Date Posted:09/30/2004,  5:00PM

Football vs. Amherst Game Notes


October 2, 2004 - 1:00

Whittier Field

Brunswick, Maine

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- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears take on the Amherst College Lord Jeffs for the 83rd time in the series history on Saturday.

- Bowdoin (0-1) is coming off a tough loss at Middlebury College last weekend. The Polar Bears, who lost 31-17, accumulated 311 yards of total offense, but couldn't overcome six turnovers and were defeated for the 13th straight game.

- Amherst (1-0) pummelled an overmatched Hamilton squad, 44-7, posting an impressive 592 yards of offense. The Jeffs held the Continentals to just 77 yards of offense in the victory.


- Bowdoin's Steve Curwen grabbed NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Middlebury. His 51-yard interception return for a touchdown was the Polar Bears' first defensive touchdown since November of 2002. Bowdoin's Ricky Leclerc is third in the conference in passing yards (201), while Rob Patchett ranks seventh in rushing (75 yards). Linebacker Shaun Kezer is second in the league with 12 total tackles, while Zach Hammond leads the conference with two sacks.

- Amherst's Fletcher Ladd is third in the NESCAC in rushing (129 yards), while Marsh Moseley is sixth in passing (155 yards). Jay Wagstaff is second with 119 receiving yards this year for the Jeffs and linebacker Dave Borgonzi is third in the conference with 12 tackles.


- Last year in Amherst, the Jeffs got 138 yards rushing from Fletcher Ladd in a 21-0 shutout win. Marsh Moseley passed for 192 yards for Amherst, while Ed Sylvester made 10 tackles and an interception. For Bowdoin, Rob Patchett gained 110 yards rushing, while Shaun Kezer had five solo stops.


- The Polar Bears and Lord Jeffs have faced eachother 82 times entering the game on Saturday. Amherst has dominated the series to the tune of 63-17-2. Bowdoin's last victory against the Jeffs came in 1998, a 24-16 win. Since 1993, however, Amherst has won 10 of 11.

- The first competition between the two teams was in 1896, a 0-0 tie. Amherst's largest margin of victory came in 1966 (51-0), while Bowdoin's biggest victory came in the 1992 game (41-0). In the 1991 game, Bowdoin's Eric LaPlaca set the school record for all-purpose yards in a game with 291 in a 27-15 win.