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Vol. 109, No. 4


Brown defense comes up big

Bears stifle Tigers’ running attack, score 17 straight points in second half

By Andrew Robinton ’04
Published in the November5, 2008, issue

Running back Meko McCray ’11’s 12-yard run was Princeton’s only touchdown against Brown.
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Running back Meko McCray ’11’s 12-yard run was Princeton’s only touchdown against Brown.

Junior tailback Jordan Culbreath entered Princeton’s game against Brown Oct. 18 as the Ivy League’s leading rusher. But he was limited to just 67 yards and scored no touchdowns for the first time all season in the Tigers’ 31–10 loss to the first-place Bears at Princeton Stadium.

Culbreath, who entered the contest leading the league in both rushing yards per game (103.5) and points per game (7.5), has been a pivotal part of the Princeton offense in the early stages of the season. He scored a touchdown and ran for 74 yards in a 37–24 loss to The Citadel in the team’s opening game, then came back a week later for 126 yards and a score in a 10–7 win against Lehigh. Culbreath also scored a touchdown in each of the next two games as Princeton defeated Columbia, 27–24, and lost a week later to Colgate, 27–24, with the tailback running for a season-high 153 yards versus the Raiders.

But he was limited by the Bears, thanks in large part to a stifling Brown defense that held Princeton to 197 total offensive yards, including 76 rushing yards — a season low for the Tigers, who came into the game as the best rushing team in the league.

Instead, it was Brown senior quarterback Michael Dougherty and senior running back Dereck Knight who posted the big numbers in the Bears’ first win in six tries at Princeton Stadium. Knight ran for 89 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. Dougherty threw for 181 yards, including a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Buddy Farnham with 7:10 left in the third quarter that gave Brown a 24–10 lead and put the game all but out of reach.

For Princeton, sophomore running back Meko McCray scored the first touchdown of his career on a 12-yard run at 9:28 of the second quarter. Senior quarterback Brian Anderson, who was the league’s Player of the Week after a 237-yard, three-touchdown performance against Columbia, left the game early in the third quarter with an upper-body injury, and the Princeton offense seemed to sputter from that point, failing to get on the scoreboard in the final half. Brown improved its record to 3–2 overall, 2–0 in the Ivy League, while Princeton dropped to 2–3 and 1–1.

Andrew Robinton ’04 is a freelance writer who lives in New York City.

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