Oct. 23, 2004
Providence, Rhode Island - Sophomore quarterback Anthony Vita, making his first collegiate start, threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes to lead Brown to a 21-17 come-from-behind victory over Cornell in a Homecoming game at Brown Stadium.
The Bears, 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the Ivy League, scored 14 unanswered fourth quarter points after falling behind 17-7 midway through the third quarter.
Vita started slow, but got the Bears on track in the second quarter. Trailing 3-0, he directed an 88-yard scoring drive yard scoring drive, connecting on a 19-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Matt Krevis with 9:52 left in the second quarter to give the Bears a 7-3 lead.
Cornell led 10-7 at the half and grabbed a 17-7 lead through three quarters.
Vita pulled the Bears to within three points of the Big Red, 17-14, when he tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to junior Jarrett Schreck, capping a 65- yard scoring drive.
Brown's game-winning scoring drive was initiated by its staunch defense. With Cornell at the Bears' 29-yard line, junior Jamie Gasparella and senior Scott Epperson combined to stop Big Red runningback Josh Johnson for no gain on a fourth and one, giving Brown the ball on downs with 8:32 remaining in the game.
Vita took over and drove the Bears down the field through a series of passes and runs. He completed a 12-yard pass to Schreck, and then a 21-yard screen to junior Nick Hartigan. He followed that with a 19-yard run to the Big Red 19-yard line. After a sack, he connected on a 24-yard pass to junior Efrem Blackledge, who made a diving catch in the end zone for the game-winning score.
For the day, Vita completed 15 of 30 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 22 yards. On the receiving end, Schreck made five catches for 90 yards, while freshman Paul Raymond make 4 receptions for 34 yards. Hartigan ran for 88 yards on 24 carries.
Sophomore linebacker Zak DeOssie came up big for the Brown defense, making 12 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. He led the Bears with 2 tackles for a loss of 10 yards, and a quarterback sack. Junior safety Craig Young had 10 tackles, while junior defensive end James Frazier also had 10 stops, including 2 quarterback sacks for a loss of 13 yards.
The Bears will travel to Philadelphia, PA, next Saturday for the 73rd meeting with Ivy League rival Penn. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Franklin Field.