12:00 PM ET, November 19, 2005
Wien Stadium, NEW YORK, NY
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.
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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-12||5-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||1-1|
|TD||12:24||NICK HARTIGAN 1 YD RUN (STEVE MORGAN KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 11 yards.
|FG||9:51||STEVE MORGAN 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 18 yards.
|TD||1:45||BRANDON BOWSER 23 YD PASS FROM CRAIG HORMANN (JON ROCHOLL KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||11:15||DAVID TURNER 23 YD PASS FROM JOSEPH DIGIACOMO (STEVE MORGAN KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||6:32||EFREN BLACKLEDGE 9 YD RUN (STEVE MORGAN KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 46 yards.
|TD||3:47||NICK HARTIGAN 5 YD RUN (STEVE MORGAN KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||1:12||BRANDON BOWSER 1 YD PASS FROM CRAIG HORMANN (JON ROCHOLL KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 68 yards.
|TD||11:52||LONNIE HILL 37 YD PASS FROM JOSEPH DIGIACOMO (STEVE MORGAN KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||7:39||NICK HARTIGAN 4 YD RUN (STEVE MORGAN KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 39 yards.
|TD||5:38||BRANDON MARKEY 59 YD PUNT RETURN (STEVE MORGAN KICK)||52||14|
|TD||1:58||PETE CHROMIAK 18 YD PASS FROM JOE WINTERS (JON ROCHOLL KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 22 yards.