Fourth-Quarter Touchdown Lifts Colby Over Bowdoin in Season Finale

The Bowdoin offensive line led the way for a 156-yard rushing day by Tyler Grant against Colby
The Bowdoin offensive line led the way for a 156-yard rushing day by Tyler Grant against Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Colby College football team scored the go-ahead touchdown with 9:50 to play in the fourth quarter to defeat Bowdoin, 14-7, in the 126th meeting between the two Maine rivals on Saturday at Alfond Stadium.

The Mules (2-6) and Polar Bears (2-6) finish with identical records for the 2014 campaign. In the third-longest rivalry in Division III history, Bowdoin now holds a 69-48-9 edge in the all-time series.

In the loss, tailback Tyler Grant amassed 156 yards on 37 carries for Bowdoin, finishing the year with 893 yards - the third-most in a single season in school history, trailing only Jim Soule (1,140 in 1976) and Greg Bohannon (1,092 in 1987).

The Mules took over at their own 14-yard line after a three-and-out to start the game by the Polar Bears. Jabari Hurdle-Price, who had a collegiate high 189 yards on 30 carries, rushed nine yards on the first carry. He then went left on his second carry and got to the sidelines and went all the way for a 77-yard touchdown run. The extra point was missed and Colby led 6-0.

The game remained 6-0 through halftime until the third quarter when Colby quarterback Gabe Harrington was intercepted at midfield by Bowdoin senior captain Jon Fraser, who returned the ball to the Colby 20. Grant did the rest of the work with, carrying the ball three times, capped by an eight-yard run to the left for the touchdown. Bowdoin kicker Andrew Murowchick made the extra point to give the Polar Bears the lead at 7-6, which they carried into the fourth quarter.

Taking over with 12:30 remaining in the final period, Colby went 60 yards in five plays, converting a big 3rd-and-8 and scoring on a 25-yard pass from Harrington to Luke Duncklee with 9:50 to go. Colby had a chance to extend their lead with under two minutes remaining, but a 34-yard field goal attempt was missed, giving the ball back to Bowdoin with 1:10 to play.

Bowdoin quickly went to work and were able to march into Colby territory on four completions by Mac Caputi. The last catch of 10 yards to Daniel Barone put the ball at the Colby 32 with seven seconds remaining and gave the Polar Bears two final plays. The Polar Bears were unable to replicate last year's dramatic hail mary, however, as Caputi's final two passes fell incomplete near the end zone.

Jake Prince made 10 tackles to lead Bowdoin defensively. Nadim Elhage had two tackles for loss, including a sack.

The game was the final contest for head coach Dave Caputi at Bowdoin. Caputi finishes his time at Bowdoin with 35 career victories, including four outright CBB Championships, and retained the CBB trophy for a school-record six consecutive seasons between 2006-2011.