Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes

This is Homecoming Weekend at Bowdoin, where the Polar Bear football team will look to snap a two-game losing skid against winless Hamilton College. Saturday's game marks the 24th meeting between the schools.

Bowdoin has won their last two home games, including a thrilling victory over Williams in this year's season-opener three weeks ago. After falling to Amherst in week two, Bowdoin out-gained Tufts by nearly 150 yards on offense in week three, but dropped their second straight contest, 21-13, and fell to 1-2 overall.

Hamilton is looking for their first victory of the 2007 campaign, having lost to Tufts (24-7), Wesleyan (10-9) and Trinity (42-7) in the season's first three weeks.

Bowdoin will be providing live webcast and live statistics coverage of Saturday's game. Click the links below to follow the game live on the internet:
- Live Webcast Link
- Live Statistics Link

The Polar Bears rank right in the middle of the league (sixth) in both scoring offense (15.7) and scoring defense (21.7) after three games this season. Bowdoin's pass defense ranks first in the league (149.7 ypg), but their rush defense has struggled, ranking ninth in the NESCAC (183.7 ypg). The Polar Bears are second in the conference in turnover margin (+5) and are second in the league in third-down conversions (23-55, 41.8%).

Individually, quarterback Oliver Kell is fourth in the conference in pass efficiency (109.2) and yardage (213.3 ypg). Bobby Welch is tied for second in the league with three interceptions this year, while Lamont White and Matt Leotti are tied for fifth in the league with two apiece.

Hamilton has scored only 23 points this season to rank ninth in the league, just ahead of Colby (14) and ranks seventh in the conference in scoring defense, allowing 25.3 points per game. The Continentals have been burned through the air, allowing an astronomical 293.3 passing yards per game, but have been solid as a rock against the run. Hamilton is permitting just 55.0 rushing yards per game this season.

Individually, three quarterbacks have thrown passes for the Continentals this year, led by Ben Saccomano's 321 yards and one touchdown. Claudius Zorokong has been effective for Hamilton, earning 112.3 all-purpose yards per contest to stand fourth in the NESCAC. Defensively, Matt Pitarresi leads the squad in interceptions (two) and tackles (27) this year.

In Clinton last season, Saccomano threw for 116 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 77 yards to help lead Hamilton College to a 12-0 win over Bowdoin. The Polar Bears fumbled nine times and lost three of them. Bowdoin also threw two interceptions. Junior running back Jeff Smith ran for a game-high 124 yards on 29 carries. Michael Vitousek was credited with 11 tackles, including two for losses, and broke up a pass.

Bowdoin and Hamilton have played 23 times entering Saturday's game, with the squads splitting the last six meetings. The Continentals lead the all-time series 13-10, but Bowdoin claimed the last contest between the two in Brunswick, as Lamont White's 75-yard interception return for a touchdown keyed a 21-7 Polar Bear victory in 2005.

Hamilton is looking for their first victory of the 2007 campaign, having lost to Tufts (24-7), Wesleyan (10-9) and Trinity (42-7) in the season's first three weeks.