Nov. 5, 2008
Providence, R.I -
Brown sits alone in first place in the Ivy standings at 4-0, and will face one of the nation's top defensive units for the second straight week, hosting Yale at Brown Stadium on Saturday, November 8th, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Brown (5-2, 4-0) gained sole possession of first place in the Ivy standings with a 34-27 victory over previously unbeaten Penn at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The Bears are 4-0 in the Ivy standings for the first time in school history. Yale (4-3, 2-2) is coming off a 27-12 victory over Columbia. The Elis have also beaten Dartmouth (34-7) in the league, while losing to Cornell (17-14) and Penn (9-7).
Senior quarterback Michael Dougherty was named the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 234 yards and four touchdowns in the win over Penn. Senior corner back Nkosi Skill earned Ivy League defensive Player of the Week honors for the Bears after making a key fourth down stop of the Quakers and registering a game high 12 tackles.
The Bears have tremendous skill at quarterback with Dougherty, and wide receiver with juniors Buddy Farnham and Bobby Sewall, and its high-octane offense is averaging 360.14 yards per game, including 271.9 passing yards per game, 14th best in the nation. The Bears' defense, led by senior inside linebacker Steve Ziogas with 47 total tackles, has also risen to the challenge, with its rushing defense second in the Ivy League, allowing just 82.5 yards per game.
The Elis feature the nation's number one scoring defense, allowing 13.14 points per game, and lead the Ivy League in turnovers gained (20), sacks (2.43 per game) and interceptions (14).
Brown and Yale have met 112 times, dating back to 1880, with the Bulldogs holding a 76-31-5 series advantage. Yale has captured the last two games in the series, including a 17-7 decision last year in New Haven. Brown had won the previous three games, including a 38-21 decision at the Yale Bowl in 2005. Bears' coach Phil Estes is 6-4 lifetime against the Elis.
Saturday's key Ivy League match-up between Brown and Yale will be televised nationally on the YES Network (DirecTV Channel 631).