Date Posted:10/31/2002,  8:00AM

Bowdoin vs. Bates Football Game Notes


The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will host Bates College on Saturday afternoon in the 10th-longest rivalry in Division III football history. Bates and Bowdoin have met 104 times entering today?s contest, dating back to 1889. The two teams are tied for eighth place in the NESCAC, while Bates is 1-0 in CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) round-robin play and the Polar Bears have yet to play either of their in-state rivals. Saturday is the final home game for ten Bowdoin seniors- Sean Starke, Justin Hardison, Justin Foster, Matt Giffune, Jay Rawlins, Brian Curry, Jamie Salsich, Jeremy Lambert, Pat Smith and Jamie Nichols.

- Bowdoin enters this weekend's contest after falling 17-3 to Wesleyan in sloppy conditions last weekend. Neither team could muster much in the air, as the squads combined for just 183 yards passing. The Cardinals took advantage on the ground, accumulating 355 yards rushing in the victory. The Polar Bears? strength is their running attack, which has averaged 147 yards/game this year.

- Bates picked up their first win of the season last Saturday, stunning Colby at home, 19-14. Sean Atkins rushed for 99 yards on 34 carries and had a touchdown in the win. Atkins is fourth in the NESCAC, averaging 98.4 yards/game this season.

- Bates can clinch their first CBB title since 1999 with a victory on Saturday, while Bowdoin is looking for their first CBB crown since the 1998 season. Overall, Bowdoin leads the series with 15 titles, followed by Colby (11) and Bates (7) with three three-way ties and one two-way tie.


- In perhaps the most exciting game ever played in the 100+ meetings between the two squads, the Bobcats pulled out a 38-35 overtime win in Lewiston. Down 35-14 in the third, Bowdoin rallied to tie the score with three touchdowns in the final 8:41 to send the game into an extra session. A 32-yard field goal by Nat Carr sealed the win for Bates as the Bobcats held their ground and shut out the Polar Bears in overtime.


- The Polar Bears and Bobcats have squared off 104 times entering this weekend, with Bowdoin holding a 60-37-7 edge in the all-time series. The last eight meetings are deadlocked at four. Bates has won three straight in the series and will be looking to set history, as they have never won four straight in the history of the rivalry.