Date Posted:10/24/2002,  8:00AM

Bowdoin vs. Wesleyan Football Game Notes


- The Bowdoin College football team will travel to Middletown, Connecticut on Saturday to take on Wesleyan University. The Polar Bears (1-4) are currently in eighth place in the conference, while the Cardinals (4-1) stand in a three-way tie for second place.

- Last week, the Polar Bear football team took an early lead against Trinity, but the Bantams continued to roll, picking up 340 yards of total offense and two key fourth quarter touchdowns in a 35-14 win. Bowdoin sophomore running back Rob Patchett had another strong performance, picking up 85 yards on 26 carries, while linebacker Brian Duggan collected 10 solo tackles to lead the Polar Bear defense.

- Wesleyan picked up their biggest victory of the season last week, defeating Amherst 14-13. In a tight, defensive battle the Cardinals improbably overcame five turnovers and Young Douglas scored both touchdowns to lift Wesleyan to the win. Sophomore linebacker Quincy Francis was all over the field in being named NESCAC Rookie of the Week, making 12 solo tackles.

- Bowdoin is sixth in the conference in rushing offense, accumulating 165.2 yards/game this season. Two Polar Bears rank in the top seven rushers in the league as Patchett (88.2 yards/game, 353 total) and Sean Starke (83.8 yards/game, 335 total) lead the offensive attack for Bowdoin. Rookie running back Matt Boyd is sixth in the NESCAC in scoring this year, rushing for five touchdowns.

- In contrast to Bowdoin?s rushing attack, the Cardinals excel through the air, leading the NESCAC in pass efficiency (129.1) and placing second in the conference with 240 yards passing per contest. Junior quarterback Brennan Carney leads the conference in total offense (241.2 yards/game) with seven passing touchdowns this season all to receiver Pat Moffett, who leads the NESCAC in scoring with 42 points. Francis leads the NESCAC in tackles with 60 total tackles this year.


- Last year in Brunswick, the Cardinals racked up 496 yards of total offense and got three touchdowns from tailback Young Douglas in a 41-31 victory. Bowdoin quarterback Justin Hardison finished the day 18-39 for 207 yards and 2 touchdown passes while then-senior running back Mike Taylor ended with 101 yards on 21 carries.


- This will be the 75th meeting between the two schools, dating back to a 0-0 tie in 1906. The Cardinals have won five straight in the series, with the last Polar Bear victory coming in 1996- a 31-8 Bowdoin win. Overall, Wesleyan holds a 46-26-2 edge in the all-time series.