Mike Curtin tossed an 18-yd. touchdown pass to Dave White and John Duryea added a 30-yd. field goal as Yale scored 10 points in the third quarter to beat Brown, 10-9, Saturday in New Haven, Conn.
Brown drove 66 yards in the final minutes of the game and Jamie Potkul went through the Yale line untouched from two yards to bring Brown to within one point, 10-9.
But after a delay-of-game penalty, Brown quarterback Steve Kettelberger underthrew Keiron Bigby on a two-point conversion attempt.
Brown got the ball back with 38 seconds remaining and moved the ball to the Yale 34, but Chris Ingerslev's field goal attempt fell short.
It was the first victory for Yale--which won six of its final seven games in 1984 to finish 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League--over Brown since 1981. The Bruins were 4-5 overall and 4-3 in the league in 1984.
Curtin, a senior, threw a 16-yd. strike to Kevin Moriarty on the Brown 18 to set up White's score with 9:39 remaining in the third quarter.
With just more than a minute remaining in the period, John Risley jarred the ball loose from Brown punt returner Bigby and Yale recovered on the Brown 18.
Duryea, who had missed a 26-yd. field goal attempt in the first quarter, followed with a 30-yd. field goal to complete the scoring.
Yale gained 253 total yards to Brown's 113 in the first half, but the Bears took a 3-0 halftime lead after Ingerslev kicked a 37-yd. field goal with four seconds left.
Jim Crocicchia fired a 1-yd. touchdown pass to Brent Novoselsky late in the first half, and defending Ivy League champ Penn relied on a sturdy defense to hold off Cornell for a 10-6 Saturday in Philadelphia.
Cornell twice drove deep into Penn territory late in the game, only to fall short each time.
The Quakers, outright conference champions last season after sharing the crown the previous two years, saw the Big Red drive to the Penn 13 midway through the final period before stalling.
After Penn missed a chance to put the game away, Cornell drove to the Quaker 34 before Penn's Brad Heinz intercepted Chip Knapp's desperation bomb as time ran out.