|Middlebury College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Quarterback Jared Lebowitz passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Middlebury College football team over Bowdoin on Saturday in the Polar Bears’ opener at Whittier Field, 41-14.
The Panthers, who scored the first 41 points of the contest, improve to 2-0 this season while Bowdoin drops to 0-2.
After the teams traded possessions in the opening quarter, Middlebury got on the board first with a seven-play, 60-yard drive that was capped by a Matt Cardew four-yard touchdown plunge with 3:28 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers exploded for 20 points in the second quarter, doubling their lead on a four-play, 70-yard drive that featured two long catches by Tanner Contois to set up an eight-yard scoring strike from Lebowitz to Maxwell Rye.
Middlebury also got a 13-yard touchdown reception from Maxim Bochman and a 48-yard bomb to Conrado Banky to take a 27-0 edge into halftime.
Lebowitz capped his four-touchdown effort with a third quarter 25-yard pass to Jimmy Connell and Charlie Ferguson closed the Middlebury scoring with a five-yard scamper to give the visitors a 41-0 lead after three quarters.
Bowdoin was able to get on the board with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to close the final margin.
The Polar Bears’ best drive of the day went 15 plays and 80 yards and ended on a scramble by quarterback Griff Stalcup to paydirt with 6:04 to go.
Bowdoin trimmed the final margin to 41-14 as Nate Richam ended a nine-play, 73-yard drive with a four-yard run.
By The Numbers
Lebowitz finished 20-26 passing for 316 yards and four touchdowns against one interception.
His top target was Banky, who hauled in five passes for 101 and a score.
Cardew ended with 74 yards rushing on 14 carries with a touchdown.
Stalcup went 12-21 passing for 105 yards while also rushing for 54 more.
Richam ended with 67 yards on the ground for the Polar Bears while Gregory Olson caught three passes for 29 yards.
Middlebury’s defense was led by seven tackles from Aaron Slodowitz.
Bowdoin got nine tackles from Latif Armiyaw, including two for a loss, while Henry Little picked off a pass.
Middlebury totaled 528 yards of offense while Bowdoin carded 301.
Bowdoin out-gained Middlebury on the ground (196-192) and actually held the edge in time of possession (32:39).
Bowdoin heads to Amherst for a 1:00 p.m. game next Saturday.
Middlebury returns home to face Colby next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.