Date Posted:10/28/2004,  2:00PM

Football vs. Wesleyan Game Notes


October 30, 2004 - 12:30

Corwin Stadium

Middletown, Conn.


Wesleyan Teamline- on the web HERE


The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will face the Wesleyan University Cardinals for the 75th time in the series history on Saturday.

- Bowdoin (1-4) dropped a 41-0 decision to Trinity last weekend in Brunswick. It was the first time the Polar Bears scored less than 14 points in a game this season and marked the second straight shutout loss to the Bantams. Two of Bowdoin's last three losses have come in double-overtime (vs. Amherst on Oct. 2, at Hamilton, Oct. 16). In the loss, tailback Rob Patchett gained 65 yards and moved into fourth-place all-time at the school with 1,945 yards rushing.

- After starting the season 2-0 with impressive wins at Tufts (37-7) and against Hamilton (41-35), the Cardinals (2-3) have plummeted to three straight losses, being outscored 89-10 in the process. Last week, Wesleyan was hammered by Amherst 38-3.


- Bowdoin ranks fourth in the conference in points per game (21.4), but is allowing 33.8 points per game (ninth in the conference). The Polar Bears stand sixth in the NESCAC with 320.0 offensive yards per game, but are allowing a league-worst 501.0 yards per contest this season. Individually, Patchett is first in the conference in all-purpose yards (210.8 per game) and is sixth in rushing (102.4 per game). Quarterback Ricky Leclerc- who is expected to be back under center this week for Bowdoin- is second in the NESCAC, averaging 228.3 passing yards per game. Defensively, Bowdoin is led by Steve Curwen's three interceptions this season and Zach Hammond's league-high four solo sacks. Shaun Kezer is second in the league, averaging 11.8 tackles per game.

- Wesleyan is eighth in the conference in points per game (17.6) and seventh in points allowed per contest (26.2) this fall. The Cardinals passing offense is first in the NESCAC (258.6 yards per game), while their rushing offense is averaging a league-worst 58.6 yards per game. Defensively, Wesleyan is sixth in the league, allowing 333.0 yards per game. Individually, quarterback Zach Canter is fourth in the NESCAC with 213.8 yards passing per game and receiver Sam Fletcher is third in the league with 34 catches this year. Defensively, Jeff McLaren has intercepted four passes this year.


- Last year in Brunswick, Wesleyan quarterback Brennan Carney tossed for 283 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-12 Cardinal victory..


- The Cardinals have dominated the series of late, winning 18 of the last 20 meetings dating back to 1980. Bowdoin captured wins in 1985 (13-9) and 1996 (31-8). Wesleyan leads the all-time series 46-26-2. In looking through the record books, the Wesleyan-Bowdoin games have often been a statistical 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.