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Brown trounces Columbia to claim first outright Ivy championship

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brown finally has an Ivy League title of its
own.

Nick Hartigan ran for 229 yards and set a league record for
career touchdowns Saturday, leading Brown to a 52-21 victory over
Columbia for it first outright Ivy championship.

"It's a wonderful feeling to finish off a season like this,"
Brown coach Phil Estes said. "This has been a great ride."

While Hartigan shrugged off his individual achievements, Estes
said, "He's amazing. I've been amazed and astonished as to how he
can turn that switch from academics to football. I don't know how
he did it."

Columbia's coach Bob Shoop agreed. "He's a workhorse. Show me a
Division I-AA player who does more for his team that he does."

Hartigan scored three times, twice in the first half on runs of
1 and 5 yards to raise his career total to 51, topping the record
set by Cornell's Ed Marinaro in three seasons ending in 1971.
Hartigan added a TD a 4-yard run in the third quarter.

Brown (9-1, 6-1) previously shared the Ivy championship with
Yale in 1976 and 1999.

Columbia (2-8, 0-7) scored twice on passes from Craig Hormann to
Brandon Bowser and once on a 19-yard toss from Joe Winters to Pete
Chromiak.

Hartigan, who flew to New York Friday night after a Rhodes
Scholars interview in Pittsburgh, gained 172 yards on 19 carries in
the first half as the Bears went ahead 31-14.

His longest run was a 75-yard burst in the second quarter that
helped him to the 23rd 100-yard rushing game of his career and his
fifth over 200 yards. He finished his season with 1,727 yards
rushing and his career with 4,492.

With his three touchdowns, Hartigan also set an Ivy career
record for points with 324, surpassing the 320 by Princeton's Keith
Elias in three seasons, ending in 1993.

Joe DiGiacomo passed for two Brown touchdowns, Efren Blackledge
ran for one and Brandon Markey returned a third-quarter punt 59
yards for another for the Bears, who rolled up their highest point
total of the season.

Nkosi Still's 51-yard punt return on a reverse from Zak DeOssie
in the first quarter took the Bears to the Lions 11 and Hartigan
carried twice around left end, scoring on a 1-yard run.

Steve Morgan made it 10-0 with a 27-yard field goal but Hormann
then threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Bowser that cut the margin
to 10-7.

Brown responded with three second-quarter touchdowns, the first
on a 23-yard pass from DiGiacomo to Turner for 23 yards and the
second on a 9-yard run by Blackledge after a reverse handoff from
Hartigan.

Hartigan then consumed an 80-yard drive by himself, running 75
yards to the Lions 5 and scoring on the next play before Hormann
hit Bowser for the second time.

After Markey scored Brown's final touchdown on the punt return
at 5:39 of the third quarter, Winters and Chromiak connected for
the last Lions score and the teams played a scoreless fourth
quarter.