Date Posted:10/17/2002,  8:00AM

Bowdoin vs. Trinity Football Game Notes



- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will host Trinity College on Saturday afternoon in the 32nd meeting between the two squads, dating back to 1912. Last season, the Bantams took a 50-34 win in Hartford.

- The Polar Bears enter today?s game coming off a 28-14 victory at Hamilton last weekend. Bowdoin gained 365 yards of total offense, including 290 yards on the ground in the win. Rob Patchett gained 167 of those rushing yards and Matt Boyd scored two touchdowns for the Polar Bears, while Brian Durant changed the momentum of the game with a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown. Bowdoin (1-3) is currently in a tie for sixth place in the conference with Colby and Middlebury. Bowdoin is second in the conference, averaging 182.5 yards rushing per game.

- The Bantams are coming off a nail-biter, having beaten previously-undefeated Tufts 13-12 last Saturday. Although Trinity only managed 136 yards of total offense, the Bantams shined on special teams, blocking a punt for a touchdown and blocking a key extra point that proved to be the difference in the victory. Trinity is second in the conference defensively, allowing only 241.5 yards per game.


- Last season in Hartford the two teams hooked up in a shoot-out that saw the two teams combine for 985 yards of total offense in a 50-34 Bantam win. The Polar Bears got ahead early on a 74-yard touchdown run by Tony Small, but the Bantams rallied to score 34 points in the first half and hold off a Bowdoin offense that scored more points than it had since 1998. Justin Hardison had perhaps his best day in a Bowdoin uniform, completing 22 of 38 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.


- The Polar Bears and Bantams have squared off 31 times entering today?s tussle, with Trinity holding a 23-6-2 advantage in the all-time series. Trinity has won the last three meetings, with Bowdoin?s last victory coming in 1998 (a 19-0 win).