Oct. 15, 2005
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND - Playing in rain, wind, and nearly unplayable field conditions with mud as deep as six inches, Brown senior All-American and Walter Payton Award candidate Nick Hartigan chugged his way to 245 rushing yards and a 74-yard touchdown run to lead the Bears to a 31-28 come-from-behind Ivy League victory over Princeton at Brown Stadium. The win gives the Bears a 4-1 overall mark, 1-1 in the Ivy League, while Princeton falls to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League.
Hartigan's 245 yards, third best in Brown football history, came on 38 carries, running for 200 or more yards for the fifth time in his Brown career. He also moved into fourth place on the all-time Ivy League rushing list with 3,592 career yards.
Hartigan also came up with two big first downs on Brown's last possession, running the ball seven straight times in the last 3:17 of the game, keeping the Bears' offense on the field and running the clock down until time expired.
The Bears racked-up 451-yards in total offense on a field that had seen nine straight days of rain, and received over six inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Sophomore Steve Morgan got on the scoreboard first when he booted a 32-yard field goal with 9:17 to play in the first quarter.
Hartigan proved why he's an All-American with a spectacular 74-yard touchdown run to give Brown a 10-0 lead, breaking several tackles at the line of scrimmage, and then outrunning the Princeton defense down the sideline into the end zone. Hartigan's 74-yard run was the 13th longest run in Brown history and gave him a Brown record 40 career touchdowns.
Brown's offense continued to dominate the Tigers in the early going, scoring on its third straight drive, this time a 33-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Joe DiGiacomo to senior Jarrett Schreck, who made a diving catch in the end zone. The touchdown put the Bears a 17-0 advantage with 3:44 left in the quarter.
Princeton got onto the scoreboard late in the first quarter to cut Brown's lead to 17-7.
The Bears answered immediately, taking a 24-7 advantage after marching 72 yards in five plays, scoring on a 36- yard touchdown pass from DiGiacomo to junior Lonnie Hill with 12:15 remaining in the second quarter.
The Tigers roared back by scoring the game's next 21 points over a quarter and a half to grab a 28-24 lead.
Brown turned the momentum in its direction by mounting an 81- yard drive, capped off by a five-yard touchdown pass from DiGiacomo to senior tight end Dave Turner with 34 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Bears a 31-28 advantage.
DiGiacomo connected on 15 of 27 passes for 201 yards in the adverse conditions, connecting with Schreck six times for 121 yards. Hill made three receptions for 59 yards.
Defensively, junior Zak DeOssie, a Buck Buchanan Award candidate as the nation's top defensive player, registered a team high 10 tackles, while senior defensive end James Frazier came up with 7 total hits. Sophomore defensive tackle Pat Fisher made his first career interception and came up with two quarterback sacks for the Bears.
After three straight games at home, the Bears will be on the road next week in Ithaca, New York against the Cornell Big Red. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field.