Bowdoin Picks Off Historic Victory at Tufts For First Win of Season

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Bowdoin College opened and closed the scoring with mammoth interception returns for scores as the Polar Bears downed Tufts 27-6 in the Jumbos' home opener at Ellis Oval/Zimman Field on Saturday.

With 10:43 remaining in the second period, sophomore Joey Cleary opened the scoring by picking off a Johnny Lindquist pass at the Bowdoin one and running straight down the right sideline for a 99-yard touchdown. The Jumbos had driven to the Bowdoin 5 following an eight-play, 46-yard drive. Lindquist was attempting to scramble to the right and threw the ball while being tackled.

Not to be outdone, sophomore Griffin Cardew closed the scoring and sealed the win with a near instant replay with 4:10 remaining in the contest as he snared a Lindquist pass at the goal line and returned the ball for an NCAA record-tying 100-yard return.

It is believed to be the first time in Division III history that a team has returned two interceptions of at least 99 yards for a score in the same game. It is the first time in NESCAC history that a team has turned the trick and the two returns become the two longest plays in the 120-year history of Bowdoin football.

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