Football vs. Colby Game Notes

The Bowdoin College and Colby College football teams will renew one of the most bitter rivalries in collegiate athletics on Saturday, as they clash for the 118th time in the history of the series. The two Maine rivals boast the third-longest rivalry in Division III football, only behind Williams-Amherst and Albion-Kalamazoo.

For the third consecutive season, the two foes will clash with the CBB Championship on the line. In each of the last two years, Colby has beaten Bowdoin in the final game of the season for the crown, by a 23-0 margin in 2004 and a 28-3 score in 2005. Not only are the Polar Bears (1-6) looking to win their first CBB Title since 1998, they are looking to maintain their all-time lead in the CBB Chase. Bowdoin has 15 CBB Championships to Colby's 14 entering play on Saturday. The Mules (2-5) have claimed three consecutive CBB's.

First-year quarterback Oliver Kell gave the Polar Bear offense a much-need shot-in-the-arm last weekend against Bates. In his second career start, the Westford, Massachusetts native tossed three touchdown passes- all to receiver Nick Tomaino- and accumulated 222 yards through the air in Bowdoin's first win of the season. Kell will look to continue his strong play against Colby's third-ranked pass defense on Saturday.

With one week left to play in the regular season, the Polar Bears rank seventh in the NESCAC in total offense and tenth in total defense. Jeff Smith is third in the league with 63.6 yards rushing per game, while receiver Doug Johnson stands sixth in both yards per game (56.0) and catches per contest (4.17). Dave Donahue is fourth in the conference in tackles, with 9.6 per game.

Colby has earned two victories this season; over Bates and Wesleyan. They stand fifth in the league in total defense while standing ninth in total offense. Quarterback Justin Smith leads the Mule attack, averaging 121.9 yards passing per game. Tailback Chris Bashaw is fifth in the NESCAC in total offense, racking up 329 rushing and 155 receiving yards this year. Defensively, Colby is led by Andrew Heaney, who is averaging 9.3 tackles per contest.

With Colby holding a 7-3 edge at halftime, the Mules used a dominant running attack to score 21 second-half points in a 28-3 win last season in Brunswick. Colby rushed for 260 yards and held Bowdoin to just 43 yards on the ground. Aaron Stepka (117) and Chris Bashaw (100) both cracked the century mark rushing or the Mules. Bowdoin's Dave Donahue led all players with a dozen tackles in the game.

One of the most bitter rivalries in all of college football, the Bowdoin-Colby rivalry dates back to 1892- a 56-0 Bowdoin victory. With the exception of war years (1943-1945) the teams have faced each other every year since that original meeting in 1892.

The most entertaining game in the series might have been the 1951 contest, when the squads hooked up for 102 points in a 60-42 Polar Bear victory. The game still stands as the highest-scoring contest in the history of Bowdoin football. Bowdoin won eight straight to open the series history from 1892-1896, but Colby has dominated as of late, winning the last seven meetings dating back to 1999. Overall, the Polar Bears hold a 62-46-9 edge in the all-time series.