Date Posted:09/25/2003,  11:00AM

Football vs. Amherst Game Notes

Bowdoin vs. Amherst

September 27 - 1:00 pm

Pratt Field - Amherst, Mass.


- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will travel to Amherst to play the Lord Jeffs on Saturday in the 81st meeting between the two storied squads. Gametime is set for 1:00 at Pratt Field in Amherst.

- Bowdoin (0-1) enters Saturday's contest after a solid game against Williams in week one. Although the Polar Bears lost 24-13, they allowed 21 of the 24 points in the fateful second quarter and managed to out-score the Ephs 13-3 in the remainder of the contest. Junior tailback Rob Patchett leads the NESCAC in all-purpose yards, racking up 118 yards rushing (third in the conference), 20 yards receiving and 97 yards in kick returns last week. Bowdoin will look to again depend on the veteran offensive line, which looked dominating at times against the Ephs. Defensively, sophomore linebacker Brian Duggan is second in the conference with 13 total tackles, while first-year Brendan Murphy is tied for the conference lead after making two interceptions last week.

- Amherst (1-0) is first in the conference in scoring offense and scoring defense after a 34-0 thumping of Bates in week one. Running back Fletcher Ladd was the NESCAC's Offensive Player of the Week after a 166-yard effort and junior quarterback Marsh Moseley tossed for 165 yards on 15-21 passing. The Jeffs will likely look to pound the ball against Bowdoin, as they rushed for 321 total yards in week one. Amherst also looked to be impressive defensively again this season, as they allowed only 164 yards of total offense (2.7 yards per play) to the Bobcats.


- Last year in Brunswick, Amherst running back Fletcher Ladd rushed for 193 yards in a 42-20 Lord Jeff victory. The Polar Bears were led by a solid rushing attack that received 133 yards from Sean Starke and 74 from Rob Patchett. Mike Minogue led the Bowdoin defense, making seven solo tackles in the loss.


- The Polar Bears and Lord Jeffs have faced eachother 80 times dating back to 1896 (a 0-0 deadlock). Amherst holds a 62-16-2 edge in the all-time series, including four straight victories. Bowdoin's last win came in 1998 as the Polar Bears took a 24-16 win. Bowdoin's biggest win in the rivalry came in 1992 (a 41-0 win) while the biggest loss came in 1966 (a 51-0 defeat).


- The league will begin to separate itself in a set of intriguing games this weekend, including a rarest-of-rare Sunday game between Tufts and Bates. Wesleyan will look to build on an impressive week one victory over Middlebury when they travel to Clinton, N.Y. to play Hamilton. Two week-one losers will try to avoid starting 0-2 as Colby will play at Middlebury. However, the game of the week is undoubtedly in Hartford, as the NESCAC co-champions from last year battle when Williams plays Trinity.