Brown Team Topples White Team in Annual Spring Game

May 2, 2004

Providence, Rhode Island - Sophomore runningback Nick Hartigan picked-up where he left off last fall, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns, to lead the Brown Team to a 21-6 victory over the White Team in Brown's Annual Spring Football Game at Brown Stadium.

Hartigan got the Brown team on the scoreboard first with a brilliant 34 yard run in the first quarter. The White Team scored its first touchdown three minutes later when freshman Akinbowale Oyalowo rushed for a touchdown from seven yards out. Hartigan gave the Brown Team a 14-6 lead at the half when he scampered 40 yards for a touchdown with just 38 seconds left in the half.

Bears' freshman quarterback Anthony Vita completed the scoring with 5:33 left in the fourth quarter when he ran 50 yards for a touchdown, breaking a tackle at the 10 yard line to go in for the score.

Brown coach Phil Estes utilized four quarterbacks in his quest to find a replacement for graduated quarterback Kyle Slager. For the Brown Team, Vita completed 11 of 20 passes for 128 yards, while junior Nick Marietti connected on 10 of 21 passes for 107 yards. The White Team quarterbacks were Joe DiGiacomo, who threw for 138 yards on 17-30 passing, and Matt Hostetler, who completed 1 of 4 passes for 33 yards.

Freshman Tom Balestracci had a huge impact on the game for the Brown Team, making 11 catches for 116 yards. Sophomore Efren Blackledge made 10 catches for 136 yards for the White Team.

Defensively, freshman Zak DeOssie came up big for the Brown Team with 9 tackles, including a quarterback sack for a loss of 10 yards. Freshman Ted Edwards made 9 tackles and picked off a pass. For the White Team, Tim Cotter, Jason Ching, Mike Cholipski and Jamie Gasparella made 6 tackles each. Cholipski, Gasparella and Ryan Kum picked off passes for the White Team.

Scoring Summary:
1st Quarter
Brown - Nick Hartigan 34 run (Marietti kick), 12:48
White - Akinbounle Oyalowo 7 sun (kick blocked), 9:18

2nd Quarter Brown - Nick Hartigan 42 run (Marietti kick ), 0:38

3rd Quarter No Scoring

4th Quarter Brown - Anthony Vita 50 run (Marietti kick), 5:33

Passing: Brown - Marietti 10-21-2, 107 yards; Vita 11-20-0, 128 yards White -DiGiacomo 17-30-3, 138 yards; Hostetler 1-4-0, 33 yards

Rushing: Brown - Hartigan 14-123, 2TD; Vita 3-52, 1TD White - Oyalowo 12-61, 1 TD; DiGiacomo 4-32, 0 TD

Receiving: Brown - Balestracci 11-116; Brennan 4-74 White - Blackledge 10-136; Westbrook 4-16

Tackles: Brown - Cotter 6, Ching 6, Cholipski 1; Gasparella 6, Stefannacci 4 White - DeOssie 9, Edwards 8; Dougan 5; Curran 5