Date Posted:10/23/2003,  1:30PM

Football vs. Wesleyan Game Notes


October 25 - 1:00 pm

Whittier Field

Brunswick, Maine


- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears take on the Wesleyan University Cardinals for the 74th time in the series history today on Homecoming weekend in Brunswick.

- Bowdoin (0-5) struggled in a defeat at the hands of Trinity last weekend, 51-0. The Polar Bears only managed 47 yards of offense against the third-ranked team in New England. The Polar Bears are battling a number of injuries that will likely play a role in today's game. First-year Dave Donahue was a bright spot for Bowdoin in the loss, playing well on defense (8 solo tackles) and special teams (eight punts, 35 yards/kick).

- Wesleyan is also licking their wounds after a 41-0 thumping from Amherst last weekend. The Cardinals allowed 478 yards of total offense to the Jeffs in the defeat. Brennan Carney tossed for 189 yards on 21 of 34 passing in the contest. Carney leads the conference in passing, averaging 274 yards/game in the air.

- The two squads have played two common opponents so far this season; Hamilton and Amherst. Wesleyan beat Hamilton in a shoot-out, 46-40, while Bowdoin lost to the Continentals 21-20. Both the Cardinals (41-0) and Polar Bears (21-0) were beaten by the Lord Jeffs.


- Bowdoin features running back Rob Patchett, who is averaging 110.2 rushing yards/game this year- ranking third in the NESCAC. He leads the conference in All-Purpose yards with 179.8 per game. Linebacker Shaun Kezer is second in the conference with 10.8 tackles per game. Bryan Duggan is seventh in tackles (8.6/game) and sacks (3.5 total)

-Carney was the NESCAC Player of the week two weeks ago and leads the conference in passing yards (274/game). Receiver Pat Moffett is second in the league with 6.2 receptions per contest and ranks first with 123.6 receiving yards per game. Defensive Tackle Shem Johnston-Bloom is a pass-rushing specialist, totalling six sacks to the lead the league.


- The Cardinals captured a 17-3 victory over the Polar Bears in rainy Middletown last year. Tailback Young Douglas rushed for 169 yards and two TD's to lead Wesleyan.


- The Cardinals have dominated the series of late, winning 17 of the last 19 meetings dating back to 1980. Bowdoin captured wins in 1985 (13-9) and 1996 (31-8). Wesleyan leads the all-time series 45-26-2. In looking through the record books, the Wesleyan-Bowdoin games have often been a statiscal oddity. The most fumbles ever committed by a Bowdoin team (10) came in a 1966 loss to the Cardinals, while the most fumbles ever committed by a Polar Bear opponent was Wesleyan's nine in a 1977 Bowdoin win. In the 1976 game, Bowdoin threw two passes- the fewest in modern Bowdoin history- in a 42-34 victory. In addition, the fewest yards gained in a game by the Polar Bears came in 1966 (23) against Wesleyan, while the fewest yards ever allowed by a Bowdoin defense (44) also came against Wesleyan in 1963.