BRUNSWICK, Maine --- The Colby College football team will have to settle for a share of the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title for the second time in three years after Bowdoin College scored a late touchdown at the end of the half and then held on for a 20-10 win against the Mules in the season finale Saturday at Whittier Field.
Colby (3-5), which had its three-game win streak end, has won or shared the CBB title for 16 of the past 24 years. With the tie, Bowdoin retains the trophy for the sixth straight season.
Colby was led by Connor Sullivan's 102 yards passing and 23 yards rushing. Connor Walsh had 58 yards receiving on six catches.
Bowdoin senior Pat Noone touched the ball 33 times for 195 all-purpose yards to lead the Polar Bears. Out of the wildcat formation, Noone had 66 yards rushing on 24 attempts while also catching five passes for 83 yards including a touchdown. He also received three kicks and threw a pass in the win. Zach Donnarumma rushed for 76 yards for Bowdoin while quarterback Mac Caputi went 8-11 for 113 yards and a score.
Bowdoin took the opening kickoff and drove into Colby territory, but were forced to punt from the 32. Beau Breton lofted a perfectly-placed punt that was downed at the Colby 1. Two plays later, a high snap slipped through the hands of Sullivan and out of the end zone for a safety that gave the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead. Colby went 75 yards on 16 plays, covering 8:05, early in the second quarter but had to settled for a 22-yard field goal by David Bendit to take a 3-2 edge.
Bowdoin pieced together a key scoring drive late in the opening half, taking control at their own 46 with 55 seconds left in the period. Caputi found Noone over the top for 23 yards, setting up a 30-yard strike from Caputi to Noone just moments later that regained the lead for the Polar Bears, 8-3. Pat Noone rushed in the two-point conversion to give Bowdoin a 10-3 lead at intermission.
Colby took the opening kickoff in the second half and was driving into Bowdoin territory when Griffin Cardew caused and recovered a Sullivan fumble that changed the momentum of the game. Bowdoin marched 48 yards in 11 plays to set up a 21-yard field goal by Jimmy Garvey. On the ensuing kickoff, Bowdoin caught Colby's return team off balance with a high, short kick that was recovered by Cardew at the Colby 36. Nine plays later, Donnarumma finished off the drive with a one-yard plunge over left tackle to give the hosts a 20-3 lead.
The Mules trimmed Bowdoin's lead in the fourth quarter with a 62-yard, 12-play drive capped by a 17 yard rush up the middle by Luke Duncklee to make it 20-10.
Christian Romano had 11 tackles to lead the Mules. Derrick Beasley finished with nine tackles, while Henry Nelson and Kalu Kalu both had seven stops. Nelson led Colby in tackles this season with 59.
Bowdoin 20, Colby 10
Colby............... 0 3 0 7 - 10
Bowdoin............. 2 8 10 0 - 20
1st 10:48 BOW - TEAM safety
2nd 07:01 COLFB11 - David Bendit 22 yd field goal, 16-75 7:59
00:03 BOW - P. Noone 30 yd pass from M. Caputi (P. Noone rush)
3rd 05:56 BOW - J. Garvey 21 yd field goal,
00:52 BOW - Z. Donnarumma 1 yd run (J. Garvey kick)
4th 03:02 COLFB11 - Luke Duncklee 17 yd run (David Bendit kick)
FIRST DOWNS................... 16 15
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 35-100 54-155
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 102 113
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 27-11-0 13-8-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 62-202 67-268
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 1--5 2-19
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 3-12 3-45
Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 4-31.5 6-30.7
Fumbles-Lost.................. 3-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards............... 2-15 5-40
Possession Time............... 26:28 33:32
Third-Down Conversions........ 5 of 13 7 of 16
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 1 of 3 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 2-2 2-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-6 2-10
RUSHING: Colby-Spencer Gopaul 7-28; Connor Sullivan 11-23; Connor Walsh 5-22;
Luke Duncklee 6-17; Ian Borthwick 5-12; TEAM 1-minus 2. Bowdoin-Z. Donnarumma
22-76; P. Noone 24-66; K. Miao 2-8; M. Caputi 4-4; E. Drigotas 1-2; D. Westhaver
PASSING: Colby-Connor Sullivan 11-27-0-102. Bowdoin-M. Caputi 8-11-0-113; TEAM
0-1-0-0; P. Noone 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Colby-Connor Walsh 6-58; Spenser Merwin 3-18; Michael Lahiff 1-15;
Spencer Gopaul 1-11. Bowdoin-P. Noone 5-83; Z. Donnarumma 1-13; N. Goldin 1-10;
S. O'Malley 1-7.
INTERCEPTIONS: Colby-None. Bowdoin-None.
FUMBLES: Colby-Luke Duncklee 1-0; TEAM 1-0; Connor Sullivan 1-1. Bowdoin-Z.
Stadium: Whittier Field Attendance: 2002