Last Second Field Goal Lifts Columbia Over Bears, 22-21
Nov. 18, 2006
Providence, Rhode Island - Columbia's Jon Rocholl booted a 27-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to lift Columbia to a 22-21 come-from-behind win over Brown at Brown Stadium. The Bears finished the season with a 3-7 record, 2-5 in the Ivy League, while Columbia completed its season with a 5-5 overall mark, 2-5 in the Ivy League.
It was a disappointing end to the season for 25 Brown seniors who concluded their careers with a 23-17 four-year mark. Brown's Class of 2007 include: Justin Amoah, Thomas Balestracci, Evan Barbosa, Michael Cholipski, Adam Cross, Brian Czekanski, Zak DeOssie, Mike DiBartolo, Joseph DiGiacomo, Alex Doty, Justin Gallagher, David Healy, Lonnie Hill, Matt Krevis, Gavin Logan, Brandon Markey, Adam Muzika, Harrison Noffs, Adjatay Nyadjroh, Akin Oyalowo, Justin Revelle, Tyler Rowley, Shane Sabine, Chris Skeffington and Blake Trocki.
Brown took the ball down the field on its first possession, driving 64 yards in nine plays, scoring on a three-yard run by DiGiacomo to take a 7-0 advantage. The big play on the drive was a 21-yard DiGiacomo pass completion to senior wide receiver Tom Balestracci.
After forcing a Lions' punt, Brown extended its lead to 14-0 when Brandon Markey dove into the end zone from one yard out on fourth down with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
The Lions got on the scoreboard when Darren Schmidt forced a fumble that was picked up by Todd Abrams and run into the end zone from 30 yards out with 10:54 left in the second quarter, cutting the Brown lead to 14-6. A Columbia 42-yard field goal brought the Lions to within five points of the Bears, 14-9, with 5:43 left in the half.
Columbia narrowed the Brown lead to 14-12 with a 27-yard field goal, the only scoring in the third quarter.
Brown extended its lead to 21-12 when DiGiacomo connected on a 13-yard scoring pass to sophomore tight end Colin Cloherty, who made a diving catch at the goal line with 13:37 remaining in the game. The touchdown pass capped an 81-yard, 13 play drive for the Bears.
Columbia got back in the game with an 80 yard drive, scoring on a 6-yard pass play with 10:06 left to play to pull to within 21-19 of the Bears. The Lions drove 63 yards in 14 plays for the game winning field goal.
Individually, DiGiacomo completed 17 of 29 passes for 180 yards. Junior Paul Raymond led the Bears' receivers with 4 receptions for 31 yards.
Senior Akin Oyalowo rushed 20 times for 91 yards, while DiGiacomo scampered for 26 yards.