Polar Bears Lose Football Season Finale To Colby

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Colby College football team outscored Bowdoin 27-0 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 47-34 victory on Saturday night at Whittier Field.

In the 131st meeting between the teams, the Mules finish the season 2-7 and win their second straight CBB Championship. Bowdoin finishes the year with a mark of 0-9.

Game Highlights

  • After Colby scored on its initial drive of the game, capitalizing on a 77-yard drive with a nine-yard pass from Matt Hersch to Rory Glavin to take a 7-0 lead.
  • Bowdoin scored the next 21 points, tying the game on an Austin McCrum scramble from three yards out and taking the lead on a Joe Gowetski fumble recovery and 15 yard return for a score.
  • The Polar Bears extended their lead on a three-yard run from Nate Richam-Odoi to take a 21-7 edge at the end of the first quarter.
  • Colby answered with a lengthy drive that ended in a three-yard run from Chris George for a touchdown but Bowdoin replied with a 14-play, 80-yard drive ending in a Brendan Ward pass from McCrum to make it 28-13.
  • The Mules were able to trim the Bowdoin lead heading into the break on a nine-yard run by Devin Marracco, cutting the lead to 28-20 at intermission.
  • Bowdoin looked to have the game in control after scoring on their first drive of the second half as Brendan Ward hauled in his second TD of the game from McCrum, making it 34-20.
  • The Polar Bear maintained that lead into the fourth quarter when a pair of quick touchdowns by Colby tied the game.
  • After a 25-yard pass from Hersch to Glavin, a Bowdoin fumble recovered at the Bowdoin 26 by Colby set up a touchdown run 31 seconds later by Chris George, tying the game at 34-34.
  • After the Mules defense was able to hold off Bowdoin's attempt to take the lead, Colby marched 90 yards in ten plays, converting a pair of third-and-longs, to take the lead for good on another 26 yard TD run by George.
  • McCrum was intercepted on Bowdoin's final two drives of the game and Colby converted again for a George touchdown to make it a 47-34 final.

By The Numbers

  1. Nate Richam-Odoi finished his stellar Bowdoin career with 138 yards rushing on 25 carries with a touchdown.
  2. Brendan Ward caught six passes for 58 yards and two scores while Nick Smyth led Bowdoin with five receptions for 80 yards.
  3. Austin McCrum went 16-30 for 191 yards passing for the Polar Bears, who got nine tackles from Joe Gowetski.
  4. Colby owned a 428-387 edge in total offense while Bowdoin owned a 31:15-28:45 edge in time of possession for the contest, but the difference proved to be four Polar Bear turnovers in the loss.