Bowdoin Uses Ground Attack To Earn First Victory Of Season Against Tufts

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Led by 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Zach Donnarumma, the Bowdoin College football team picked up its first victory of the 2012 season with a 17-10 win over Tufts on Saturday.

The Polar Bears, who accumulated 215 yards on the ground as a team, improve to 1-2 this fall. The Jumbos fall to 0-3 this season and have lost 18 consecutive games overall.

Greg Pierce also contributed 73 yards on the ground for Bowdoin while Thomas Romero went 13-25 with 131 yards passing. Bowdoin limited Tufts' high-powered passing attack, holding John Dodds to 124 yards passing despite completing 21-36. Pat Nee caught six passes for 56 yards while Justin Weaver gained 66 yards on the ground forthe Jumbos.

Tufts attempted to catch Bowdoin off guard on the first play from scrimmage, running a reverse wide-receiver option pass, but Matt Johnson's toss was intercepted by Beau Breton giving the Polar Bears great field position. The Polar Bears couldn't cash in, however, as the Tufts defense forced a three-and-out.

The teams traded possessions until late in the opening quarter, when Bowdoin marched 51 yards in 14 plays to set up a 41-yard field goal from Jimmy Garvey. Tufts responded with a 10-play, 54-yard drive, capped by a 22-yard field goal from Connor McDavitt to even the score early in the second quarter.

Bowdoin took the ensuing kickoff and, after a bad snap put them inside their own 10 on the very first play, went 93 yards over the next 12 plays, including a 21-yard touchdown scamper by Donnarumma that gave the hosts a 10-3 edge heading into halftime.

A fumble by Pierce to start the second half allowed Tufts to tie the contest right out of the break. Weaver carried the ball five times on a seven-play drive for the Jumbos, including a three-yard plunge up the middle to tie the game at 10 apiece.

Neither team could pull ahead until late in the fourth quarter when Bowdoin took over at their own 40 with 5:45 to play. A 17-yard pass from Romero to Matt Perlow put the Polar Bears at the Tufts 37 and Donnarumma and Pierce took over from there, carrying the ball seven consecutive times, ending in a five-yard dive to paydirt by Donnarumma with 2:36 to go.

Tufts took the next kickoff and drove to the Bowdoin 32 with under a minute to play. But a fourth-and-nine pass by Dodds was broken up by Jon Fraser to seal the victory for the Polar Bears.

Griffin Cardew made 14 tackles to lead Bowdoin. Tommy Meade and Sam Diss had 10 tackles each for the Jumbos. The Polar Bears will travel to play at Hamilton next Saturday at noon. Tufts will return to action next Saturday at Trinity for a 1:30 p.m. start.