SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant University freshman quarterback Zevi Eckhaus made 35 of 49 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns and the Bryant University defense forced three turnovers as the Bulldogs went down clinched a 36-29 victory over rival State Brown on the come home on Saturday night.
Eckhaus finished 35 of 49 and threw three scores to pace an offense that racked up 472 total attacking yards. Anthony Frederick caught seven passes for 85 yards for two goals, his second in a row with two touchdown receptions. David Zorrilla caught seven passes for 87 yards, including a crucial 29-yard reception on the 3rd and 5th with just over a minute to go.
Defensively, Jayvis Rayside intercepted and recovered a fumble. Joe Andreessen had 10 tackles, while Ricardo Martinez had eight and Nsaiah Harriet and Kenny Dyson Jr. each had two sacks.
Bryant took a 33-0 lead before the Bears scored 29 points in the fourth quarter to make it a game.
Bryant 36, Brown 29
Recordings: Bryant (3-2), Brown (0-3)
Site: Smithfield, RI (Beirne Stadium)
- Bryant turned two Browns turnovers into 20 points and a 26-0 lead in just three minutes in the second quarter.
How did it happen
- Kenny Dyson Jr. picked up a sack to stop the Bears’ first possession and Bryant threw a 55-yard drive in seven games. Gary Cooper made an excellent seizure for 16 yards on 3rd and 15 to extend training and Eckhaus followed with a strike in the middle of Landon Ruggieri for a score of 13 yards.
- Bryant’s defense would hold Brown to three straight games before Eckhaus capped a 12-game, 55-yard practice with a grainy three-yard dip on the 4th and the 1-goal. Macklin Kortebein caught passes for 9 and 7 yards to open the drive and Zorrilla added a 13-yard reception along the sideline to put the ball into the red zone. Bryant managed to bring the ball back to 1 and Eckhaus did the rest, keeping the ball and rushing into the end zone for his first career ground scoring.
- After the score, Bryant’s defense turned the tide. Three plays in Brown’s drive that followed, Marcel Myers passed EJ Perry and Rayside intercepted it, bringing her back 36 yards to 16 Browns. Eckhaus connected with Frederick for a 16-yard touchdown on the next play to make it 20-0.
- In the kickoff that followed, Ricardo Martinez released the ball from the kick returner and Aaron Clark recovered at Brown 26. Three games later, Fabrice Mukendi electrified the crowd with an 18-yard TD to carry the score. at 26-0.
- Bryant took that 26-0 halftime lead and pushed it to 33-0 on his second possession in the third quarter. Bryant’s defense stopped the Bears in the 4th and 9th of Bryant 25 and continued to go 75 yards in eight games.
- Mukendi and had points of 12 and 14 to help with the practice and Eckhaus capped him with a nice throw to Frederick in the corner of the end zone for a 24 yard strike.
- Brown finally entered the board as Perry capped an eight-play, 84-yard drive with a two-yard TD run.
- Bryant responded quickly, scoring 68 yards in 12 games and topping the run with a 40-yard field goal from Luke Samperi.
- Brown, however, made it interesting. Zach Targoff scored from a 17-yard reception to make it 36-14 and the Bears recovered the side kick that followed. Perry added his second rushing touchdown of the game nine games later to make it 36-22.
- The Bears, once again, recovered the kick in play and only needed three games to score and make it 36-29.
- Bryant, however, managed to convert a whopping 3rd and 5th to put the game away. Eckhaus fired a shot at Zorrilla, who was in man-to-man cover, for 29 yards.
- Bryant edged Brown, 472-351.
- The Bulldogs had 30 first downs and had the ball for 36:38.
- Bryant was 9 for 16 in the third downs.
- The Bulldogs also sacked four, intercepted a pass and recovered two fumbles.
- Eckhaus finished 35 of 49 for 335 yards and three touchdowns.
- Eckhaus finished the game with a net eight rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
- Frederick recorded seven catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
- Zorrilla added seven catches for 87 yards on his return to the field.
- Mukendi had 64 yards and one touchdown on nine carries.
- Dan Adeboboye ran for 32 yards and also caught five passes for 32 yards.
- Andreessen led Bryant with 10 tackles, including six solo. Martinez added 8.0 tackles and a forced fumble.
- Jack Daly had five tackles and 1.5 TFL.
- Dyson Jr. and Harriet each posted a pair of bags.
- Rayside had three tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. He totaled 51 yards in return.
- Bryant is now 2-4 against Brown. Saturday marked the first home win over the Bears.
- Bryant is now 14-3 on Homecoming over the past 17 seasons.
- Eckhaus’ 35 goals are tied for the second-highest number in a game in program history. He is only the third QB in the history of the school with over 30 accomplishments and the only freshman.
- Eckhaus has now completed 68 percent or more of his passes in each of the last three games.
- Eckhaus now ranks fifth nationally among freshmen in passing yards per game with 170.
- Frederick recorded two touchdown receptions for the second straight game. He is the first Bulldog since Jean Constant in 2017 to do this in consecutive matches.
- Zorrilla has recorded career highs in receptions (7) and yards (87).
- Rayside delivered his first-career interception and first-career fumble. Clayton McAlpine also posted his first-career forced fumble.
- Dyson Jr. now leads Bryant with 3.5 sacks this year.
Bryant returns to the Northeastern Conference game next weekend when he travels to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne. Kick-off is at 12:00 p.m.