Football Heads To Hamilton In Search Of First Win Saturday

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BOWDOIN vs. HAMILTON
The Bowdoin College football team heads to Clinton, N.Y., to battle Hamilton College on Saturday at noon. It will be the 35th meeting all-time between the schools. 

LIVE COVERAGE
Hamilton will be providing a live webcast of the game courtesy of the Northeast Sports Network. Fans can follow all of the statistics from the 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
Both teams are looking to bounce back from disappointing showings last weekend. The Polar Bears (0-4) dropped a Homecoming decision to Tufts, 28-0, while Hamilton (1-3) lost at home to Trinity by a score of 44-7.

POLAR BEAR NOTES

  • Bowdoin enters Saturday with the NESCAC's second-ranked passing attack (211.5 yards/game) and seventh-ranked rushing offense (116.0 yards/game) but stand ninth in the conference in scoring offense (11.0 points/game).
  • Despite missing last week's game, Nate Richam still leads the NESCAC in rushing yards/contest (132.0) and stands second in all purpose yards/game (143.0).
  • Defensively, Bowdoin is +1 on turnover margin this year, ranking third in the NESCAC, and are tied for the league lead with five interceptions as a team this season.
  • Franny Rose tied for the conference lead with two interceptions and ranks seventh in tackles (31). Joe Gowetski leads the NESCAC with 41 tackles this season.

SCOUTING THE CONTINENTALS

  • Hamilton ranks ninth in the league in total offense (238.5 yards/game) and eighth in total defense (421.2 yards/game) but were able to pick up a win in week three, blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown with 1:34 to play in a 33-29 victory at Wesleyan.
  • Quarterback Kenny Gray spearheads the offense and ranks fourth in the league at 175.2 yards passing per game.
  • His top target is receiver Joe Schmidt, who leads the conference in catches with 27 this season. He has two touchdowns this fall, raising his career total to 14.
  • Hamilton's special teams have been excellent this season, led by punter Billy Wagner's league-leading 41.0 yards per punt, including 11 inside the opponent 20.

LAST MEETING
Last October in Brunswick, Hamilton totaled 448 yards of offense and pulled away in the second half for a 28-7 win over the Polar Bears. Kenny Gray went 20-34 for 240 yards and three touchdown passes. Down 14-7 at halftime, Bowdoin had a chance to tie the game on the first drive of the second half but fumbled at the Hamilton 1. After that, the Continentals outscored Bowdoin 14-0 to come away with the win.  

BOWDOIN vs. HAMILTON - ALL TIME
The teams have played 34 times with Hamilton holding an 19-15 advantage all-time. Hamilton has won back-to-back meetings after a three-game Bowdoin winning streak in the series. Recently, home field advantage has proved crucial; the host team has won eight of the last ten meetings. Traditionally a close game, last year's 21-point win by Hamilton was the most lopsided in the series since a 31-10 Continental win in 2010. Prior to 2017, four of the last five meetings were decided by six or fewer points, including a pair of one-point games.