Senior WR Dylan MacNamara caught 10 passes for a career-high 133 yards.
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin College football team picked up their first win of the season with a 23-14 victory over rival Bates College on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears (1-6) will have a crack at the CBB Championship next weekend when they play at Colby College, while Bates remains winless (0-7) for 2006.
First-year quarterback Oliver Kell shined for Bowdoin, tossing for 222 yards on 18-of-25 attempts. He threw three touchdows -- all to wideout Nick Tomaino, who tied the school record with the trio of scoring receptions.
The Bobcats pieced together an impressive first drive of the game, going 61 yards in nine plays to take an early lead. Junior quarterback Brandon Colon (Manchester, N.H.) set up the score with a 27-yard pass to senior Dylan McNamara (San Francisco, Calif.) that put Bates at the Bowdoin 6-yard line. Two plays later, senior tailback Jamie Walker (Needham, Mass.) rumbled his way into the end zone from five yards out to give the visitors a 7-0 edge.
Bowdoin replied with a scoring drive of its own to deadlock the score late in the opening period. The Polar Bears went 74 yards in 11 plays, as Kell found Tomaino over the middle for a 33-yard scoring strike with 2:28 remaining in the quarter to tie the game at seven. Kell found Tomaino again from 10 yards out early in the second quarter, but a missed PAT upped the score to 13-7. The pass capped a six-play, 29-yard effort that was set up by a Bates turnover.
The Polar Bears took advantage of another Bobcat turnover later in the opening half and cashed in with a 34-yard field goal from Nate Morrow to take a 16-7 edge into halftime.
The Bobcats got back into the game in the third quarter, driving 56 yards in 10 plays. Walker scored his second touchdown of the contest on a three-yard plunge to make it 16-14 Bowdoin.
The teams traded possessions until the beginning of the final period, when Kell marched the Polar Bears down the field with a back-breaking 12-play, 79-yard drive that resulted in his third scoring hook-up with Tomaino from three yards out on third-and-goal to increase the lead to 23-14.
Bates drove deep into Bowdoin territory on the ensuing drive, but Tyler Tennant picked off a Brandon Colon pass in the end zone with 6:56 to go, sealing the victory.
Colon was 20-for-32 for 225 yards passing, with 10 completions going to MacNamara for his career-high 133 yards. Walker ended with 64 yards rushing and two scores for Bates, as well as career-high totals of five receptions for 47 yards. Senior Terence Ryan (Milton, Mass.) collected 3.5 sacks of the Bobcats' five team sacks in defeat.
Bates had a 16-15 edge in first downs, and a 275-246 advantage in total offense.
Tomaino caught eight passes for 92 yards for Bowdoin, who held a 33:06-26:54 edge in time of possession.
Bates will host Hamilton College (2-5) this Saturday, Nov. 11 at 12 p.m., in the season finale.