THE SATURDAY MATCH
The Bowdoin College football team will face rival Colby College for the 133rd time in the legendary rivalry’s history on Saturday night at Whittier Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Beginning in the fall of 2021, the Bowdoin College Athletics Department has changed digital game programs for all on-campus home events as part of an effort for a more sustainable campus, as well as providing information last minute on match days. To view the digital schedule, complete with team photos, up-to-date stats, links to live coverage and feature stories, scan the QR code above or visit goubears.com/programs
For every Bowdoin home game this fall, the Northeast Sports Network will provide live video coverage during live statistics can also be found via GoUBears.com
In a pre-game ceremony, Bowdoin will honor 18 members of its senior class who will play their last collegiate game under the lights on Saturday night. Bowdoin’s parents are asked to gather behind the Polar Bear sideline shortly after 5:00 p.m. for the ceremony which will begin at 5:15 p.m. sharp.
Bowdoin nearly doubled Amherst’s offensive yardage but was the victim of three interceptions and great starting position for the Mammoths in a 17-14 loss. Amherst didn’t go for more than 30 yards the entire game, and the Polar Bears couldn’t hold a second-half lead in the loss. Last weekend in Waterville, Tufts dominated from start to finish in a 35-7 win over the Mules.
With a win over Bates earlier this season, Colby can clinch his fourth straight CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) championship with a win over Bowdoin. The Polar Bears will look to make it a three-way split in the States Series for the first time since 2011.
POLAR BEAR HEADS
Bowdoin ranks sixth in the league in total offense (298.9 yards/game) and seventh in total defense (357.8 yards/game), but despite being second in the league in time of possession (33:04 /match) converted on 53% of their red zone visits in scoring, which ranks last in the league. André Eden ranks second in the league with 534 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. defensively, Drew Ortiz is third in the league with 11.0 tackles for loss. With a victory, Bowdoin would claim three wins in one season for the first time since 2013.
IN SEARCH OF THE MULES
Colby’s offense ranks eighth in NESCAC in total yards (276.3 yards/game) but boasted the fourth-best defense (324.0 yards/game) of the year . Offensively, quarterback Matt Hersch is fifth in the conference in total offense (173 yards rushing, 1,462 passing). Julian Young is second in the conference with 85 total tackles this season while Nick Donatio is tied for second with three interceptions. With a win, Colby would have his first winning season since 2005.
Last year in Waterville, Colby scored an unanswered 21 points in the final 15 minutes to beat Bowdoin, 21-10. A pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns by Hersch proved to be the difference in the game. Eden rushed for 98 yards in the Bowdoin loss.
BOWDOIN vs. COLBY – ALL TIME
With 132 encounters, the Bowdoin-Colby match dates back to 1892 and is the third longest rivalry in Division III football, behind only Williams-Amherst (134) and Kalamazoo-Albion (133). The Polar Bears have won eight straight to open series history from 1892-1896 and hold an overall advantage of 70-53-9. Colby has controlled the series lately, winning the last six meetings. Bowdoin’s last win over the Mules was in 2015 at Whittier Field.