PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Pennsylvania football team gave up a 93-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game. It never got better from there. Brown rolled to a 27-0 victory in front of a Homecoming crowd at Brown Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Penn, which had won seven straight Ivy League games, fell to 4-3 on the year and 3-1 in league play. The Bears, who have won four of the last five over the Quakers in Providence, improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Ivy play.
On the first play from scrimmage, John Spooney ran into a pile up the middle, but bounced off and found daylight on the outside. The 93-yard score would not be his longest touchdown run of the half.
Brown also scored on its second possession of the game when a six-yard touchdown pass capped an eight-play, 71-yard drive for a 14-0 advantage just 8:32 into the game.
Then Spooney struck again. After the teams traded punts, Brown took over at their own six-yard line. Once again, the senior running back found a hole and sprinted untouched for a 94-yard score. That put the Bears up 21-0 just two minutes into the second quarter.
Penn was deep in Brown territory twice in the second quarter, but the first threat was thwarted when Becker was hit as he threw and intercepted inside the 10. Late in the quarter, Tosan Eyetsemitan tipped a pass high into the air and Joey Grosso made the diving interception to set up the Quakers near the red zone. But on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Becker was stuffed.
Three plays later, Brown capitalized with a 67-yard pass to set up a 44-yard field goal as time expired, and the Bears led 24-0 at the break.
Penn was unable to make up any ground in the third quarter as both teams traded punts throughout the quarter.
The Quakers crossed midfield on their first possession of the fourth quarter, but Becker was picked off again and Brown used the good field position to add another field goal.
Penn's only other drive in the final quarter also ended in an interception. Becker finished the game 20-for-40 for 164 yards. Senior Conner Scott had five catches for 40 yards and senior Ryan Mitchell finished with four catches for 40 yards. Mitchell moved him into the top 10 all-time at Penn in career receptions (93). Junior running back Spencer Kulcsar had 56 rushing yards on 11 carries and 20 receiving yards on four receptions.
Senior safety Evan Jackson led the Quakers with a career-best 10 tackles. Junior linebacker Dan Davis had a season-high nine tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss, while senior captain Dan Wilk matched a season-high with eight tackles.
Sophomore Max Kurucar averaged 42.7 yards per punt, including a long of 50. Two of his six punts landed inside the 20. Freshman Donald Panciello also punted twice for the Quakers and both pinned the Bears inside their own 20.
A Homecoming showdown with arch rival Princeton is set for next week at Franklin Field. First place will be on the line. The Tigers (6-1, 4-0 Ivy) are the only unbeaten team left in league play and are one game ahead of the Quakers in the Ancient Eight standings. Kickoff is at noon and the game can be seen on the Penn Sports Network.