Date Posted:10/09/2003,  10:30AM

Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes


October 11 - 12:00 pm

Whittier Field

Brunswick, Maine


- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will host Hamilton College Saturday as the schools play for only the 20th time in the history of the series.

- Bowdoin (0-3) is coming off a disappointing 26-7 loss at Tufts last weekend. The Polar Bears fell behind 19-0 in the first half and couldn't catch up as they were out-gained by the Jumbos 387-187. Rob Patchett racked up 158 total yards (97 return, 58 rushing, 18 receiving) in the loss. Bryan Duggan (8 solo tackles, 2.5 sacks) and Shaun Kezer (9 solo tackles, 1 forced fumble) played well defensively for the Polar Bears.

- Hamilton (0-3) was thumped by first-place Trinity last weekend 45-7. The Continentals managed to gain 265 yards against the vaunted Bantam defense, but 218 of those came through the air as Hamilton tried to get back into the ballgame by passing. Senior Chris Smith had seven solo tackles, including three for a loss, a forced fumble and a sack.


- Last year in Clinton, the Polar Bears received a 30-carry, 167-yard effort from Patchett on their way to a 28-14 win over the Continentals. Hamilton took an early lead on a touchdown run by Elijah Huling, but Bowdoin scored the next 21 points, including a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown by Brian Durant. Hamilton closed the lead to 21-14 late in the third quarter, but a 10-play, 81-yard drive by Bowdoin in the fourth quarter was capped by a three-yard run to paydirt by Patchett, clinching the victory.


- The Polar Bears will try to even the all-time series against the Continentals today, as Hamilton holds a slight 10-9 edge in the series history. The teams first played in 1980, with Bowdoin taking a 38-0 win. The teams have played every season since 1988. Bowdoin has won five of the last six meetings, with Hamilton's lone win during the streak coming in 2000 (a 13-6 Continental victory). The Polar Bears have won two straight against Hamilton.


- A battle for first-place and the inside track to the NESCAC Championship will play out today, as Tufts (3-0) hosts Trinity (3-0). Several other intriguing games dot the schedule as Amherst (2-1) and Colby (2-1) will battle to remain in title contention in Waterville. Williams (1-2) and Middlebury (1-2) are off to uncharacteristic starts and will play to get back to .500 in Vermont, while Bates (1-2)- coming off a huge win at Williams- will play at another 'Little Three' school, Wesleyan (2-1).