Bowdoin and Tufts Football Clash For 112th Time Saturday In Medford

Bowdoin and Tufts Football Clash For 112th Time Saturday In Medford

The Bowdoin College football team will travel to Tufts in search of their first win of the 2017 campaign on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The contest will mark the 112th meeting between the two long-time rivals.

Tufts will provide live statistical coverage of the game, as well as a webcast courtesy of the Jumbocast network.

Bowdoin fell to 0-3 with a hard-fought 31-14 setback at unbeaten Amherst. The Polar Bears hung with the Mammoths until a pair of third-quarter touchdowns gave the hosts an insurmountable lead.

After splitting a pair of overtime games to start the season, Tufts (2-1) needed only regulation to defeat Bates last week, 37-17. After Bates opened the scoring with a field goal, the Jumbos scored 27 consecutive points to pull away for the win.

With the defense riddled by injuries, the Polar Bears will look to clamp down on allowing big plays against the Jumbos on Saturday. Eight of the 14 touchdowns allowed by Bowdoin this year have come on plays of 20+ yards. The Polar Bears rank eighth in the league in scoring defense (33.3 points/game) but have earned six takeaways (two interceptions, four fumble recoveries) to rank third in the NESCAC.

Individually, Nate Richam is sixth in the conference in rushing (59.0 yards/game) while Michael Chen stands second in the league in punting (39.0 yards/kick) with eight dropped inside the 20. Defensively, Latif Armiyaw (19.0 tackles) is fifth in the league with four tackles for loss this fall.

Tufts is fourth in the league in scoring (29.7 points/game) and sixth in the league in scoring defense (23.0 points/game) this season. The Jumbos use a balanced attack that sees them standing third in the league in rushing (171.3 yards/game) and fourth in passing (239.3 yards/game).

Dual-threat quarterback Ryan McDonald is fourth in the NESCAC in passing (222.3 yards/game) and second in rushing (98.3 yards/game). Linebacker Greg Holt is sixth in the conference in tackles (28.0).

Last year Tufts rolled up 505 yards of total offense in a 41-21 win at Whittier Field, the Jumbos first victory in Brunswick since 2006. Ryan McDonald had 146 yards rushing and two scores on the ground while also going a perfect 9-9 passing for 92 yards and a touchdown for Tufts. Bowdoin got 223 yards passing from Noah Nelson, including six catches for 94 yards for Nick Vailas, who returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown.

Saturday will be the 112th meeting between the two long-time rivals with Tufts holding a 60-49-2 advantage in the all-time series. Despite the Tufts lead, Bowdoin has carried the series of late, winning five of seven, and eight of the last 13 games between the schools. 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.