Bowdoin Looks For Seventh Straight Win Over Colby on Saturday in Waterville
The Bowdoin College and Colby College football teams will play for the 124th time in series history on Saturday in Waterville. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Seaverns Field.
The rivalry trails only Williams-Amherst (126) and Albion-Kalamazoo (125) in the Division III ranks and dates back to 1892.
Bowdoin enters the game with a record of 1-6 while the Mules stand at 2-5 this season.
Colby will provide a video webcast of the game. Click the link above to follow the action live.
Saturday's game is for bragging rights alone, as Bates has already clinched its first Colby-Bates-Bowdoin crown since 2002 with wins over the Mules and Polar Bears in the last two weeks. The Bobcat triumph snapped a six-year stretch where the trophy resided in Brunswick.
POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
The Polar Bears rank in the middle of the conference in both total offense (305.3 yards/game) and total defense (349.4 yards/game), both good enough for sixth in the league, but have been victimized by a pair of troubling statistics.
Bowdoin has turned the ball over a league-worst 23 times this fall, and is last in the league with a -12 turnover margin. And the Polar Bears have not taken advantage of red zone opportunities. scoring touchdowns on only five of 21 trips inside their opponents' 20 this year.
Zach Donnarumma has been a bright spot for the Bowdoin offense and is one of just two players in the league to average over 100 yards/game on the ground this year. Donnarumma has rushed for 525 yards (105.0/game) and has increased his career rushing total to 1,556 yards - good enough for seventh on Bowdoin's all-time list.
On defense, Griffin Cardew tied the school record with 17 tackles last week against Bates and jumped to the top of the NESCAC with 82 stops on the year.
SCOUTING THE MULES
Colby used overtime to defeat Tufts last weekend, 21-14 in Medford. In addition to that victory, the Mules' other win was on October 20 against Hamilton.
Quarterback Justin Ciero led Colby to the win by rushing for 166 yards and a touchdown, and also throwing for 118 yards and another score. He figured in on 284 of his team's 377 yards of total offense. Defensively, Jason Buco is second in the conference with five interceptions this fall while Ryan Veillette is second in the league with five sacks.
Colby is ninth in the conference in total offense (265.1 yards/game) and is seventh in total defense (355.4 yards/game). They also have struggled with turnovers, committing 20 for a -4 margin this year.
Last November at Whittier Field, Pat Noone touched the ball 33 times for 195 all-purpose yards to lead Bowdoin to a 20-10 win. Noone had 66 yards rushing on 24 attempts while also catching five passes for 83 yards including a touchdown.
BOWDOIN vs. COLBY
One of the most storied rivalries in all of college football, the Bowdoin-Colby game dates back to 1892- a 56-0 Bowdoin victory. With the exception of war years (1943-1945) the teams have faced each other every year since that original meeting in 1892. Bowdoin won eight straight to open the series history from 1892-1896, and hold a 68-46-9 overall edge in the series.
The Polar Bears have won six straight in the rivalry - matching their longest streak against the Mules since taking six straight from 1973-78. Bowdoin has not won seven consecutive games against Colby since taking 12 in a row from 1960-1971.