October 17, 2007

Bears Travel To Ithaca To Face Cornell In Battle Of High-Octane Offenses

Oct. 17, 2007

Providence, RI -

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It looks to be another shootout on Saturday as Brown travels to Ithaca, New York to battle the Cornell Big Red. Saturday's game features a battle between the Ivy League's top passing offenses. The Bears have thrown for a league-leading 341.2 yards per game, while the Big Red is averaging 271.8 yards per game, second best in the Ivy League. Brown quarterback Michael Dougherty '09 leads the nation in passing (337.2 yards/game), while Cornell junior quarterback Nathan Ford ranks 17th nationally in passing yards (243.0 yards/game). Both quarterbacks have completed an Ivy League leading 130 passes, Dougherty for 1,686 yards and 11 touchdowns, Ford for 1,215 yards and three touchdowns.

Brown evened its Ivy League record at 1-1, 2-3 overall, with a 33-24 victory over Princeton last week in Providence. The Bears' defense forced six Princeton turnovers, including two interceptions and four fumble recoveries. Cornell earned a 17-14 non-league win over Colgate in Ithaca last week to go to 3-2 overall. The Big Red is 0-2 in Ivy play.

Brown and Cornell have met 54 times, dating back to 1895, with Brown leading the series by a 28-25-1 margin. The Bears have won nine of the last 11 meetings, including the last four. Brown earned a 28-7 victory over the Big Red last year in Providence, with Colin Cloherty making touchdown receptions of 51 and 13 yards to lead the Bears. Cornell's last victory over the Bears was a 10-7 double-overtime decision at Brown Stadium in 2002, Brown's first ever overtime game. Brown has won the last six times it has played Cornell in Ithaca, and hasn't lost at Schoellkopf Field since 1992.