Bears “Reisner” To The Occasion
Saturday, October 20, 2012
It has been a tough couple of weeks for the Brown University football team as injuries have taken their toll on the Bears' offense.
In addition to losing starting left tackle Jack Templeton with a torn ACL, Brown lost starting tailback Spiro Theodhosi to a season-ending Lisfranc injury to his right foot. The Bears second string running back Mark Kachmer tore his pectoral muscle lifting weights last week and is lost for the season and their third string running back Cody Taulbee injured himself early in the game last week at Princeton making him unavailable for this weekend's game.
Those injuries left Brown with their fourth and fifth string running backs for Saturday's game against Cornell. Senior Jeffrey Izon ran the ball well picking up 46 yards on 11 carries (4.2 avg) but it was the play of fifth stringer Jordan Reisner that wowed the Family Day crowd at Brown Stadium.
Making his first career varsity start, Reisner run around and through the Cornell defense for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns as Brown beat the Big Red 21-14.
Reisner actually started the season on the defensive side of the football for Brown but was moved back to the offensive side of the football when injuries necessitated such a move. Brown head coach Phil Estes said two weeks ago that Reisner may be the team's most instinctive runner and he may have been proven right by Reisner.
However, the junior running back didn't do it alone. Brown's offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage opening up gaping holes for Reisner to run through all afternoon long.
Brown's other touchdown was scored by QB Patrick Donnelly on a 26-yard run in the first quarter.
Brown's defense also played exceptional football intercepting the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Jeff Mathews three times. The Bears also limited Cornell's high-powered offense to 0 yards rushing on 17 attempts and allowed the Big Red just 1 first down in 13 attempts on third down.
The win lifted Brown's overall record to (4-2) on the season and (1-2) in the Ivy League. The Bears head to Franklin Field in Philadelphia next Saturday to meet the Penn Quakers. Penn (2-4, 2-1) lost at Yale 27-13.
The upset of the day in the Ivy League saw Princeton (4-2, 3-0) score 29 4th quarter points to shock Harvard (5-1, 2-1) 39-34. The Tigers now stand alone atop the Ivy League football standings.