Football Looks To Return To Win Column This Saturday at Wesleyan

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Bowdoin will travel to Middletown, Conn., on Saturday for its 87th meeting all-time with the Cardinals of Wesleyan University. Bowdoin (2-3) is coming off a close loss to Trinity last Saturday, as it held a 10-3 lead entering the fourth quarter of an eventual 17-10 setback. The Cardinals (4-1) also squandered a late lead and dropped their first game of the season last week to Amherst, 33-30, in overtime.

Wesleyan will be providing a video webcast of the game from Corwin Stadium. Click the links above for complete information.

After limiting the league's top offensive team to just 17 points last week, the Bowdoin defense continued to impress despite it's number ten ranking in the league. The Polar Bears held the vaunted Trinity rushing attack to 95 yards fewer than it's league-best average entering the contest. It took a late rally by the Bantams, who gained just 130 yards in the first half, to pull out the win. Bowdoin ranks seventh in the league in scoring defense (25.4) and eighth in scoring offense (16.0).

Tyler Grant regained the NESCAC lead in rushing yardage and stands first with 534 yards and second in the conference with six touchdowns. He is also fourth in the league in all-purpose yards (577), right behind Daniel Barone's third-place total of 579 through five games. Barone is also fourth in the league in receptions (27) and fifth in receiving yards (269) this fall. Defensively, Bowdoin's linebackers are making a name for themselves as Bjorn Halvorson (35 tackles, 4 for a loss), Brendan Lawler (33 tackles, three fumble recoveries), and Branden Morin (33, interception for TD vs. Trinity) lead the Polar Bears in tackles.

View Morin's interception for a touchdown by clicking the video at left.

Saturday will be another test for the Polar Bears as the Cardinals enter the game with the top-ranked scoring offense (29.4 points/game) despite ranking fourth in the league in both rushing and passing. Part of the offensive output is thanks to three defensive touchdowns this season and just five turnovers all year, resulting in a +6 margin. The Cardinals are one of the most penalized teams in the league, however, racking up an average of 62.4 yards per game.

Individually, Jesse Warren is second in the league with 208.8 yards passing per contest while Kyle Gibson stands sixth in the league in rushing at 65.6 yards per game. Jake Bussani is tied for the league lead with four interceptions this year.

Last year in Brunswick, Wesleyan scored 20 fourth-quarter points to pull away in a 34-14 win. LaDarius Drew rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals. Tyler Grant burst onto the scene with his first 100-yard game, recording 119 yards on the ground in the loss.

The Cards leads the all-time series 53-31-2 and have claimed four of the last five meetings. Bowdoin last won in Middletown in 2008, when quarterback Oliver Kell rushed 30 times for 113 yards and went 24-31 for 229 yards passing in a 17-10 Bowdoin win. The Polar Bears have lost their last two trips at Wesleyan.