The Polar Bears dug themselves a first quarter hole and couldn't recover in a 47-29 loss to Middlebury at Whittier Field. The Panthers jumped to an early 21-0 lead and, although Bowdoin outscored the Panthers 29-26 over the final 45 minutes, the effort fell short.
In the opener of the CBB Championship series, Bates mustered a big comeback but couldn't rally past Colby in a 23-20 loss in Waterville. Colby led 23-0 before Bates scored 20 consecutive points, coming up just short.
With the win, Colby holds the inside track to win their second straight CBB crown. Bates will hope for a win over Bowdoin to help their prospects of a three-way tie in the rivalry for 2019.
Bowdoin will look to overcome their struggles away from Whittier Field this season. At home, Bowdoin is averaging 22.0 points per game while scoring just 7.8 on the road.
Nate Richam-Odoi is second in the NESCAC in rushing with 610 yards, a single-season career best, and is just 34 yards short of becoming the sixth player in program history to surpass 2,000 career yards.
Bowdoin's defense has been much improved in bringing pressure in 2019, as exhibited by a league-leading 19 sacks this fall, including four against Middlebury last Saturday. Joe Gowetski and Noah Clack are 1-2 in the NESCAC in tackles for a loss this fall and Clack is tied for the league lead with five sacks.
The Bobcats are currently riding a 17-game losing streak dating back to November of 2017. The Bobcats will be looking to earn their first win at home this weekend on Senior Night at Garcelon Field.
Brendan Costa is Bates' top offensive threat, totaling 1,009 yards passing and 202 yards rushing this season. Five Bobcats have 10+ receptions this year and Tony Hooks leads the Bobcat defense with 45 total tackles.
Last year in the first-ever night game in Whittier Field history, the Polar Bears pulled away in the second half of a 31-14 victory over the Bobcats. Richam-Odoi carried the load for Bowdoin, totaling 130 yards on 32 carries with two touchdowns.