October 4, 2013

Bowdoin, Tufts Both In Search of First Win Saturday in 108th Football Meeting

SATURDAY'S GAME
The Bowdoin College football team will travel to Tufts Saturday in search of its first win of the 2013 campaign as they battle the Jumbos at Zimman Field in Medford, Mass. It will be the 108th meeting between the teams dating back to 1889

It is the home-opener for the Jumbos (0-2), who have lost 25 consecutive games dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. Bowdoin (0-2) will be looking for its fourth-straight win over Tufts.

LIVE COVERAGE
Tufts will be providing live stats and live video webcast coverage of Saturday's game.

POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
Bowdoin has lost its first two contests to teams ranked within the top-five of the New England Division III poll with both games remaining competitive until the fourth quarter. The Polar Bears rank eighth in the NESCAC in total defense over the last two weeks (378.5 yards/game) but rank third in rushing defense (99.5 yards/game). The Polar Bears, who own the NESCAC's ninth-ranked offense (242.0 yards/game) will look to get on track against the last-ranked defense in the conference as Tufts has permitted over 1,000 yards of total offense in its first two games. Bowdoin's running attack, which was strong against Middlebury but sputtered against Amherst, will especially look to make some traction against the Jumbos, who rank last in the NESCAC in rushing defense (327.0 yards/game).

Individually, Bowdoin's Joey Cleary (24 tackles) and Griffin Cardew (22 tackles) rank second and third, respectively, in the NESCAC in tackles. Punter Andrew Murowchick (37.6 yards/kick) is third in the league in punting.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
After being throttled by Wesleyan in its season-opener, Tufts rebounded to almost knock off Bates in week two in a 20-16 setback. The Jumbos racked up 477 yards of total offense against the Bobcats, as junior QB Jack Doll set a school record with 46 completions to 11 different receivers. Doll ranks second in the NESCAC in total offense (274.5 yards/game) after the first two weeks as Tufts ranks third overall in total offense in the league (386.5 yards/game). The Jumbos have been victimized by their 10th-ranked defense and turnovers, as Tufts stands ninth in the league with a -4 turnover margin this fall.

LAST MEETING
Last year in Brunswick, Zach Donnarumma rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-10 win over Tufts. Bowdoin accumulated 215 yards on the ground as a team. Griffin Cardew led the Polar Bear defense with 14 tackles.

BOWDOIN vs. TUFTS
The Bowdoin-Tufts rivalry has always been one of the most tightly-contested rivalries in the NESCAC. The Polar Bears have won three straight, and four of the last five, against the Jumbos. Bowdoin has not won four consecutive games against Tufts since 1991-94. The storied rivalry dates back to 1889 (an 8-4 Tufts victory) and spans 107 games (Tufts leads 58-47-2).

The most noteworthy matchup in recent memory came in 2011 in Medford, when Bowdoin became the first team in NCAA history to return two 99+ interceptions for a touchdown in the same game. Bowdoin's Joey Cleary (99) and Griffin Cardew (100) were featured on ESPN, NBC Sports and Sports Illustrated for the feat.