Saturday is Senior Day at Whittier Field where, for the fourth-straight season, the CBB Championship will be decided on the season's final day by one of collegiate football's most storied rivalries.
Bitter rivals Bowdoin and Colby have both defeated Bates and currently stand at 1-0 in the CBB race. Saturday's game is the 119th meeting between the squads, which ranks as the third-longest rivalry in Division III football, only behind Williams-Amherst and Albion-Kalamazoo.
BOWDOIN BY THE
The Polar Bears have proven to be opportunistic in their victories over Williams and Bates this season, forcing 16 turnovers combined in the two games. As a result, Bowdoin is the NESCAC's top-ranked team in turnover margin at +2.0 per game and +14 overall this year.
As a team, the Polar Bears rank seventh in the league in scoring offense (17.4 points/game) while standing ninth in scoring defense (24.3). Bolstered by the bounty of turnovers, Bowdoin has scored three defensive touchdowns this season.
Individually, Oliver Kell has tossed for 1,128 yards this year and ranks fifth in the NESCAC in total offense (178.0 yards/game). Lamont White has four interceptions this season to stand fourth in the league while Kevin Zikaras made 17 total tackles last week to propel into second place in the league with 71.
The Mules struggled to find consistent offense early in the season, scoring just 27 points in their first five games- all losses. In their last two outings- both victories- Colby has combined to score 39 points and right their ship.
Offensively, wide receiver Justin Candon is enjoying a fine campaign, ranking second in the league with 36 receptions and four touchdowns. Two of those touchdown scores came last week in a 105-yard effort against Bates, earning Candon NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Defensively, Tom Daley leads Colby with 55 tackles this year.
Bowdoin won their first CBB Championship since 1998 with a 13-10 victory in Waterville. Bowdoin tailback Jeff Smith rushed for 99 yards, including a two-yard plunge with under five minutes to go, to lift the Polar Bears to victory. Tyler Tennant made 12 tackles to lead the Bowdoin defense, while Paul Howanitz scored the lone Colby touchdown on a 53-yard fumble return.
One of the most bitter rivalries in all of college football, the Bowdoin-Colby game 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 seven of the last eight meetings dating back to 1999. Overall, the Polar Bears hold a 63-46-9 edge in the all-time series.