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Late field goal lifts Cornell over Brown

Senior Nickolas Null’s 39-yard field goal in the final 10 seconds lifted Cornell to a 37-35 win over Brown in a wild Sunday afternoon Ivy League football showdown on Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red (2-4, 1-2 Ivy) snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Bears fell to 1-5 (0-3 Ivy) with the loss.

In a game that featured 991 yards of offense and a pair of lead changes in the final 4:17, it was the Big Red that made the key plays late in all three phases in the final minute to lift the team to victory.

SK Howard carries the ball against Brown during an NCAA football game at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y. on Oct. 26, 2019.

The defense forced a turnover on downs, stopping the Bears on a fourth-and-6 from the Big Red 12 when senior Jake Watkins broke through the Brown line and sacked Brown’s EJ Perry for a huge 16-yard loss to keep the score at 35-34. Starting at the Big Red’s own 28 instead of the 12 or closer, junior quarterback Richie Kenney went to work. He found Eric Gallman for a 15 yard completion, followed by a 26-yard connection to John Fitzgerald to get Cornell into field goal range. Cornell took a quick 7-yard pass to Owen Peters to get a little closer for Null, whose  third field goal of the day hit the left goalpost and bounced through for the game winner.