Date Posted:10/16/2003,  1:00PM

Football vs. Trinity Game Notes


October 18 - 1:00 pm

Jessee-Miller Field

Hartford, Conn.


- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will travel to Hartford, Connecticut this weekend to take on the NESCAC-leading Trinity College Bantams on Saturday. Gametime is scheduled for 1:00 at Jessee-Miller Field as the teams will clash for the 33rd time in the series history.

- Bowdoin (0-4) held a lead against Hamilton for a large part of last Saturday's contest, but failed to capitalize on numerous fourth-quarter chances to drop their fourth game of the season, 21-20. The Polar Bears continued to be effective behind a veteran offensive line, gaining 367 yards of total offense, including 232 yards rushing. Bowdoin held an edge in first downs (23-16) and yards (367-347), but turned the ball over four times.

- Trinity (4-0) continued to cruise, beating previously unbeaten Tufts 23-3. The Bantams are the only undefeated team in the NESCAC and have outscored their opponents 108-16 this season. They rank near the top of the conference in nearly every statistical category, including scoring offense (27.0 ppg) and scoring defense (4.0 ppg). The Bantams have rushed the ball more than any other team in the conference, led by Tom Pierandri's 107.2 yards per game.

- The game will likely be focused on the match-up of the conference's leading rusher, Bowdoin's Rob Patchett (110.2 ypg), against the best rush-defense in the conference of Trinity (51.2 ypg). Patchett led the Bowdoin offense with 34 carries and 156 yards against Hamilton. He has rushed for 1,232 yards in his career, placing him 10th all-time at the school.


- Last year in Brunswick, Bowdoin held a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, but could not hang on as Trinity scored three second-half touchdowns to take a 35-14 victory. Brian Fabrizio rushed for 105 yards for the Bantams, while Patchett gained 89 yards for Bowdoin.


- The Polar Bears and Bantams have played 32 times dating back to 1912. The teams did not play from 1957-1976, but have played nearly every year since. Trinity holds a 24-6-2 advantage in the all-time series, and have won the last four games against the Polar Bears. Bowdoin's last victory came in 1998 (a 19-0 win).


- A pair of 3-1 teams will battle to remain in the conference title hunt when Amherst hosts Wesleyan on Saturday. Tufts (3-1) will travel to play at in-state rival Williams (2-2), while Colby (2-2) travels to Hamilton (1-3) and Bates (1-3) hosts Middlebury (1-3).