Bears Win Season Opener, 34-3, Over Georgetown
Sept. 17, 2005
Washington, DC - Senior All-American Nick Hartigan, a Walter Payton Award candidate as the nation's top player, rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns to lead Brown to a 34-3 season opening victory over Georgetown.
Brown and Georgetown met for the first time ever, and today's game was the inaugural game played at Georgetown's new Multi-Sport Facility.
The Bears also received a big game from junior quarterback Joe DiGiacomo, who completed 14 of 22 passes for 211 yards and a 39 yard touchdown pass.
The Bears got on the scoreboard first, scoring on its first possession on a 28 yard field goal by sophomore Steve Morgan with 10;26 left in the first quarter.
Following a fourth down stand by its defense, the Bears extended their lead to 10-0 with 9 seconds left in the quarter on a one-yard plunge by Hartigan. In the 79-yard drive, Hartigan twice converted fourth down plays.
Brown's defense rose to the occasion when the Hoyas marched to the Bears one yard line midway through the second quarter, Georgetown tried to move the Bears into the end zone and four times, and four times Brown rose to the occasion to stop the Hoyas on big plays by Zak DeOssie, Jose Yearwood, Rashad Collins and James Frazier
The Hoyas got on the scoreboard just before the end of the half with a 39-yard field goal with just one second remaining.
The Bears revved up their passing game to open the second half with DiGiacomo marching the Bears down the field, capping off a 65 yard scoring drive with a 39 yard touchdown strike to senior Jarrett Schreck, who was wide open in the end zone to give the Bears a 17-3 advantage
Junior Justin Amoah recovered a fumble for the Bears at the Georgetown 27 yard line following a jarring hit by sophomore Matt Mullenax. Five plays later, junior Akin Oyalowo bulled his way into the end zone from one yard to extend Brown's lead to 24-3.
Morgan gave the Bears a 27-3 lead in the fourth quarter when he converted his second field goal of the game, booting a 30-yard field goal with 11:35 left to play. Hartigan capped off the scoring for the Bears with a five yard run with 7:46 left in the game.
DeOssie led the Bears' defense with 11 total tackles, including three quarterback sacks. Senior Pat Curran also had a big day with nine tackles, three for a loss. Senior Tim Cotter and senior James Frazier made seven tackles each.
The Bears will kick-off their Ivy League season next Saturday, September 24 against Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.
Scoring Summary: 1st Quarter Brown - FG Steve Morgan, 27 yards 10:26 Brown - Nick Hartigan 1 run (Morgan Kick), :09
Second Quarter: Georgetown - FG, Brad Scoffern, 39 yards, :01