Polar Bears Set For Homecoming Clash With Trinity on Saturday

Senior lineman Jake Giovanucci
Senior lineman Jake Giovanucci

BOWDOIN vs. TRINITY
Bowdoin will host Trinity on Saturday in the 44th meeting between the teams in a series that dates back to 1912.

Trinity enters the game in a three-way tie for first place in the NESCAC with a 4-0 record. Bowdoin has rebounded from an 0-2 start with consecutive wins and comes into Saturday's contest at 2-2.

LIVE COVERAGE
Bowdoin will provide live stats and a video webcast of Saturday's game. Click the links above for complete information. You can also follow Bowdoin Athletics on social media on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
The Bowdoin offense has come alive in the last two weeks, propelling the team to a pair of wins. After scoring just seven points in their first two games, the Polar Bears have posted 30+ points in consecutive outings for the first time since October of 2009 (both losses, to Trinity 45-31 and Wesleyan 43-39). Bowdoin had not won consecutive games scoring 30+ points since 1996, when they defeated Wesleyan 31-8 and Bates 35-16 in back-to-back weeks. 

Bowdoin's total offense ranks fourth in the NESCAC (330.0 yards/game) thanks in great part to the emergence of sophomore Tyler Grant, who stands second in the league with 449 yards rushing this season. Mac Caputi is sixth in the league in pass efficiency (108.8) while Daniel Barone is second in the league in receptions (25) and fifth in yards (247). Andrew Sisti has been the best placekicker in the league so far this year, nailing all five of his attempts to pace the NESCAC. Defensively, Bowdoin has improved dramatically in takeaways in the last two weeks, totaling a +5 turnover margin. Brendan Lawler and Branden Morin lead the Polar Bears with 24 tackles each.

SCOUTING THE BANTAMS
Trinity has rolled to four consecutive wins to open the season and ranks first in the league in scoring offense (31.0 points/game), total offense (413.5 yards/game) and second in scoring defense (7.0 points/game) and total defense (242.0 yards/game). The Bantams have allowed just four touchdowns all season and have one of the premier rushing offenses in Division III, having already accumulated 1,061 yards on the ground (265.2/game) to rank 17th in the nation. One of the main reasons in the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, tailback Chudi Iregbulem, who passed Bowdoin's Tyler Grant last week for first place in the league in rushing. Iregbulem has 486 yards and 10 touchdowns entering the weekend.

LAST MEETING
Trinity totaled 302 rushing yards on its way to a 40-21 win over Bowdoin last year in Hartford. Evan Bunker (159 yards) and Ben Crick (109) both surpassed the century-mark in rushing for the Bantams. Sonny Puzzo threw for 181 yards and three touchdowns for Trinity. Bowdoin was led by 75 rushing yards from Tyler Grant while Daniel Barone caught five passes, including a touchdown, and racked up 132 yards of returns in the loss.

SERIES HISTORY
Trinity has won 15 straight against Bowdoin, dating back to 1999. It is the longest current winning streak by any team against Bowdoin. The Bantams hold a 35-6-2 edge in the all-time series which dates back to 1912. Bowdoin's last victory over the Bantams came in a 19-0 decision in 1998.