Perry Era Starts with Brown Win at Bryant
The James Perry era opened the 2019 season with an offensive explosion as Brown earned a 35-30 win over Bryant behind junior quarterback EJ Perry's (Andover, MA) five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and 410 yards of total offense on a hot and humid day at Beirne Stadium.
The heart-stopping game ended when Bears' sophomore linebacker Jason Medeiros (Rehoboth, MA) intercepted a Bryant pass at the goal line to preserve the five-point victory on the final play of the game.
"Our offense and defense played really well and I'm proud of how hard our guys played," said coach Perry after the game. "This is as good a football game as it gets."
Perry also made his Brown debut at quarterback and the BC transfer didn't disappoint. Perry passed for 183 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 227 yards and two touchdowns, including a 94-yard touchdown run, the second longest rushing play in Brown football history. His 227 rushing yards are the eighth most in the Brown record book and most ever for a Brown quarterback.
"EJ has practiced hard since the opening of camp on August 24 when he came to the team in great shape," said coach Perry. "It's really special for me that he's my nephew. He will only get a greater command of our offense as the season progresses."
On the receiving end, senior Demitri Jackson (Nashua, NH) was Perry's favorite target, hauling in eight passes for 76 yards and a four-yard touchdown. Junior Scott Boylan (Bakersfield, CA) caught three passes, including touchdown grabs of four and six yards, while senior LJ Harriott (Central Islip, NY) and junior Dan Gemmell (Andover, MA) caught three passes each.
Defensively, senior Elijah Pierre (Rockland, MA) had three tackles for a loss of nine yards, including a quarterback sack. Junior Davis Bak (Tampa, FL) paced the Bears' defense with 10 tackles, while sophomore safety Clayton Perrin (Pflugerville, TX) had eight tackles, including five solo stops.
Bryant quarterback Kory Curtis, an Ohio State transfer, passed for 404 yards and two touchdowns, completing 35-of-55 passes.
The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard first with a field goal on their first possession for an early 3-0 lead.
The Bears answered with 27 seconds left in the quarter when Perry threw his first career Brown touchdown, a four-yard touchdown throw to Boylan to give the Bears a 7-3 advantage.
Bryant pulled ahead, 10-7, when Curtis connected on a nine-yard scoring strike to Hunter Hill with 6:41 left in the half.
Perry gave Brown the lead at halftime, 14-10, when he scored on a one-yard run with 40 seconds left in the second quarter.
Jackson got into the scoring column when he hauled in a four-yard touchdown pass from Perry on Brown's opening possession of the second half, giving the Bears a 21-10 advantage.
The Bulldogs got back in the game on their first series of the half, with Isaac McCray scoring on a six-yard run to trail, 21-17, with 3:58 left in the third quarter.
Curtis' two-yard touchdown run gave the Bulldogs their first lead since the opening quarter, 24-21, with 12:58 left in the game.
Perry put the Bears back on top, 28-24, on his third touchdown toss of the day, this time a six-yard strike to Boylan at the 9:49 mark of the fourth quarter.
The Bears' junior quarterback then exploded for a 94-yard touchdown run to seemingly put the game out of reach, 35-24. Only Mark Kachmer's 95-run vs. Yale at the Yale Bowl in 2011 is longer than Perry's 94-yard TD scamper.
Bryant made it interesting at the end with Curtis throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Hill with 3:17 remaining and driving the Bulldogs down to the Bears' 14-yard line with two final throws into the end zone.
Brown opens its Ivy League season on the road next Friday evening, September 27, traveling to Boston, Mass., to face Harvard in the 119thmeeting between the two Ancient Eight schools. Kick-off is 7:00 pm.
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