Saturday is the 125th meeting between the Bowdoin and Colby football teams. One of the most storied rivalries in small college football, the Polar Bears and Mules have met continuously (except during WWII) since 1892 and rank third-longest among Division III rivalries. Only Williams-Amherst (127) and Kalamazoo-Albion (126) have played more often than the two Maine rivals.
Fans can follow all of the action live from Whittier Field via a video webcast, courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network, as well as live statistics. Links are available at the top of the page.
Following last week's loss to Bates, Bowdoin lost hopes of reclaiming the CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) Championship outright. The Mules, who defeated Bates two weeks ago, can win their first outright title since 2005 with a victory. A Bowdoin win would mean a three-way tie for the second time in the last three seasons, resulting in Bates retaining the trophy for another year.
POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
Despite ranking seventh in the league in scoring offense, Bowdoin's rushing attack ranks fifth in the NESCAC at 123.4 yards/game. Senior running back Zach Donnarumma became just the fifth player in school history to surpass 2,000 career yards with last week's 108-yard showing against Bates. Donnarumma ranks fourth in the league with 506 yards rushing this fall. Also among the league leaders for Bowdoin is Daniel Barone, who is averaging 102.3 all-purpose yards per game to rank seventh in the conference. Andrew Murowchick is fourth in the conference in punting (37.7 yards/punt) and is 17-17 this season in field goals and PAT's.
Senior linebacker Joey Cleary will look to cap an exceptional campaign against the Mules. Cleary leads the NESCAC and ranks 12th in Division III with 12.3 tackles/game this season. Cleary needs 14 tackles to become just the third Polar Bear to post 100 tackles in a single season.
SCOUTING THE MULES
After starting 1-3, Colby has won three straight games and has a chance to post its first winning season since 2005 with a win against the Polar Bears. The Mules' defense has keyed their resurgence, as Colby stands third in the conference in total defense (299.3 yards/game) and scoring defense (15.9 points/game). Colby has been particularly tough against the run, ranking first in the league at a stingy 84.1 yards allowed/game.
Colby's offense has come on strong of late, averaging 31.6 points per game on their current three-game winning streak. Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Justin Ciero is a double-threat, ranking fourth in the league in passing (175.3 yards/game) and seventh in rushing (69.4 yards/game). Zach Padula is tied for the NESCAC lead in interceptions (3) while CT Harris is second in the conference in sacks (7.5).
Last year in Waterville, Colby forced four turnovers, held Bowdoin to just 90 yards of total offense, and allowed the Polar Bears just four first downs en route to a 17-0 win. 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). The victory snapped a six-game winning streak for the Polar Bears over the Mules. Spencer Gopaul ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns for Colby. David Nurse and Griffin Cardew each had 15 tackles for the Polar Bears.
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. The Polar Bears won eight straight to open the series history from 1892-1896, and hold a 68-47-9 overall edge.
The Polar Bears had won six straight in the rivalry until last year's Colby victory. Prior to that, the Mules had won seven in a row from 1999-2005. 2005 was also the last time the Mules won at Whittier Field - Bowdoin has claimed the last three meetings in Brunswick.