Bowdoin Wins Sixth Straight Over Colby, Finishes in Fourth in NESCAC

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Senior Pat Noone touched the ball 33 times for 195 all-purpose yards to lead the Bowdoin College football team to a 20-10 win over Colby in its season finale Saturday at Whittier Field.

The Polar Bears finish the season 4-4 in a tie for fourth place in the NESCAC standings with Middlebury. Colby ends its year 3-5 in a four-way tie for sixth place in the league. With the three teams all going 1-1 against each other this fall, the CBB Championship ends in a three-way tie for the second time in the last three seasons. With the tie, Bowdoin retains the trophy for the sixth straight season.

Out of the wildcat formation, Noone had 66 yards rushing on 24 attempts while also catching five passes for 83 yards including a touchdown. He also received three kicks and threw a pass in the win. Zach Donnarumma rushed for 76 yards for Bowdoin while quarterback Mac Caputi went 8-11 for 113 yards and a score.

Colby was led by Connor Sullivan's 102 yards passing and 23 yards rushing. Connor Walsh had 58 yards receiving on six catches.

Bowdoin took the opening kickoff and drove into Colby territory, but were forced to punt from the 32. Beau Breton lofted a perfectly-placed punt that was downed at the Colby 1. Two plays later, a high snap slipped through the hands of Sullivan and out of the endzone for a safety that gave the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead. Colby went 75 yards on 16 plays, covering 8:05, early in the second quarter but had to settled for a 22-yard field goal by Dave Bendit to take a 3-2 edge.

Bowdoin pieced together a key scoring drive late in the opening half, taking control at their own 46 with 55 seconds left in the period. Caputi found Noone over the top for 23 yards, setting up a 30-yard strike from Caputi to Noone just moments later that regained the lead for the Polar Bears, 8-3. Pat Noone rushed in the two-point conversion to give Bowdoin a 10-3 lead at intermission.

Colby took the opening kickoff in the second half and was driving into Bowdoin territory when Griffin Cardew caused and recovered a Sullivan fumble that changed the momentum of the game. Bowdoin marched 48 yards in 11 plays to set up a 21-yard field goal by Jimmy Garvey. On the ensuing kickoff, Bowdoin caught Colby's return team off balance with a high, short kick that was recovered by Cardew at the Colby 36. Nine plays later, Zach Donnarumma finished off the drive with a one-yard plunge over left tackle to give the hosts a commanding 20-3 lead.

The Mules trimmed Bowdoin's lead in the fourth quarter with a 62-yard, 12-play drive capped by a 17 yard rush up the middle by Luke Duncklee to make it 20-10. But Colby could get no closer as the Polar Bears clinched their sixth-straight win over Colby, their longest win streak against the Mules since the 70's.

Cardew finished with 11 tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the win for Bowdoin. Christian Romano had 11 tackles to lead the Mules.