Bowdoin Opens Home Campaign Against Amherst Saturday

Parker Mundt '16
Parker Mundt '16

Bowdoin will host Amherst in the 93rd meeting between the schools Saturday at Whittier Field. Amherst opened its season with a 14-6 win over Bates on Saturday while the Polar Bears suffered a 36-0 setback at Williams.

Fans can follow all of the statistics from Saturday's game on their smartphones - log on to the mobile version of Bowdoin's Athletics website ( and navigate the scoreboard to the football contest, where you will see links to "Live Stats". For fans unable to attend games at Whittier Field this season, all Bowdoin home games will be carried live online -with instant replay - on the Northeast Sports Network (

The Polar Bears struggled against Williams, as the Ephs celebrated the opening of their new football complex last Saturday in Massachusetts. Bowdoin will look to improve offensively, as the unit was only able to muster 212 yards against Williams and was shut out for just the third time in the last eight seasons. Bowdoin's defense was victimized by some poor field position, but still permitted 403 yards to the Ephs, a number that they will look to improve upon against the Jeffs. The Polar Bears also committed three turnovers in the opener after finishing 2013 in the top half of the league in turnover margin. Individually, Daniel Barone ranks sixth in the NESCAC in all-purpose yards (115) and seventh in receptions (6) following week one.  

Amherst barely survived its opener against Bates last Saturday, 14-6. After scoring on a first-quarter touchdown pass from Alex Berluti to Gene Garay, the teams stalemated until late in the fourth quarter when the Bobcats scored on a one-yard touchdown run to make it 7-6. The Bobcats attempted to go for two to take the lead, but failed, and the ensuing onside kickoff attempt was returned 42 yards by Amherst to clinch the victory. The Jeffs totaled 341 yards of offense, but turned the ball over five times. Defensive back Jaymie Spears came to the rescue for Amherst, making 11 solo tackles, picking off two passes and blocking a field goal attempt in the win.

Last year in Amherst, the Jeffs held Bowdoin to 16 yards rushing and pulled away with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to take a 27-11 win at Pratt Field. Amherst scored on its first possession of the game when Jake O'Malley caught a 13-yard pass from Max Lippe at 12:29 of the opening quarter. Bowdoin appeared to be on the verge of tying the game on its next possession as they advanced to the Amherst 1, but a holding call pushed the Polar Bears back and Bowdoin had to settle for a 22-yard Andrew Murowchick field goal to trim the lead to 7-3. Amherst used a pair of field goals to extend their lead to 13-3 heading into the fourth quarter, when they scored twice in a span of 1:38 to seal the win.

Saturday will be the 93rd meeting between the long-time rivals, who have met continuously since 1945 and have played in every non-war season since 1940. Despite Amherst holding a 72-18-2 edge in the all-time series, the Polar Bears in recent years have, more often than not, given the Jeffs all they could handle. In 2009, Bowdoin gave Amherst their biggest scare (a 13-12 decision) en route to a perfect 8-0 season. In 2005, the Polar Bears snapped a six-game losing skid to the Jeffs with a 16-13 win in Massachusetts. The 2004 showdown - a 34-28 Amherst win - was the first overtime game in Whittier Field history.