Sept. 18, 2004
Providence, RI- -
Providence, RI - Sophomore quarterback Joseph DiGiacomo overcame the elements and passed for 245 yards and two touchdowns in his collegiate debut to lead Brown to a 35-7 season-opening victory over Albany in heavy rain at Brown Stadium.
On Brown's first possession, DiGiacomo made a big splash with his first collegiate pass, connecting on a 43-yard touchdown toss to junior tight end David Turner to give the Bears a 7-0 lead with 12:25 remaining in the first quarter.
Following an Albany score that tied the game, 7-7, after one quarter, the Bears mounted another scoring drive midway through the second quarter. With the ball at the Albany 13 yard line, DiGiacomo scrambled and threw as he was falling to the ground, connecting with Turner, who made a one-handed grab in the end zone for the touchdown to give Brown the lead for good, 14-7.
The Bears came out strong in the second half, scoring on their first possession. Brown drove 37-yards in five plays with Hartigan running into the end zone from two yards out at the 11:32 mark to lift the Bears to a 21-7 lead. The big play in the drive was a 13-yard pass play from DiGiacomo to Turner that advanced the ball to the Bears two-yard line, setting up Hartigan's touchdown run.
Brown extended its lead to 28-7 on Hartigan's three-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. The Bears completed the scoring when sophomore Brandon Markey bulled his way into the end zone from the five-yard line with 10:09 remaining in the game.
The Bears' defense dominated the line of scrimmage after the first quarter, holding the Great Danes to just 33 yards rushing the rest of the way. Junior defensive tackle Pat Curran plugged up the middle with 11 tackles, including two for a loss and a quarterback sack. Senior safety Craig Young also chipped in with 11 tackles. Junior defensive end James Frazier made six tackles, including a tackle for a loss, while sophomore defensive end Dan Doublin had two quarterback sacks and five tackles.
DiGiacomo completed 14 of 20 passes for 245 yards in his collegiate debut, displaying excellent touch on many of his throws. Hartigan was a workhorse for the Bears' offense, running 26 times for 93 yards. Turner had his best day as a collegian, making 6 catches for 136 yards. Junior wide receiver Jarrett Schreck also played well, making 4 receptions for 76 yards.