Middlebury Builds Early Lead To Beat Bowdoin In Whittier Opener

Nate Richam had 67 yards rushing and a touchdown in Bowdoin's loss to Middlebury
Nate Richam had 67 yards rushing and a touchdown in Bowdoin's loss to Middlebury

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Quarterback Jared Lebowitz passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Middlebury College football team over Bowdoin on Saturday in the Polar Bears' opener at Whittier Field, 41-14.

The Panthers, who scored the first 41 points of the contest, improve to 2-0 this season while Bowdoin drops to 0-2.

Game Highlights

  • After the teams traded possessions in the opening quarter, Middlebury got on the board first with a seven-play, 60-yard drive that was capped by a Matt Cardew four-yard touchdown plunge with 3:28 left in the first quarter.
  • The Panthers exploded for 20 points in the second quarter, doubling their lead on a four-play, 70-yard drive that featured two long catches by Tanner Contois to set up an eight-yard scoring strike from Lebowitz to Maxwell Rye.
  • Middlebury also got a 13-yard touchdown reception from Maxim Bochman and a 48-yard bomb to Conrado Banky to take a 27-0 edge into halftime.
  • Lebowitz capped his four-touchdown effort with a third quarter 25-yard pass to Jimmy Connell and Charlie Ferguson closed the Middlebury scoring with a five-yard scamper to give the visitors a 41-0 lead after three quarters.
  • Bowdoin was able to get on the board with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to close the final margin.
  • The Polar Bears' best drive of the day went 15 plays and 80 yards and ended on a scramble by quarterback Griff Stalcup to paydirt with 6:04 to go.
  • Bowdoin trimmed the final margin to 41-14 as Nate Richam ended a nine-play, 73-yard drive with a four-yard run.

By The Numbers

  • Lebowitz finished 20-26 passing for 316 yards and four touchdowns against one interception.
  • His top target was Banky, who hauled in five passes for 101 and a score.
  • Cardew ended with 74 yards rushing on 14 carries with a touchdown.
  • Stalcup went 12-21 passing for 105 yards while also rushing for 54 more.
  • Richam ended with 67 yards on the ground for the Polar Bears while Gregory Olson caught three passes for 29 yards.
  • Middlebury's defense was led by seven tackles from Aaron Slodowitz.
  • Bowdoin got nine tackles from Latif Armiyaw, including two for a loss, while Henry Little picked off a pass.
  • Middlebury totaled 528 yards of offense while Bowdoin carded 301.
  • Bowdoin out-gained Middlebury on the ground (196-192) and actually held the edge in time of possession (32:39).

Up Next

  • Bowdoin heads to Amherst for a 1:00 p.m. game next Saturday.
  • Middlebury returns home to face Colby next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.