Nov. 12, 2005
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Dartmouth held a 14-10 lead over Brown going into the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold on as the Bears recovered for a 24-14 victory on Saturday.
Brown tailback Nick Hartigan had the go-ahead touchdown with 11:47 left in the final quarter as the Bears moved to 8-1 overall and clinched at least a share of the Ivy League title at 5-1 after Princeton's loss to Yale. The Big Green, despite 287 yards passing by freshman quarterback Josh Cohen (Berwyn, Pa.), fell to 2-7 on the year, 1-5 in the conference.
The leading rusher in Division 1-AA, Hartigan ran for 193 yards on 35 carries. In the first quarter, he scored on a four-yard run for a 7-0 lead, before adding another four-year scoring blast in the fourth. With 12 points on the day, he broke his own record for points in a season with 114 and also matched his season yards rushing mark of 1498.
Dartmouth came back to tie the game, 7-7, early in the second quarter when Cohen completed a seven-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Ryan Fuselier (Escondido, Calif.).
At the midway point of the third quarter, Brown's Steve Morgan booted a 45-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead before Dartmouth answered seven minutes later. Fuselier leaped high in the end zone to grab Cohen's pass from 12 yards away, making it 14-10 with 1:05 on the clock.
"We had our opportunities," said head coach Buddy Teevens. "Unfortunately in the fourth quarter, we didn't finish it off. Defensively, we had a lot of heart, and offensively, that's probably as productive a game as we've had."
Brown sealed the deal with 2:26 left in the fourth quarter. Leading, 17-14, with Dartmouth operating from its own 20, the Bears sacked Cohen three times. On the third, Brown's Steve Storrs forced the ball loose, and Greg Burlin corralled it in the endzone for the game's final touchdown.
Cohen was 28 of 44 on the day, completing nine of those to senior Jason Raiti (Massena, N.Y.) for 83 yards, including a long of 34.
Dartmouth closes the 2005 season at home next Saturday, hosting Princeton at 12:30 p.m.