Date Posted:11/10/2004,  4:30PM

Football vs. Colby Game Notes


November 13, 2004 - 12:30

Seaverns Field

Waterville, Maine


Live Teamline on the web (broadcast begins at approx. 12:20):


The Bowdoin College Polar Bears (2-5) will face the Colby College Mules (5-2) for the 116th time on Saturday. The rivalry is the third-longest in Division III, behind only Williams-Amherst and Albion-Kalamazoo.


With both teams defeating Bates College earlier this year (Colby, 17-16; Bowdoin, 21-0), these two arch-rivals will play in what essentially is the CBB Championship Game. The Mules have dominated what was formerly known as the "State Series" in the past few seasons, winning CBB Crowns in 2003, 2001 and 2000. Bates won the title in 2002. Bowdoin has not won the title since 1998. Overall, Bowdoin has won 15 championships with Colby winning 12 and Bates having 8.


- Bowdoin ranks fifth in the NESCAC in scoring offense (21.3 ppg) while standing ninth in scoring defense (27.7 ppg). The Polar Bears are fourth in total offense, averaging 324.3 yards per game and allowing 441.3 yards per contest to rank ninth in the league.

Individually, Rob Patchett ranks fourth in the NESCAC in rushing (99.0 ypg) and is second in the league with 180.0 all-purpose yards per game. Quarterback Ricky Leclerc is fifth in the league at 156.2 yards passing per game, while ranking first in the NESCAC in punting (38.9 yards per kick). Steve Curwen and Brendan Murphy are tied for fourth in the conference with three interceptions apiece this year. Shaun Kezer is second in the league with 69 total tackles this season, while Zach Hammond is tied for first with five sacks.

- Colby ranks sixth in the NESCAC in scoring offense (19.3 ppg), while ranking second in scoring defense (9.3 ppg). The Mules allow just 258.3 yards per game on defense, ranking third in the league, but gain just 274.0 per contest to stand ninth in total offense. The Mules have excelled in the turnover battle, holding a +7 turnover margin this year.

Individually, Justin Smith has tossed for 1289 yards on the year to rank fourth in the league, while Steve Markesich is fifth with 56.9 yards receiving per game. Josh Berman and Steve Kasperski have picked off three passes each for the Mules this year, while Peter Sherman has four sacks on the season.


Justin Smith passed for 212 yards as the Mules overcame a 6-0 deficit to take a 7-6 victory. The margin of decision proved to be a missed extra point by Bowdoin, who wasted a 115-yard effort by Rob Patchett in defeat.


One of the most bitter rivalries in all of college football, the Bowdoin-Colby rivalry dates back to 1892- a 56-0 Bowdoin victory. With the exception of war years (1943-1945) the teams have faced each other every year since that original meeting in 1892.

The most entertaing game in the series might have been the 1951 contest, when the squads hooked up for 102 points in a 60-42 Polar Bear victory. The game still stands as the highest-scoring contest in the history of Bowdoin football.

Bowdoin won eight straight to open the series history from 1892-1896, but Colby has dominated as of late, winning the last five meetings dating back to 1999. Overall, the Polar Bears hold a 62-44-9 edge in the all-time series.