Date Posted:10/07/2004,  3:30PM

Football vs. Tufts Game Notes


October 9, 2004 - 1:00

Whittier Field

Brunswick, Maine

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- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears take on the Tufts University Jumbos for the 99th time in the series history on Saturday.

- Bowdoin (0-2) played in one of the most thrilling games in their history last week against Amherst. Down 28-7 with less than six minutes remaining, the Polar Bears rallied to tie the score with three improbable touchdowns in the closing minutes to force the first overtime in the 102-year history of Whittier Field. Bowdoin eventually fell in double-overtime to the Jeffs, 34-28.

- Tufts (1-1) bounced back from a disappointing week one loss to Wesleyan (37-7) to defeat Bates in their home-opener last week, 14-12. After the Jumbos scored a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, the Bobcats rallied to score 12 fourth-quarter points but could get no closer. It marked the 19th straight victory for Tufts over Bates, dating back to 1985.


- Saturday, October 2, 2004 was truly a historic day at Whittier Field. Not only was it the first overtime game in the 102-year history of the field, but it featured a record-setting day offensively for Bowdoin College. Ricky Leclerc was the focus, passing for 395 yards- shattering the record formerly held by Ramon Martinez (367 vs. Bates, 1995). Leclerc also completed 32 of 64 passes, breaking the school mark for completions and attempts, both held by Chris Good (27 for 50 vs. Hamilton, 1992). Unfortunately for Leclerc, he also tied Chris Good and Hayes MacArthur with five interceptions on the day- equalling the school record.


- Bowdoin ranks fourth in the conference at 22.5 points per game this season and also stands fourth in Total Offense with an average of 419.5 yards per contest. Individually, Leclerc is second in the conference in passing at 298.0 yards per game, while Jeff Nolin is second in the league in receptions (8.0/game). Wideout Brian Durant is fourth in the league with 90.5 yards/game, while Nolin is fifth at 70.5. Rob Patchett is averaging 205 yards of total offense to lead the NESCAC, while his 84 yards rushing per contest rank seventh. Defensively, Zach Hammond leads the NESCAC in sacks (3.0), while John Regan is fifth in tackles (9.5/game).

- Tufts' ranks ninth in the conference at 10.5 points per game and seventh in points allowed with 24.5. Individually, the Jumbos are led by quarterback Jason Casey, who has tossed for 116 yards per game, ranking eighth in the conference. Steve Cincotta (38.5 yards/game) is Tufts' featured running back, while Kevin Holland (69.5 yards/game) is seventh in the NESCAC in receiving. Defensively, Chris Lawrence is among the league leaders with 18 total tackles this season.


- Last year in Medford, seven Tufts rushers combined for 218 yards on the ground and Bowdoin was held to just 187 yards of total offense in a 26-7 Tufts victory. Bowdoin posted a season-high four sacks in the loss.


- The Polar Bears and Jumbos have met 98 times heading into today's contest, with the Jumbos holding a 55-41-2 edge in the all-time series. Tufts has won six in a row in the series, dating back to 1998. Prior to that, Bowdoin had won six of the previous seven meetings, including the 1992 contest which was played in Galway, Ireland and was the first-ever Division III football contest in Europe. The first-ever meeting between the schools was in 1889, when Tufts took an 8-4 victory.