Providence, R.I. – Bryant capitalized on five Brown turnovers, including four in the red zone, to earn a 20-16 win over the Bears in a battle of Ocean State teams at Brown Stadium. Bryant improves to 2-0 on the season, while Brown falls to 0-1.
"You can't turn it over five times and expect to win a football game against a good team," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "This was the story of our opener last year and we have to do a better job. We'll learn from this and improve as a team."
The Bears had an opportunity to win it at the end. With first and goal at the Bryant two yard-line and 1:25 left on the clock, the Bears were unable to get into the end zone following a loss of 10 yards, two incompletions and an interception in the end zone.
Brown's offense outgained the Bulldogs by a 403-346 margin with Bears' senior quarterback Marcus Fuller (Ashland, OH) passing for 403 yards, while completing 32-of-52 passes.
Senior wide receiver Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA) had the best day of his career, making six catches for 147 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown reception. Junior Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, MA) made seven receptions for 84 yards, while junior Garrett Swanky (Los Angeles, CA) has seven catches for 70 yards.
The Bulldogs were paced by quarterback Dalton Easton, who passed for 309 yards, while wide receiver Chad Ward make eight catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Brown struck first on an 83 yard scoring pass from Fuller to Doles, who caught the ball at the Bears' 49-yard line and outran the Bulldogs' defense into the end zone for the first score of the 2015 season, giving the Bears a 7-0 advantage.
Dole's 83-yard touchdown reception from Fuller is the third longest pass play in Brown football history.
Senior Grant Senne (Winter Park, FL) extended Brown's lead to 10-0 with a 20-yard field goal at the 1:54 mark of the opening quarter.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard and cut Brown's lead to 10-7 on a 24-yard scoring pass from Easton to Ward with 4:14 left in the half.
Bulldogs' kicker Ricky Perez tied the game, 10-10, with a 37-yard field goal with just two seconds remaining in the half.
Senne's second field goal of the game, this time a career best 45-yard boot, gave Brown a 13-10 third quarter lead with 3:59 remaining.
Bryant used a little razzle-dazzle to take its first lead of the game on a wide receiver option. Torry Dixon looked like he was running a reverse, pulled up and spotted a wide-open Ward at the seven-yard line. Ward did the rest of the work and got into the end zone to give the Bulldogs a 17-13 lead late in the third quarter.
Another Senne field goal, this time from 23 yards, cut Bryant's lead to 17-16 at the 10:44 mark of the fourth quarter.
A 24-yard field goal by Perez with 3:55 remaining accounted for the final score.
Brown travels to Boston, Mass. to face Harvard on Saturday evening, September 26 in a nationally televised game on Fox College Sports. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.