 completions last year were fifth in the Ivy record book. A second team All-Ivy selection, Dougherty led the Ivies and ranked third in the nation in completions and passing yards. Pizzotti, a fifth year senior who earned first team All-Ivy honors in 2007, currently ranks seventh on Harvard's career passing chart, and led the Ivy League in passing efficiency a year ago.

Two Brown players earned league, regional and national honors for their play last week. Bears' junior defensive end James Develin (Gilbertsville, PA) was named the Ivy League and the Sports Network FCS National Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Bears' defense against Stony Brook with nine tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, including two quarterback sacks for a loss of 16 yards. Junior wide receiver Buddy Farnham (Andover, MA), who made 14 receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown, earned the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award as the New England Player of the Week.

Fans attending Saturday's game vs. Harvard will have an opportunity to take part in a fantastic promotional opportunity brought to you by Ross-Simons Jewelers. Offered exclusively at this weekend's game at Brown Stadium, couples can go to the "Fan Zone" located outside the stadium and sign up for a chance to be selected for the halftime contest. Three couples will be selected and announced via the public address system to participate. The winner will receive a $500 gift certificate to Ross-Simons Jewelers.