Football Comes Up Short in CBB Opener at Bates

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LEWISTON, Maine – The Bowdoin College football team remained winless on the season in a 30-5 setback at Bates College on Saturday evening.

The win snapped a 17-game losing streak for the Bobcats (1-7) while the Polar Bears fall to 0-8 on the year following the first night game in the Garcelon Field history.

Game Highlights

  • Bates scored the first 24 points of the game to jump to an early lead and never looked back.
  • A 54-yard pass from Brendan Costa to Jackson Hayes got the Bobcats going less than three minutes into the game.
  • Hayes caught another long TD pass and Tyler Bridge scored on a three-yard run to increase the Bates lead to 21-0.
  • Simon Redfern's 25-yard field goal gave the hosts a 24-0 edge with 1:48 to go in the opening half.
  • Bowdoin was able to get three points before the break with a 28-yard field goal from Michael Chen, but couldn't capitalize on getting the second half kickoff as Bates added a third-quarter touchdown to increase their lead to 30-3.
  • Bowdoin's final points came via a failed two-point conversion by Bates, which Soren Birkeland returned for two points for the Polar Bears.

By The Numbers

  • Tyler Bridge had 188 yards rushing to lead the Bates offense while Costa threw for 212 yards for the Bobcats.
  • Nate Richam-Odoi had 81 yards rushing and 71 yards receiving to lead the Bowdoin offense. In the game, Richam-Odoi became just the sixth player in Bowdoin history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark in career rushing yards.
  • Joe Gowetski had 14 tackles, including three for a loss, to lead the Polar Bear defense.
  • The Bobcats finished with 523 yards of total offense in the game to Bowdoin's 290.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will close out their season next Saturday against Colby with kickoff scheduled for 4:30 p.m.