BRUNSWICK — Apollo 13. Shackleton. The Bowdoin football team.

The comparisons aren’t obvious, but Bowdoin coach Dave Caputi did what he had to do to get his Polar Bears a 20-10 win over Colby on Saturday at Whittier Field.

“Apollo 13. Was that or was that not a success?” Caputi said. “We talked earlier in the week about Apollo 13 and Shackleton. We had some injuries, things didn’t go our way, and we had to find a way to make things work.”

Senior Pat Noone was the duct tape that held Bowdoin (4-4) together against the Mules (3-5).
He returned kicks. He ran the ball out of the wildcat 24 times for 66 yards. He had five receptions in the first half for 83 yards and a touchdown.

He smirked at the suggestion that he might drive the team bus or cook a meal for everybody after the game.

“I’m a terrible cook,” he said. “I knew it definitely was going to be a part of our game plan to run the wildcat. The wildcat takes the pressure off everybody else. … It was definitely fun to go out doing a little bit of everything.”

Cooking might be the only thing Noone doesn’t do well.

His rushing yardage wasn’t impressive, but the Polar Bears ran a meat grinder of an offense, with Noone at the center of it.

With Bowdoin leading 20-10 late in the fourth quarter, it was Noone who ran the ball on third-and-1. He slammed into four defenders, gained 2 yards for the first down that effectively ended any Colby rally thoughts.

He also caught a pretty 30-yard touchdown pass with 3.5 seconds left in the first half to give Bowdoin a 10-3 lead.

The Polar Bears were both opportunistic and grinding. Bowdoin’s first possession of the second half came off of a fumble from Colby quarterback Connor Sullivan.

It resulted in an 11-play, 6-minute, 48-yard drive that ended on a 21-yard Jimmy Garvey field goal for a 13-3 Bowdoin lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Garvey kicked a pop-up that was misplayed by a Colby receiver and recovered by Bowdoin’s Zach Donnarumma at Colby’s 35-yard line.

Bowdoin took its sweet time again, taking nine plays and 5 minutes off the clock as Donnarumma ran in a 1-yard touchdown to give Bowdoin a 20-3 lead with 53.2 seconds to play in the third quarter.

The miscue was one of several costly Colby errors.

The Mules’ second snap of the game went through the quarterback’s hands and rolled out of the end zone for a safety.

Colby coach Ed Mestieri was left shaking his head after the game.

“We didn’t handle the snap. Took our eye off the ball, and it goes out the back of the end zone,” he said.

“Then we let the ball drop on the kickoff. That was a critical, critical mistake.”

Bowdoin’s defense pulled it into a three-way tie for the CBB championship.
The Polar Bears have won at least a share of the title for the past six years.

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