Game Recap courtesy of Bowdoin College
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Tufts University football team rolled up 505 yards of total offense on its way to a 41-21 victory over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Whittier Field.
|Sophomore QB Ryan McDonald ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns|
The Jumbos remain one of three unbeaten NESCAC teams and improve to 3-0. Bowdoin remains winless on the year and drops to 0-3. Tufts has now won two straight against the Polar Bears after a five-year losing streak and holds a 60-49-2 advantage in the all-time series between the schools.
The Jumbos built a quick 10-0 advantage thanks to good field possesion on its first two drives. Willie Holmquist booted a 46-yard field goal to get Tufts on the board and then, after a three-and-out by the Polar Bear offense, Ryan McDonald scampered up the middle for a touchdown to cap a four-play, 54-yard drive.
Bowdoin was able to cut into the Tufts lead late in the quarter as Nick Vailas received a punt at his own 25, cut through the Jumbo punt team and raced 75 yards to paydirt. It was Bowdoin's first punt return for a touchdown since 2011.
Tufts answered, however, covering 70 yards on 14 plays on the ensuing drive, and scoring on a five-yard Chance Brady touchdown run to push the lead back to ten points, 17-7.
Bowdoin was able to trim the lead to 24-14 before halftime as Nate Richam capped a 10-play, 67-yard drive with his first career touchdown run, an 11-yard scamper into the endzone that made it a ten-point game at the break.
Tufts wasted little time putting the contest out of reach in the third quarter, however, twice scoring on one-play drives to build an insurmountable lead. On their first play from scrimmage in the second half, McDonald faked a hand-off and sliced through the Bowdoin defense for a 75-yard touchdown run. Then, after another Tufts possession resulted in a 36-yard field goal to make it 34-14, Mike Miller took a 77-yard pass from Alex Snyder on the first play of a later series to make it a 41-14 contest at the end of three quarters.
Bowdoin scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on its longest drive of the season, an 11-play, 96-yard drive, that resulted in a 13-yard pass from Noah Nelson to Bryan Porter in the back corner of the end zone to make it a 41-21 final.
Tufts gained more than 500 yards for the first time since October of 2010. A number of Jumbos contributed, led by McDonald, who had 146 yards rushing and two scores on the ground while also going a perfect 9-9 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Bowdoin was led by 41 yards rushing from Richam and 21-45 passing from Nelson for 223 yards, including six catches for 94 yards for Nick Vailas.
Defensively, Chuck Calabrese had a team-best seven stops for Tufts, including a sack. Bowdoin was led by 17 tackles from Joe Gowetski, who also had a sack.
Up next Tufts will travel to Trinity next Saturday in a battle of unbeaten squads at 1:30 p.m. Bowdoin will make the long trek to Clinton, N.Y., to face Hamilton at noon next Saturday.