Amherst Uses Second-Half Rally To Drop Bowdoin in Football Home Opener
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Amherst College football team rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Bowdoin on Saturday, 22-10.
The Jeffs improve to 2-0 this fall while the Polar Bears fall to 0-2 on the campaign. Trailing 10-6 at intermission, the Jeffs held the ball for 19:59, rushed for 158 yards and outscored Bowdoin 16-0 in the second half en route to the victory.
Ryan Silva rushed for 91 of his game-high 143 yards in the second half to account for the majority of Amherst's 241 yards on the ground as a team. Max Lippe completed 18-22 passes for 141 yards and rushed for two scores, while Wade McNamara caught eight passes for 81 yards and a score.
Bowdoin was led by 76 yards rushing from Greg Pierce. Thomas Romero went 10-24 for 98 yards passing in the loss. Griffin Cardew led all players with 16 tackles for the Polar Bears, including a sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
After the teams traded early possessions, the Polar Bears were the first to find the end zone when Pierce capped an eight-play, 42-yard drive by spinning off tacklers and peeling to the corner for a one-yard touchdown run at 2:36 of the first quarter. Amherst answered with an 11-play, 61-yard drive that ended with Lippe sprinting up the middle at 13:38 of the second quarter. A missed PAT left the Jeffs trailing 7-6.
Bowdoin was able to add to its lead before halftime, scoring on a 22-yard field goal by Jimmy Garvey to carry a 10-6 lead into the break.
Amherst forced a Bowdoin three-and-out to open the third quarter and immediately marched 61 yards in 12 plays to earn its first lead of the afternoon. Another Lippe rush up the middle, this time from four yards out, and another missed PAT resulted in a 12-10 Amherst lead with 9:23 remaining in the third period.
Jake Schmidt nailed a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to push Amherst's lead to 15-10. Two possessions later, Bowdoin entered Amherst territory following a 21-yard toss from Romero to Nick Goldin. The Polar Bears advanced to the Amherst 33, but Amherst's Sam Clark intercepted Romero on a fourth down play with under seven minutes remaining.
The Jeffs put the game away on the ensuing possession, going 64 yards in 12 plays, capping it off with an eight-yard slant from Lippe to McNamara that made it a 22-10 lead with 2:06 left.
Travis Dickenson made nine tackles, including 2.5 for a loss for the Jeffs while Danny Chun had a sack and an interception. In addition to Cardew's efforts defensively, Beau Breton made 15 stops and averaged 40.8 yards on six punts.
Bowdoin will host Tufts next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Amherst will travel to Middlebury for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.