Football falls last second to Bates

The Colby College football team lost in dramatic fashion yesterday after leading for the entire game over archrival Bates College. This loss drops the Mules to 1-5 on the season, with two games left against Tufts University and Bowdoin College. This loss marks the second straight, last-minute loss to a CBB rival school after last year’s “Hail-Mary” at Bowdoin College, which cost Colby the CBB crown.

The Mules came out hot on Saturday, jumping out to an early 14-0 lead over the Bobcats. Sophomore quarterback Gabe Harrington connected on a pair of big pass plays early, both of which went for touchdowns. He connected with Ryder Arsenault ’17 on a 23-yard pass to jump out early in the first quarter. He followed that play with a 59-yard bomb to Nick Joseph ’15 with two minutes and 45 seconds left in the quarter. Bates, however, would not go the first frame without scoring, as they converted a 20-yard pass for a touchdown to answer with nine seconds left in the first quarter.

The Joseph-Harrington combination was not done for the day after the first 15 minutes. The two would reconnect for another 50-yard touchdown pass, to put the Mules up 21-7. The Colby squad looked like it had some serious momentum and was about to put the game out of reach, but Bates was resolute. They would continue to battle back, refusing to lose at home. The Bobcats punched it in with two minutes left in the third quarter and then found the back of the end zone again 30 seconds into the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21 apiece. The Bates quarterback was responsible for leading his team back into the game, as he threw for three of the team’s final four touchdowns.

After Colby scored what looked like the game-winning touchdown with twelve minutes left in the game, the Bobcats then scored in the warning seconds to send the game into overtime. Once the extra time began, Colby failed to move the ball from the 25-yard line and then missed a 42-yard field goal. Bates then took little time punching the ball into the end zone and completing the comeback over the boys from Mayflower Hill.

The Mules and the Bobcats had almost identical stat sheets, with the teams picking up 21 and 22 first downs respectively, and each had about 340 yards of total offense. Just as in the game the week before against Hamilton, Colby jumped out to an early first half lead, however, unlike in the last game, the defense wasn’t able to slam the door on their opponents. Bates hung tough and clawed their way back into the game over the final three quarters and overtime.

Colby football is still searching for answers this season. Next weekend the team travels to Medford, Massachusetts in order to take on the Tufts Jumbos before coming home to play Bowdoin College in the final game of the season. 

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