PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown football held leads of 14-0 and 21-14 in the first quarter, but Stetson rallied to score the game's final 17 points to win, 31-21, at Brown Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
When the Bears (1-3) look back at this game, they can point to six turnovers that turned the tide in favor of the Hatters (3-2), including three fumbles and three interceptions.
Senior wide receiver Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, MA) caught 10 passes for 80 yards and ran twice for 32 yards and a touchdown to lead the Brown offense. Junior Isaac Whitney (Venice, FL) recorded his first career touchdown catch on a 28-yard reception.
Sophomore tailback David Moodie (Sanford, FL) rushed for 78 yards on eight carries and scored his first career rushing touchdown. Senior Johnny Pena (Tucson, AZ) carried the ball 12 times for 48 yards.
Brown's quarterbacks combined to complete 18-of-39 passes for 147 yards. Senior Kyle Moreno (Pleasanton, CA) threw for 83 yards and a touchdown, and junior Thomas Linta (Bradford, CT) passed for 64 yards.
On the opening series, Brown's defense stopped the Hatters when Jarvis forced a fumble in the offensive backfield that was picked up by senior captain Robert Hughes (Long Valley, NJ), returning the ball to the Stetson 28-yard line.
A 28-yard touchdown pass from Moreno to Whitney on the first offensive play from scrimmage lifted the Bears to a 7-0 advantage with just over a minute played in the game.
Following a Bears' defensive stop, Brown upped its lead to 14-0 when Moodie exploded for a 41-yard touchdown run, accelerating past the Stetson defense into the end zone with 10:40 left in the opening quarter.
Not to be outdone, Stetson got on the scoreboard when quarterback Gaven DeFillippo ran 69 yards for a touchdown on a quarterback draw with 10:35 left in the opening quarter, cutting the Bears lead to 14-7.
The Bears fumbled on their next possession, giving Stetson the ball at the Brown 26-yard line. Three plays later, Cole Mazza scored on a four-yard run to even the score, 14-14.
Jette's 25-yard touchdown run on a reverse gave the Bears a 21-14 lead on their next possession, capping off a 46-yard scoring drive with just over four minutes left in the opening quarter.
A 15-yard Brown punt led to a Stetson touchdown, with Mazza rushing 25 yards into the end zone for the Hatters on the first play following the punt, to tie the game, 21-21, with 11:14 to play in the second quarter.
Stetson took its first lead, 24-21, following a fumble recovery deep in Brown territory, when Grant Amick booted a 29-yard field goal with11:27 left in the third quarter.
The Hatters scored in the first minute of the fourth quarter on a nine-yard scoring pass from DeFilippo to Donald Parham for a 31-21 advantage.
DeFilippo finished the game with 157 passing yards and a touchdown on 20-of-29 passing to go with 85 rushing yards and a score on 10 carries. Mazza ran for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 13 rushing attempts.
Brown travels to Princeton, NJ next week to battle the Princeton Tigers on Saturday, October 15. The late afternoon kick-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Princeton Stadium.