Richam Breaks Single-Game Rushing Mark In Loss at Middlebury

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Tailback Nate Richam broke Bowdoin's 42-year old single-game rushing record with 288 yards on the ground, but it wasn't enough as the Polar Bear football team surrendered a fourth quarter lead to Middlebury and fell 37-24 on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers improve to 1-1 on the season with the win while the Polar Bears fall to 0-2.

Game Highlights

  • The teams combined for 1,035 yards of total offense on a day that also saw the squads combine for 95 yards worth of penalties and eight turnovers.
  • Bowdoin got on the board first, covering 69 yards in five plays to take the lead on a 37-yard Michael Chen field goal six minutes into the game.
  • Middlebury scored the next 16 points, first on a four-yard touchdown run by Peter Scibilia and then an 18-yard pass from Jack Meservy to Conrado Banky.
  • The Panthers then blocked a Bowdoin punt but the Polar Bears were able to recover in the end zone, limiting the damage to a safety that gave Middlebury a 16-3 lead.
  • Nate Richam, who rushed for 227 yards in the first half alone, scored on a five-yard run with 1:37 left before halftime, but Middlebury answered quickly with a seven-play, 72-yard scoring drive in just 56 seconds to take a 23-11 edge.
  • With the Panthers seemingly ready to take that lead into the break, Richam broke off a 75-yard scamper on the first play of the ensuing drive, cutting the lead to 23-18 at halftime.
  • The teams traded possessions to start the third quarter before a Franny Rose interception deep in Middlebury territory set up the Bowdoin offense. Three plays later, Austin McCrum found Gregory Olson for a 20-yard touchdown pass, giving the Polar Bears a 24-23 lead after a missed two-point conversion.
  • The Panthers regained the lead two plays into the fourth quarter, as a Scibilia 48-yard run led to a 16-yard touchdown run by Will Jernigan with 14:38 to go.
  • The Polar Bears had two possessions to answer, but couldn't regain the lead. Middlebury put the game out of reach with a nine-play, 48-yard drive, ending in a short TD run by Banky with 7:21 to go, making it 37-24.

By The Numbers

  • The loss overshadowed a record-setting performance by Nate Richam, who carried the ball 30 times for 288 yards, smashing the former record of 270, set by Jim Soule in 1976 against Bates. Averaging 9.6 yards per carry, he easily surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for his career.
  • McCrum completed 20-39 passes for 206 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Olson (6-58, TD) and Michael Clopppse (4-42) led the Polar Bear receivers.
  • Joe Gowetski earned a dozen tackles (2.5 TFL) in the game, while Nicholas Leahy finished with 10 stops and Rose had a pair of interceptions.
  • Scibilia rushed for a career high 184 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown for Middlebury. The Panthers gained 344 yards overall on the ground.
  • Meservy completed 16 of 24 passes with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin returns to Whittier Field next Saturday where they will face Amherst at 1:00 p.m.