Brown Finishes Football Season at 2-8, Dartmouth Wins Ivy League

The Brown football team dropped its season finale on Saturday, falling 52-31 to No. 20/21 Dartmouth at Richard Gouse Field at Brown Stadium.

After Brown (2-8, 1-6 Ivy) jumped out to an early lead in the second quarter, Dartmouth scored 24 unanswered points to take control, and clinch their second straight Ivy League co-championship. The Big Green (9-1, 6-1 Ivy) share the title with Princeton, who defeated Penn 34-14 on Saturday.

The 31 points scored by Brown was the most points allowed by Dartmouth this season. The Big Green entered the game leading the Ivy League in scoring defense at 12.9 points per game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Senior quarterback EJ Perry capped his collegiate career by going 35-for-48 for 258 yards passing with one touchdown pass, and added 34 yards rushing on seven carries and one touchdown.
Sophomore Jake Willcox completed his first pass attempt of the season for an 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Graham Walker made a career-high 11 catches on 12 targets for 103 yards and one touchdown.
Juniors Hayes Sutton (seven catches) and Wes Rockett (six catches) each had 35 yards receiving. Sutton also had a touchdown catch.
Senior tailback Allen Smith rushed for 75 yards on 21 carries and one touchdown.
Senior Clayton Perrin notched his second interception of the season.
Sophomore cornerback Treyvon Hobbs had a season-high eight tackles to lead the Bears.
Freshman Christopher Maron nailed a 36-yard field goal and finished the season a perfect 38-for-38 on PATs.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Dartmouth drove 61 yards on 11 plays to score on a one-yard rush by Nick Howard to go up 7-0 at the 8:05 mark.
Brown answered right back with a 17-play, 75-yard drive over a span of 6:21, capped by a one-yard scoring run from Smith. Perry went 10-for-11 passing for 63 yards on the drive and helped the Bears go 3-for-4 on third downs, and add a fourth down conversion.
After a second straight three-and out from the Brown defense, Brown took the lead 14-7 when Perry threaded the needle for 13-yard strike between the defenders to Graham Walker with 10:01 left until halftime. The drive was extended once again with a 20-yard completion to Walker on fourth down from the Brown 46.
Dartmouth needed just three plays to respond, going 75 yards and scoring on a 60-yard touchdown pass to retie the game at 14, then retook the lead 21-14 on its next possession.
With 3:24 left, Christopher Maron drilled a 36-yard field goal to pull Brown within 21-17.
From there, Dartmouth scored 24 straight points, starting with a 39-yard field goal as time expired to take a 24-17 lead into the locker room. The Big Green scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to lead 38-17 after three quarters, and added another touchdown after taking advantage of a short field early in the fourth to go up 45-17.
Brown used a 14-play, 75-yard drive to get back on the board with 9:40 left in the game, ending on a two-yard touchdown run by Perry. Brown converted two fourth down chances on the drive.
Dartmouth added to the score just two plays later on a 65-yard run up the middle by Keegan McHugh.
Brown finished off the day’s scoring on an 11-yard pass from Jake Willcox to Hayes Sutton, capping a 14-play, 75-yard drive. The touchdown grab was Sutton’s seventh of the season, while the pass attempt was the first of Willcox’s career.

QUOTES FROM THE COACH: JAMES PERRY
“I want to extend a big congratulations to Dartmouth. We knew they were a championship team and they played like it today and all season. I knew it was going to be a great challenge and we were going to have to play extraordinarily well, and at times we did. As they game wore on, some of the things that make Dartmouth as good as they are showed up. I’m really proud of my team, especially the 12 fifth-years, and the 12 seniors that are on this roster. They’ve worked hard, through a coaching change, had a lot of close losses, and they’ve always stayed upbeat and worked hard, and to me, always embodied what a Brown football player is.”
“The biggest stride forward is we have a full roster size. It is without question, the biggest improvement in this team. We have a great group of kids to build around, and we have a great work ethic. I’m excited moving forward.”
“The quarterback room is the greatest representation of what depth does to a program. Everybody in that room is going to compete. We have six really good quarterbacks in that room. I remember when we had Mike Dougherty, who was the best player in the league and we won a championship. Behind him was Kyle Newhall, and he was First team All-Ivy the next year. That’s what winning programs have and I think that quarterback room is an example of that. We’ll have six guys really competing next year.”
“You really have to have depth. That’s the nature of Ivy League football. The biggest difference today is that Dartmouth’s depth is older and experienced. Our depth comes from youth, and as a consequence of that, we make a lot of mistakes. It’s always an older-guys league, and now moving forward we’ll be in a position where instead of relying heavily on a select group of kids in these really small classes, we’ll have the depth that is required. Moving forward I’m really excited.”
RECORD WATCH
On Saturday, Brown quarterback EJ Perry completed one of the most illustrious careers for a quarterback in school history. After transferring to Brown from Boston College ahead of the 2019 season, Perry played in all 20 games over the last two years and moved himself up Brown’s and the Ivy League’s single season and career record charts. Below is where he finishes his season and career in Brown program history.

Single Season (2021):
– 2nd in total offense (3,435 yards)
2nd in pass completions (295)
5th in passing yards (3,033)

Career (2019 and 2021 seasons):
– 2nd in total offense (7,113 yards)
2nd in pass completions (546)
3rd in passing yards (5,981)
3rd in touchdown passes (45)
3rd in completion percentage (.633)

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