BOWDOIN vs. AMHERST
For the 72nd consecutive year, the Bowdoin and Amherst football teams will battle on Saturday as the Mammoths host the Polar Bears at 1:00 p.m. at Pratt Field.
The teams have met annually since 1946 and Amherst is Bowdoin's third-longest running rivalry overall (95 games), trailing only Colby and Bates.
Bowdoin fell to 0-2 last week after dropping a 41-14 decision to Middlebury in its home opener. The Polar Bears, who play three of their first four games on the road this autumn, received some late flashes of getting on track offensively as they posted a pair of 70+ yard touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to close the scoring. The Polar Bears actually out-gained Middlebury on the ground (196-192) and held the ball for 32:39 in the game, but permitted 336 yards passing to the Panthers in the loss.
Amherst moved to 2-0 on the season with its second consecutive blowout, 36-6 over Hamilton. Jack Hickey racked up 113 yards on the ground and recorded two touchdowns as Amherst scored the first 36 points of the game.
POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
- After two weeks of play, Bowdoin ranks fourth in the league at 152.5 yards rushing/game, led by Nate Richam, who stands seventh in the NESCAC (60.5 yards/game).
- Latif Armiyaw leads Bowdoin defensively with 19 tackles, including 4.0 for a loss in the first two games.
- Punter Michael Chen leads the NESCAC with seven punts dropped inside the 20 this year.
SCOUTING THE MAMMOTHS
- Amherst is second in the league in scoring offense (38.5 points/game) and second in scoring defense (11.5 points/game).
- The Mammoths are the top rushing team in the NESCAC (216.0 yards/game) and are paced by Hickey's 80.0 yards rushing per game, including a league-best three rushing touchdowns.
- A stingy Amherst defense is led by linebacker Andrew Sommer, who owns a team-best 16 tackles, a NESCAC-high two fumble recoveries and an interception this season.
Last fall in Brunswick, Amherst spoiled the home-opener for the Polar Bears with a 31-10 victory. The Purple & White totaled 505 yards of offense as quarterback Alex Berluti paced a trifecta of Amherst quarterbacks, going 20-26 with a pair of touchdowns. Bowdoin was led by wide receiver Nick Vailas' four catches, including a touchdown.
BOWDOIN vs. AMHERST - ALL TIME
The two long-time rivals have met continuously since 1946 and have played in every non-war season since 1940. Amherst owns a 75-18-2 edge all-time and has won a rivalry-best 11 consecutive games in the series. In 2009, Bowdoin gave Amherst their biggest scare (a 13-12 decision) en route to a perfect 8-0 season. In 2005, the Polar Bears snapped a six-game losing skid to Amherst with a 16-13 win in Massachusetts. The 2004 showdown - a 34-28 Amherst win - was the first overtime game in Whittier Field history.