Date Posted:11/06/2003,  11:00AM

Football vs. Colby Game Notes



November 8 - 12:30 pm

Whittier Field

Brunswick, Maine


- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears take on the Colby College Mules for the 115th time in the series history on Saturday.

- Bowdoin (0-7) enters today's game with their last chance to get a win in the 2003 campaign- against their arch-rival. The Polar Bears rallied in the second half against Bates last week, but fell to the Bobcats 20-17. Quarterback Ricky Leclerc continued to impress, passing for 227 yards, while Rob Patchett returned to the lineup and rushed for 83 yards- all in the second half. Shaun Kezer, Jeb Boudreau and Brendan Murphy made 10 tackles apiece to lead the defense. Murphy also broke up two passes and had an interception.

- Colby (4-3) saw their two-game winning streak snapped last week in an 18-0 defeat to Tufts. Jeremy Jamieson and Steve Kasperski both picked off a pass for Colby, while Aaron Stepka rushed for 53 yards. The Mules can capture the outright CBB Championship with a win this afternoon, as they beat Bates on October 25, 27-14.


- Bowdoin's Rob Patchett is fourth in the conference in rushing, averaging 104.0 yards per contest. He leads the NESCAC in all-purpose yards with 160.4 per game. Mike Minogue is fifth in the NESCAC wth four interceptions, while Shaun Kezer is second in the league with 11.4 tackles per game and second in forced fumbles (2).

- Colby's Aaron Stepka (98.7 yards/game) is sixth in the conference in rushing, while ranking eighth in all-purpose yards (112.3/game). Colby placekicker John Goss leads the conference in field goal kicking, making just over one attempt per game and eight of nine this season. Linebacker Steve Kasperski is third in the NESCAC with 10.5 tackles per contest this year. The Mules have the top two sack-leaders in the conference with Peter Sherman (seven) and Conor Sullivan (six) at the top of the standings.


- Last year in Waterville, the teams played a 32-27 shoot-out with the Mules taking the victory. Aaron Stepka rushed for 199 yards on 44 carries to lead Colby to the win. The Polar Bears held a 24-20 lead into the fourth quarter as Justin Hardison passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns. John Rock kicked two field goals as Bowdoin became the only team to score more than 20 points against Colby last year.


- The Polar Bears and White Mules hold the third-longest streak in Division III football, having played 114 times entering Saturday. Bowdoin holds an edge in the all-time series 62-43-9. The White Mules have won four straight in the rivalry, with Bowdoin's last win coming in 1998 (10-7). The series began in 1892 when the teams played twice (56-0 and 22-4 Bowdoin victories). The game has been played every year except for three years during World War II (1943-1945). The most point scored by Bowdoin against Colby was 68 in 1900, while Colby's biggest output came in 1914 (48 points).