Brown Earns 26-21 Win Over Dartmouth

Brown Earns 26-21 Win Over Dartmouth

Nov. 15, 2003

Providence, Rhode Island - Sophomore runningback Nick Hartigan ran for 194 yards and two touchdowns, including a game winning one-yard scoring run with 31 seconds remaining in the game, to lead Brown to a 26-21 come-from-behind victory over Dartmouth. The win gives Brown a 4-5 record, 3-3 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth falls to 4-5, 3-3 in Ivy play.

Hartigan's 194 yards on the ground enabled him to set a single-season Brown rushing record with 1,297 yards, breaking the previous mark of 1,213 yards by Michael Malan '02 in 2000. Hartigan's 1,297 yards ranks 17th in the Ivy League record book and challenges Ed Marinaro's sophomore rushing mark of 1,409 yards for Cornell in 1969.

Trailing 21-20 with 2:01 remaining in the game, Brown took over on its own five-yard line and needed to execute the two-minute drill to perfection. Bears senior quarterback Kyle Slager completed six of nine passes in the 95 yard drive, completing passes to senior Brent Grinna, sophomore Lonnie Hill, two to sophomore Jarrett Schreck, and two to sophomore Jordan Pryor, including an 11-yard pass that gave the Bears a first and 10 at the Big Green one yard line with34 seconds remaining. From there, Hartigan bulled his way off left tackle into the end zone to give Brown the 26-21 victory.

Dartmouth held a 7-0 lead after one quarter, but the Bears answered with an 11 play, 71 yard scoring drive, capped off by Slager's four-yard touchdown run with 8:28 left in the second quarter. The Bears missed the extra point and Dartmouth scored with four seconds left in the quarter to grab a 14-6 halftime lead.

Brown tied the game, 14-14, when Slager scored his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard run, followed by a two point conversion pass to Hill early in the fourth quarter.

The Big Green grabbed a 21-14 lead with 10:36 left in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard pass play.

Brown battled back once again, driving 79 yards in 10 plays, capped off by a 25 yard scoring run by Hartigan with 6:50 left in the game. Brown's extra point attempt hit the upright and bounced out, leaving the Bears in a 21-20 deficit.

Slager had another big day for the Bears, completing 27 of 53 passes for 336 yards. Hill caught 8 passes for 10-3 yards, and Schreck made 6 receptions for 78 yards.

Defensively, senior Drew Gallagher registered 11 tackles and forced a fumble. Junior Jamie Gasparella had 9 tackles, and senior defensive end Jessie Hawkins made 7 tackles, forced a fumble and had a quarterback sack.