Bowdoin football stops Colby

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 8, 2008

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College football team got off to a great start with a touchdown on the opening drive, but Bowdoin College got a big day from its quarterback and pulled away for season-ending 20-6 win over the Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday at Seaverns Field at Harold Alfond Stadium.

Bowdoin quarterback Oliver Kell (Westford, Mass.) rushed threw for 152 yards and rushed for 92 yards as the Polar Bears finished the season at 4-4. The Polar Bears won the coveted Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title for the third straight year after defeating Bates College last Saturday and now the victory over Colby. The Mules finish the season at 3-5.

Colby took the opening kickoff and put its points up just 4:28 into the game. The Mules marched 79 yards on 10 plays and went up early when Dan Prunier (Merrimack, N.H.) ran in for the score from 29 yards out. Colby quarterback Nick Kmetz (Laurel, Del.) led the first drive, but missed a good chunk of the game after hurting his ankle. Kmetz completed four passes on the opening drive for 33 yards and Prunier had 38 yards rushing.

Kell had a part in both of Bowdoin’s touchdowns and kicker Nolan McNair (Oak Park, Calif.) booted field goals of 34 and 31 yards for the other six points. Kell threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Michael Welsh (Milford, Mass.) to give the Polar Bears a 10-6 lead with 25 seconds left in the first half. Kell then rambled in from 6 yards out with 12:15 left in the third quarter to put Bowdoin up 17-6.

McNair booted his 34-yard field goal early in the second quarter after a Colby turnover. He then connected from 31 yards out with just 4:41 to play in the game for a 20-6 lead.

Prunier led the Mules with 69 yards of rushing and teammate Michael Cuqua (Walpole, Mass.) had 44 yards on seven carries.

Gardiner Parker (Woolwich, Maine) paced Colby with 10 stops. John Murphy (Hingham, Mass.) and Lamont Henry (Virginia Beach, Va.) both had nine tackles, while Casey Sullivan (Rye, N.H.) and Alex Halls (Potomac, Md.) each had seven stops. Chris Copeland (Rexford, N.Y.) had an interception to go along with six tackles.

Bowdoin 20, Colby 6

Bowdoin.............  0 10  0 10  - 20       Record: (4-4,4-4)

Colby...............  6  0  0  0  -  6       Record: (3-5,3-5)

Scoring Summary:

  1st 10:32 COL - Dan Prunier 29 yd run (Victor Gagne kick failed), 10-79 4:28, BOW 0 - COL 6

  2nd 13:30 BOW - N. McNair 34 yd field goal, 4-5 0:00, BOW 3 - COL 6

      00:25 BOW - M. Welsh 4 yd pass from O. Kell (N. McNair kick), 9-58 2:18, BOW 10 - COL 6

  4th 12:15 BOW - O. Kell 6 yd run (N. McNair kick), 17-80 7:12, BOW 17 - COL 6

      04:41 BOW - N. McNair 31 yd field goal, 11-34 6:40, BOW 20 - COL 6

                                      BOW      COL

  FIRST DOWNS...................       20       11

  RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   52-156   30-166

  PASSING YDS (NET).............      152       55

  Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  27-17-1   19-9-2

  TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   79-308   49-221

  Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0

  Punt Returns-Yards............      0-0     2-24

  Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     2-31     4-73

  Interception Returns-Yards....     2-23      1-0

  Punts (Number-Avg)............   2-41.0   3-29.0

  Fumbles-Lost..................      1-1      1-1

  Penalties-Yards...............      1-6     2-25

  Third-Down Conversions........ 11 of 20  5 of 13

  Fourth-Down Conversions.......   3 of 4   0 of 1

  Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      3-3      0-2

  Sacks By: Number-Yards........      1-7      1-9

  RUSHING: Bowdoin-O. Kell 30-92; N. Tom 14-43; I. Vieira 3-14; J. Lathrop 4-5; G.

  Pierce 1-2. Colby-Dan Prunier 12-69; Michael Cuqua 7-44; Roger Bel 2-36; Connor

  Walsh 1-10; Nick Kmetz 3-7; Patrick Burns 5-0.

  PASSING: Bowdoin-O. Kell 17-27-1-152. Colby-Nick Kmetz 6-13-1-43; Patrick Burns

  3-6-1-12.

  RECEIVING: Bowdoin-J. Starr 5-44; G. Racioppe 3-23; P. Noone 3-10; N. Tom 2-36;

  T. Kelleher 2-22; G. Pierce 1-13; M. Welsh 1-4. Colby-Connor Walsh 3-7; Dan

  Prunier 2-18; Roger Bel 1-10; Ryan Conlon 1-8; Andrew Carey 1-7; Justin Clark

  1-5.

 

 


 
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