BOWDOIN vs. BATES
This week begins Bowdoin's chase to reclaim the CBB Championship and they will have to go through Bates to do it, as the Bobcats come into the contest having already defeated Colby in leg one of the long-time rivalry between the squads. The Polar Bears (0-7) are looking for their first win of the campaign while the Bobcats (1-7) garnered their first victory last weekend against the Mules.
Saturday will be the 120th meeting between the schools, ranking as the tenth-longest rivalry in Division III football, dating back to 1889.
Brendan Costa rushed for 155 yards and touchdown last week as Bates held off a late Colby rally to take the first game of the CBB Championship, 27-24. The Bobcats have owned the CBB trophy for five consecutive years, the longest stretch in their program history. With the exception of a three-way tie in 2011, Bowdoin last claimed the trophy in 2010 and Colby in 2005. Bowdoin has won 19 titles while Colby has won 14 and Bates 13.
Fans can follow all of the statistics from Saturday's game on their smartphones by downloading the Bowdoin Front Row app in the iTunes Store or on Google Play. Links to live statistics and video coverage of the contest can be found in the app, as well as push notifications and alerts on all of your favorite Polar Bear teams. The game will be carried live on the Northeast Sports Network (www.nsnsports.net).
Bowdoin rallied late, but fell short in a 21-10 setback to Wesleyan last Saturday at Whittier Field. The Polar Bears got exceptional efforts from quarterback Griff Stalcup, who passed for 317 yards, and receivers Nick Vailas (167 yards) and Bryan Porter (104 yards) in the defeat.
POLAR BEAR NOTES
- With eight receptions last week, Nick Vailas upped his season total to 31, ranking ninth in the NESCAC, and he became just the second player in program history to surpass 100 career receptions (102).
- The 85-yard touchdown pass from Griff Stalcup to Vailas against Wesleyan was the fourth-longest pass play in school history.
- Bowdoin is second in the league in red-zone percentage (82%), scoring on nine of 11 trips this fall.
- Kicker Andrew Sisti is 2-2 on field goals and 10-10 on PAT's this season
- The Polar Bears have been penalized for the second-fewest number of yards (48.7/game) in the NESCAC
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
- Bates is the lone team in the conference that rushes for more yards per game (191.7) than it passes (108.6).
- The Bobcats own the third-best rushing attack in the conference behind Brendan Costa's 101.7/game, which stands second individually in the NESCAC.
- Defensively Max Breschi leads Bates with 47.0 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, 4.5 for a loss, a fumble recovery and an interception this season.
Last year in Brunswick, Bates rallied for 21 points in the fourth quarter to take a 24-7 victory at Whittier Field. Bowdoin grabbed a first-quarter lead and led through the first 45 minutes of the contest thanks to an 18-yard touchdown run by Nate Richam. Bryan Porter had 75 receiving yards for Bowdoin, but Bates finished with 337 rushing yards in the victory.
The Bowdoin-Bates rivalry, at 119 games entering play on Saturday, is the 10th-longest in Division III, dating back to 1889 (a 62-0 Bowdoin win). The Polar Bears hold a 66-46-7 edge in the all-time series but Bates has won six straight, their longest winning streak in the rivalry.