Football Can't Overcome Early Deficit in Loss at Amherst

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AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College football team held Bowdoin scoreless in the first half of a 36-14 victory over the Polar Bears on Saturday afternoon.

The Mammoths improve to 4-1 this season while the Polar Bears fall to 0-5.

Game Highlights

  • Amherst opened up a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter by capping a five-play, 63-yard drive with a nine-yard pass to the back corner of the end zone from Ollie Eberth to Luke Mallette. The Mammoths increased their lead with a fumble recovery for a touchdown with just 27 seconds left in the quarter.
  • The Mammoths added a second quarter safety and a 12-yard touchdown run by Eberth to give themselves a 22-0 edge at the break.
  • Bowdoin had a chance to cut into the lead before halftime, but a late field goal attempt was blocked.
  • After a third quarter touchdown by Amherst, Bowdoin got on the board on the first play of the fourth quarter as Nate Richam-Odoi plunged in from two yards out to end a 10-play, 75-yard drive. The big play came on a 41-yard pass play from Matthew Marcantano to Gregory Olson.
  • After another Amherst score, Bowdoin posted another long drive for the final score of the game, covering 77 yards in 13 plays with Richam-Odoi scoring his second touchdown of the day from 10 yards out to make it a 36-14 final. 

By The Numbers

  • Amherst was led by 261 yards passing from Ollie Eberth. The Mammoths totaled 387 yards of offense on the afternoon.
  • Bowdoin actually recorded more first downs than Amherst (19-18) thanks to a number of long drives, as Nate Richam-Odoi totaled 106 yards on 23 carries to become the first Polar Bear to rush for more than 100 yards in three straight games since the institution of NESCAC play in 2000.
  • Matthew Marcantano threw for 140 yards for the Polar Bears, with five catches and 65 yards going to Gregory Olson.
  • Joe Gowetski made nine tackles, including two for a loss, while Alex Tyson recorded two sacks.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin plays their final game outside the state of Maine next week when they travel to Medford, Mass., to play Tufts on Saturday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m.