Last season, Brown was on the losing end of a game against Yale that produced the Ivy League's most improbable finish. Yesterday, it was Yale's turn.
Yale's Ben Blake blocked a potentially tying extra-point attempt by Brown's Sean Jensen with 14 seconds remaining, but Brown's Mike Powell scooped up the bounding ball and pitched it to Rob Scholl, who ran it into the end zone for a two-point conversion that -- after even more theatrics -- gave the Bears a 25-24 victory in New Haven, Conn.
The extra-point attempt came after Brown tight end David Brookman caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from quarterback James Perry to conclude an 80-yard drive that took less than two minutes.
Last season, Yale's Jake Borden caught a 27-yard touchdown pass with no time remaining as the Bulldogs beat Brown in Providence, R.I. "As soon as it happened I thought about last year," Brown Coach Phil Estes said. "Somebody was looking over our shoulder today."
And more for the improbable conversion run: After that play, the Bears were called for two unsportsmanlike penalties, as a player took off his helmet while still on the field then taunted the Yale bench.
Brown had to kick off from its 10-yard line, Yale took possession at its 49 and quarterback Joe Walland threw a 21-yard pass to Tommy McNamara with six seconds left. However, Mike Murawczyk's 47-yard field goal attempt fell short as time expired.
"What goes around comes around," Walland said. "Now I know how they felt last year. I was jumping up and down because I thought we won the game, but it was like a dagger to our heart."
Yale led 17-3 at halftime and 24-10 after three quarters. But with Yale's best pass rusher, Andy Tuzzolino, sidelined because of dehydration during the second half, Brown's passing game came alive. Perry completed a school-record 38 of 57 passes for 379 yards.
OTHER GAMES: Troy Jones ran for two touchdowns and Terrence Patterson scored on a 30-yard reverse as host Harvard beat Columbia, 24-7, in the season opener for both teams. . . . Sophomore Ricky Rahne threw two touchdowns in his first start and Deon Harris rushed for 113 yards as visiting Cornell defeated Princeton, 20-3. . . . In Philadelphia, Gavin Hoffman threw for 196 yards and a touchdown, and Kris Ryan ran 48 yards for another score to give Pennsylvania a 17-6 win over Dartmouth.