Bowdoin Welcomes Tufts For Homecoming Football Game Saturday

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BOWDOIN vs. TUFTS
The Bowdoin College football team hosts Tufts in the 113th meeting between the two football programs Saturday at Whittier Field.

GAMEDAY PARKING/TAILGAITING INFORMATION
Due to ongoing construction on Phase II of the Whittier Field project, some changes have been made to parking and tailgaiting areas, including for this weekend's game. Take a look at the site map and read about the changes here.

BOWDOIN HOMECOMING
It is Homecoming Saturday at Bowdoin and complete information on all of the weekend festivities can be found at alumni.bowdoin.edu as well as in the Bowdoin Homecoming App, available at Bowdo.in/app

LIVE COVERAGE
Fans can follow all of the statistics from the 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. For fans unable to attend games at Whittier Field, all Bowdoin home games will be carried live online in HD -with instant replay - on the Northeast Sports Network (www.nsnsports.net).

LAST WEEK
Bowdoin (0-3) squandered two chances inside the Amherst 5, coming away without points on both occasions in a 24-14 loss to the Mammoths. The Jumbos (3-0) scored 37 second half points to rally from a halftime deficit to defeat Bates 47-14.
 
POLAR BEAR NOTES

  • Despite being held to a season-low 30 yards by the staunch Amherst run defense, Nate Richam still leads the NESCAC with 396 rushing yards this season and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry - also the best in the league.
  • Quarterback Austin McCrum improved for the third straight week, tossing for 242 yards and two touchdowns against Amherst and rose to fourth in the league in passing yardage (521). 
  • Franny Rose is tied for the NESCAC lead with two interceptions and is ninth in the conference in tackles (22). Joe Gowetski leads the league with 32 tackles this season.
  • Bowdoin will look to improve on its red zone conversions, as it is ninth in the league  at 56% (5-9).

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS

  • Quarterback Ryan McDonald earned his third career NESCAC Player of the Week award thanks to 368 yards of total offense in the win over Bates, running for a TD and throwing for two more in the victory. He is sixth in the league in both passing (157.7) and rushing (94.0) yards per game this fall.
  • Defensively, Tufts ranks first in the league in scoring defense (9.0) and second in total defense (231.7 yards/game).
  • The Jumbos have put intense pressure on quarterbacks this season, leading the league in sacks (13), more than the next two teams combined. Greg Holt leads the NESCAC with 3.5 this season.
  • Tufts leads the NESCAC in red zone conversion rate (92%), scoring on 11-12 trips including eight touchdowns.

LAST MEETING
Last year in Medford, Tufts held Bowdoin out of the endzone in a 31-3 victory. Ryan McDonald threw for 215 yards and rushed for 72 for the Jumbos while Nate Richam had 109 yards on the ground for the Polar Bears.

BOWDOIN vs. TUFTS - ALL TIME
Saturday will be the 113th meeting between the two long-time rivals with Tufts holding a 61-49-2 advantage in the all-time series. Tufts has won the last three meetings after Bowdoin claimed five in a row from 2010-14. 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.