Harvard Earns 41-23 Win Over Brown In Ivy League Opener

Harvard Earns 41-23 Win Over Brown In Ivy
League Opener

 

Boston, Mass. – Brown
opened up a 13-0 first quarter lead, but Harvard rallied with 31 unanswered
points to take control of the game and earn a 41-23 Ivy League win over the
Bears before an announced crowd of 17,256 at Harvard Stadium and a national
television audience.

 

Harvard extended
its record to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 1-1
overall and 0-1 in Ivy play.

 

Brown senior
tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH) ran for over 100 yards for the second
consecutive game, rushing for a game high 110 yards and two touchdowns to lead
the Bears. Senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) threw for 169
yards, but he was intercepted three times.

 

“We are a better
football team than we showed today,” said Brown head coach Phil Estes. “Harvard
had a three man rush and we have to do a better job protecting our quarterback.
My job is to get our team back on track. It's a big game, but it's only one
game.”

 

Defensively, senior
Zachary Lattrell (West Newbury, MA) made nine tackles to lead the Bears, including
a quarterback sack, while juniors Xavier Russo (San Francisco, CA) and Zach
Sparber (Norwood, NY) also registered quarterback sacks.

 

Crimson
quarterback Conner Hemple threw for 296 yards and a touchdown, completing 16 of
22 passes. He also ran for 22 yards.

 

Harvard's
opening drive was stopped by an interception by Russo at the Harvard five-yard
line, returning it to the Brown 22-yard line.

 

Brown marched
down the field and scored the first Ivy touchdown of the season when Spooney
gave the Bears a 6-0 lead on a 9-yard run with 2:45 remaining in the opening
quarter. The Bears' two-point conversion failed. Donnelly directed the 13-play
scoring drive with a mix of passes and strategic running plays, while amassing
five first downs.

 

On the ensuing
kick-off, Brown pulled out all the stops with an onside kick that was recovered
by Bears' sophomore Will Quigley (Marblehead, MA) at the Brown 48-yard line.

 

Four plays later,
Donnelly connected on a 22-yard scoring pass to junior Brian Strahan
(Wellesley, MA), giving the Bears a 13-0 advantage with 53 seconds left in the
first quarter.

 

Harvard exploded
for 28 unanswered points in the second quarter to grab a 28-13 lead at the
half. The Crimson tacked on a 36-yard field goal to open the second half and
pull ahead, 31-13, with 10:20 left in the third quarter.

 

Spooney got the
Bears back in the game and stopped the Crimson scoring streak at 31 points when
he scored on a 34-yard run with 4:32 left in the third quarter to cut Harvard's
lead to 31-20. His 34-yard run capped an 80-yard scoring drive.

 

The Crimson
opened up a 38-20 advantage with 2:19 left in the third quarter on a 63-yard
pass play.

 

Senior Alex
Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) booted a 23=yard field goal for the Bears at the
9:56 mark of the final quarter to pull the Bears within striking distance,
38-23.

 

Brown returns home on Saturday, October
5, 2013, to face the University of Rhode Island under the lights at Brown
Stadium in the 98th renewal of the Governor's Cup football game
between the two Rhode Island colleges. Brown Athletics is also hosting RI
Legends Day, bringing
together the legends of Rhode Island sports for an evening of celebration. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.