Football vs. Trinity Game Notes

The Bowdoin College football team (1-3) will travel to Hartford, Conn. this weekend to play the Trinity Bantams (3-1), who are coming off just their second loss in the past five seasons. The Bantams dropped to undefeated Tufts, 16-10, last weekend while the Polar Bears dropped their third-straight game in a loss to Hamilton, 23-17.

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Quarterback Oliver Kell has enjoyed an solid start to the '07 campaign, ranking fourth in the conference in passing yards per game (203.2) and third in the league in pass efficiency (108.1). Sophomores Nick Tom (81.0 ypg) and Justin Starr (74.0 ypg) have established themselves as offensive threats recently, leading the team in all-purpose yards over the last three weeks. Defensively, Bobby Welch is fourth in the conference and 12th in Division III with three interceptions (0.8/game). Damon Hall-Jones leads the team with 32 total tackles on the year. Bowdoin ranks 16th nationally in turnover margin, earning a +1.5 margin per contest.

Trinity will test the Bowdoin offensive line, as the Bantams lead the nation in sacks (5.0 per game) and are sixth nationally in tackles for loss with 10.8 per contest. The Bantams also lead the NESCAC in scoring offense (29.5 ppg) and is second in total offense (388.5 ypg) and total defense (286.8 ypg). Senior defensive tackle D.J. Lanz tops the league in sacks with 4.5 while quarterback Eric McGrath is second in the conference passing with 265.5 yards per game (15th in nation) and pass efficiency with a 122.8 QB rating. Trinity has won 25 consecutive home games at Jessee/Miller Field.

Quarterback Eric McGrath tossed three touchdown passes as Trinity gained 520 yards of total offense in a 34-0 blanking of Bowdoin College last season in Brunswick. Dave Donahue '07 was all over the field for the Polar Bears, collecting 13 solo tackles for the afternoon.

Trinity has won nine straight against Bowdoin, dating back to 1998. The Bantams hold a 28-6-2 edge in the all-time series which dates back to 1912. Trinity-Bowdoin games tend to be lopsided, with the margin of victory being in double-digits in either direction 16 times in the last 17 years. The last time the duo played a tight contest was 1995- a 14-12 Trinity victory.