Providence, R.I. - Dartmouth held off a final Brown challenge with 1:31 remaining to earn a 24-20 Ivy League win over the Bears in the final home game at Brown Stadium for 26 Bears' seniors. The loss drops Brown to 5-4 overall, 2-4 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth extends its record to 5-4 overall, 4-2 in Ivy Play.
The Big Green took the lead for good, 21-17, on a two-yard touchdown run by senior Dominick Pierre with eight seconds left in the third quarter. A field goal by Brown senior Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA) early in the fourth quarter pulled the Bears to within 21-20.
Alex Gakenheimer gave the Big Green a 24-20 lead with a field goal with 3:23 remaining.
The Bears drove down to the Dartmouth 30 yard line, but a fourth-and-five incomplete pass with 1:31 left on the clock sent Brown to its second straight defeat.
"We battled as we have all year, but didn't make enough plays," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "We lost the battle of field position, had opportunities, but just didn't get it done."
"The seniors mean everything to me," continued Estes. "I wanted to see them go out winners in the final home game. It's a bittersweet moment that we were unable to make that happen for the seniors."
Senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, OH), the Ivy League's top rusher, was a workhorse for the Bears' offense, running for 166 yards on a career high 27 carries. He also caught three passes for 41 yards, accumulating over 200 all-purpose yards.
Bears' senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly (Longmeadow, MA) threw for two touchdowns and completed 23 of 34 passes for 201 yards. Senior tight end Andrew Marks (Berlin, WI) had a big day, making six catches for 79 yards and a 30-yard touchdown.
Senior Zack Lattrell (West Newbury, MA) registered 10 tackles, while junior cornerback Pat O'Neill (Honolulu, HI) had a career best nine tackles for the Bears.
Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams completed 12 of 18 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. Pierre rushed for 94 yards on 18 carries, while Kyle Bramble ran for 81 yards, including a 70 yard touchdown romp.
Big Green linebacker Michael Runger led both teams with 14 total tackles.
Dartmouth jumped out to a 14-0 lead with 4:42 left in the opening half as the Brown offense sputtered.
The Bears got the lift they needed on a 60-yard kickoff return by sophomore Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA) that gave Brown possession at the Dartmouth 32-yard line.
Eight plays later, Donnelly connected with senior Jordan Evans (Brentwood, TN) on a four-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-down play with 48 seconds remaining in the opening half, cutting Dartmouth's lead to 14-7 at intermission.
Donnelly's 30-yard touchdown pass to senior Andrew Marks tied the game, 14-14, on Brown's first possession of the second half. Marks grabbed the pass 10-yards down field and rumbled down the sideline the remaining 20 yards into the end zone.
Norocea gave Brown its first lead of the game, 17-14, booting a 30-yard field goal with 6:11 left in the third quarter.
Dartmouth came back to grab a 21-17 lead on a two yard touchdown run by Pierre with just eight seconds remaining in the third quarter, capping a 58-yard scoring drive.
Norocea narrowed the Dartmouth advantage to one point, 21-20, with 31 yard field goal with 10:53 remaining in the game.
Brown honored its military veterans in pre-game and halftime ceremonies. Serving as honorary captains for today's game were Glen "Tiny, Armagost, Dick Carolan, Ted Lowe, Manny Menezes, Gordon Perry, John Rallis and Paul Ryan.
Brown will wrap-up its 2013 season on Saturday, November 23 against Columbia in New York City. Game time is 1:30 pm at Wein Stadium.