Bears Fall to Crimson In Double Overtime, 38-35
Sept. 24, 2005
Cambridge, Mass. - The 223 receiving yards and two touchdowns by senior All-Ivy wide receiver Jarrett Schreck weren't enough for Brown as the Bears dropped their Ivy League opener to 15th-ranked Harvard, 38-35 in double overtime at Harvard Stadium.
With the score tied, 25-25, Schreck hauled in a 34-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Joe DiGiacomo to lift the Bears to a 32-25 advantage with 4:09 left to play in the game. Harvard took over at its own 18-yard line and drove 82 yards in 13 plays for the game-tying touchdown with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation.
In the first overtime, Harvard got the ball first, and booted a 24-yard field goal. Brown answered with a 22-yard field goal by sophomore Steve Morgan, his Brown record-tying fifth field goal of the day.
Brown's offense stalled in the first overtime and the Bears failed to convert a 42 yard field goal attempt. Harvard took over and drove to the Bears' 12-yard line before booting the game-winning 29-yard field goal.
Schreck's 223 receiving yards rank third in Brown football history, and ninth best in the Ivy League record book. DiGiacomo was solid at quarterback, connecting on 16 of 32 passes and three touchdowns.
Senior All-American and Walter Payton Award candidate Nick Hartigan came through with 115 yards on 29 attempts, going over the 100-yard rushing mark for the 15th time in his Brown career. He moved closer to catching Brown's all-time career rushing leader Michael Malan (3,266) and second place Marquis Jessie (3,088), and now has 2,974 career rushing yards.
Morgan's five field goals tied a Brown and Ivy League record, and his 17 kick-scoring points are the most in Ivy League football history.
Brown's defensive unit was led by junior All-American Zak DeOssie, who turned in a yeoman's effort with 15 total tackles, three tackles for a loss and two quarterback sacks. Sophomore safety Jose Yearwood had the best game of his Brown career with 11 total tackles. Seniors Jamie Gasparella and Pat Curran had seven tackles each.
After stopping Harvard on its first possession, Brown got on the scoreboard first when DiGiacomo connected on a 20-yard scoring strike to Schreck with 11:38 left in the first quarter. The scoring pass capped a 51-yard drive for the Bears.
The Bears extended their lead to 13-0 when DiGiacomo connected with junior Lonnie Hill on the two-yard line and Hill dove into the end zone for the score with 5:55 left in the quarter. The big play in the 48-yard drive was a 35-yard pass play to Schreck that brought the ball down to the Crimson six-yard line.
Bears' senior outside linebacker Tim Cotter picked off his second pass of the game, setting up Brown's next score, a 21-yard field goal by Morgan, to give the Bears a 16-0 advantage with 1;33 remaining in the quarter.
The Crimson had the better of play in the first part of the second quarter, scoring 14 unanswered points to pull to within two points of the Bears, 14-13.
Morgan's second field goal of the game, a 37-yard boot against the wind with 5:10 remaining in the quarter, sent the Bears into the locker room at halftime with a 19-14 advantage.
The Bears extended their lead to eight points, 22-14, when Morgan connected on a 25 yard field goal with 5:30 left in the third quarter. Three Harvard personal fouls and a 26-yard run by Nick Hartigan helped the Bears' drive.
The Crimson scored their third touchdown of the day and was successful on the two-point conversion to tie the score, 22-22, with just seven seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Harvard broke out on top early in the fourth quarter for its first lead of the game, kicking a 32-yard field goal with 10:39 left in the game to take a 25-22 lead.
Brown knotted the game, 25-25, when Morgan booted his fourth field goal, converting from 26 yards out with 6:56 left in the game. Derrick Knight's 45-yard kickoff return, set back 15 yards by a penalty, gave the Bears good field possession to set up the score, starting their drive at the Harvard 46 yard line.
The Bears will be home next week against Rhode Island in the 90th meeting for the Governor's Cup. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Brown Stadium.