Football Hosts Wesleyan In Family Weekend Showdown

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BOWDOIN vs. WESLEYAN
Saturday is the 90th meeting between these two long-time New England rivals, as the squads have a series that dates back to 1906. The teams have met continuously since 1992. 

Wesleyan (4-2) is coming off a tough 21-17 loss at Amherst last weekend while Bowdoin (0-6) is looking to bounce back from a 63-14 loss at Trinity.

LIVE COVERAGE
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. For fans unable to attend games at Whittier Field, all Bowdoin home games will be carried live online -with instant replay - on the Northeast Sports Network (www.nsnsports.net).

LAST WEEK
Trinity scored 21 points in the first quarter and added 28 in the second quarter to take a commanding halftime lead against Bowdoin. The Bantams totaled 576 yards of offense in the win, while holding Bowdoin to 216.

Amherst rallied from a ten-point second-half deficit to defeat Wesleyan last Saturday, 21-17. A late fourth quarter touchdown by Amherst's Hasani Figueroa with 1:27 remaining on the clock gave the Mammoths a 21-17 win in a evenly-played contest.

POLAR BEAR PREVIEW

  • Bowdoin's rushing offense has been the most consistent part of the squad this season, averaging 124.5 yards per game to rank seventh in the league. The Polar Bears have not averaged over 100 yards/game on the ground since the 2014 campaign.
  • Nick Vailas matched his season-high with seven catches last week against Trinity, upping his career total to 94, standing third all-time at Bowdoin. He is looking to become just the second Polar Bear receiver to surpass the century mark in career receptions (Pat Noone, 172, 2008-11).
  • Henry Little stands third in the league in interceptions (2) this season.
  • The Polar Bears are the third-lowest penalized team in the league, averaging 49.7 yards of penalties per contest.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS

  • Wesleyan ranks fourth in the NESCAC in both scoring offense (30.2 points/game) and scoring defense (17.8 points/game).
  • The Cardinals, as would be appropriate, do much of their damage through the air. Quarterback Mark Piccirillo ranks first in the conference in passing yards (299.2/game) and also leads the league in total offense (349.2 yards/game). He has also thrown a league-high seven interceptions.
  • Receiver Mark Breuler leads the league in catches (60) by 23 over his nearest competitor. He also has a league-high 866 receiving yards, nearly 300 more than anyone else in the NESCAC.
  • Defensively, Ben Thaw leads the league with three interceptions while Brandon Morris is second in the NESCAC with 64 tackles.

LAST MEETING
Last year in Middletown, the Cardinals outscored Bowdoin 22-0 in the second half to pull away in a 39-10 triumph. Piccirillo paced the Wesleyan offense by running for 67 yards while also going 21-31 for 218 passing yards. Nate Richam led Bowdoin with 99 yards on 14 rushes.

BOWDOIN vs. WESLEYAN - ALL TIME
Entering the 90th game between the schools, the Cards leads the all-time series 58-29-2 and have claimed seven of the last eight meetings. Bowdoin's last victory over Wesleyan came at Whittier Field in 2011 in a soggy 12-6 victory.