November 5, 2011

Bates stifles Bowdoin for 24-2 victory at Garcelon

More news about: Bates

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College held rival Bowdoin College's offense scoreless and to just 168 yards in a dominating 24-2 win over the Polar Bears on Saturday at Garcelon Field. The win is Bates' second over Bowdoin in the past three years, and gives the Bobcats (3-4) their third win for the first time since the 2002 season while snapping their three-game skid.

Bowdoin scored its lone two points on a defensive PAT runback by Beau Breton, after the Polar Bears blocked Bates' extra-point kick attempt in the first quarter.

Patrick George ran for three touchdowns for Bates, while quarterback Trevor Smith ran for a game-high 77 yards and completed 11 of 20 passes for 146 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to John Squires in the first quarter. Squires finished with five catches for 92 yards and the score. Bates rushed for 194 yards, the Bobcats' fourth time this season netting more than 190 yards on the ground.

Bates' unexpected defensive hero was first-year linebacker Gilbert Brown, who saw his first extended action on the Bates defense and made the most of it, tallying six tackles, including four for a loss and both of the Bobcats' quarterback sacks, to go along with an interception. Kevin Helm tied with Bowdoin's Griffin Cardew for a game-high 13 tackles (9 solo), while Brett McAllister was credited with 10 solo stops.

The Bobcats picked off Bowdoin quarterback Mac Caputi four times -- one each by Kyle Starr, Andrew Kukesh, Brown and Will Taft. Caputi threw the ball 30 times with 11 completions for 105 yards. Pat Noone caught four passes for 51 yards and also rushed for 24 yards. Zach Donnarumma rushed for a team-high 45 yards on 21 carries.

Bowdoin (3-4) will take on Colby (3-4) next week in Brunswick. A Bowdoin win would mean a three-way split of the CBB title, while a Colby win would give the Mules the regional crown outright. Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Middlebury and Wesleyan are now all tied for fourth place in the NESCAC.

Bates led 18-2 at halftime, and the second half stayed scoreless until 52 seconds remained in the game, when George dove in from the 2-yard line to make it 24-2. Smith knelt on the point-after attempt to keep the score there.

More than halfway into the first quarter, Bates had come up with the game's only two first downs, but the Bobcats finally got their offense in gear on their drive starting with six minutes to go in the period. Bates drove from its own 37 to the Bowdoin 20. Smith was stopped for a 3-yard loss by Cardew to back them up to a 4th and 9 at the 23, but Smith lofted a fade pass into the left side of the end zone for Squires, who reached over his defender and came down with his sixth touchdown catch of the season and a 6-0 lead. On the ensuing extra-point attempt, Kevin Regan's kick was stuffed at the Bowdoin line of scrimmage, and Breton scooped the ball up and was quickly off to the races, running the ball all the way back the other way to put Bowdoin on the scoreboard with a 6-2 deficit.

The Polar Bears drove into Bates territory on their next possession, making it to the 32 before turning the ball over on downs. A three-and-out by Bates followed, and the Polar Bears made it to midfield on a 21-yard connection from Caputi to Noone, but Brown's first sack of the game threw Caputi for a 10-yard loss immediately after, and the drive stalled. Bates could only earn one first down on its next possession, but David Kurey's punt pinned Bowdoin at its own 1-yard line, and another Bowdoin three-and-out resulted in Bates getting the ball back at the Bowdoin 38. Seven plays later, George plunged in from the 1 for a 12-2 lead. Bates set up for a two-point conversion, but Smith was tackled before he could get a pass off.

Bowdoin's offensive struggles got worse, as Caputi was intercepted by Kukesh near midfield on 3rd and 8, and Kukesh's 21-yard return set up Bates' offense in enviable field position for a second straight time, at the 26, with 1:21 left in the half. The Bobcats needed only four plays to reach the end zone, as George scored from the 3 to make it 18-2 with 47 seconds left in the half, following another failed two-point pass attempt. Caputi was picked off again, by Brown, on Bowdoin's first play from scrimmage, giving Bates the ball back at the Bowdoin 44 with 32 seconds left. On the last play of the half, Smith's pass into the end zone was caught by Bowdoin's Greg Pierce for a touchback, and the teams headed to the locker rooms with Bates up 18-2.

Needing a jolt to start the second half, Bowdoin's offense instead stalled again. McAllister forced a fumble by Caputi that the quarterback was able to recover, but the play forced the Polar Bears to punt the ball away on their first drive of the half, though Breton pinned the Bobcats at the Bates 3. Bates moved the ball up to its own 45 before Kurey punted the ball back, and Bowdoin took over at its own 33. The Polar Bears' nightmares quickly resumed, however, as Caputi was picked off by Taft on the first play of the drive, and Taft's return set up the Bobcats at the Bowdoin 32. The Bobcats drove as far as the Bowdoin 11, but a fumbled exchange on 4th and 1 was recovered by Ian Vieira at the 17.

The Polar Bears were forced into a three-and-out before the third quarter ended, but they put together their only extended offensive possession when they got the ball back with 13:29 left in the fourth quarter. They started at their own 26 and moved the ball to the Bates 14 on 12 plays, but on 4th and 1, Donnarumma was brought down by Helm on a sweep, three yards behind the line of scrimmage. Bowdoin got a big defensive play of its own, as Dan Evans forced a fumble by Smith that was recovered by Joey Cleary at the Bates 35 with 8:09 left in the game, but Caputi was intercepted three plays later by Starr, who returned the ball to midfield. Bates drove to the Bowdoin 6 as the clock wound down, but the Bobcats turned the ball over on downs from there. Bowdoin returned the favor three plays later, giving Bates the ball back at the Bowdoin 15 with 2:19 to go, and five plays later George scored from the 2.

Bates plays at Hamilton next week at 12 p.m. in the season finale. The game can be followed via Live Stats (http://www.nescac.com/links/5myntf) and Video Webcast (http://www.nescac.com/links/hjp1jh).

Link to Complete Stats and Play by Play

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 5: All times Eastern
TBA
Anna Maria at Worcester State
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
7:00 PM
Albright at Kean
7:00 PM
Widener at Rowan
7:00 PM
WPI at Curry
7:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Sep. 6: All times Eastern
TBA
RPI at Norwich
TBA
Plymouth State at Castleton State
TBA
Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
TBA
St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
TBA
Thomas More at Wesley
TBA
Rhodes at Austin
TBA
Arizona Christian at George Fox
12:00 PM
Dickinson at Hobart
12:00 PM
Holland College (PEI, Canada) at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Otterbein at St. John Fisher
12:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Averett
1:00 PM
Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
1:00 PM
Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilmington at Olivet
1:00 PM
Adrian at Defiance
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
1:00 PM
Alfred State at Morrisville State
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Brockport State
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Montclair State
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
1:00 PM
Marietta at Kenyon
1:00 PM
Merchant Marine at Apprentice
1:30 PM
Alma at Heidelberg
1:30 PM
Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
1:30 PM
Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
St. Vincent at John Carroll
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Bethany
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Sewanee at DePauw
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Albion at UW-Stevens Point
2:00 PM
UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at St. Thomas
2:00 PM
Ohio Northern at Washington U.
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at St. John's
2:00 PM
Crown at Gustavus Adolphus
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Hope at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Rockford
2:00 PM
Aurora at Illinois College
2:00 PM
Carroll at Lakeland
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
2:00 PM
Coe at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
Central at Benedictine
2:00 PM
Presentation at Luther
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Culver-Stockton
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at Dakota Wesleyan
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
3:00 PM
St. Norbert at Carthage
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Puget Sound
4:00 PM
Pomona-Pitzer at MIT
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Salisbury at Christopher Newport
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
7:00 PM
Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Butler at Wittenberg
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
7:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
7:00 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
7:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Robert Morris-Chicago at UW-Oshkosh
7:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Dubuque
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Northwestern (Minn.)
8:00 PM
Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
8:00 PM
Wartburg at Augsburg
8:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Dec. 14: All times Eastern
Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
Box Score Recap Recap Photos

What We're Reading