Brown's Comeback Bid Comes Up Short In 24-21 Loss to Penn
Nov. 1, 2003
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown's furious fourth quarter rally fell short as the Bears dropped a 24-21 Ivy League decision to 11th ranked Penn before a crowd of 8,172 at Brown Stadium.
Trailing 21-0 early in the third quarter, sophomore Nick Hartigan got Brown back in the game with a one-yard touchdown run with 9:44 left in the third quarter. Hartigan's run followed a 62 yard pass play from quarterback Kyle Slager to sophomore wide receiver Lonnie Hill that advanced the ball from the Brown 36 yard line to the Penn two yard line.
Following a Penn field goal, freshman Zak DeOssie picked off a Penn pass at the Bears' 13 yard line to stop a Penn drive. Slager took over the offense, and drove the Bears 87 yards in 13 plays, capped off by a 24 yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Nick Christ, cutting the deficit to 24-14 with 8:46 remaining.
Brown's defense stiffened again and the Bears mounted a 75 yard scoring drive to pull to within three points of the Quakers, 24-21, when Hartigan scored his second touchdown of the day on a 7-yard run with 3:50 left to play.
The Bears' onsides kick was touched by a Penn player and recovered by Jamie Gasperella, giving Brown possession at its own 42-yard line. But The Bears offense stalled in four plays and Penn held on for the vidtory.
Individually, Slager completed 21 of 42 passes for 320 yards, his best effort of the season. Hill had a strong day, making 12 catches for 168 yards. Bears' sophomore runninback Nick Hartigan was held to 58 yards rushing on 18 carries.
The Bears strong defensive effort was led by senior Drew Gallagher, who made a career high 16 tackles. Gasparella made 11 tackles to go with his onsides kick recovery. Senior Jessie Hawkins had three quarterback sacks, forced a fumble and had four tackles for a loss. Sophomore Steven Storrs registered his first career interception.