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GAMEDAY INFORMATION vs. BROWN BEARS
Date & Time: Saturday, November 15, Noon Dartmouth Stats Brown
Location: Hanover, N.H. // Weather 6-2, 4-1 Record 4-4, 2-3
Stadium: Memorial Field Won 1 Streak Lost 1
All-Time Series: Big Green lead 56-31-4 28.5 Points/Game 23.1
Tickets: Information 391.1 Total Yards 390.2
Broadcast: NBC Sports Regional Networks and ILDN - Eric Frede, Brian Mann 235.9 Passing/Game 275.2
Radio: 99Rock // WFRD 99.3 FM - Dick Lutsk, Wayne Young 155.2 Rushing/Game 115.0
Logistics: Directions // Parking // Seating Chart 414.0 Yards Allowed 367.8
Twitter: @DartmouthSports // @DartFootball 22.4 Points Allowed 22.1
Dartmouth Links: Home // Roster // Schedule // Stats // Teevens Teleteaser // Notes (PDF) 87.1% Red Zone % 82.1%
Brown Links: Home // Roster // Schedule // Stats // Notes (PDF) 28:39 Time of Possession 31:03
Game Program Memorial Field History/Senior Reflections (PDF) 43.0 Penalty Yards
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Keeping Pace in the Ivy Standings
Dartmouth may not control its own destiny after a loss to Harvard — currently 17th in the FCS national polls — two weeks ago, but the Big Green showed why it is still in the hunt for the Ivy League crown by routing Cornell on Nov. 8, 42-7. In order to remain relevant in the race, Dartmouth must subdue a tough Brown squad at Memorial Field in the final home game for the senior class.

Over the last five seasons, the Dartmouth-Brown series has never failed to provide a thrilling game. Each of the matchups in those five campaigns have gone down to the wire with the final margin of victory being no more than a touchdown. The Bears have won three of the five — one in overtime, the other two by taking the lead in the final two minutes.

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The two Big Green victories were secured by the defense after taking the lead for good by the first few minutes of the fourth quarter. But let the home team beware; the visiting team has emerged victorious each of the last four seasons. Last year Brown managed to contain QB Dalyn Williams, holding him to just 141 total yards for his lowest output in his 19 starts. But RB Kyle Bramble broke off a 70-yard touchdown run to help the Big Green to a 24-20 win.

Against Cornell last week, Dartmouth spotted the host Big Red a touchdown on the game’s opening drive before scoring 42 unanswered points in its sixth-straight win in the series. Williams garnered Ivy League co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for setting a school record with 443 total yards. He completed 24-of-34 passes for 381 yards — the sixth most in Big Green history — with a career-high four touchdowns, plus ran six times for 62 yards with another score.

A total of nine players caught at least one pass, led by junior WR Victor Williams with seven grabs (one a 32-yard TD) for 101 yards, his second career 100-yard game. Senior WR Ryan McManus had a modest two catches for 50 yards with a touchdown, but for the season leads the Big Green with 45 receptions for 629 yards.

Meanwhile, Bramble did a little bit of everything on offense, carrying the ball eight times for 89 yards with a touchdown and catching four passes for 68 yards with another score. For the season he has 937 yards rushing and receiving and is second in the league in all-purpose yardage and touchdowns (10).

On the other side of the ball, the Dartmouth defense held the Big Red to 308 yards and had 10 tackles for a loss, six of which were sacks by six different players. The Ivy League’s leading tackler this season, junior LB Will McNamara, had his string of five straight games with at least 10 tackles come to an end, but junior DE Sawyer Whalen and sophomore LB Alex McCrory came off the bench to pace the Big Green with six stops apiece.

Another streak came to an end when sophomore PK Alex Gakenheimer had his 40-yard field goal attempt partially blocked, giving him the first miss of his career and snapping a string of 12 consecutive field goals converted. Sophomore P Ben Kepley was only summoned twice, but he boomed both kicks for an average of 44.5 yards. He now ranks third among the conference’s punters in average distance (38.6 yards per punt).

Scouting the Bears
This year’s relatively young Brown squad needed some time for the players to gel. But since opening the year with losses to Georgetown and Harvard, the Bears have won four of six and are coming off a wild 45-42 loss at Yale.

With the graduation of their fifth-year quarterback, the Bears turned to Marcus Fuller behind center, and the payoff has come in the form of nearly 2,200 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Fuller carved up the Yale defense for 393 yards through the air while completing 27-of-39 throws with a pair of scores and a pick.

The running game has not been as stout, ranking among the bottom 20 FCS teams at 113.4 yards per game. Brown did surprise Penn two weeks ago, however, by racking up 262 rushing yards in a 21-13 triumph. The surprise was 6-5, 240-pound Seth Rosenbauer who rumbled for 206 yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns. Andrew Coke is normally the featured back and leads the team with 453 yards at an average of 4.4 per carry while tallying four TDs.

The passing game, however, is at the opposite end of the spectrum with Fuller as Brown ranks 15th nationally with about 275 yards every Saturday through the air. Brian Strachan is the top target with 47 catches for 563 yards and five TDs, all of which lead the Bears. But there is also Alex Jette (23 rec., 378 yards), Troy Doles (22-402) and Reiley Higgins (22-321) to keep the Dartmouth defense busy.

Speaking of defense, the top three tacklers are all linebackers, led by Xavier Russo with 67 stops. Ryan MacDonald has come up with some big plays with one interception and two fumble recoveries, the latest of which he returned 53 yards for a touchdown against Yale. Defensive end Chad Berry is the top pass rusher with three sacks as well.

Head coach Phil Estes, in his 17th season guiding the program, is the second winningest coach in Brown football history and won his 100th game with the Bears on Oct. 11. He has three Ivy crowns, including the Bears’ first outright title in 2005, and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award each of those years. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire, and is a member of the Laconia High School Hall of Fame. A first-team all-conference and -region selection as a senior at UNH, Estes earned his diploma in 1980.

Game Day Program

Three Named Academic All-District
Dartmouth had three of its starters named to the Capital One Academic All-District I Football Team — junior RB Kyle Bramble, junior LT Jacob Flores and senior RG Ben Spiritos. Bramble is an engineering major with a 3.43 GPA, Flores a religion major with a 3.48 GPA and Spiritos is studying economics and sports a 3.41 GPA.

Williams Co-Offensive POTW Again
For the second time this season and third time in his career, junior QB Dalyn Williams was selected as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the 42-7 win at Cornell on Nov. 8, sharing the honor with Yale RB Tyler Varga. Williams completed 24-of-34 passes for 381 yards — the sixth-most in Big Green history — with a career-high four touchdowns, plus ran six times for 62 yards and another score. His 443 total yards broke the school record held by Brian Mann ’02 that had stood for 12 years, and he became the first Dartmouth QB with four scoring strikes since Tom Bennewitz ’08 had four back in 2007, coincidentally against Cornell as well.

6 Wins for 4th Time in 5 Years
For the fourth time in the past five seasons, Dartmouth has exactly six victories. The difference this year is that the Big Green still have two games to play, whereas in the other three seasons, they won their sixth game in the season finale against Princeton. A win over Brown would give Dartmouth seven victories for the first time since an 8-2 season in 1997. If the Green can match that record, they would also give Buddy Teevens his 100th career victory.

Sacking Cornell
The Dartmouth defense registered a season-high six sacks at Cornell on Nov. 8, continuing a recent trend. In four of the last five seasons, the Big Green have had their most sacks for the year come against the Big Red, beginning with a school-record 10 in 2010 against a rookie quarterback by the name of Jeff Mathews. Overall, Dartmouth has posted 25 sacks in those five games versus Cornell. The most after that is 11 against Columbia.

The Williams Connection
While Dalyn Williams was posting the gaudiest numbers, his namesake, WR Victor Williams, was the star receiver against Cornell. The junior matched a career high with seven receptions for 101 yards with a 32-yard touchdown mixed in. His second career 100-yard game was only the third for a Big Green player this year; Ryan McManus has the other two.

Give An Inch … Take 583 Yards
Dartmouth enjoyed one of its most prolific offensive outputs in terms of yardage in the 42-7 win at Cornell, accumulating 583 yards, the most for a Big Green team since putting up 587 in 1982 against Columbia. Topping 600 wasn't out of the question as Dartmouth had 553 yards after scoring its final points of the day — with 5:29 left in the third quarter.

Sure Know How to Pick ’Em
Junior CB Vernon Harris was the latest to pilfer a pass for the Dartmouth defense, snaring an errant throw in the third quarter to set up the final Big Green touchdown of the day. As a team, Dartmouth leads the Ivy League with 11 interceptions with senior SS Troy Donahue topping the conference witih four (ranking fifth nationally on a per game basis) while Harris is right behind with three.

McQuarters Cashes In
Since getting his first taste of varsity action with 10 rushes in the first three games, sophomore RB Abrm McQuarters has been biding his time from the sideline. He got another opportunity in the rout at Cornell on Nov. 8 and made the most of it by catching a screen pass and taking it 60 yards for his first career touchdown. Dartmouth has had at least one player from each class catch a touchdown pass as McQuarters completed the set.

Can McManus Catch McManus?
With two weeks left in the season, senior Ryan McManus has 45 catches for 629 yards. His older brother, Tim ’11, caught 60 passes for 637 yards, so Ryan is poised to beat Tim’s yardage and needs to average eight catches a game to move past him into fifth place on the Big Green’s single-season list. As for career totals, Ryan became the 11th receiver in Dartmouth history with 100 receptions versus Harvard, still well behind Tim’s 134. But with 214 more yards, Ryan will pass him on the career charts into seventh place.

Bramble On
Junior RB Kyle Bramble not only leads Dartmouth in scoring with 60 points to rank third in the league, he has reached the end zone at least once in every game. He has five touchdowns running the ball and five more receiving, but never more than one of either each game. The only games in which Bramble has scored twice were the first against Central Connecticut and the most recent at Cornell. If he can continue his streak for the rest of the season, he would join Dominick Pierre ’14 from just last year as the only Big Green players in the last 75 years to score at least one touchdown in every game.

Everyone Getting Defensive
With the blowout win at Cornell on Nov. 8, head coach Buddy Teevens was able to get everyone that traveled into the game for at least one play. The reserves more than pulled their weight on defense as none of Dartmouth’s top four tacklers started the game. Junior DE Sawyer Whalen and sophomore LB Alex McCrory led the Green with six stops each, while junior FS David Caldwell and junior LB Will Konstant both had five. Whalen was one of two non-starters to record a sack as well with senior LB Tyler Stout coming up with the other, the first of his career.

Fiedler on the Roof
Former NFL QB Jay Fiedler ’94 still owns the most accurate passing season by a Dartmouth quarterback at 64.1 percent (175-of-273) back in 1992. But Dalyn Williams is not far off that pace at 63.0 percent (126-of-200) thus far and is coming off his most accurate game ever at 70.6 percent (24-of-34) at Cornell. Second on that accuracy list is … Williams at 64.0 percent (minimum 100 attempts) in 2012, and Alex Park is third at 62.6 percent from that very same season.

Big Green Bullets

  • Kyle Bramble needs just 22 rushing yards to become the 27th player in Dartmout history to amass 1,000 in a career.
  • Dalyn Williams is sixth all-time in passing yards at Dartmouth, and with 187 against Brown will vault into third.
  • Will McNamara had his streak of games with at least 10 tackles come to an end at Cornell, but he still leads the league in the category and ranks 22nd nationally at 9.7 per game.
  • Alex Gakenheimer had his 40-yard field goal attempt at Cornell partially blocked, ending his streak of 12 consecutive conversions to start his career.
  • Three defenders are tied for the team lead with 2.5 sacks — juniors Cody Fulleton and Zach Slafsky, and sophomore Folarin Orimolade.