Hamilton College routs Bowdoin in football

Published Oct 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

CLINTON — Hamilton College’s Will Budington caught three touchdown passes and the Continentals went on to rout the Bowdoin College Polar Bears 62-27 in a NESCAC game played at Hamilton’s Steuben Field on Oct. 13.

The 62 points for the Continentals is the most they’ve scored in a game since a 64-7 win against Wesleyan University in 1986. Hamilton (2-3 NESCAC) racked up 505 yards of offense and 26 first downs. The defense came up with four interceptions and on special teams the Continentals blocked a punt and recovered a muffed punt return.

Budington, who had six catches for a game-high 90 yards, entered the day with two career touchdown receptions. Kenny Gray threw for 293 yards and ran for 87 more, including a 50-yard gain. Gray completed 23 of 31 passes and matched a career-high with four scoring tosses. Fullback David Kagan rumbled 55 yards on one play and finished with 67 yards on just three carries.

Colby Jones led the Hamilton defense with a career-best 14 tackles Sam Bowen intercepted two passes and Sean Tolton and Christian Snell picked off one apiece. Sam Thoreen set a program record by making eight extra points and was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goal tries.

Bowdoin (0-5) had its losing skid extended to 22 games. The Polar Bears, who defeated rival Colby College in the 2015 season finale, finished with 430 yards of total offense and 29 first downs.

Austin McCrum was 31 of 54 passing for 279 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions for Bowdoin. Brendan Ward ran 13 times for 81 yards and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Gregory Olson led the Polar Bears with 74 receiving yards, and Michael Cloppse ended up with a game-high nine catches.

The Continentals took the lead for good in the second quarter when they scored 24 points. A 3-yard touchdown run by Joe Park just 59 seconds into the quarter gave Hamilton a 20-14 advantage.

Hamilton won its third straight against Bowdoin and the Continentals lead the all-time series, 20-15. Hamilton travels to Colby in Waterville, Maine, on Oct. 20 for another conference game at 1 p.m. The Polar Bears host Trinity College on Saturday at 1 p.m.