Brown challenges in 2nd half, still falls to Penn 21-14

Photo provided by Brown University
Photo provided by Brown University

Philadelphia, Pa. – Brown’s rally from a 21-0 second quarter deficit came up short with a late Quakers’ interception in the end zone, as the Bears fell to Penn, 21-14, Saturday afternoon before a Homecoming crowd of 8,047 at Franklin Field.

Trailing 21-0 at the half, the Bears got back in the game with the aid of a forced fumble by senior defensive end Richard Jarvis (Watertown, MA) that was recovered by senior linebacker William Twyman (Sudbury, MA) at the Quakers’ 23-yard line.

Bears’ freshman tailback Livingstone Harriott’s (Central Islip, NY) 17-yard run advanced the ball to the Penn three-yard line. Three plays later, junior Thomas Linta (Bradford, CT) scored on a quarterback sneak to pull the Bears to within 21-7 with 7:36 left in the third quarter.

Brown struck again, this time on a two-yard touchdown run by senior Johnny Pena (Tucson, AZ), who scored with just seven seconds left in the third quarter. The big play in the 60-yard drive was a 58-yard pass play from Linta to senior Garrett Swanky (Los Angeles, CA).

The Bears drove to the Quakers 28-yard line late in the game, but Linta’s third-down pass with 1:28 remaining was intercepted in the end zone by Sam Philippi.

Linta threw for just 37 yards at halftime, but stepped up his game in the second half, throwing for 179 of his 216 yards after intermission. Overall, he completed 22-of-34 passes.

On the receiving end, Swanky caught five passes for 100 yards, while senior wide receiver Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, MA) and sophomore tight end Anton Casey (Bethesda, MD) had five receptions each.

Brown’s running game was driven by Harriott, who ran 16 times for a game-high 85 yards, with a long run of 23 yards.

The Bears’ defense held the Quakers to 95 total yards in the second half with Jarvis dominating the field for the Bears. He constantly penetrated the line of scrimmage, making four tackles for a loss and two quarterback sacks for a loss of 12 yards. Jarvis had eight tackles overall and blocked a key third down Quakers’ pass.

Twyman’s six solo tackles and eight overall hits came with a tackle for a loss. Junior free safety Connor Coughlin (Medford, NY) made seven tackles, while sophomore corner Josh Greene (Fayetteville, GA) had six tackles and forced a fumble.

Quakers’ senior quarterback Alec Torgersen passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 20-of-31 passes. Penn wide receiver Justin Watson made a game-high 11 receptions for 210 yards. Nick Miller paced the Quakers defense with eight tackles, including seven solo stops.

Following a missed field goal by the Bears, Penn grabbed a 7-0 lead on a 67-yard pass from Torgersen to Watson with 6:53 left in the opening quarter.

The Quakers extended their lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter on an 87-yard scoring drive. Torgersen threw a quick pass in the flat from to Christian Pearson, who ran 17 yards into the end zone.

Trey Solomon gave the Quakers a 21-0 advantage with 22 seconds left in the half when he scored on a one yard run, capping off an 82-yard scoring drive.

Brown continues Ivy League play at home on Saturday, November 5, hosting Yale at Brown Stadium with kick-off at 12:30 p.m. View all the action on the Ivy League Digital Network.