Bowdoin Football Looks to Break Into Win Column This Saturday Against Tufts

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BOWDOIN vs. TUFTS
Bowdoin will host Tufts on Saturday at Whittier Field in the 109th meeting between the schools. Bowdoin's rivalry with Tufts is its third-longest with any school, trailing only Colby and Bates.

The Jumbos enter the game with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2008 after a 42-24 victory over Bates last weekend. The Polar Bears stand at 0-2 following a 30-7 setback in its home opener to Amherst last Saturday.

LIVE COVERAGE
Fans can follow all of the statistics from the game on their smartphones - log on to the mobile version of Bowdoin's Athletics website (www.goubears.com) 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 (www.nsnsports.net). Also, fans can follow the Polar Bears on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
The Polar Bears struggled offensively against Amherst, with turnovers again being a major contributor. Bowdoin is last in the league after two weeks of play with a negative-5 turnover margin and is eighth in the league in total offense. The Polar Bears will rely on Tyler Grant (72.0 rushing yards/game), who ranks sixth in the league in rushing, and Daniel Barone (13 receptions, 106 yards) who stands fourth in the league in receiving, to spark an offensive unit against the Jumbos, who sit seventh in the league in total defense (357.5 yards/game). Bowdoin's defense is ninth in the league in yards allowed (396.5 yards/game), but was able to hold Amherst to just nine points in the opening half before a big third quarter put the Jeffs over the top.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
Tufts broke its historic 31-game losing streak against Hamilton in week one, earning a 24-17 victory. They followed it up with an even more impressive 42-24 win over Bates in Somerville last weekend. This will be the first road game of the season for Tufts, who have lost 18 consecutive road games dating back to a win at Bates on October 3, 2009. The Jumbos had a pair of players

garner NESCAC awards last week as Tommy Meade was named Defensive Player of the Week and Zach Trause took home Special Teams Player of the Week recognition. Meade had 13 tackles and a fumble recovery while Trause returned both a kick-off and a punt for touchdowns against the Bobcats. Quarterback Jack Doll is third in the league in passing yards (190.0/game), total offense (202.5/game) and pass efficiency (149.4) this season.

LAST MEETING
Last year at Tufts, Zach Donnarumma rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown and Tim Wickstrom intercepted a potential last-minute, game-winning pass in the endzone as Bowdoin took a 13-10 victory over the Jumbos. Andrew Murowchick had a pair of field goals in the win for the Polar Bears.

SERIES HISTORY
Saturday will be the 109th meeting between the two long-time rivals with Tufts holding a 58-48-2 advantage in the all-time series. Despite the Tufts lead, Bowdoin had carried the series of late, winning four straight, five of six, and seven of the last ten games between the schools. The Polar Bears have never had a five-game winning streak against the Jumbos. The most noteworthy matchup in recent memory came in 2011, when Bowdoin became the first team in NCAA football history to return two 99+ yard interceptions for a touchdown in the same game. Bowdoin's Joey Cleary (99) and Griffin Cardew (100) were featured on ESPN, NBC Sports and Sports Illustrated for the feat - VIEW HIGHLIGHT ON RIGHT