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Football Preview: Bobcats still seek share of CBB title

Bates College Bobcats vs. Bowdoin College Polar Bears

Garcelon Field - Lewiston, Maine

November 3, 2007, 12:30 p.m.

Live Audio Streaming
Bates College has partnered with Teamline to make live play-by-play of 2007 season home football games available to listeners from anywhere.

Veteran announcer Al Harvie '65 will be making the call from the press box at Garcelon Field.

There are two simple ways to listen in on the play-by-play:

  1. Free via the Internet. Simply follow this link or click on the Teamline logo above.
  2. Via any telephone for $5 per game. To access the game via any phone just dial (216) 502-3200. Enter team code 0424 when prompted. Long distance charges may apply, depending on your particular long distance plan or provider.

The Series

The Bowdoin-Bates rivalry, at 109 games entering today’s game, is the 10th-longest in Division III, dating back to 1889. The Polar Bears hold a 63-39-7 edge in the all-time series. Bates last won in 2003 by a 20-17 score, behind Jamie Walker ’07 and his 139 yards on 45 carries, a Bates record.

Brandon Colon '08 has completed 20 of 32 passes in both of Bates' past two games against Bowdoin.

Last Two Meetings

Bowdoin picked up its first win of the season with a 23-14 victory over Bates at Brunswick, en route to the CBB Championship.

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.

Bates QB Brandon Colon was 20-for-32 for 225 yards passing, with 10 completions going to Dylan MacNamara ’07 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. Terence Ryan '07 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.

The Bowdoin game of 2005, a 24-17 loss for Bates, was probably the toughest result to swallow of that season. Bates led Bowdoin 14-0 going into the fourth quarter, but the Polar Bears put together 21 unanswered points for a 21-14 win, en route to a 6-2 season.


Formerly known as the “Maine State Championship Series,” the CBB stands as one of college football’s most historic traditions. Competition began between the championship’s original contenders in 1895 and continues to highlight the college football season in the state today. The original affiliates of the series included present members Colby, Bates and Bowdoin, as well as the University of Maine at Orono. The series held this format from its inception in 1895 until 1964, when UMaine made the jump to Division I. Once Maine left the series, it took on the acronym CBB (standing for Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin). Bowdoin gained the CBB title in 2006, snapping Colby’s run of three straight. Bates last garnered the CBB hardware in 2002.

Colon keeps breaking records

Brandon Colon broke his third Bates career passing record last week in the Colby game, a week after setting the yardage record and four weeks after breaking the completions mark, all formerly held by Dan Hooley ‘97. En route to a season-high 21 completions and 257 yards, Colon passed Hooley’s previous mark of 845 passing attempts a week after setting the Bates career yardage record and four weeks after setting Bates' career completions record. Colon now has 884 career attempts, 416 completions and 4,769 yards.