LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College won the first Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) game of the 2012 season after scoring 21 second-half points on the way to a 31-6 victory over Colby College on Saturday at Garcelon Field.
Bates (3-3 overall) could win the outright CBB title with a victory at Bowdoin College next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Colby (1-5 overall), which plays at Tufts University next Saturday at 12:30 p.m., will play host to Bowdoin College in two weeks in the final CBB contest.
Bates junior Shawn Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.) ran for a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, then turned a screen pass from Trevor Smith into a 50-yard touchdown seven minutes later, opening up a 24-0 lead with 12:50 left in the fourth quarter.
Bates controlled possession for over 10 minutes in both the second and fourth quarters, helping to preserve a 10-0 lead going into halftime and cutting down Colby's chances for a comeback late in the game. The Mules were unable to score until 6:48 remained in the fourth quarter, when Justin Ciero hit Indigo Dow for a 5-yard passing touchdown.
Bates quarterback Trevor Smith carried the ball a career-high 30 times for a net of 93 yards and one touchdown. Smith completed 10 of 14 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.
For Colby (1-5), Ciero completed 18 of 40 passes and a touchdown. Dow led all receivers with five catches for 69 yards and a score.
The first half, and the beginning of the second half, was riddled with turnovers and penalties on both sides. Fifteen penalties combined were charged in the first half, accounting for 156 yards. Bates was penalized 13 times for 142 yards and Colby was flagged 10 times for 92 yards in the game. There were also eight fumbles in the game, five by the Bobcats.
After a scoreless first quarter, Bates got on the scoreboard in an unusual way. David Kurey angled a high punt from Bates' 43-yard line inside the Colby 5. The ball bounced once on the ground and struck a would-be kick returner in the leg. Bates senior Brian Gallagher pounced on the ball in the end zone, and after some discussion between the officials, Bates was awarded a touchdown.
Bates tacked on a 31-yard field goal by Charlie Donahue with 4:22 left in the half.
The Mules drove 45 yards on their second possession of the third quarter, getting as far as Bates' 33, but Durkin strip-sacked Ciero and Matt Gaither recovered at Bates' 41.
Doherty took a pitch from Smith and raced 45 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-0 with 5:36 left in the third quarter.
Bates linebacker Evan Dowd chased down Ciero from behind for his second sack of the day to force Colby to punt from their own 45 on its next possession. Ryan Grunseich drilled a 52-yard punt to pin Bates at its own 3-yard line, but the Bobcats ran the ball and got a pair of first downs before the third quarter came to a close.
Nine consecutive rushes by four different Bates backs took them from the 3 to the 50 to start the fourth quarter. Doherty took a swing pass from Smith and went 50 yards for the touchdown for a 24-0 Bobcat margin.
Colby drove from its own 32-yard line to the Bates 5, but ended up giving the ball up on downs. The Bobcats ran four times out to the 22, but Mules' co-captain Phil Amato snatched the ball from Smith's grip and returned the turnover 12 yards to the Bates' 8-yard line. Three plays later, Ciero found Dow open in the left flat to close the gap to 24-6 with 6:48 left in the game.
Colby successfully attempted and recovered an onside kick, but the Mules were flagged for a false start to nullify the play. The second attempt was not successful, setting up Bates at the Colby 40. After an 11-yard connection from Smith to Harrison Murphy, the Bobcats ran seven straight times, finishing off their final scoring drive with Smith's 2-yard touchdown run off-tackle.
Henry Nelson led Colby's defense with a game-high 13 tackles. Amato added eight tackles and recovered two fumbles, and Ryan Veillette had eight more tackles (4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks). Derrick Beasley and Daniel Maddox each had nine tackles for the Mules.
Bates 31, Colby 6
Colby 0 0 0 6 6
Bates 0 10 7 14 31
2nd 12:47 BAT Brian Gallagher 0 yd fumble recovery (Charlie Donahue kick)
0 - 7
01:46 BAT Charlie Donahue 31 yd field goal
10 plays, 58 yards, TOP 4:12 0 - 10
3rd 05:36 BAT Shawn Doherty 45 yd run (Charlie Donahue kick)
2 plays, 59 yards, TOP 0:31 0 - 17
4th 12:50 BAT Shawn Doherty 50 yd pass from Trevor Smith (Charlie Donahue kick)
10 plays, 97 yards, TOP 4:36 0 - 24
06:48 COL Indigo Dow 5 yd pass from Justin Ciero (Justin Ciero pass intcpt)
3 plays, 8 yards, TOP 0:56 6 - 24
01:46 BAT Trevor Smith 2 yd run (Charlie Donahue kick)
8 plays, 40 yards, TOP 4:56 6 - 31
FIRST DOWNS................... 11 25
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 22-14 59-288
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 137 124
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 40-18-2 14-10-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 62-151 73-412
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 1-12 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 2-10 1--3
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 6-125 1-19
Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 2-29
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 5-38.2 4-31.0
Fumbles-Lost.................. 3-3 5-3
Penalties-Yards............... 10-92 13-142
Possession Time............... 25:33 34:27
Third-Down Conversions........ 6 of 17 6 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 0 of 1 0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 1-2 2-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 4-28 4-28
RUSHING: Colby-Justin Ciero 15-12; Spencer Gopaul 7-2. Bates-T. Smith 30-93; S.
Doherty 6-66; P. George 10-53; M. Jackson 6-32; T. Downs 4-27; S. Carroll 1-13;
A. Peckham 1-4; TEAM 1-0.
PASSING: Colby-Justin Ciero 18-40-2-137. Bates-T. Smith 10-14-0-124.
RECEIVING: Colby-Indigo Dow 5-69; Kyle Roth 4-31; Michael Lahiff 3-26; Spencer
Gopaul 2-12; Jason Buco 1-6; Kyle Layne-Allen 1-5; Max Eberhart 1-1; Thomas
Brewster 1-minus 13. Bates-K. Davis 5-45; S. Doherty 2-56; H. Murphy 1-11; M.
Tomaino 1-10; M. Jackson 1-2.
INTERCEPTIONS: Colby-None. Bates-J. Dell'Erario 1-17; A. Kukesh 1-12.
FUMBLES: Colby-Justin Ciero 2-2; Kyle Andrews 1-1. Bates-T. Smith 4-3; G. Brown