Football Falls In Season Finale At Colby

Liam Ford caught 11 passes for 104 yards against Colby on Saturday
Liam Ford caught 11 passes for 104 yards against Colby on Saturday

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Colby College football team scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Bowdoin in a 32-16 victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Mules defeat Bowdoin for just the third time in the last 11 meetings between the schools dating back to 2006 and finishes the season with a record of 3-5. The Polar Bears drop to 0-8, recording their first winless season since 2003.

Game Highlights

  • John Baron, who went 4-4 on field goals for the day, gave the Mules a 6-0 lead on a pair of first quarter field goals.
  • The Mules increased their lead in the second quarter when Gabe Harrington, returning from a week one injury, scampered 29 yards for a touchdown to give Colby a 13-0 edge early in the period.
  • Bowdoin was able to trim the halftime lead to 13-3 on a 40-yard field goal by Andrew Sisti, his sixth field of the season.
  • The Polar Bears drew closer late in the third quarter, posting a five-play, 73-yard drive that was highlighted by a 55-yard rush by Christopher Markisz that put Bowdoin inside the Colby 10. Two plays later Nate Richam cashed in to make it 13-10.
  • Colby answered with a lengthy drive before settling for another Baron field goal to make it 16-10 with 14:11 remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • After the teams traded possessions, Colby stuffed Bowdoin on a fourth-and-two from their own 38 and then gave the ball to Jabari Hurdle-Price four straight times, with the final play being a one-yard touchdown plunge that make it 23-10 Mules with 6:48 to go.
  • After a Bowdoin three-and-out, Colby took over at the 50 and Hurdle-Price cut through the Polar Bear defense for a back-breaking touchdown run that increased the lead to 29-10 with 5:34 on the clock.
  • Baron added a field goal to make it 32-10 before Bowdoin scored on their final drive of the season, a nine-play, 69-yard drive that was capped by a Tim Drakeley touchdown pass to Liam Ford.

By The Numbers

  • For the first time this season, Bowdoin out-gained an opponent, posting 342 yards of total offense to 331 for Colby while the Polar Bears posted 18 first downs compared to 12 for the Mules.
  • Liam Ford caught a career-high 11 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown while Bowdoin had a pair of solid performers on the ground with Richam (112 yards) and Markisz (91 yards).
  • Henry Little and Austin Stern led Bowdoin with five tackles apiece
  • Hurdle-Price led Colby with 161 yards rushing
  • Bowdoin committed two turnovers to none for Colby and allowed four sacks on the afternoon.