Football Falls in 2016 Opener at Middlebury

Daniel Wanger blocked three kicks in Bowdoin's loss to Middlebury (photo: Brian Beard/
Daniel Wanger blocked three kicks in Bowdoin's loss to Middlebury (photo: Brian Beard/

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Bowdoin College football team suffered a season-opening 40-3 defeat at the hands of Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Youngman Field.

The Panthers, who gained 517 yards of total offense in the win, improve to 1-0. Bowdoin drops to 0-1 on the year with the loss.

Game Highlights

  • Bowdoin scored on its first possession of the season to take an early 3-0 lead, covering 64 yards on 12 plays and converting on a 33-yard field goal by Andrew Sisti to take the early edge
  • That would be it for the Polar Bears, however, as Middlebury would score touchdowns on five of its six first-half possessions to take an insurmountable 34-3 lead at the break
  • Jared Lebowitz keyed the offensive attack for the Panthers, going 26-39 for 369 yards passing and five touchdowns while also scoring on a two-yard keeper
  • Daniel Wanger jumped off the page for Bowdoin on special teams, blocking three kicks on the day - a field goal and two PAT attempts

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin struggled to find their footing offensively, converting 13 first-downs and 194 yards of total offense
  • Tim Drakeley went 15-30 passing for 126 yards for Bowdoin while Nate Richam gained 63 yards on 14 carries
  • Nick Vailas caught five passes for 66 yards in the loss
  •  Defensively, Andrew Joyce had 11 tackles while Latif Armiyaw collected ten stops

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will look to bounce back next weekend when they host Amherst at 1:00 p.m. at Whittier Field