The Bryant University football team came out strong against rival Brown, but was unable to hold on to an early lead, falling 35-27. Looking to take a second straight game in the series, the Bulldogs stormed out to a 21-0 lead. From that point on, Bryant was unable to contain Brown quarterback Kyle Moreno who led the Brown offense to 28 unanswered points. Moreno finished the game accounting for all 5 Brown touchdowns, out dueling Bryant quarterback Dalton Easton who tallied 275 yards and 2 touchdowns of his own.
Bryant received a major boost from its special teams unit to open the scoring midway through the first quarter. Sophomore defensive lineman Kyle Lazo broke through the Brown protection to block a field goal attempt. Teammate Charles Wingate jumped on the loose ball returning it 60 yards for a touchdown. After a Brown fumble on the ensuing possession, quarterback Easton completed a 14 yard touchdown pass to receiver Matt Sewall to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.
Brown was then forced into a three and out, and Bryant once again quickly capitalized this time with a 33 yard touchdown from Easton to Taylor Barthelette to go ahead 21-0. From that point on, however, the Bulldogs lost their edge and the momentum in the game. Moreno started to impose his will on the Bryant defense leading consecutive touchdown drives of 75 and 37 yards respectively, and Bryant headed into halftime clinging to a 21-14 lead.
After Bryant failed on a fourth down attempt on its opening drive of the second half, Brown evened the score on a Kyle Moreno touchdown pass to receiver Anton Casey. Another touchdown pass from Moreno to receiver Garrett Swanky put Brown ahead 28-21. Bryant showed resolve rallying to go on an eight play 84 yard touchdown drive capped off by a Hunter Taute two yard touchdown plunge. A missed extra point left the Bulldogs down by a single point.
Brown, yet again, answered Bryant’s challenge going on their own touchdown drive ending with a Moreno two yard touchdown rush putting the Bears up 35-27. Bryant was unable to answer back with a touchdown and the score held up through the expiration of the fourth quarter. Standouts for Bryant included receivers Matt Sewall and Taylor Barthelette who each recorded 114 and 96 yards respectively. Kyle Lazo added another blocked field goal later in the game proving to be unblockable on special teams.
Looking forward to next week, Bryant faces off with conference foe Central Connecticut State home at Bulldog Stadium with a 1pm kickoff.