October 12, 2013

Big Plays Lead Football to Homecoming Win Over Hamilton

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College football team picked up its second-straight win in a 27-21 Homecoming victory over Hamilton Saturday at Whittier Field.

Bowdoin (2-2) scored on a pair of big plays early and held off a second-half rally by Hamilton to earn consecutive wins for the first time since 2011. Hamilton (0-4) remains winless on the season with the setback. The home team has won the last six meetings in the rivalry between the two teams.

Zach Donnarumma finished with 124 yards rushing and a touchdown to spark the Bowdoin offense. Mac Caputi went 12-22 with 182 yards passing and two touchdowns - a first quarter strike to Daniel Barone and a second quarter score to Michael English. Andrew Murowchick nailed a pair of field goals for the Polar Bears.

Hamilton was led by 269 yards passing from Chase Rosenberg, who also had 34 yards rushing. Joe Jensen finished with 86 yards receiving for the Continentals.

Bowdoin got things going early, receiving the opening kickoff and scoring four plays later when Caputi found Barone on the right sideline. Barone tiptoed along the sideline to paydirt, giving the hosts an early lead. The Polar Bears scored on another big play later in the quarter on its second play from scrimmage. Donnarumma busted loose off left tackle, evaded tacklers and dove into the endzone to give Bowdoin a 14-0 lead. Bowdoin increased its lead to 21 points midway through the second quarter following a Hamilton fumble off a Bowdoin punt. Caputi cashed in with a rollout touchdown pass to English to make it a 21-0 contest.

Hamilton was able to get some points back before halftime, going 61 yards on five plays on the ensuing possession to make it 21-7 at the break. The big play was a 46-yard pass from Rosenberg to Jensen, setting up a three-yard touchdown run from Simon Jia. The Continentals made a bid to cut into Bowdoin's lead further before intermission, picking off a Caputi pass at midfield with 2:31 left in the half. But three straight incompletions by Rosenberg stymied their hopes as the drive sputtered at the Bowdoin 22 as time expired.

After a Murowchick 20-yard field goal pushed the Bowdoin lead to 24-7 early in the third quarter, Hamilton posted its most impressive drive of the day, marching 81 yards in ten plays. Rosenberg hit John Fisher with a 13-yard slant over the middle to make it 24-14 with 2:19 remaining in the third period. Hamilton continued its comeback early in the fourth quarter, going 76 yards over 12 plays, capped by a nine-yard scramble by Rosenberg that trimmed the lead to 24-21 with 8:17 to go.

Bowdoin answered with a nine-play, 39-yard drive that milked the clock to under three minutes to go, scoring on a 26-yard field goal from Murowchick with 2:55 remaining. Three plays into its ensuing possession, with a chance for Hamilton to take the lead, Bowdoin's Jon Fraser intercepted a Rosenberg pass to seal the win for the Polar Bears.

Hamilton owned a 33:36-26:24 advantage in time of possession and totaled 378 yards of offense to Bowdoin's 334, but the Continentals turned the ball over four times in the defeat.

Joey Cleary, the NESCAC's leader in tackles, led all players with 12 stops on the afternoon. Griffin Cardew had 10 stops. John Phelan made seven solo tackles, two for a loss, and had an interception in the loss for Hamilton.

Bowdoin will travel to Trinity next week for a 12:30 start. Hamilton will host Colby at 12:00 p.m.