WATERVILLE, Maine - The Bowdoin College football team dropped its season finale, 17-0, at Colby on Saturday afternoon.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Polar Bears against the Mules as Bowdoin finishes its campaign with a record of 1-7. Colby ends at 3-5 this year. Saturday's game was the 124th meeting between the schools - the third-longest Division III football rivalry.
Colby's defense was the story of the day, as the Mules forced four turnovers, held the Polar Bears to just 90 yards of total offense, and allowed Bowdoin just four first downs on the day. The Mules held a staggering time of possession advantage of 43:01 to 16:59 and allowed Bowdoin just 41 offensive plays (Colby had 81 plays).
Bowdoin's defense stood tall as well as the Mules only led 3-0 heading into the fourth quarter. Colby scored its first touchdown of the day after taking over on the Bowdoin 43-yard line after a 20-yard Polar Bear punt. Colby, which had 252 yards of total rushing on the day, stayed with the run and drove the 43 yards on eight running plays and one pass until senior running back Spencer Gopaul scored from 1 yard out with 6:50 to play.
Bowdoin went into passing mode with time running out in the fourth quarter. Colby senior defensive end Ryan Veillette sacked Polar Bear quarterback Thomas Romero and forced a fumble that was recovered by Mark Vargas at the Bowdoin 12-yard line. Moments later, Gopaul went left and scored again from 1 yard out for a 17-0 margin with 5:06 left.
The Polar Bears had three of their four first downs on the next drive to to reach the Colby 24-yard line. David Black caught a Romero pass for 23 yards and Nick Goldin had a 15-yard grab on the drive. However, senior defensive back Derrick Beasley intercepted a Romero pass to close out the victory.
David Nurse and Griffin Cardew each led the Polar Bears with 15 tackles. Dan Johnson and Matt Savard both had interceptions.
Gopaul ran for 127 yards, the two touchdowns, and had a 4.7-yard per carry average. Ciero ran the ball 30 times for 122 yards (4.1 yards per rush). Bowdoin managed just 25 yards of net rushing, with Zach Donnarumma (Ramsey, N.J.) accounting for 31 yards.