Hanover, NH - Brown built a 24-7 halftime lead and held on for a 24-21 win over Dartmouth to earn its second straight victory and third win in its last four games. The deciding points came on a near record 52-yard field goal by junior Ben Rosenblatt (Newton Center, MA) at the end of the second half.
The Bears evened their Ivy League record at 3-3, 4-5 overall, while Dartmouth falls to 4-5 overall, 1-5 in Ivy play.
"I loved the way we started the game and loved the end of the second quarter," said Brown head coach Phil Estes. "We struggled offensively in the second half, but did enough to win the game."
Troy Doles (Saratoga, CA), who had played sparingly in Brown's last six games because of injury, was the biggest offensive difference in the game. The senior wide receiver had his way with the Big Green defense, making four catches for 103 yards, all in the first half, with touchdown catches of 42 and 38 yards. Doles moved into 10th place in Brown career receiving yards, now with 1,718 yards.
Seniors Alexander Jette (North Attleboro, MA) and Garrett Swanky (Los Angeles, CA) had four receptions each, while senior Johnny Pena (Tucson, AZ) led the Bears rushing attack with 83 yards on 20 carries.
Junior quarterback Thomas Linta (Branford, CT) flawlessly directed the Bears' offense, completing 17-of-27 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
"Troy Doles is an offensive difference maker and it made it huge difference having him back in the lineup," said Estes. "He's a legitimate downfield threat with great hands."
"We're fortunate to have Alex Jette and Garrett Swanky in the lineup," said Doles. "They are lethal weapons, who put pressure on the defense. Quarterback TJ Linta is starting to settle into the offense and read defenses."
Buoyed by five Big Green turnovers, including three interceptions, Brown's defense bent, but rarely broke throughout the game. Senior linebacker Will Twyman (Sudbury, MA), junior cornerback Terrell Smith (Newtown Square, PA) and senior tackle John Simpson (Murfreesboro, TN) each registered interceptions.
Senior linebacker Max Tylki (Wethersfield, CT) paced the Bears with 13 tackles, while Twyman added 12 tackles, including one for a loss, while also recovering a fumble. Smith added nine tackles for the Bears.
Quarterback Jack Heneghan moved the Big Green up and down the field with 440 passing yards, completing 37-of-52 passing attempts. He also ran for a late touchdown, and amassed 35 yards on the ground.
Big Green wide receiver Hunter Hagdorn made 13 catches for a game high 171 yards.
Dartmouth's defensive effort was led by Folarin Orimolade and Lucas Bravo, who each made eight tackles and a registered a quarterback sack.
The Bears' defense came up with a big play on Dartmouth's opening series when sophomore Grant Varner (Grandview Heights, OH) blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt and Connor Coughlin (Medford, NY) picked it up at the two yard line and returned it to its own 39-yard line.
The turnover turned into points when the Bears drove 61 yards in 11 plays, capped off by a one yard touchdown run by Pena with 5:45 left in the opening quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
Dartmouth evened the score, 7-7, on a 97-yard touchdown drive, with runningback Vito Penza taking the direct snap and scoring on a fourth down one-yard run with 8:51 left in the second quarter.
Lightning stuck on Brown's next possession when Linta connected on a 42-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Doles, who caught the ball at the Big Green 17-yard line and ran untouched down the sideline into the end zone to give the Bears a 14-7 advantage at the 4:56 mark of the quarter.
It was Linta to Doles once again to give the Bears a 21-7 advantage, this time a 38-yard scoring strike over the middle with 1:01 left in the half, capping a 54-yard scoring drive.
The Bears had one more opportunity before the end of the half and capitalized following an interception by Twyman.
Rosenblatt joined the Brown team just two weeks ago as a walk-on after sending an e-mail to Estes asking the coach if he could try-out to help the team. He kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired in the half to give the Bears a 24-7 lead. The 52-yard boot is the second longest in Brown history, just one yard short of the record 53-yard kick by Ruben Chapa against Holy Cross in 1977.
"Ben has been really clutch and his field goal at the end of the half was a monster," said Twyman. "He's a difference maker."
Following a scoreless third quarter, Dartmouth narrowed the Bears' lead to 24-14 on a nine-yard touchdown run with 10:40 remaining by Ryder Stone, capping an 83 yard scoring drive.
Dartmouth made it interesting in the final minutes, scoring on a seven yard run by Heneghan with 1:47 left in the game to trail 24-21.
Brown wraps-up its 2016 season at home on Saturday, November 19, hosting the Columbia Lions at Brown Stadium, starting at 12:30pm. The Bears will honor their 23 seniors in pre-game ceremonies: Jeffrey Biestek, Brandon Davenport, Troy Doles, Clay Eubank, Jordan Ferguson, Dakota Girard, Matt Girard, Bruce Hall, Robert Hughes, Richard Jarvis, Alex Jette, Tom Kutschke, Jacob Mackay, Kyle Moreno, Johnny Pena, Michael Ramirez, Sam Russell, John Simpson, Garrett Swanky, Will Twyman, Max Tylki, Michael Villapiano and Jake Whalen.