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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 28, 2006
LEWISTON, Maine --- The Colby College football team got the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) series off to a good and wet start with a 10-7 win over Bates College in four overtimes on Saturday at Garcelon Field.
The game was played in heavy rain and winds, but Colby kicker Brian Bachow managed to knock in a 22-yard field goal in the fourth overtime to lift the Mules to 2-4 on the season. Colby, which plays at Tufts University next Saturday at 12:30 p.m., will play Bowdoin College on November 11 at home in its second CBB game to look for a fourth straight title. Bowdoin and Bates will meet next Saturday at Bowdoin.
Colby's defense did not allow a touchdown on the day. Bates (0-6) went ahead 7-0 in the third quarter when Eric Obeng scooped up a fumble and raced 7 yards for a touchdown after Terence Ryan had sacked Mule quarterback Justin Smith.
Smith helped get back the touchdown early in the fourth quarter. He had a 37-yard run on a 57-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard scoring run from Chris Bashaw.
Bashaw ran 34 times for 73 tough yards in the rain and caught four passes for 36 yards. Smith was 13-for-29 for 100 yards and Brennan Moore caught three balls for 21 yards.
Colby's defense held Bates to just 14 yards passing on three completions. The Bobcats got much of their offense from running back Jamie Walker, who carried the ball 43 times for 135 yards.
Both kickers missed field goals on the sloppy turf in overtime before Bachow connected on his big kick. Bachow missed from 31 yards, while Bates kicker Andrew Johnson had a 26-yard boot blocked.
Andrew Heaney led Colby in tackles with 12. Jackson Parker had nine tackles, seven of them solo and 2.5 for loss with one sack. Paul Howanitz and Alex Halls both had seven stops for the Mules.