Date Posted:10/03/2002,  8:00AM

Bowdoin-Tufts Football Game Notes



The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will host Tufts University on Saturday in the 97th battle between the two squads, dating back to 1889 (an undoubtedly hard-fought 8-4 Tufts victory).

- The Polar Bears have been a tale of two units this season, racking up an average of 261 yards per game on offense against the top two teams from the NESCAC last season. But the Polar Bears have allowed over 400 yards per game in those two contests, falling in both. Last week, Bowdoin played with Amherst for three quarters (trailing 26-20 midway through the third) before the Lord Jeffs scored two late touchdowns to put the contest out of reach.

- The Jumbos have been heads-and-shoulders above the crowd this season, outscoring their first two opponents 47-0. Although Hamilton and Bates combined for just two wins in 2001, Tufts has thoroughly dominated both, allowing the Bobcats inside their own 40-yard line just twice last Saturday.

- The marquee match-up in today?s game should be the Bowdoin running game against the Jumbo?s five-man defensive line. The Polar Bears are fifth in the conference with 157 yards/game on the ground, while Tufts has allowed just 51.5 yards/game on the ground in their first two games.


- Last season in Medford, the the two teams played a competitive first 13 minutes before Tufts broke through with stellar special teams play, as Mark Tilki blocked a punt deep in Bowdoin territory and Donovan Brown recovered the ball in the endzone for a 7-0 lead at 1:09 of the first. Tilki set up the Jumbos' second score as well, when he intercepted a Justin Hardison pass and returned it to the Bowdoin 19 late in the second quarter. Tufts running back Keven Kelley scored three times as the Jumbos went on to the 34-0 victory.


- The Polar Bears and Jumbos have faced each other 96 times entering today?s game, with Tufts holding a 53-41-2 all-time lead in the series. The Jumbos have won four straight in the series, with the last Bowdoin win coming in 1997 (28-20). The most famous battle between the two squads occurred in 1992, when the Polar Bears defeated the Jumos 7-6 in Galway, Ireland, in the first-ever Division III game played in Europe.