Nov. 10, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island - Sophomore wide receiver Bobby Sewall ran for four touchdowns and passed for another, while junior quarterback Michael Dougherty completed 41 of 50 passes for 403 yards and a touchdown to lead Brown to a 56-35 Ivy League win over Dartmouth at Brown Stadium. The 91 combined points are the most in the 85 meetings between the two teams, while the 56 points scored by Brown are the most ever against the Big Green.
Sewall did it all for the Bears, rushing for 144 yards on 15 carries, making 18 receptions for 141 yards and throwing a 41-yard touchdown pass. His 18 receptions are fourth best in the Brown record book.
"Bobby turned in one of the most incredible performances I've ever seen," said Bears' head coach Phil Estes. "We did everything possible to utilize his abilities. It was a great individual effort."
Almost overshadowed was Dougherty's standout performance. His 41 pass completions rank fourth in the Brown record book and fifth best n Ivy League football history. Dougherty's 416 yards in total offense is 9th best in Brown football history.
Dartmouth jumped out to an early 7-0 lead after recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff. On its next possession, the Big Green moved 60-yards down the field to grab a 14-0 with 8:26 remaining in the first quarter.
Brown got back in the game with a 63-yard scoring drive to pull to within 14-7 of the Big Green. The drive was capped off by a four-yard scoring run by Dougherty with 1:42 left in the first quarter.
Sewall's one-yard touchdown run with 12:25 left in the second quarter tied the game, 14-14. Sewall's scoring run capped a 93-yard touchdown drive for the Bears. The big play in the drive was a 45-yard pass play from Dougherty to senior Paul Raymond that advanced the ball from the eight yard line to the Dartmouth 47 yard line.
The Bears took the lead for good, 21-14, when Dougherty lofted a 24-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Buddy Farnham, who caught the ball at the five yard line and walked into the end zone with 46 seconds left in the half.
The Bears' Joe McPhee recovered a Dartmouth fumble that was forced by junior Frank Nuzzo with 28 seconds left in the half at the Big Green 41 yard line, setting up another Brown score.
Brown pulled a little razzle-dazzle when Sewall took the handoff from Dougherty, ran to his right and spotted Farnham wide open across the middle. Sewall's pass was right on target, and Farnham caught the ball in stride at the 10-yard line. He waltzed into the end zone for a 41-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 28-14 lead at the half.
Dartmouth got on the scoreboard first in the second half to cut the Brown lead to 28-21 early in the third quarter.
Following a 25 yard kickoff return by Farnham, Brown's offense kept rolling. Dougherty marched the Bears 64 yards in seven plays, capped off by a two-yard touchdown run by Sewall with 9:11 left in the third quarter to give the Bears a 35-21 advantage.
Sewall gave the Bears a 42-21 lead when he scored on a one yard run with 3:17 remaining in the quarter. Sewall's touchdown, his third of the day, capped a 73 yard scoring drive for the Bears.
Again the Big Green made a comeback effort, narrowing the score to 42-28. But once again, Brown answered the challenge.
Raymond got things going with a 43-yard kickoff return, returning the ball to the Big Green 44-yard line. On Brown's first play from scrimmage, Sewall took the handoff and ran 44 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bears a 49-28 lead.
The Big Green scored to make the score 49-35, but the Bears came back once again, this time with senior Tyler Rowley, who scored his first career touchdown on a one yard run with 45 seconds left in the game.
Farnham enjoyed an outstanding day for the Bears with 12 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs 33 yards.
Nuzzo led the Baers' defensive effort with 15 total tackles, including nine solo hits, while making two tackles for a loss. Junior Miles Craigwell and junior Steve Ziogas had nine tackles each. Sophomore James Develin made two quarterback sacks as did junior David Howard. Senior Jose Yearwood picked off a pass for the Bears.
Brown will wrap-up its 2007 season next Saturday on the road against Columbia. Game time is 12:30 p.m. at Wein Stadium.