PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Brown ran out to a 24-0 first-half lead and the University of Pennsylvania football team was unable to rally for a win as the Quakers fell for the first time in Ivy League play this season, 34-20.
Brown (6-1, 3-1 Ivy) and Penn (5-2, 3-1 Ivy) are now caught up in a four-waylogjam atop the Ancient Eight standings along with Princeton and Yale, both of which were victorious Saturday.
It was a rough start for the Quakers. On the Red and Blue’s first drive, quarterback Bryan Walker, starting for the injured Pat McDermott, was intercepted by Brown’s Tim Cotter. The Bears took over on the Penn 37- yard line andmade it to 30- yard line where Steve Morgan kicked a 47-yard field goal to give the Bears a 3-0 lead with 11:58 left.
On the Quakers' third drive, Penn started on their own 23-yard line. Walker threw a 41- yard pass to Matt Carre for a Penn first down. Mathews rushed for 6 yards and Walker connected with Dan McDonald on a 24-yard pass for a first and 10 at the Brown 16. Mathews picked up nine on the next to carries. On 4th and 2 to go, Derek Zoch’s 27-yard field goal attempt went wide to the right.
Neither team converted on their final to drives of the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter, Brown used up 2:48 on the clock, but was unable to get deep in Penn territory.
Three carries from Mathews and a 19-yard pass from Walker to Chris Mizell put Penn into Bears territory. Joe Sandberg had a 3-yard rush that put Penn on the Brown 30-yard line. But an incomplete pass onthird and 5, forced Penn to attempt a 48-yard field goal. Zoch attempted the kick, his second attempt over 40 yards this season, but it fell short of the crossbar and the Quakers were denied a score for the second time in the game.
Brown took a 10-0 lead on their next drive when Joe DiGiacomo hit Carson Brennan with a 22-yard pass and Steve Morgan kicked the extra point.
From that point on it was trouble for both the Penn offense and defense.
Walker threw his second interception of the game to Brown’s Jamie Gasparella at the Penn 40. After a missed pass, DiGiacomo rushed 40 yards into the end zone for a touchdown and Morgan converted on the extra-point attempt to give Brown a 17-0 lead.
Another Penn turnover led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Nick Hartigan with 3:20 remaining in the first half. Morgan kicked the extra point for a 24-0 lead.
The Quakers got on the board on the following drive. Mathews carried twice for a first and 10 at the Brown 47. Sandberg carried the ball on the next play and a 15-yard face mask penalty against Brown put Penn at the Brown 30. The Red and Blue put up six points when Sandberg caught a 20 yard pass from Walker and ran into the end zone. Zoch kicked the extra point and Penn was finally on the board 24-7.
Penn capitalized on a Brown turnover, when Adam Francks intercepted the ball on the Penn 20 yard line and the Quakers took over with less than a minute left in the half. Walker rushed for five yards and Mathews followed with an 8-yard gain, but time ran out and the Red and Blue ran into the locker down 17.
It looked as if the second half would be a different story for the Quakers when Scott Williams intercepted the ball on Penn 17-yard line and returned it 83 yards for Penn’s second touchdown of the game. Zoch's extra point pulled Pennwithin two possesions of the lead, 24-14.
But soon after, Hartigan rushed 24 yards for his second touchdown of the game and a Morgan kick put Brown up 31-14.
An unsportsmanlike call on Hartigan gave Penn 15 yards on the kickoff and an out of bound kick off put Penn on the 50 yard line to start the drive. Two false starts by the Quakers set them back to their own 40yard line. Walker rushed for seven yards, but on third and 13, Walker has sacked and Penn was forced to punt.
The Quakers stopped the Bears on their next drive, not allowing them outside the Penn 10 yard line, Morgan punted to the Brown 45-yard line and the Quakers took over. The Quakers couldn’t get anything going and punted the ball away.
Morgan kicked a 28-yard field goal to add three points to the scoreboard. With 10:56 left in the fourth quarter, Brown led 34-14.
Penn tried to stage a comeback, andSandberg caught a 26-yard pass for his second TD of the game with about nine minutes left . Zoch’s extra point attempt went wide right, and the Quakers were unable to muster any more points.
Sam Mathews finished the day with 78 yards on 20 carries while Walker was 15-of-38 for 193 yards. Hartigan continued his dominance on the ground for Brown, racking up 167 yards on 39 touches.
Despite the scoreline, Penn's defense held Brown to just 66 yards passing, and Ric San Doval had a tremendous effort with 17 tackles, 11 of them solo. Kory Gedin also added 12 tackles.
The Quakers return to action with a Homecoming battle next Saturday against Ivy co-leader Princeton. Kick-off is set for noon.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications