Date Posted:11/04/2004,  2:00PM

Football vs. Bates Game Notes


November 6, 2004 - 12:30

Whittier Field

Brunswick, Maine


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- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will face the Bates College Bobcats in their final regular season home game on Saturday afternoon. The teams have faced each other 106 times in the series history.

- Bowdoin enters today's game after another frustrating loss last weekend. The Polar Bears, who have held a lead in either the fourth quarter or overtime in three of their five losses, dropped a close 25-21 decision at Wesleyan.

- Bates is no stranger to frustration of their own, having lost to rival Colby last weekend, 17-16. The Bobcats scored a late touchdown to draw within a single point, but had their extra point blocked as the Mules held on to win.


- Senior running back Rob Patchett continues to leave his mark on the Bowdoin record books as his career comes to a close. Last weekend, the Pembroke, Massachusetts native became just the fourth Polar Bear to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark. Patchett?s 98 yards against Wesleyan moved him to 2,043 for his career, behind only Jim Soule ?77 (2,634), Tom Sciolla ?81 (2,337) and Greg Bohannon ?88 (2,105) on the Bowdoin career list.


- Bowdoin ranks fourth in the NESCAC in scoring offense (21.3 points per game), but is allowing 32.3 points per contest to rank ninth in the league. Bowdoin's rushing offense ranks fifth in the conference, averaging 152.7 yards per game and the Polar Bears are fourth in total offense at 330.3 yards per game. Bowdoin ranks tenth in the league in total defense with 485.8 yards allowed per game.

Individually, Patchett is fourth in the NESCAC in rushing (101.7 per game) and first in all-purpose yards (196.2 per game). Zach Hammond is tied for the conference lead in sacks with four. Steve Curwen is third in the NESCAC with three interceptions.

- Bates is ninth in the NESCAC in scoring offense (16.8 points per game) and eighth in scoring defense (28.3). The Bobcats, behind rookie Brandon Colon have been able to pass the ball this season, ranking third in the conference with 211.7 yards passing per contest. Bates is fifth in the league in total offense (328.2 yards per game) and eighth in total defense (383.8 yards per game).

Individually, Colon is second in the league with 194.5 yards passing per game. Matt Orlando is his favorite target with 5.3 catches and 67.5 yards per game- both ranking fourth in the league. Dave Bodger is fifth in the NESCAC with 57 total tackles this year.


- Last year in Lewiston, Bobcat Jamie Walker carried the ball a school-record 45 times for 159 yards and held off a late Bowdoin rally to take a 20-17 victory.


- The Bowdoin-Bates rivalry, at 106 games played, is the 10th longest Division III rivalry, dating back to 1889 (a 62-0 Bowdoin victory). The Polar Bears hold a 60-39-7 edge in the all-time series, but the Bobcats are currently on their longest winning streak in the history of the rivalry. Bates has won five straight over Bowdoin dating back to 1999. The 2001 meeting in Lewiston (a 38-35 Bates win) marked the first overtime game for both storied programs.