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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 14, 2009
BRUNSWICK, Maine --- The Colby College football team will have to settle for a tie for the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Championship after the Polar Bears scored 26 points in the second half on the way to a 32-27 win over the Mules on Saturday.
The Mules took a win over Bates College two weeks ago, but the Bobcats defeated Bowdoin last Saturday. Colby (4-4) could have won the title outright with a victory Saturday. The Bowdoin victory means the first CBB tie since the 1995 season.
Colby seniors Roger Bel, Stephen Carroll, Chris Copeland, Michael Cuqua, Matt Fait, Lamont Henry, Brian Leighton, Connor McKenna, Dan Prunier, Matt Quinlan, Carl Richards, Ben Robinson, Peter Scheve, and Casey Sullivan all played their final games Saturday.
Tyler Tennant had two second-half interceptions that both led to touchdowns to spark Bowdoin (3-5). The Polar Bears had just received a 25-yard field goal from Bill Donahue to cut the Colby lead to 14-9 with 10:09 to play in the third quarter. Tennant then intercepted a pass at the Colby 45 and returned it 43 yards to the 2-yard line. Bowdoin quarterback Oliver Kell rushed in from 1 yard out to put Bowdoin up for good at 15-14 (the two-point conversion failed).
Tennant came up with his second pick at the Bowdoin 32 after Matt Hellinger had given Colby good field position with a 38-yard kickoff return. Tennant returned it to the Bowdoin 42-yard line and the Polar Bears drove for another score to make it 22-14. Kell had four completions on the drive, but it was running back Nick Tom with a 25-yard touchdown run for the score.
The Polar Bears kept up the momentum and went up 29-14 when Tom rushed in from 35 yards out with 13:55 left in the fourth quarter.
The Mules refused to give up and countered with a 35-yard scoring pass from Nick Kmetz to Spencer Merwin, the second of three scores on the day for the sophomore tight end. The Polar Bears had to punt deep in their own territory and kicked to the Bowdoin 45 where Connor Walsh returned the punt 10 yards to the 35. Kmetz hooked up with Merwin on the next play.
Bowdoin once again seemed to put the game away when Donahue kicked a 20-yard field goal for a 32-21 lead with 2:53 left in the contest, but the Mules bounced back again with a quick score. Hellinger had another 38-yard kickoff return to give the Mules good field position and Colby used just 50 seconds to go 42 yards in five plays. Merwin caught his third touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Kmetz, but the Mules missed on the two-point conversion to make it 32-27.
Colby forced Bowdoin to punt the ball away in the final two minutes, but Donahue nailed a 36-yard punt to the Mules 2-yard line to force a 98-yard drive for a touchdown with just 1:21 to play. Colby made it to midfield before time ran out in the game.
Merwin had his best collegiate day with five catches for 99 yards and the three touchdowns. Kmetz finished at 16-for-33 with three touchdowns and ran 18 times for 51 yards and one score. Prunier had 61 yards of rushing for the Mules.
Kell had 168 yards passing, including 112 yards on 10 catches by Pat Noone. Tom had 18 carries for 114 yards and the two scores, while Kell finished with nine rushes for 39 yards and one touchdown. Bowdoin had a slight 388-353 advantage in total yards.
Copeland led all tacklers with 13 for Colby, while Tennant had eight stops for Bowdoin.
The Mules' offense, with 84 points in the past three games heading into the Bowdoin contest, had a 171-129 advantage in total yards in the first half. However, Colby needed to go just six yards to go up 7-0 after Philip Amato recovered a fumble on the Bowdoin 6-yard line by punt returner Noone. Kmetz ran in from 6 yards out on the next play and the Mules were up 7-0 after a good extra point by David Bendit.
Bowdoin used 7:09 off the clock and drove 75 yards in 18 plays to make the score 7-6 on a 1-yard pass play from Kell to Justin Starr. However, the Polar Bears had the extra point blocked and Colby still led.
The Mules made it a 14-6 game at halftime when Merwin hauled in a 13-yard pass for a score from Kmetz. Colby overcame two holding calls on the drive, the second wiping out a 25-yard touchdown run by Conor Tidgwell. Kmetz hit Tidgwell on a 14-yard pass play and Kmetz had a 9-yard run to get the ball to the Bowdoin 11. After a loss of 2 yards on a play, Kmetz found Merwin for the score.
Bowdoin 32, Colby 27
Colby............... 7 7 0 13 - 27 Record: (4-4,4-4)
Bowdoin............. 0 6 16 10 - 32 Record: (3-5,3-5)
1st 09:54 COLFB09 - Nick Kmetz 6 yd run (David Bendit kick), 1-6 0:04, COLFB09 7 - BOW 0
2nd 12:09 BOW - J. Starr 1 yd pass from O. Kell (B. Donahue kick blockd), 18-75 7:09, COLFB09 7 - BOW 6
05:25 COLFB09 - Spencer Merwin 13 yd pass from Nick Kmetz (David Bendit kick), 11-49 6:34, COLFB09 14 - BOW 6
3rd 10:09 BOW - B. Donahue 25 yd field goal, 13-63 4:46, COLFB09 14 - BOW 9
07:48 BOW - O. Kell 1 yd run (O. Kell pass failed), 2-2 0:40, COLFB09 14 - BOW 15
04:06 BOW - N. Tom 25 yd run (B. Donahue kick), 8-67 2:27, COLFB09 14 - BOW 22
4th 13:55 BOW - N. Tom 35 yd run (B. Donahue kick), 3-53 0:57, COLFB09 14 - BOW 29
07:11 COLFB09 - Spencer Merwin 35 yd pass from Nick Kmetz (David Bendit kick), 1-35 0:09, COLFB09 21 - BOW 29
02:53 BOW - B. Donahue 20 yd field goal, 8-60 4:12, COLFB09 21 - BOW 32
01:53 COLFB09 - Spencer Merwin 23 yd pass from Nick Kmetz (Nick Kmetz pass failed), 5-42 0:50, COLFB09 27 - BOW 32
FIRST DOWNS................... 18 20
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 41-145 37-178
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 208 210
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 33-16-2 33-20-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 74-353 70-388
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 2-14 2-13
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 7-182 4-53
Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 2-53
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 3-29.7 3-35.0
Fumbles-Lost.................. 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards............... 5-30 4-34
Possession Time............... 32:14 27:46
Third-Down Conversions........ 6 of 18 6 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 4 of 6 2 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 2-3 4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 0-0 4-28
RUSHING: Colby-Dan Prunier 13-61; Nick Kmetz 18-51; Michael Cuqua 5-16; Connor
Walsh 2-12; Conor Tidgwell 3-5. Bowdoin-N. Tom 18-114; O. Kell 9-39; J. Lathrop
4-26; I. Vieira 4-3; R.J. Shea 1-0; M. Moran 1-minus 4.
PASSING: Colby-Nick Kmetz 16-33-2-208. Bowdoin-O. Kell 19-31-0-168; R.J. Shea
RECEIVING: Colby-Spencer Merwin 5-99; Dan Prunier 3-19; Connor Walsh 2-32; Conor
Tidgwell 2-19; Matt Hellinger 1-12; Michael Cuqua 1-11; Patrick Burns 1-9; Cody
Anderson 1-7. Bowdoin-P. Noone 10-112; N. Tom 4-53; M. Moran 3-26; P. Hinman
1-10; J. Lathrop 1-8; J. Starr 1-1.
INTERCEPTIONS: Colby-None. Bowdoin-T. Tennant 2-53.
FUMBLES: Colby-Nick Kmetz 2-1. Bowdoin-P. Noone 1-1.