PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Down to just one healthy quarterback, Yale began Saturday's Ivy League game against Brown with sophomore running back Tyler Varga under center in the Wildcat formation.
At first it looked promising, with Verga, who leads the league with 122 rushing yards per game, spinning and bulldozing his way through the Brown defense. But once the Bears stacked the box and forced the feeble Yale passing game to show itself, a bright day turned cloudy for the struggling Bulldogs.
Brown's defensive unit allowed just 22 passing yards all game as the Bears rolled to a 20-0 victory.
After the Bulldogs' rushing game put them in position for an early 42-yard field goal, which Philippe Panico kicked just short, it lacked luster for the majority of the game.
Brown's defensive unit, which entered Saturday allowing 238 passing yards per game, quickly compressed the Yale front line, almost daring the Bulldogs (2-6, 1-4 Ivy League) to throw the ball.
And when they did, the Bears (5-3, 2-3) were unbreakable.
Yale freshman quarterback Eric Williams, who missed last week's 26-22 loss to Columbia due to injury, completed went 4 for 15 with 22 yards with two interceptions. Brown senior defensive back AJ Cruz intercepted him twice in the first half.
Brown senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly, in his first year starting after the graduation of two-time All-Ivy League selection Kyle Newhall-Caballero, played an efficient game, completing 24 of 38 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns.
Donnelly drove the Bears 80 yards after the first interception by Cruz in the first quarter, ending with a three-yard touchdown pass to junior running back Cody Taulbee.
Frequently leaving the pocket to extend the play, Donnelly again found the end zone in the third quarter, connecting with a wide-open Jordan Evans on a 25-yard strike.
Brown junior kicker Alexander Norocea was 2 for 2 in field-goal attempts, including a 46-yard boot in the third quarter.