Football vs. Bates Game Notes

This weekend, the Bowdoin College football team will travel north on Route 196 to play Bates College in the second leg of the CBB Championship. The Polar Bears (1-6) are looking for their first victory since week one, while the Bobcats (0-6) are still looking for their first win of the 2007 season.

Bates will provide a live Teamline Broadcast of Saturday's game.

Bowdoin was able to get their ground game on track last weekend, posting 161 rushing yards against Wesleyan. That result was more than double the squad's season average of 73.2 entering last weekend. Laurence Duggan led the way with 66 yards on 14 attempts.

Quarterback Oliver Kell is sixth in the league in passing yards (1,017) and stands fifth in total offense (1,104) after rushing for 50 yards last week. Kevin Zikaras led the Polar Bear defense, making 14 total tackles- including two for a loss- and an interception. He currently stands fifth in the NESCAC in tackles with 54 total. As a team, Bowdoin ranks eighth in total offense (267.7 yards/game) and tenth in total defense (385.7 yards/game). However, the Polar Bears rank first in the league with a +7 turnover margin thanks to a NESCAC-best 20 forced turnovers.

Bates dropped a disappointing decision to Colby last week in a battle of winless teams in Waterville, 20-13. Quarterback Brandon Colon did his part, tossing for 257 yards and a touchdown while also collecting a rushing score. A senior, he is the Bates career leader in completions (416) and yardage (4,769). He ranks seventh in the NESCAC this season in passing yards (997).

Defensively, Todd Wilcox stands fifth in the conference with 54 total tackles this season. The Bobcats have allowed 384.8 yards per game to rank ninth in the conference. The Bates offense is averaging 264.0 yards per contest to stand ninth overall.

Bowdoin earned their first win of the 2006 season with a 23-14 victory at Whittier Field. Kell was on fire, tossing for 222 yards on 18-of-25 attempts. He threw three touchdows- all to wideout Nick Tomaino- who tied the school record with the trio of scoring receptions. Colon was 20-32 for 225 yards passing for the Bobcats in the loss.

The Bowdoin-Bates rivalry, at 109 games entering play on Saturday, is the 10th-longest in Division III, dating back to 1889 (a 62-0 Bowdoin win). The Polar Bears hold a 63-39-7 edge in the all-time series, and have won three straight in the rivalry. The winning streak started with the 2005 game in Lewiston, a dramatic come-from-behind 21-14 Bowdoin win that proved to be the signature victory of the 6-2 squad. The Polar Bears have not beaten a NESCAC opponent four consecutive times since 1991-94, when Bowdoin beat both Bates and Tufts each season during that span.