Nov. 20, 2008
Providence, RI -
The stage is set following last week's 45-16 victory over Dartmouth, so that a win on Saturday by Brown (6-3, 5-1 Ivy) over Columbia (2-7, 2-4 Ivy) would assure the Bears of their 4th ever Ivy League Championship, and its third Ivy title under head coach Phil Estes.
Coming into Saturday's action, Brown and Harvard are tied for first place in the league standings, with the Bears having beaten the Crimson, 22-20, earlier in the season. The Crimson host Yale at noon today. The Bears have earned five Ivy wins seven times before (1975, 77, 78, 79, 87, 98 and 01) and earned six wins four times (1976, 1999, and 2005).
Brown's seniors have the opportunity to become the first class in Brown football history to win two Ivy titles. Brown has previously won Ivy League Championships in 1976, 1999 and 2005. The 21 members of the Brown Class of 2009 will be looking make a lasting impression in the Brown record book are: Wale Adedokun, Matthew Adkins, Colin Cloherty, Miles Craigwell, Michael Dougherty, Jon Edwards, Scott Hamilton, Darrell Harrison, David Howard, Shane Kelley, Dereck Knight, Jon May, Joe McPhee, Jake Powers, Robert Ranney, Jesse Spartichino, Nkosi Still, Robert Valenti, Sean Wengerter, Joe Yanchunis, Steve Ziogas, and manager Ylena Cvek.
Brown and Columbia have met 72 times, dating back to 1902, with the Bears holding a 46-24-2 series advantage over the Lions. Brown has won 10 of the last 11 games between the two teams, including a hard-fought 30-22 victory over the Lions last year in New York City. In 2006, Columbia broke a nine game losing streak against the Bears, kicking a field goal with three seconds remaining to come away with a 22-21 victory. Among the most memorable games in the series came in 1995 when Brown rallied from a 27-3 third quarter deficit to score 56 unanswered points in a 59-27 win.
Senior quarterback Michael Dougherty was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this year after turning in a dominating performance against Dartmouth last week with 311 yards in total offense in just three quarters of play, exiting the game after building a 45-10 lead. He passed for two touchdowns, ran for another on a 69-yard run (73 yards for the day), completed 16 of 22 passes, and threw for 238 yards, including 213 passing yards in the first half alone. He moved into 13th place in Ivy League career passing with 5,502 yards, and now ranks 10th in Ivy League history with 469 career completions. Dougherty currently ranks 13th in the nation in completions, 11th in passing yards, and 10th total offense.