The Bulldogs travel to Providence this weekend to face the 2-5 Brown Bears. Kickoff is slated for noon and the game will air on NESN and ESPN+.
Brown fell to Penn last weekend in Philadelphia 17-45 but showed tremendous offensive firepower in the Week 6 defeat of Cornell (49-45) and the Week 5 loss to Princeton (42-56). Yale defeated Brown 59-35 in 2019 despite Brown’s EJ Perry throwing for 331 yards and 4 touchdowns and running for 140 yards and a touchdown.
Yale’s strategy this week will revolve around containing Brown’s senior quarterback EJ Perry (6’2”, 210 lbs). Perry transferred to Brown prior to the 2019 season after spending his first two years at Boston College. Perry quickly established himself as one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the Ivy League in 2019 and was named 1st Team All-Ivy while leading the nation in offensive yards per game (367.8 yards per game). While Brown has not provided Perry with the necessary supporting cast to compete for an Ivy League Championship, Perry’s talent alone gives the Bears a chance to defeat any Ivy opponent on any given Saturday. Through the first 7 games, Perry has completed just under 67% of his passes for 2,290 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Opponents have done a better job limiting Perry in the running game by containing him to just 2.7 yards per carry this season. Brown features two talented running backs in senior Allen Smith (5’10”, 200 lbs.) and freshman Jordan DeLucia (5’11”, 210 lbs.). Smith has averaged 4.1 yards per carry, while DeLucia has averaged 4.3 yards per carry. Junior wide receiver Wes Rocket (6’0”, 175 lbs.) is Perry’s favorite passing target hauling in 44 catches for 527 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season. Junior wideout Hayes Sutton (6’0”, 200 lbs.) leads the Bears in touchdown receptions with 7. Sophomore wide receiver Graham Walker (6’3”, 200 lbs.) has prototypical size and has played very well in his first season with 14.0 yards per reception and 5 receiving touchdowns. Brown’s offensive line is slightly undersized averaging 277 lbs. across the board and struggled to contain Penn’s defensive line last week allowing 8 sacks. Senior tackle Chad Broom-Webster (6’4”, 275 lbs.) is Brown’s top lineman and was a 2nd Team All-Ivy selection in 2019.
While Brown has some of the most talented offensive skill position players in the league, the Bears’ defense has been a limiting factor for the team’s success this season. Brown’s defense has allowed 443.4 yards of total offense per game (6.7 yards per play) and 39 total touchdowns. In the redzone, the Bears have given up 24 touchdowns on 29 total series inside the 20-yard line. Junior outside linebacker Junior Gafa (5’10”, 200 lbs.) leads the Bears in tackles with 41 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and a sack. Senior inside linebacker Jason Medeiros (6’0”, 220 lbs.) has started since his freshman season and is currently second on the team in tackles with 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Junior safety Josh Ofili (6’2”, 190 lbs.) has been the most productive member of the secondary with 34 tackles, a tackle for loss and 3 pass break-ups. Senior safety Clayton Perrin (6’1”, 200 lbs.) is a multi-year starter and has posted 30 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception. Senior defensive end Callum Flanders (6’3”, 260 lbs.) has been the leader along the defensive front for the Bears with 26 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
Freshman kicker Christopher Maron is 4 for 7 on field goals this season with a long of 48 yards. Maron has not missed a field goal attempt under 40 yards. Sophomore punter Declan Boyle is one of the top punters in the Ivy League averaging 42.9 yards per punt with 6 punts over 50 yards.