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Brown Football Hosts Bryant to Open 140th Season

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Brown begins their 140th season by playing host to Bryant

The Brown Bears and Bryant Bulldogs football teams will meet for the fourth time on Saturday at Brown Stadium.

Bryant enters the game with a record of 1-1 on the season following a 60-12 loss to Maine last week.

"We are playing a very good Brown team, a team that has been one of best in all of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) for 20 years now, coach Phil Estes has done a great job," Bryant head coach James Perry told GoLocalProv.

Brown will be playing their first game of the season after going 4-6 overall last season and 3-4 in the Ivy League. 

"There is an advantage to Bryant in that they played two games, they know who they are. They have a better idea, especially after the second game, of what direction to go in to get wins. They are going into the game with a little experience under their belt, we are going into it blind," Brown head coach Phil Estes told GoLocalProv. 

Estes added, "we are looking for our team to go out and execute our schemes our tempo offense defense special teams and all facets of the game."

Kick off is set for 12:30 p.m.

Brown vs Bryant

In the all-time series, Brown holds a 2-1 lead.

Last season, the Bears came back from a 21-0 first quarter deficit to beat the Bulldogs 35-27 in Smithfield.

In 2015, Bryant edged Brown 20-16 in Providence.

Brown Offense vs Bryant Defense

The Bears offense will be led by junior quarterback Nick Duncan, who was named quarterback at the beginning of the season.

Duncan saw action against Columbia last season and completed 7 of 16 passes for 62 yards, while rushing event times for 52 yards.

"I think Nick Duncan is a gamer, he has a special talent of making plays with his feet and arms. That's the advantage for him over [backup quarterback] T.J. Linta, he makes defenses have to cover multiple options," said Estes.

The Bears will also look to Livingstone Harriott in all aspects of the offense. Last season, Harriott rushed for 336 yards and two touchdowns in six games last year, threw two passes and caught three passes

Through two games this season, Bryant defense has given up an average of 50 points and 541 total yards per game.

They are led by defensive linemen Dillon Guthro and Kevin Lazo. Linebacker Tomas Costigan leads the Bulldogs with 2.5 sacks on the season.

Bryant Offense vs Brown Defense

Bryant’s offense is led by quarterback Price Wilson, who leads the Northeast Conference with 639 passing yards through the first two games. However, turnovers have plagued Bryant.

Last week against Maine, they turned the ball over eight times.

"Yea, that’s not a good thing. For us, we work very hard to make sure we improve every week. That's not a particularly high bar, but the kids have had a good week of practice and we are ready to do a better job against Brown," Perry said. 

Bryant will also look to senior Matt Sewall, of Portsmouth, who ranks second in the conference with 6.5 catches per game and 90 receiving yards per game.

On defense, Brown welcomes back Richard Jarvis and Connor Coughlin.

Jarvis recorded 7.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for a loss last season, while Coughlin had 53 tackles and five tackles for a loss.


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