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Brown Football Outlasts Dartmouth, 56-35

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By John and Matt Risley
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Saturday, November 10, 2007


PROVIDENCE, R.I. Brown wide receiver Bobby Sewall scored four touchdowns and rushed for 144 yards as the Bears outlasted Dartmouth, 56-35, in Ivy League football action Saturday afternoon.

Sewall was a one-man wrecking crew, also catching 18 passes for 141 yards and throwing one TD pass on the halfback option.

Sewall's performance overshadowed another strong day by Dartmouth senior quarterback Tom Bennewitz (Weston, Conn.) who had 312 yards throwing on 28 of 38 attempts. Junior Milan Williams (Mobile, Ala.) ran for 97 yards on 12 carries, an average of 8.1.

"It was a scoring contest and we got outscored," said Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens in the post-game press conference. "It was a track meet and no one could stop anyone. We didn't put enough points on the board offensively.

"Our guys were ready to play," added Teevens, "and give Brown credit. They played well...It was a high scoring affair, and we didn't do our part."

Dartmouth (3-6 overall, 3-3 Ivy) raced out of the gates with a 14-0 lead, scoring a pair of touchdowns with more than eight minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

The Big Green used a one-yard run by senior fullback Ryan Mahoney (Nahant, Mass.) and a four-yard sprint by Williams for the early advantage.

But Brown (4-5 overall, 3-3 Ivy) answered with four straight touchdowns, using 341 yards of passing, much of it by Michael Dougherty, for a 28-14 lead at halftime.

With 1:42 left in the first quarter, Dougherty got the Bears on the board, and Brown tied the game with 2:35 gone in the second when Sewall scored from one yard out.

Brown then erupted for two touchdowns in the final minute before the break. Wide receiver Buddy Farnham caught a 24-yard TD pass from Dougherty with 46 seconds to go, and the Bears capitalized on a Dartmouth fumble.

The score went to 28-14 when Farnham grabbed a 41 yard halfback option from Sewall just 26 seconds later. In the opening half, Dougherty was 28 of 34 for 300 yards.

Dartmouth cut into the Brown lead early in the third quarter when junior Nate Servis (Milwaukee, Wis.) scampered in on a nine-yard run, 28-21, but the Bears pushed the lead back to 42-21.

Sewall added two more short-yardage rushing touchdowns to his line, one at 9:11 and the other at 3:17, for a 21-point Brown lead at the end of three quarters.

Early in the fourth quarter, the two teams traded scores. Dartmouth senior Brian Evans (Fairfield, Texas) caught a nine-yard pass from Bennewitz at 10:07, before Sewall dashed 44 yards for a 49-28 lead less than a minute later at 9:46.

In what turned into the highest scoring affair in series history, Mahoney caught a two-yard pass with 5:58 left in the fourth quarter before Brown's Tyler Rowley added a one-yard run with 45 seconds remaining to account for all the scoring.

Dartmouth returns to action Saturday in the season finale, hosting Princeton in a 12:30 pm start at Memorial Field.