Date Posted:09/29/2005,  11:30AM

Football vs. Amherst Game Notes

The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will play their first away contest of the 2005 season when they travel to play at Amherst on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

The Polar Bears enter the contest following a come-from-behind victory over Middlebury last weekend, 22-21. It was truly a historic Saturday at Whittier Field as the Polar Bears won their first home-opener since 1991, defeated Middlebury for the first time since '91 and have a winning record for the first time since the end of the 1998 campaign. Individually, Jeff Nolin set the school's single-game receiving mark with 203 yards on 10 catches, earning NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Amherst scored the first 21 points of the contest and eased to a 28-3 season-opening victory at Hamilton last weekend. The Jeffs rushed for 320 yards and averaged 7.6 yards per snap against the Continentals.

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The deciding factor in Saturday's contest could be the performance of Bowdoin's rush defense, led by junio linebacker John Regan (11 solo tackles vs. Middlebury) and senior captain Shaun Kezer (seven solo stops). The Polar Bears allowed 236 yards on the ground to Middlebury and will be facing an Amherst team that racked up 320 rushing yards against Hamilton last week. If Bowdoin can keep Amherst at bay, the Polar Bears will look to have success through the air, as their pass offense (303 yards vs. Middlebury) ranks first in the conference.

Amherst and Bowdoin squared off in an epic contest last season in the first-ever overtime game in the history of Whittier Field. Despite a furious fourth-quarter comeback and a record-breaking performance by quarterback Ricky Leclerc, the Jeffs held off the Polar Bears in double-overtime, 34-28.

Among the records were Amherst's Fletcher Ladd rushing for 170 yards and surpassing the school's career record for rushing yards. Bowdoin's Leclerc attempted a school-record 64 passes and tossed for 395 yards- also a school record. Defensively, Amherst defensive back Rob Walsh picked off four passes- tying the Jeffs' single-game mark.

The Jeffs and the Polar Bears have played 83 times entering Saturday's contest, with Amherst holding a 64-17-2 edge in the all-time series. Bowdoin's last victory over Amherst came in 1998 (24-16), but the Jeffs have won 11 of 12 games since 1993.