Oct. 8, 2005
Providence, RI - Four years ago, then freshman Brown runningback Nick Hartigan carried the ball once against Fordham in the Bronx, NY, gaining four yards. As it turned out, it was Hartigan's only carry of the season.
Now four year's later, Hartigan, a senior All-American and Walter Payton Award candidate as the nation's top player, has become Brown's all-time career rusher with 3,334 yards, after rushing for 124 yards and a touchdown in Brown's 37-14 victory over Fordham at rainy Brown Stadium. The victory lifts the Bears to a 3-1 record overall while Fordham falls to 0-5.
Hartigan's 3,334 career yards are fifth best in Ivy League football history, and eclipsed Brown's all-time rushing mark of 3,266 yards by Michael Malan from 1999-2001
Brown opened the scoring when junior quarterback Joe DiGiacomo spotted junior wide receiver Lonnie Hill wide open behind the Fordham secondary and threw a perfect 27 yard strike for the game's first touchdown.
Fordham tied the game, 7-7, after one quarter, but the Bears answered when DiGiacomo rolled out and into the end zone from two yards out with 13:34 left in the second quarter to give the Bears a 14-7 advantage, capping a 71-yard scoring drive.
Sophomore Steve Morgan booted a 30-yard field goal with 7:19 to play in the quarter, giving the Bears a 17-7 lead. The field goal was set up when senior James Frazier stripped the ball from Fordham on a punt return and junior Brandon Markey recovered the ball at the Rams' 19-yard line.
Brown struck again, following an interception by sophomore Frank Nuzzo, who returned his first career interception to the Fordham 34-yard line. On the first play of the drive, DiGiacomo handed off to Hartigan, who pitched the ball back to DiGiacomo, who spotted Hill wide open in the end zone once again for a touchdown with 6:54 left in the second quarter, giving Brown a 24-7 lead.
The Rams registered the only score of the third quarter on a touchdown at the 10:10 mark, reducing Brown's lead to 24-14.
Brown's Morgan kicked his second field goal of the day, converting a 22-yard boot on the second play of the fourth quarter to extend Brown's lead to 27-14 with 14:52 left in the game.
Morgan gave Brown a 30-14 lead by converting a 48-yard field goal with 11:30 remaining in the game, booting the fourth longest field goal in Brown history, and the longest for the Bears since Bob Granfors' 48-yard field goal in 1979.
Hartigan providing the icing on the victory with a nine-yard touchdown run with 4:40 remaining in the game, tying Malan's all-time Brown record for touchdowns in a career with 39, fourth best in Ivy League football history.
DiGiacomo completed 13 of 21 passes for 213 yards for the day. On the receiving end, Hill made five receptions for 85 yards, while senior Jarrett Schreck made three catches for 99 yards.
Defensively, junior All-American linebacker Zak DeOssie had another big day with 11 total tackles, including nine solo stops, 3.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one quarterback sack and an interception. Senior defensive end James Frazier came up with nine tackles, including 8 solo tackles. Sophomore linebacker Frank Nuzzo and senior defensive back Jamie Gasparella also recorded interceptions for the Bears.