September 27, 2003

Brown Gridders Fall To Harvard, 52-14

Sept. 27, 2003

Boston, Mass. -

After opening its season with a win over Albany last week, the Brown football team traveled to Boston to open its Ivy League season against the Harvard Crimson. Unfortunately for the Bears, the outcome wasn't the same as Brown dropped a 52-14 decision to the Crimson.

Brown got an early break when junior Anjel Gutierrez picked off a pass on Harvard's first play of the game, giving the Bears the ball at the Harvard 22 yard line. But Brown's offense sputtered on its first possession and the Bears failed to score when a 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide.

The Crimson picked off a Brown pass to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Brown's offense answered by driving 82 yards in 6 plays to tie the game 7-7 after one quarter on a 14 yard touchdown pass from senior Kyle Slager to sophomore Nick Hartigan.

Harvard built a 28-7 halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the victory.

Brown broke through for its final score at the 9:40 mark of the third quarter when senior Nick Christ grabbed a 13 yard Slager strike to cap an 80 yard, 4 play drive which was highlighted by a 62 yard run by Hartigan.

Individually, Slager completed 18 of 29 passes for 194 yards. Sophomore Jarrett Schreck made 5 receptions for 68 yards, while sophomore Lonnie Hill made 4 catches for 39 yards. Hartigan finished the game with 127 yards on the ground for his second consecutive 100 plus yard running game.

Senior Drew Gallagher led the Bears with 15 tackles, while junior Craig Young made 10 tackles and forced a fumble.