Tufts Posts Shutout Victory Over Bowdoin Football

Photos courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com
Photos courtesy of www.CIPhotography.com

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Tufts University football team posted its first shutout since November of 2006, defeating Bowdoin 28-0 on Saturday afternoon at Whittier field.

The Jumbos improve to 4-0 this season while the Polar Bears fall to 0-4.

Game Highlights

  • Some early miscues by Tufts kept the game scoreless in the opening quarter as Bowdoin was able to get an interception from Matthew Williams and a fumble recovery to stymie a pair of early Jumbo drives.
  • Tufts got on the board early in the second quarter, capping a 13-play, 85-yard drive with a four-yard Mike Pedrini touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.
  • Pedrini capped an 11-play, 54-yard drive in the second quarter with a one-yard plunge to give Tufts a 14-0 lead at the break.
  • Tufts forced a Bowdoin three-and-out to open the second half and quickly extended their lead to 21-0 with a three-play, 57-yard drive, scoring on a 17 yard pass from Ryan McDonald to Jack Dolan.
  • Tufts closed out the scoring with a four-yard pass from McDonald to Jack Donahue on their next drive.

By The Numbers

  • Tufts got 231 yards passing from Ryan McDonald, on 19-25 attempts, with two TD's. McDonald also had 39 yards rushing.
  • The Jumbos totaled 522 yards of offense, including 271 rushing, led by 73 from Dom Borelli.
  • Bowdoin had 230 yards of total offense and didn't get into the red zone once in the game.
  • Austin McCrum completed 21-47 passes for 162 yards while Gregory Olson caught six passes for 68 yards.
  • Defensively, Nicholas Leahy, Joe Gowetski and Franny Rose had nine tackles each for the Polar Bears
  • Greg Holt had a team-best six tackles for the Jumbos, who recorded their first shutout since blanking Colby on November 4, 2006. It was their first shutout of Bowdoin since 2001.
  • Tufts finished with a 35:22-24:38 advantage in time of possession.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin heads to Clinton, N.Y., to battle Hamilton next Saturday at noon.
  • Tufts heads to Hartford, Conn., to face Trinity on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.