Football Travels to Wesleyan For 91st Meeting Saturday

Football Travels to Wesleyan For 91st Meeting Saturday

BOWDOIN vs. WESLEYAN
The Bowdoin College football team will look to pick up its first win of the season on Saturday as it heads to Middletown, Conn., to battle Wesleyan University at 12:30 p.m. It will be the 91st meeting between the long-time New England rivals.

LIVE COVERAGE
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LAST WEEK
Bowdoin (0-6) fell behind early and couldn't recover in a 48-6 loss to Trinity at Whittier Field. The Cardinals (3-3) continued their up-and-down season with a 33-3 setback at home to league-leading Amherst.

POLAR BEAR PREVIEW

  • The Polar Bears will look to get their offense back on track after being stifled by the Bantams last week and held to just 161 yards of total offense. Bowdoin ranks just behind Wesleyan in total offense in the league this season (seventh, 316.8 yards/game).
  • Trinity's top-ranked offense also rolled up 505 yards of total offense against Bowdoin, who will look to clamp down on Wesleyan's balanced attack that averages 177.0 yards passing and 155.7 yards rushing per game.
  • Bowdoin has been victimized in the turnover battle, ranking last in the league at a minus-6 margin this fall.
  • Bowdoin's Griff Stalcup ranks fifth in the league in receptions (31) while Brendan Ward stands sixth in the NESCAC in all-purpose yards (642).
  • Defensively, Joe Gowetski leads the NESCAC in tackles with 53 this season.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS

  • Wesleyan's balanced offensive output revolves around quarterback Mark Piccirillo, who is third in the league in total offense with 1,062 passing yards and 375 rushing yards this season.
  • The Cardinal defense ranks fourth in the league in total yardage allowed and is particularly tough against the run, ranking third in the NESCAC (101.7 yards/game).
  • Taj Gooden is second in the league with 5.0 sacks this fall. Cole Harris is seventh in the NESCAC in tackles with 45.

LAST MEETING
Last year in Brunswick, Mike Breuler caught three touchdown passes as Wesleyan held off Bowdoin 21-10. Mark Piccirillo passed for 259 yards and also rushed for 54 for Wesleyan. Then-quarterback Griff Stalcup posted a career-high 317 yards passing on 26-47 attempts.

BOWDOIN vs. WESLEYAN - ALL TIME
Entering the 91st game between the schools, the Cards leads the all-time series 59-29-2 and have claimed eight of the last nine meetings. Bowdoin's last victory over Wesleyan came at Whittier Field in 2011 in a soggy 12-6 victory.