Date Posted:09/18/2003,  12:00PM

Football vs. Williams Game Notes

Bowdoin vs. Williams

September 20 - 1:00 pm

Whittier Field - Brunswick, Maine


- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will host Williams College Saturday as the schools play for the 67th time in the series history. Saturday is the season-opener for both teams.

- Bowdoin (1-7) in 2002, will likely focus their offense around running back Rob Patchett, who gained 546 yards last season, and averaged 143 total purpose yards per game. Bowdoin returns the core of their offensive line, including senior captain Bob Desaulniers. Defensively, Bowdoin's three linebackers - Jeb Boudreau, Brian Duggan and Shaun Kezer- were 1-2-3 in tackles last year. Boudreau's 67 total tackles ranked sixth in the conference.

- Williams (7-1) shared the NESCAC Championship with Trinity in 2002. The Ephs return two-time NESCAC Offensive MVP Joe Reardon, along with leading rusher Tim Crawley. Defensively, Bill McGrath led the conference in sacks in 2002 with six, while Graham Goldwasser had 61 tackles, ranking fourth in the NESCAC.


- Last year in Williamstown, the Polar Bears hung with the Ephs for most of the first half as a Chris Stratton touchdown reception cut the Williams' lead to 10-7 late in the second quarter. But a Joe Reardon touchdown pass to Ryan Friend with 2:07 remaining before halftime made it 17-7 and the Ephs didn't look back, as they scored 28 unanswered points to take the 38-7 win. Reardon was the story, completing 20 of 25 passes for 247 yards. Bowdoin's Sean Starke rushed for 53 yards in the loss.


- The Polar Bears and Ephs have played 66 times with Williams holding a 46-14-6 edge. The first contest was played in 1890 as the Ephs took a 50-0 victory. Bowdoin's first victory in the series came in 1932 (a 7-0 win) and their last victory took place in 1979, capping a three-year winning streak over Williams (also with a 7-0 win). The teams have played 13 games since then, with Williams coming away victorious every time.


- The regular season opens on Saturday as five games highlight the schedule. NESCAC co-champion Trinity travels to Waterville to play the Mules of Colby, while Tufts goes to Hamilton. Bates will host Amherst and Middlebury will play at Wesleyan to round out the day's games.