Oct. 31, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island - Bears' senior All-American running back Nick Hartigan (Fairfax, Station, VA), a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the Nation's top offensive player in I-AA football, has been named the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season for his play in Brown's 34-20 victory over Penn on Saturday.
In addition, the Bears have cracked the Sports Network's Top 25 Weekly Rankings, being ranked 22nd in the nation in this week's poll. Brown (6-1 overall, 3-1 Ivy) is currently in a four-way tie at the top of the Ivy League standings with Penn, Princeton and Yale. The Bears will face Yale on Saturday in New Haven.
Running against the nation's number one rushing defense that had given up just 49 yards per game, Hartigan controlled the tempo of the game by rushing for 167 yards and two touchdowns to lead Brown over Penn and send the Quakers to their first Ivy loss of the season. His two touchdowns came on runs of one and 24 yards.
The 167 yards gives Hartigan 1,113 yards for the season, the third time in his career that he's rushed for 1,000 or more yards. Hartigan is Brown's all-time career rushing leader with 3,878 yards. He moved into a third place tie for all-time Ivy rushing touchdowns, now with 44 career touchdowns.
Hartigan, the nation's rushing leader with 159.0 yards per game, capped a big week where he was featured in USA Today, the New York Times and was the recipient of the prestigious National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award, which will be presented at the College Football Foundation's Annual Dinner on December 6th at the Waldorf Astoria in new York City.