Game preview: Polar Bear Football ready for battle with Amherst on Saturday


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The Bowdoin College football team welcome Amherst to the 99th meeting between the teams on Saturday at Whittier Field. Click here for visitor protocols and parking information for this season at Whittier Field.

Beginning in fall 2021, the Bowdoin College Athletic Department will adopt digital gaming programs for all home events on campus as part of an effort for a more sustainable campus, as well as providing up-to-the-minute information. close. information on match days. A limited number of line-up sheets will be available for home football matches. To view the program digitally, with team photos, up-to-date stats, links to live coverage and feature coverage, scan the QR code above or visit / programs

Bowdoin nearly knocked down unbeaten Wesleyan, leading the Cardinals with less than two minutes to go before a late touchdown pushed Wesleyan over Middletown, 38-35. The Mammoths held off Middlebury on the road in a defensive battle, 17-10 for their second straight victory.

Andrew Boel’s Bowdoin’s first career start was memorable, as the second-year quarterback posted a 21-33 record for 410 yards and five touchdowns. Passing yards were the second most important in a single game in program history as all five touchdowns tied the school’s score. After playing in three games, Boel now sits second in the league for passing efficiency (178.4) while Colton Fahey (271 yards) is now seventh behind NESCAC in receptions. Although he missed most of the second half last week, André Eden (397 yards) is the conference’s first rusher. Defensively, Drew ortiz leads the league in loss tackles (8.0)

André Boel set a number of records for a Bowdoin quarterback in his first career start, including yards (410) and touchdowns (5). Plus, he became the first Polar Bear quarterback in school history to throw three touchdown passes over 50 yards in the same game (50, 51, 72).

After falling in Week 2 to Colby, 10-7, the Mammoths rebounded to win back-to-back games against Tufts (24-21) and Middlebury (17-10). Amherst sits in the middle of the league on offense, but used strong defense to propel himself to a 3-1 start, as his defensive unit ranks third in the league in scoring (15.3 points / game) . The Mammoths have used three different quarterbacks this fall and Tim Swope leads the team defensively with 49 tackles and 2.5 sacks this year.

The two longtime rivals have met continuously since 1946 and have played in every non-war / pandemic season since 1940. Amherst has an all-time 78-18-2 advantage and has won a rivalry record 14 consecutive matches in the series. In 2009, Bowdoin gave Amherst his biggest scare (a 13-12 decision) en route to a perfect 8-0 season. In 2005, the Polar Bears snapped a losing six-game skid against Amherst with a 16-13 victory over Massachusetts. The 2004 showdown – a 34-28 victory at Amherst – was the first overtime game in Whittier Field history.


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