PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In terrible playing conditions, the University of Pennsylvania football team's 18-game Ivy win streak came to an end Saturday at Brown, 6-0, in a driving rainstorm at Brown Stadium on a cold day in Providence, R.I.
Penn fell to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Ivy League. The loss was Penn's first league defeat since Nov. 15, 2008 and ended the second-longest Ivy winning streak of all-time. Penn was also shut out for the first time since 1997 which ended the second-longest scoring streak in league history at 136 games. Brown owns that league record - now at 155 games - and improved to 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in Ivy play.
All three of Penn's previous Ivy wins involved a game-winning fourth-quarter touchdown drive. The Quakers needed the same when they took over at the Brown 47-yard line with 2:29 to play and no timeouts. But on Penn's first play, junior quarterback Billy Ragone's pass was intercepted and the Quakers lost their first Ivy League road game since 2007 - a streak of 12 games that had tied a school record.
It was an eventful opening quarter even without points. Brown drove to the Penn 24, but lost 10 yards on third down and were pushed out of field goal range. The Quakers made the stop on fourth down, but had to punt on their first possession. That's when sophomore Justyn Williams put a punishing hit on the Bears returner to force and then recover a fumble in Brown territory, but the Quakers missed a 27-yard field goal attempt.
Brown picked off Ragone at the end of the first quarter and took over at their own 45. In a driving rain, the Bears scored first on a 39-yard field goal with 13:53 remaining in the first half.
Brown had the field position advantage throughout the second half. But Penn's defense held firm, including a stop on fourth-and-long from deep inside Penn territory.
Following that stop, the Quakers had their best drive of the day, but couldn't get on the scoreboard. The Red and Blue drove to the Brown 24, but were stopped on 4th-and-1 with two minutes left in the opening half.
Penn fumbled near midfield on the opening drive of the second half, but senior Erik Rask intercepted Brown's Kyle Newhall-Caballero just three plays later. It was Newhall-Caballero's first interception in five weeks and gave Penn a first down at the Brown 40.
But the Quakers had to punt after three plays. It would be their last possession of the third quarter. Brown took the last 8:31 of the third and, despite the conditions, knocked through a 42-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead as the third quarter expired.
Both teams went three-and-out on their first two possessions of the final quarter. Penn eventually took over from midfield with 8:02 to play, but were forced to punt and pinned Brown at their own 3.
The Bears got one first down, but Penn then stopped three straight runs, used all their time outs and got the ball back with hopes of more late game heroics. But the late interception sealed the first loss for the Quakers in the month of October since 2007 - also at Brown.
Penn had just nine first downs, but outrushed Brown 119-53. Neither team reached 200 yards of offense. Junior Brandon Colavita had a game-high 69 rushing yards. Ragone finished with 39 rush yards and was 6-of-15 for 32 yards through the air. Senior Ryan Calvert was Penn's top receiver with three catches for 18 yards.
Junior Daniel Ritt had a career-high and game-high eight tackles. Junior Steve Lias matched a career-high with seven tackles. Senior Jared Sholly and junior Taylor Brown each had a sack for the Red and Blue.
Its Homecoming for the Quakers next Saturday at Penn welcomes arch rival Princeton to Franklin Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.