Brown Wins 55-44 Shootout Over Yale

Nov. 8, 2003

New Haven, Conn. - Brown sophomore wide receiver Lonnie Hill caught four touchdown passes, including the 17-yard game winner with 26 seconds remaining, to lead the Bears to a 55-44 win over Yale in an Ivy League thriller at the Yale Bowl.

It was an old fashion shootout with eight lead changes, 1,047 yards in total offense and 40 combined points scored in the fourth quarter alone. The 55 points scored by the Bears were the most ever for a Brown team against the Eils, and the 99 combined points were the most scored by the two teams in 108 meetings. Overall, there were nine touchdowns scored by the two teams in the second half, and Brown's offense accounted for 547 yards in total offense.

Brown fell behind, 44-41, with 1:38 left in the game, but marched down the field in six plays to take a 48-44 lead on an acrobatic catch by Hill, who reached over the defender and pulled down the ball with a one hand catch. Hill's four touchdown receptions equal the all-time Brown mark held by Steve Campbell against Penn in 1999.

The Bears put an exclamation point on the victory when junior safety Jamie Gasparella picked off a Yale pass with nine seconds remaining and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.

Hill caught two of his Brown record four touchdown passes in the first half as Brown built a 21-17 lead at the half. He grabbed a 9 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and pulled down a 27 yard scoring receptions with five seconds left in the hald.

Brown sophomore runningback Nick Hartigan became the third Brown runner to rush for 1,000 or more yards when he registered his sixth 100-plus rushing game, running for 166 yards on 33 carries. Hartigan also scored touchdowns on runs of one and 10 yards.

Bears's senior quarterback Kyle Slager was brilliant at the helm of the offense, connecting on 32 of 48 passes for 376 yards and five touchdowns. His only non-Hill scoring toss came on a 17 yard scoring strike to sophomore Jarrett Schreck.

While it wasn't a game for defense, senior Darren Carmon led the Bears with 12 tackles, including two for a loss. Junior Nick Mellors made eight tackles, while senior Jessie Hawkins continued his strong play with two quarterback sacks.