Princeton, N.J. – Playing without its starting quarterback, Brown struggled to mount an offensive attack and dropped a 31-7 decision to Princeton Saturday afternoon in an Ivy League game at Princeton Stadium.
The loss drops Brown to 1-4 on the season, 0-2 in the Ivy League, while Princeton extends its record to 4-1, 2-0 in Ivy play.
Trailing 31-0, Brown averted its first shutout since 2012 when junior quarterback TJ Linta (Bradford, CT) connected on a five-yard touchdown pass to freshman Jaelon Blandburg (Orange County, CA) with 1:01 left on the clock. It was the first career touchdown pass for Linta and first career touchdown reception for Blandburg.
Starting in place of Bears’ injured quarterback Kyle Moreno, Linta completed 18-of-36 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Blandburg paced the Bears’ wide receivers, making all of his career high six receptions in the fourth quarter.
Brown showed variations of the wildcat offense with senior All-Ivy wide receiver Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, MA) and freshman wide receiver Livingston Harriott (Central Islip, NY) taking direct snaps.
Bears’ senior inside linebacker William Twyman (Sudbury, MA), the grandson of former Princeton coach Robert Casciola, played inspirational football for the Bears defense on the Princeton campus, making a team-high 18 tackles, including two tackles for a loss.
Sophomore linebacker Isaiah Thompkins (Middletown, CT) registered 11 tackles for the Bears, while junior defensive end Richard Jarvis (Watertown, MA) had seven tackles with two quarterback sacks.
Princeton’s dual quarterback combination of quarterback Chad Kanoff and John Lovett were extremely efficient, with Kanoff hitting16-of-23 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Lovett completing 6-of-7 passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers built a 28-0 lead at the half, partially helped by two Brown turnovers.
Princeton scored on its first possession, capitalizing on an early interception at the Bears’ 28-yard line. Kanoff lofted a 33-yard scoring pass to Isaiah Barnes for a 7-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, quarterback Lovett threw a four-yard touchdown pass to James Frusciante for a 14-0 Tigers’ lead.
The Lovett to Frusciante combination led to a 21-0 Princeton lead, this time on a seven-yard pass play early in the second quarter.
Lovett’s seven-yard run with 1:10 left in the opening half lifted the Tigers to a 28-0 lead at the half.
Princeton’s lone score of the second half came on a 32 yard field goal by Tavish Rice midway through the third quarter.
Brown returns home to Brown Stadium on Saturday, October 22 for a Family Weekend matchup against the Cornell Big Red. Kick-off is 12 noon in a game nationally televised by Fox College Sports.