BRUNSWICK, Maine – Following a record-setting day at Middlebury, Bowdoin junior tailback Nate Richam (West Hartford, Conn.) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Richam shattered Bowdoin's 42-year old single-game rushing record with 288 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, breaking the record of 270 set by Jim Soule in 1976 against Bates. The junior running back carried the ball 30 times and averaged a mind-boggling 9.6 yards per carry and, in the process, surpassed 1,000 yards for his career. His efforts helped Bowdoin build a fourth-quarter lead at Middlebury with scoring runs of five and 75 yards.
His 288 yards rushing were the most by a NESCAC player in 15 years, dating back to Trinity's Thomas Pierandri's conference-record 304 yards rushing against Wesleyan in 2003. He is the first Polar Bear to earn NESCAC Player of the Week recognition since quarterback Noah Nelson earned the honor as a first-year in October of 2015.
Richam and the Polar Bears will look to get into the win column next Saturday, September 29, when they return home to Whittier Field to battle Amherst at 1:00 p.m.