Continentals Silence Polar Bears In Football Loss

Brendan Ward's 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the longest in Bowdoin history.
Brendan Ward's 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the longest in Bowdoin history.

CLINTON, N.Y. – The Hamilton College football team amassed 505 yards of offense and scored 24 points in the second quarter to defeat Bowdoin 62-27 on Saturday afternoon.

The win improves Hamilton to 2-3 this season while Bowdoin falls to 0-5.

Game Highlights

  • Hamilton sprinted to a 14-0 lead in the first 6:15, getting a one-yard touchdown run from David Kagan and nine-yard pass from Kenny Gray to Will Budington to grab the early lead.
  • Bowdoin replied, tying the game before the end of the quarter as they used a seven-play, 78-yard drive, capped by a Austin McCrum 18-yard strike to Bo Millett.
  • The Polar Bears got the ball back in great position after a fumbled snap on the Hamilton punt resulted in Bowdoin ball at the Hamilton 23. Two plays later, McCrum found Gregory Olson from eight yards out to tie the game at 14-14 heading to the second quarter.
  • Hamilton exploded for 24 points in the period, getting a pair of touchdown runs by Joe Park, sandwiched around a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Brendan Ward.
  • Hamilton extended their lead to 38-20 with a 36-yard field goal and 14 yard pass from Gray to Budington.
  • Bowdoin was able to cut into the lead before the break as Millett caught a three-yard pass from McCrum right before halftime to make it 38-27.
  • The Polar Bears appeared to have cut into the lead further on the first drive of the second half as they marched to the Hamilton 16, but a touchdown was wiped off the board with a penalty. Two plays later an interception cut the drive short.
  • That would be as close as the Polar Bears would get as the Continentals scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to cruise to the win.

By The Numbers

  • Hamilton's 62 points were the second-most in program history, falling short of the mark of 64 set against Wesleyan in 1986.
  • Kenny Gray threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns while also running for 87 more in the win.
  • Bowdoin totaled 430 yards of offense, led by McCrum's 31-54 effort for 279 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. McCrum's 54 attempts were the fourth-most in school history.
  • Brendan Ward's 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the longest in school history, breaking the record of 97 yards set by John MacGillivray set against Colby in 1983. It was also Bowdoin's first kickoff return for a score since Pat Noone against Colby in 2010.
  • Franny Rose had a team-high nine tackles for Bowdoin.
  • Colby Jones led all players with 14 tackles for Hamilton. Sam Bowen had two interceptions for the hosts.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin returns to Whittier Field next Saturday, when they will host Trinity at 1:00 p.m.