Bowdoin Hosts Middlebury In Renovated Whittier Debut Saturday

Bowdoin Hosts Middlebury In Renovated Whittier Debut Saturday

BOWDOIN vs. MIDDLEBURY
The Bowdoin College football team will play its home opener on Saturday as they host Middlebury College at Whittier Field. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

The teams will be the first to play on the newly-renovated Whittier Field facility. It will be the 23rd meeting all-time between the schools in football.

WHITTIER FIELD UPDATE
The historic stadium underwent numerous changes this summer. To get a recap of phase one of the project, read this article.

**For important information on game day tailgating, parking and seating at the newly-renovated facility, visit this page.**

LIVE COVERAGE
Tune in to the Northeast Sports Network for complete coverage of the game beginning with a pregame show at 12:45. Fans can follow all of the statistics from Saturday's game on their smartphones by downloading the Bowdoin Front Row app in the iTunes Store or on Google Play. Links to live statistics and video coverage of the contest can be found in the app, as well as push notifications and alerts on all of your favorite Polar Bear teams.

LAST WEEK
Bowdoin opened its season with a 28-14 defeat at Williams, with the difference being a pair of big plays by the Ephs. Williams connected on a 93-yard touchdown pass and a 43-yard touchdown run to build a 28-7 lead in the fourth quarter and hold on for the victory.

Middlebury defeated Wesleyan in week one, jumping to a 20-7 lead and holding off a late surge by the Cardinals for a victory in their home opener, 30-27. The Panthers compiled 352 yards through the air in the win.

POLAR BEAR PREVIEW

  • After one week of play, the Polar Bears have a handful of players ranked among the NESCAC leaders. Nate Richam is fifth in the league after a 54-yard rushing effort last week while Nick Vailas stands fifth in the conference with seven catches.
  • Punter Michael Chen is fourth after week one with a 39.6 average, and leads the conference with five punts inside the 20.
  • Latif Armiyaw is tied for fifth in the conference with 10.0 tackles.
  • As a team, Bowdoin ranks eighth in the conference in total offense (220.0 yards) and seventh in total defense (439.0).

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS

  • Middlebury captured a pair of NESCAC Players of the Week after defeating Wesleyan. Wesley Becton was named co-Defensive Player of the Week after making 11 tackles and forcing a pair of fumbles against the Cardinals. 
  • Jimmy Martinez was named Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kick-off 96 yards for a score. 
  • Quarterback Jared Lebowitz is third in the league with 352 yards passing in week one. The Panthers rank sixth in the conference in total offense (394 yards) and eighth in total defense (451).

LAST MEETING
The Panthers ran away with a 40-3 victory last year in Vermont in the season-opening game for both squads. Lebowitz posted 369 yards passing while Ryan Rizzo had 125 yards rushing for Middlebury. Bowdoin's Nate Richam had 63 yards rushing. Defensively, Andrew Joyce had 11 tackles while Latif Armiyaw collected ten stops

BOWDOIN vs. MIDDLEBURY - ALL TIME
Due to the NESCAC's formerly rotating schedule, the squads have only played eachother 22 times in the series history. Middlebury has won three straight dating back to 2012 while Bowdoin's last win came in 2009 (see page 5).