Bowdoin, Colby Set for 126th Football Meeting Saturday in Waterville

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BOWDOIN vs. COLBY
The Bowdoin College football team will play Colby for the 126th time on Saturday afternoon at Harold Alfond Stadium in Waterville. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. 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 (128) and Kalamazoo-Albion (127) have played more often than the two Maine rivals.

LIVE COVERAGE
Colby will provide a live webcast of the game from Waterville on the Northeast Sports Network. Click the link above for more information

CBB UPDATE
Unfortunately, Saturday's game will be for bragging rights between the long-time rivals as last week's 10-7 Bates victory over Bowdoin secured the 2014 CBB Championship for the Bobcats. Bates defeated Colby 34-28 on October 25.

POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
In addition to being the final game for a group of 14 Bowdoin seniors, Saturday will also be the final game for head coach Dave Caputi, who is stepping down following the campaign. Caputi has amassed 35 victories in his time at Bowdoin, won four CBB Championships and held the CBB trophy for a school-record six consecutive seasons between 2006-2011.

On the field, tailback Tyler Grant currently leads the NESCAC in rushing by a substantial margin, recording 737 yards on the ground this season. He is attempting to become the first Polar Bear to lead the NESCAC in rushing since the institution of league play in 2000 and is the first Bowdoin player to surpass 700 yards since Rob Patchett in 2004. Grant has the opportunity to join an exclusive group, as just three Polar Bears have ever surpassed 800 yards rushing in a season - Jim Soule (1,140 in 1976), Greg Bohannon (1,092 in 1987) and Eric LaPlaca (805 in 1991).

Junior wide receiver Daniel Barone is fifth in the conference in receptions per game (4.7) with his 33 catches for 353 yards. Bowdoin's trio of linebackers have paced the Polar Bear defense, as junior Brendan Lawler leads Bowdoin in total tackles with 50, while sophomore linebacker Bjorn Halvorson has 49 stops. Junior linebacker Branden Morin has 45 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and one interception.

SCOUTING THE MULES
Colby is led offensively by sophomore quarterback Gabe Harrington, who is fifth in the NESCAC in passing yards per game (170.7). Jabari Hurdle-Price leads Colby's running game with 344 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Henry Nelson leads the Mules, and ranks 10th in the NESCAC, in tackles per game (8.1, 57 total). Jason Buco has five of Colby's six interceptions this year is tied for second in the NESCAC.

LAST MEETING
In one of the wildest finishes in Bowdoin football history, the Polar Bears and Mules combined for three scores in the final three seconds of regulation in an eventual 32-22 Bowdoin victory. Tied at 20-20 with 12 seconds remaining, and facing a fourth-and-long at the Colby 43, the Polar Bears decided to go for the win, as quarterback Mac Caputi found Daniel Barone for a hail-mary touchdown pass.  On the ensuing PAT, Colby blocked the kick and Jason Buco scooped up the loose ball, running it back all the way for a two-point conversion that trimmed the lead to 26-22. Bowdoin squibbed the following kickoff, and Colby began a series of laterals on the return. The final toss was picked off by Polar Bear senior Brian Glazewski, who brought it into the endzone as the clock expired to cap the 32-22 win.

SERIES HISTORY
One of the most storied rivalries in all of college football, 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 69-47-9 overall edge. The Polar Bears have won seven of the last eight meetings between the schools, dating back to 2006. Prior to that, Colby had won seven in a row from 1999-2005.