Brown 27, Fordham 14
Oct. 19, 1996
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Fordham, playing their first game since the death of defensive back Bill Tierney, didn't score until the fourth quarter in falling to Brown 27-14 on Saturday.
The game was preceded by a moment of silence in honor of Tierney, who died of an apparent heart attack during pre-game warm-ups on Oct. 12. That game, between Fordham and Lafayette, was postponed.
Fordham (0-6) coach Nick Quartaro tried to down-play the effect of Tierney's death on his team.
``We don't want to exploit Bill's death,'' he said. ``It's been a very draining week. I wasn't sure if we had enough left in the tank to get through three hours of grueling football.''
Brown (2-3) opened the scoring midway through the second quarter on a Jason McCullough two-yard touchdown scramble. Tom Routt stretched Brown's lead to 10-0 with a 26-yard field goal right before the half. It was Brown's first field goal in 13 tries, a streak going back to Sept. 30, 1995.
Brown led 20-0 before Robert Davis took a fourth quarter kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown. Less than five minutes later, Fordham quarterback Kevin Szocik dove in from the 1 to trim Brown's lead to 20-14 with 6:57 remaining. Brown responded, clinching the game with a 5:25 touchdown drive.
``The offensive line really came together,'' Brown coach Mark Whipple said. ``They really started to come off the ball.''