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Football team edged at Bowdoin, 21-20









BRUNSWICK, Maine -- A 27-yard field goal attempt by Bates hit the upright with 51 seconds remaining to give Bowdoin a wild 21-20 win over the Bates College football team on Saturday afternoon at Whittier Field. The Polar Bears (2-5) earn their second win of the season and will battle Colby in Waterville next Saturday for the CBB Championship.

The Bobcats fall to 1-6 this season. Bates has one game left, with Hamilton visiting Garcelon Field on Saturday, Nov. 13, with a 12 p.m. kickoff. Follow the game live, online and free of charge via Live Video Webcast and Live Stats.

Turnovers doomed Bates on Saturday, as Bowdoin was able to cash in for 15 points on three Bates miscues. Despite the mistakes, the Bobcats still had a chance to win the game late in regulation. Down by a touchdown entering the fourth quarter, a high snap on a punt gave Bates great field position at the Bowdoin 11. Junior quarterback Ryan Katon (Durham, Conn.) tossed a fade to junior wide receiver John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) for a touchdown, but a missed PAT left the Bobcats one point shy, at 21-20. Bates assumed control of the ball later in the fourth quarter, and marched 58 yards in 17 plays as time ticked under a minute to play. Senior Gavin Segall-Abrams (Greensboro, N.C.) lined up the potential 27-yard game-winner, and hooked it left off the upright with 51 seconds remaining.

The Bobcats carried a 14-12 advantage into halftime after a pair of missed PAT's by Bowdoin. Bates took an early lead on a 25-yard scoring strike from sophomore QB Trevor Smith (Malvern, Pa.) to Squires in the back corner of the end zone in the first quarter. After Bowdoin answered with a seven-play drive, capped by a 35-yard pass from Grant White to a wide open Brendan Garner, senior Jared Jammal (Concord, Mass.) dove in from one yard out to give the Bobcats a 14-6 lead. With under a minute to play in the half, however, Smith fumbled the ball and Dominic Ridgard recovered deep in Bobcat territory. Four plays later, Bowdoin quarterback Thomas Romero found Garner on a 10-yard slant in the end zone to cut the lead to 14-12.

Bowdoin took the lead for good in the third period. After Ian Vieira intercepted a Smith pass, Polar Bear running back Kevin Miao scampered five yards to paydirt. Another missed extra point left the Bowdoin advantage at 18-14. The Polar Bears again took advantage of a Bates turnover, a fumble recovery by Vieira, that was converted into a 22-yard field goal by Bill Donahue to extend the lead to 21-14.

Garner finished with six catches for 114 yards and two touchdown catches. White went 8-10 for 92 yards passing and a touchdown while Romero went 6-19 with 98 yards, a score and three interceptions. Zach Donnarumma (59 yards) and Miao (50) led the Polar Bear rushing attack. Defensively, Vieira made an interception and a fumble recovery while Dan Evans made 12 solo tackles. Peter Troubh had nine tackles including a sack and three stops for a loss.

Bates finished with 176 yards rushing, as seven different players carried the ball. Jammal (56 yards) and first-year Ryan Curit (South Portland, Maine; 47 yards) led the Bobcats on the ground, with career-high yardage totals for both. Smith (5-9 passing) tossed for 83 yards and Katon (5-12) threw for 53. First-year safety Andrew Kukesh (Exeter, N.H.) made five solo tackles and had a pair of interceptions for Bates, while junior Cam Evans (Norwell, Mass.) also had an interception. Senior Myles Walker (Needham, Mass.), who entered the game as the leading tackler in the NESCAC, had seven solo tackles, including two for a loss. Junior Brett McAllister (Exeter, N.H.) shared the team lead with seven tackles, while junior Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.) was credited with five tackles, including Bates' lone quarterback sack and two tackles for a loss.

Stats and Play by Play: Bowdoin 21, Bates 20