The Ivy Champions of 2005
In the spring of 2005, Bears head coach Phil Estes passed out a small card to all of his players with the words "Win It Outright" on one side and Brown's 2005 schedule on the other. He told his team to keep the card close and never forget the team's goal of an outright Ivy title.
Call it a premonition. Call it confidence. Whatever you call it, Estes' choice of a theme, "Win It Outright," made him a prophet of great things to come for the Brown football team.
The Bears hit a bump in the road in their first Ivy game against Harvard, outplaying the Crimson for over 59 minutes before falling in double overtime, 38-55, in Cambridge. Estes forcefully told the team after the game that the season wasn't over and that there was a lot of football to be played. Brown's dreams could come through if the team could stick together. What happened in BRown's last eight games would determine its fate. But the Bears needed a little help along the way.
Brown reeled off consecutive Ivy wins over Princeton at home, at Cornell, Penn at Brown Stadium, and at Yale, before clinching a share of the Ivy Championship with a victory over Dartmouth in Providence to go a game up in the Ivy standings.
Needing a win over Columbia for its first outright Ivy title, the Bears dominated the Lions in New York City for a 52-21 victory. All 19 Brown seniors--Noori Abdul-Ghani, Efren Blackledge, Carson Brennan, Greg Burlin, Rashad Collins, Mickey Cooper, Time Cotter, Pat Curran, James Frazier, Jamie Gasparella, Gene Hamlin, Nick Hartigan, Matt Hostetler, Alex Jury, John Kazanovicz, Jarrett SChreck, Steven Storrs, Max Tornatore, and David Turner--started the game for the Bears.
In the game's waning moments, the coaches were doused in Gatorade, and the Brown faithful stormed the field in a wild celebration at game's end. The presentation of the Ivy trophy took place at the center of the field in front of a national television audience on the YES Network. Family, friends, alumni and fans joined the Brown team in celebrating the title. It seemed as though everyone in attendance had a photo taken with the Ivy trophy, forever preserving a piece of history--the outright Ivy title.
Brown 34, Georgetown 3
Harvard 38, Brown 35 (2 ot)
Brown 45, Rhode Island 35
Brown 37, Fordham 14
Brown 31, Princeton 28
Brown 38, Cornell 24
Brown 34, Penn 20
Brown 38, Yale 21
Brown 24, Dartmouth 14
Brown 52, Columbia 21