Brown vs. Princeton: Tigers Look for Third Straight Win Against Rival Brown

Mark BatorAnalyst IIOctober 12, 2012

Nov 20, 2010; Princeton, NJ, USA;  Dartmouth Big Green running back Dominick Pierre (29) runs over Princeton Tigers defender in route to first down. Dartmouth Big Green defeats Princeton Tigers 31-0. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The Brown Bears go on the road this weekend for an Ivy League showdown with an improving Princeton club that currently sports a two-game winning streak. The Bears, 2-2 on the season, are 0-1 in Ivy League play, having lost to Harvard, 45-31.

The Bears are averaging 27 points per game, powered by a rushing attack led by senior RB Spiro Theodhosi (347 yards, 2 TDs). Theodhosi missed the last two seasons due to injuries, but this year he has also been utilized as a receiver out of the backfield, averaging over 13 yards per catch. Currently, he is the third-leading scorer on the team, and the leader in all-purpose yards.

Overall, the Bears average 141 yards per game on the ground, and 212 through the air. The aerial attack is led by sophomore quarterback Patrick Donnelly, whose performance this season has been exceptional. With a QB efficiency rating of 124.3, Donnelly is 85-of-141 for 848 yards and seven touchdowns.

Donnelly has utilized 12 different receivers, with Tellef Lundevall (22 receptions), Jordan Evans (17 receptions), Jonah Fay (11 receptions) and Mark Kachmer (10 receptions) among his favorite targets. Fay also doubles as the Bears' punt returner, averaging seven yards per return, while Evans is the team's kick-returner, averaging 21 yards per return.

Brown's defense has surrendered just 83 points this season, for an average of 20.8 per game. Junior LB Stephen Zambetti is the team's leading tackler, while DL Luke Miller (three sacks) and DE Michael Yules (two sacks) will be the men looking to chase down Princeton QB Connor Michelsen.

The Bears defeated Princeton 34-0 in 2011 in a game that featured WR Tellef Lundevall catching a touchdown and throwing for another.

But this is a different Princeton team. In 2011, the Tigers ranked sixth in the Ivy League in total defense; they are currently first. In addition, Princeton is second in scoring defense and first in pass defense in 2012.

Princeton leads the all-time series, 51-27, but Brown has won the last five meetings between the two clubs.


When: Saturday, Oct. 13, 12pm

Where: Princeton Stadium.

Watch: NBC Sports Network