Late Touchdown Lifts Hamilton Over Bowdoin

Cam Rondeau had a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown against Hamilton
Cam Rondeau had a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown against Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. - The Hamilton College football team scored a touchdown with 34 seconds remaining to rally past Bowdoin, 26-25, on Saturday afternoon for their first win of the 2016 season.

The Continentals (1-3) defeat the Polar Bears (0-4) for the first time since 2012.

Game Highlights

  • After an early three-and-out by the Bowdoin offense, Hamilton scored on their first play from scrimmage, a 54-yard pass from Alec Waugh to Cole Freeman
  • Bowdoin answered with 16 straight points to take a 16-7 lead at halftime
  • Cameron Rondeau got the Polar Bears on the board with a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the first quarter and Andrew Sisti booted a 36-yard field goal late in the period to make it 10-7 Bowdoin
  • Following a blocked Hamilton punt by Jibrail Coy, his second of the day, Noah Nelson found Nick Vailas over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown pass to make it 16-7 following a blocked PAT
  • Bowdoin carried their nine-point lead late into the third quarter when a 74-yard, ten-play drive by the Continentals resulted in a 18-yard screen pass from Kenny Gray to Joe Schmidt, trimming the lead to 16-14 entering the fourth
  • A 24-yard field goal on Hamilton's next possession gave the hosts a 17-16 lead with 11:29 to play, but Bowdoin answered with a lengthy drive that ended in a 39-yard field goal by Andrew Sisti to regain the lead, 19-17
  • Robert Morris nailed another field goal for Hamilton, this time from 39 yards out, to reclaim the lead 20-19 with 3:48 to go
  • Bowdoin took the ensuining kickoff and then, three plays later from midfield, Nelson found Liam Ford for a 49-yard scoring strike down the left sideline to give the Polar Bears a 25-20 lead with 3:01 left
  • A pair of unsportsmanlike penalties pinned the Bowdoin kickoff back to their own 10 yard line for the ensuing kickoff and Hamilton took advantage, starting the game-winning drive at the Bowdoin 42
  • The Continentals converted on a 4th-and-4 with a minute to go and, three plays later, Kenny Gray scampered in from five yards to make it 26-25 Hamilton
  • Bowdoin received the following kickoff at their own 29 and a last-second hail-mary pass came up short as time expired

By The Numbers

  • Hamilton out-gained Bowdoin 484-182 but the Polar Bears proved scrappy, blocking two punts and intercepting two passes
  • Nelson finished 13-29 for 137 yards through the air, while Nate Richam caught a team-high four passes for 24 yards
  • Kenny Gray went 19-32 for 303 yards passing for Hamilton while also rushing for a TD
  • Charles Ensley caught four passes for 122 yards to lead all receivers
  • Cameron Rondeau had a team-high 12 tackles and an interception for a touchdown to lead the Polar Bears, who had 11 tackles for loss in the game

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday at home against Trinity for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff