Bears Open Season With 34-21 Win Over Georgetown
Sept. 16, 2006
Providence, Rhode Island - Senior quarterback Joe DiGiacomo passed for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and senior All-American linebacker Zak DeOssie made 13 tackles to lead Brown to a 34-21 season opening victory over Georgetown at Brown Stadium., its ninth straight victory dating back to last season.
Georgetown got on the scoreboard first with a 38-yard shuffle pass early in the first quarter to grab a 7-0 advantage. Brown took over at its own 35-yard line and marched 62 yards down the field, but was stopped on Georgetown's three-yard line, turning the ball over on downs.
Trailing 7-0 heading into the second quarter, the Bears scored their first touchdown of the 2006 season when senior Brandon Markey capped off a 48-yard scoring drive, exploding into the end zone from three yards out to tie the game, 7-7, with 13:32 remaining in the second quarter.
Senior wide receiver Lonnie Hill gave Brown the lead for good, 13-7, with 4:59 left in the first half, when he grabbed a pass from \DiGiacomo at the five-yard line and powered his way into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown, capping a 90 yard drive.
Brown extended its lead to 20-7 just before the half when DiGiacomo connected on a pinpoint 17-yard scoring pass to tight end Colin Cloherty in the corner of the end zone with 28 seconds remaining.
Following an interception by Bears' sophomore safety Jon May, Brown got on the scoreboard once again when senior Akin Oyalowo plowed into the end zone from one yard out to give the Bears a 27-7 advantage. The big play on the drive was a 20-yard pass play to freshman wide receiver Buddy Farnham.
Brown continued its dominance of the Hoyas and extended its lead to 34-7, when sophomore quarterback Matt Nuzzo came into the game and scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 27-yard run with 8:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Two late fourth-quarter scores by the Hoyas accounted for the final score, 34-21.
DiGiacomo completed 14 of 20 passes for 206 yards, sitting out the fourth quarter. He distributed the ball among seven receivers. In addition to Nuzzo, sophomore quarterback Michael Dougherty also got into the game, completing 2 of 4 passes for 18 yards.
On the receiving end, junior Paul Raymond made four catches for 62 yards, including an acrobatic 26 yard reception. Senior Matt Krevis also had a big game with three catches for 44 yards, while Hill added three catches for 35 yards.
Brown's tailback by committee was a success with 207 yards on the ground. Oyalowo led all runners with 89 yards on 18 carries, while Markey rushed for 48 yards on 13 attempts. Junior Derek Knight finished with 21 yards on 7 attempts, while Nuzzo rushed for 62 yards on four carries.
After allowing a touchdown on Georgetown's first possession, Brown's defense came alive behind the bone-jarring tackling of DeOssie, who made his 13 tackles in three quarters of play. DeOssie, who had six solo stops, made 1.5 tackles for a loss and was credited with half a quarterback sack. Junior linebacker Eric Brewer also had a big game with nine tackles, while sophomore outside linebacker Darrell Harrison made eight tackles in his first collegiate start.
The defending Ivy Champion Bears will open their Ivy League season next Saturday, September 23, at home against Harvard in the 106th meeting between the two Ancient Eight teams. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Brown Stadium.