The Polar Bears gave up some early scores and couldn't get on track offensively in a 30-5 loss at Bates. The win snapped a 17-game losing streak for the Bobcats (1-7) who won the first night game in Garcelon Field history.
In Waterville, Tufts used a balanced attack to gain 464 yards of total offense en route to a 35-10 victory over Colby.
Thanks to its win over Bates two weeks ago, Colby will be looking to win its second straight CBB Championship with a win over Bowdoin on Saturday. The Polar Bears can only hope for a three-way tie for the trophy with a victory. Colby has not won consecutive CBB crowns since 2004-05
Prior to Saturday's game, Bowdoin will be honoring its 11-member senior class, as well as senior managers and support staff in a pregame ceremony beginning at approximately 4:15 p.m.
With 81 yards rushing against Bates last week, senior Nate Richam-Odoi became the sixth Polar Bear to surpass 2,000 career yards on the ground. With 2,048 in his career, he sits just 57 yards shy of breaking the top-five at Bowdoin. He ranks third in the NESCAC in rushing (691 yards) and is the top non-returner in the conference in all-purpose yardage (929 yards rushing and receiving) this fall.
Noah Clack currently leads the NESCAC with six sacks this season and sits only behind teammate Joe Gowetski in tackles for a loss. Gowetski (20) and Clack (16.5) currently sit 1-2 in that category entering the final week of the season. Clack is looking to become just the second Polar Bear to lead the NESCAC in sacks in a season, joining Bryan Duggan (9.0 sacks) in 2009.
Bowdoin kicker and punter Michael Chen closes out his career on Saturday against Colby holding numerous school records. A four-year starter on special teams, Chen already ranks first all-time at Bowdoin in punts (224) and yardage (8,051). He owns a career average of 35.9 yards/punt and 43 of his kicks have landed inside the opposing 20 with just seven touchbacks.
Colby is looking to win consecutive CBB crowns for the first time since 2005-06 with a victory on Saturday. Colby's lone victory of the year came at home on October 26 when they jumped to a 23-0 lead and held off Bates in a 23-20 triumph.
Colby's top offensive threat is quarterback Matt Hersch, who ranks fifth in the NESCAC in passing (205.4 yards/game). Defensively, Marcus Bullard is tops in the NESCAC in tackles (83) this season.
Last year in Waterville, the Mules scored 27 points in the second half to win the CBB crown, 30-14, over the Polar Bears. Bowdoin out-gained the Mules 374-319, but committed a pair of key turnovers deep in their own territory that proved too much to overcome in the setback. Tailback Brendan Ward rushed for a career-high 146 yards in the game, including a 48-yard touchdown run.
The Bowdoin-Colby game dates back to 1892- a 56-0 Bowdoin victory. The Polar Bears won eight straight to open the series history from 1892-1896, and hold a 70-51-9 overall edge. The home team has carried the series of late, winning seven of the last eight meetings. Among Division III football, only Williams-Amherst (132) and Kalamazoo-Albion (131) have played more often than the two Maine rivals.