Bears Fall To Fordham, 24-21, On Fourth Quarter Score

Oct. 11, 2003

Providence, RI -

Brown sophomore runningback Nick Hartigan rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough, as the Bears succumbed to Fordham on a late Rams touchdown before a Brown Stadium crowd of 4,516.

Hartigan's five-yard with 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter capped a strong Brown comeback and enabled the Bears to grab a 21-17 lead after trailing 17-7 at the half. But Fordham mounted a 76-yard scoring drive to take the lead for good, 24-21, with 7:33 left to play.

Hartigan's 214 rushing yards are fifth best in the Brown record book. He also came through with an 82 yard run, which is the seventh longest running play from scrimmage in Brown's 125-year football history.

Trailing 10-0 after one quarter, Brown defensive tackle Jessie Hawkins striped the ball from Fordham quarterback Kevin Eakin and the Bears' Pat Curran pounced on it at the Fordham eight-yard line. Hartigan rambled into the end zone on Brown's first play from scrimmage, and the Bears trailed 10-7.

Fordham took the ensuing kickoff and ran it back 95 yards for a touchdown to grab a 17-7 lead at the half.

Bears' quarterback Kyle Slager mounted an 87 yard scoring drive to pull the Bears to within a field goal of the Rams, 17-14, capping the drive off with a one-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Jarrett Schreck with 12:53 left in the third quarter.

Individually, Slager completed 17 of 31 passes for 189 yards. Hartigan and Schreck were both on the receiving end of four passes. Sophomore wide receiver Lonnie Hill made 3 catches for 40 yards.

Defensively, senior linebacker Drew Gallagher and junior safety Craig Young made 11 tackles each. Junior outside liunebacker Angel Gutierrez made 7 tackles and picked off his third pass of the season.