Bears Toppled By URI, 27-9
Oct. 4, 2003
Providence, RI - The final stat sheet had Brown out-gaining Rhode Island by a 392-388 margin. The Bears also had more first downs than the Rams, 23-17. But the statistic having the most impact on the game was turnovers where Brown turned the ball over six times and Rhode Island twice. In the end, the Bears dropped a 27-9 decision to Rhode Island in the 88th meeting for the Governor's Cup before a crowd of 5,728 at Brown Stadium.
Following a Brown fumble on its first play from scrimmage, Rhode opened the scoring just 15 seconds in the game with an 18 yard touchdown run. The Rams made it 10-0 after one quarter with a 50 yard field goal.
The Bears got on the scoreboard with a safety when a Rhode Island snap from center sailed out of the end zone on a punt attempt.
Following the safety, Brown fumbled the kickoff, leading to another Rams' touchdown and giving Rhode Island a 17-2 lead. The Rams booted a 24-yard field goal to grab a 20-2 lead at the half.
Brown sophomore wide receiver Lonnie Hill had a breakout game for the Bears making 15 catches for 158 yards. The 15 receptions rate 5th best in the Brown record book.
Slager completed 37 of 54 pass attempts for 357 yards. The 37 completions are tied for fifth best in the Brown record book.
Sophomore runningback Nick Hartigan carried 15 times for 55 yards, the first time he's been held to less than 100 yards. Schreck had a solid receiving day with 6 catches for 49 yards.
Brown's defense was led by senior Drew Gallagher, who made 11 tackles and recovered a fumble. Junior outside linebacker Anjel Gutierrez made 10 tackles, while junior Craig Young made 9 tackles and picked off a pass, returning it 23 yards.