Senior quarterback Patrick Donnelly rallied Brown from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit in his first collegiate start and led the Bears to a 24-21 victory over Holy Cross as Brown opened its 135th season with a win in Worcester.
Trailing, 21-10, early in the fourth, Donnelly capped a 75-yard drive by hitting Jonah Fay with a 2-yard touchdown pass. Alex Norocea’s PAT cut the deficit to 4.
Following a defensive stop, Brown took over at its 16-yard line with over seven minutes remaining.
Donnelly capped a 13-play, 84-yard scoring drive with a 10-yard touchdown run, giving the Bears a 24-21 lead with 1:24 remaining.
Brown All-America cornerback AJ Cruz clinched the win with an interception.
Donnelly completed 24 of 41 passes for 199 yards.
Spiro Theodhosi had a game-high 120 rushing yards.
Holy Cross quarterback Kevin Watson threw for 223 yards on 26-of-40 passing.
Brown hosts Harvard next Saturday night; Holy Cross (0-2) will host Dartmouth.
AIC 49, Merrimack 34 — In North Andover, Terrell Williams scampered for 237 yards and three touchdowns to help the Yellow Jackets (1-1, 1-0 Northeast-10) outlast the Warriors (1-2, 0-2), who got a 536-yard day from senior quarterback Joe Clancy.
Clancy set NE-10 records for yards, completions (50), and attempts (81). He came well shy of J.J. Harp’s Division 2 records set almost exactly three years ago. Harp completed 64 of 95 passes for 695 yards for Eastern New Mexico against Southeastern Oklahoma.
The benefactors of Clancy’s record-setting day were Steve Serwon (12 catches, 104 yards, 1 touchdown) and Isaiah Voegeli (9 catches, 164 yards, 1 TD).
The teams set a conferece record with 1,184 total yards.
New Haven 44, Pace 10— The Chargers (3-0, 2-0 NE-10) got 152 passing yards and three touchdowns from Ronnie Nelson in a blowout of the visiting Setters (0-3, 0-2).
Maine 51, Bryant 7 — David Hood and Rickey Stevens each ran for more than 100 yards and the Black Bears (1-1) defeated the host Bulldogs (0-3).
Yale 24, Georgetown 21 — Freshman Eric Williams connected with Cameron Sandquist for a school-record 98-yard touchdown, Collin Bibb picked off a pass in the end zone with 33 seconds remaining, and the Bulldogs (1-0) outlasted the Hoyas (2-1) in Washington, D.C., in coach Tony Reno’s debut.
Dartmouth 35, Butler 7 — Dominick Pierre coaxed 170 yards and two touchdowns out of 26 carries, and the Big Green opened their season with a win over the visiting Bulldogs (1-2).
UNH 43, Central Conn. 10 — With starting quarterback Sean Goldrich out with an injury, Nico Steriti led a rushing attack that totaled 331 yards and five touchdowns as the Wildcats (2-1) knocked off the Blue Devils (0-3) in their home opener.
Steriti ran for 104 yards as the Wildcats improved to 7-0 in the series.
Colgate 35, Sacred Heart 14 — Jordan McCord rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns as the host Raiders (1-2) used a 21-point third quarter to leave behind the Pioneers (0-2).
Western New England 50, Worcester St. 14 — Tucker Schumitz returned the opening kickoff a school-record 99 yards and Keith Emery became the program’s winningest coach as the host Golden Bears (2-1) crushed the Lancers (2-1).
Bridgewater St. 20, Endicott 14 — The Bears (3-0) built a lead on two Mike McCarthy scoring runs, then held off the Gulls (2-1) late in Bridgewater.
Coast Guard 35, MIT 21 — In Cambridge, Justin Wallace ran for 107 yards and a touchdown for the Bears (1-1) in a win over the Engineers (1-1).
Framingham St. 30, UMass-Dartmouth 0 — The host Rams (2-1) coasted past the Corsairs (0-3) on the back of Melikke Van Alstyne’s 142 yards and a touchdown. Van Alstyne has rushed for 364 yards in his last two games.
Curry 34, Westfield St. 27 — Kevin Fruwirth hit Skubie Mageza with a 9-yard touchdown pass with 51 seconds remaining as the Colonels (1-2) shot down the Owls (1-2) in Milton. Fruwirth threw for 290 yards and three scores.
Plymouth St. 13, Maine Maritime 7 — A late goal-line stand from the Panthers and 98 rushing yards and a touchdown from Andrew Foglia lifted visiting Plymouth State (1-2) over the Mariners (0-2).
Springfield 49, Mount Ida 42 — Mike Davis scored four touchdowns, including the last three of the game in a span of 6:01, to lead the host Pride (2-1) past the Mustangs (2-1). Davis rushed for 184 yards, including scores of 62, 19, 52, and 13 yards.
Rensselaer 56, Castleton St. 35 — Quarterback Mike Hermann threw for five touchdowns and ran for two more to propel the visiting Engineers (2-0). Shane Brozowski set a school record with 41 completions and threw for four touchdowns for the Spartans (1-2).
Salve Regina 34, Fitchburg St. 7 — The Seahawks (3-0) rolled over the host Falcons (1-2) behind the 116-yard, two-score ground performance by Richie Edwards.
Husson 28, Anna Maria 22 — Ryan Dorso ran for 202 yards, and his 75-yard touchdown run pushed the host Eagles (1-2) past the AmCats (1-2).
Norwich 20, WPI 3 — Danny Triplett’s 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns led the Cadets (3-0) past the Engineers (1-2) in Northfield, Vt.
Hartwick 53, Becker 41 — Corinthian Bostic’s 139 yards and two scores on nine receptions wasn’t enough as Becker (1-2) fell to Hartwick (3-0) in Oneonta, N.Y
Cortland St. 72, Western Conn. 14 — The Red Dragons (1-1, 1-0 NJAC) rushed for 339 yards and eight touchdowns, including three by Bronson Greene, against the visiting Colonials (0-2, 0-1).