Bowdoin, Colby Clash Saturday In Football Finale

Photo courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com
Photo courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com

BOWDOIN vs. COLBY
Saturday is the 129th meeting between the Bowdoin and Colby football teams, who share 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 (131) and Kalamazoo-Albion (130) have played more often than the two Maine rivals.

LIVE COVERAGE
Fans can follow all of the statistics from today's game on their smartphones by downloading the Bowdoin Front Row app in the iTunes Store or on Google Play. Links to live statistics and video coverage of the contest can be found in the app, as well as push notifications and alerts on all of your favorite Polar Bear teams. For fans unable to attend games at Whittier Field, all Bowdoin home games will be carried live online -with instant replay - on the Northeast Sports Network (www.nsnsports.net).

LAST WEEK
Today's game is for bragging rights as the CBB Championship went to Bates following the Bobcats' 24-17 victory over Bowdoin last weekend. The Polar Bears rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and were driving for the tying score with under a minute to play before an interception sealed the win for Bates.

Colby, who suffered a 27-24 loss to Bates two weeks ago, dropped a 28-14 deicision in their final home game Saturday against Tufts.

POLAR BEAR NOTES

  • In just his second start of the season, quarterback Noah Nelson threw the ball 55 times (third-most in school history) and completed 34 passes (second most in school history) in the loss at Bates, racking up 302 yards through the air.
  • Nick Vailas was his top target with 11 catches for 74 yards while Greg Olson caught nine passes for a game-high 98 yards - both career highs for the first-year.
  • Vailas upped his career receptions total to 113 (second in school history). His 1,348 receiving yards are third all-time and his nine career TD's also stand third in program history.
  • Bowdoin has been assessed the second-fewest penalty yardage in the league (47.0 yards/game) and owns the third-best red zone percentage (11-14, 79%) in the conference.

SCOUTING THE MULES

  • All-purpose back Jake Schwern is eighth in the conference in receptions (38) and fifth in rushing attempts (108), and is the only player in the NESCAC to be in the top-ten of both categories.
  • Colby quarterback Jack O'Brien is ninth in the NESCAC in total offense this year, averaging 171.5 yards/game.
  • Defensively, safety Don Vivian is second in the league with three interceptions this season. 

LAST MEETING
Last year in Waterville, Colby scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Bowdoin in a 32-16 victory. The Polar Bears had closed to within 13-10 in the third quarter before the late surge by the Mules put the game away. Colby's Jabari Hurdle-Price rushed for a game-high 161 yards in the win.

BOWDOIN vs. COLBY - ALL TIME
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 70-49-9 overall edge. The Polar Bears have won eight of the last 11 meetings between the schools dating back to 2006. Prior to that, Colby had won seven in a row from 1999-2005. The home team has carried the series of late, winning the last six meetings. The last road team to win a game was Bowdoin in 2010 and the last Colby win at Whittier Field was in 2005.

And, of course, this happened in 2013.