SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — EJ Perry threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more and Brown edged Bryant 35-30 on Saturday.
Perry had 183 yards passing and 227 yards rushing in the season opener for the Bears (1-0), including a 94-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter that sealed the win.
Brown led 14-10 at halftime and stretched it to 21-10 midway through the third quarter on Perry's 4-yard touchdown pass to Demitri Jackson. But Bryant scored twice after that, on short touchdown runs by Isaac McCray and Kory Curtis, to move ahead 24-21 with 12:58 remaining in the fourth quarter. Perry answered for the Bears, firing a 6-yard touchdown throw to Scott Boylan and following up on the next drive with his 94-yard dash for a score and a 35-24 advantage with 6:14 to go.
Curtis threw for 404 yards and two scores for the Bulldogs (0-4).