Second Half Comeback Lifts Brown Over Yale, 24-17

Second Half Comeback Lifts Brown Over Yale, 24-17

Nov. 6, 2004

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Providence, Rhode Island - Junior runningback Nick Hartigan ran for 100 or more yards for the thirteenth time in his career, rushing for 135 yards and two touchdowns, to rally Brown to a 24-17 Ivy League win over Yale at Brown Stadium. The win lifts the Bears to 5-3 overall, 2-3 Ivy, while the Bulldogs fall to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in Ivy play.

Brown jumped out to an early 7-0 lead following a big play by its defense on Yale's first possession. Sophomore linebacker Zak DeOssie deflected Yale's first pass of the game and junior Rashad Collins picked it off, giving Brown possession at its 46-yard line. It took 11 plays before Hartigan rambled his way into the end zone from four yards out for the first score of the game with 10:39 remaining in the first quarter.

The Bears fell behind by a 17-7 margin midway through the second quarter, but got back into the game just before the end of the half. Sophomore quarterback Joe DiGiacomo drove the Bears 78 yards in eight plays, connecting with tight end David Turner on an 11- yard touchdown pass with 56 seconds left in the second quarter, to trail 17-10 at the half.

The Bears tied the game, 17-17, when freshman Steve Morgan booted his eleventh field goal of the season, connecting on a 21-yard field goal with 9:38 remaining in the third quarter.

Brown mounted the game-winning drive following a missed Yale field goal, taking possession of the ball at its own 20-yard line late in the third quarter. DiGiacomo connected on an 18-yard pass play with Turner, and a 36-yard completion to junior Jarrett Schreck, while Hartigan had a big 21-yard run to advance the ball to the Yale two-yard line. Hartigan then scored the game-winning touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, plunging into the end zone from one-yard out to give Brown the lead for good, 24-17.

While Brown's Ivy League leading defense surrendered 498 yards in total offense, it was the classic example of bending but not breaking. The Bears came up with big play after big play, picking off three passes (Collins, DeOssie, and junior Tim Cotter), while senior Mike Stefanacci recovered a fumble.

DeOssie led the Bears' defense with 13 total tackles, including a tackle for a loss and an interception at the goal line that stopped a Yale drive at the end of the first half.

Senior safety Craig Young and sophomore corner back Gavin Logan had eight tackles each, while junior corner back Jamie Gasparella had seven total hits. Freshman Kosi Still was a standout on special teams, making three tackles on punt coverage.

Hartigan, who ran for a school record 1,498 yards last year, went over the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the second straight season, now with 1,019 yards. Only two other Brown players have run for 1,000 yards in Brown's 126-year football history, Michael Malan twice (1,213 yards in 2000, and 1,059 yards in 2001) and Jamie Potkul (1,015 yards in 1985).

DiGiacomo completed 19 of 35 passes for 240 yards in a strong performance. His favorite target was Schreck, who pulled down nine receptions for 160 yards. Turner and junior Efrem Blackledge had three receptions each.

The Bears return to Ivy League action next week, traveling to Hanover, New Hampshire to face the Dartmouth Big Green on Saturday, November 13. Game time is 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.