Date Posted:10/30/2003,  12:00PM

Football vs. Bates Game Notes


November 1 - 12:30 pm

Garcelon Field

Lewiston, Maine


- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will travel north to Lewiston to face rival Bates College in the 106th meeting between the two schools. The rivalry is the 10th-longest series in the history of Division III football, dating back to 1889.

- Bowdoin (0-6) enters their final two games of the season with a chance to win the CBB Championship. The Polar Bears, who have suffered numerous season-ending injuries at key positions, got a healthy Ricky Leclerc back last week against Wesleyan. Leclerc, a sophomore, passed for 179 yards against Wesleyan- a season-high for a Bowdoin quarterback. He also rushed for 30 yards in the loss to the Cardinals.

- Bates (1-5) dropped their CBB opener against Colby last week, 27-14. Rookie tailback Ken Adams led Bates in defeat, rushing for over 100 yards. The Bobcats have been hot-and-cold this season, opening with losses to Tufts and Amherst by a combined 58-14 score, but then bouncing back to pull the NESCAC upset of the year at Williamstown in week three. The Bobcats beat the Ephs for the first time in school history, 10-7, but have gone winless since.


- Bates and Bowdoin rank seventh and eighth in the conference, respectively in scoring offense, but have individual performers ranking among the NESCAC leaders. Adams is second in the conference with 111.0 yards rushing per game for the Bobcats, while Rob Patchett- despite missing the last two games- leads Bowdoin and ranks third at 110.2 yards per contest.

- Defensively, Bowdoin's Shaun Kezer ranks second in the conference at 10.7 tackles per game, while teammate Bryan Duggan is eighth at 8.7 tackles per contest with 3.5 sacks on the year. Defensive back Mike Minogue is tied for second in the NESCAC with four interceptions this year. Bates' Matt Horan ranks 10th in the conference with 8.3 tackles per game and ranks second in the NESCAC in tackles for a loss with 12.


- Last year in Brunswick, Sean Atkins broke several records by rushing for over 300 yards in a 48-28 Bates victory, giving the Bobcats their first CBB crown since 1999. Geoff Close (128) and Rob Patchett (106) both eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the Polar Bears, whose committed six turnovers in the defeat.


- The Polar Bears and Bobcats have played 105 times entering Saturday's contest, with Bowdoin holding a 60-38-7 edge in the all-time series. However, Bates is currently on their longest winning streak ever in the series, having won four straight games dating back to 1999. The last time the squads played in Lewiston in 2001, the teams played the first overtime game in the storied histories of both programs, with Bates taking a 38-35 win.