BOWDOIN FOOTBALL Weekly Preview - Middlebury Game

The Bowdoin College football team will celebrate Family Weekend at Whittier Field Saturday as they host unbeaten Middlebury College in the 25th meeting all-time between the schools. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.


Fans can follow the game live online with live statistics at GoUBears.com or a video webcast on the Northeast Sports Network.


The Polar Bears couldn’t get going against Tufts last weekend in a 49-0 setback in Medford. The Jumbos used a 21-point second quarter to take command and finished with 662 yards of total offense in the victory. Middlebury remained unbeaten with a 21-point second quarter of their own en route to a decisive 45-21 win over Wesleyan in Vermont.


Despite being winless on the season, the Polar Bears have played considerably better at Whittier Field than on the road. Bowdoin owned a fourth-quarter lead against Hamilton and was tied with Wesleyan in the fourth quarter of their previous two home games.

Nate Richam-Odoi is second in the NESCAC in rushing with 505 yards and is just 21 yards shy of his single-season best (526 yards, 2018) and 139 yards short of becoming the sixth player in program history to surpass 2,000 career yards.

Nate Richam-Odoi

Receiver Gregory Olson stands fourth in the league with 27 catches while Brendan Ward is fourth in the conference with 694 all-purpose yards. Joe Gowetski stands sixth in the NESCAC in tackling (47).

Brendan Ward



Middlebury is off to their best start since beginning the 1977 season 7-0. Despite not leading the conference in any major statistical category, the Panthers have been the most balanced team in the NESCAC, averaging 249.3 yards passing and 170.0 yards rushing per game this year. Middlebury has also been incredibly opportunistic, winning four of their six games by five points or fewer.

Will Jernigan was named the NESCAC’s Offensive Player of the Week following last week’s victory over Wesleyan. The Panther quarterback is second in the league in passing (1,496 yards, 12 TD’s). He also stands seventh in the league in rushing (363 yards). Alex Norton and Jack Pistorius are tied for third in the league with 4.5 sacks while Kevin Hartley is tied for the conference lead with three interceptions on the year.


Last year in Vermont, Nate Richam broke Bowdoin’s 42-year old single-game rushing record with 288 yards on the ground, but it wasn’t enough as the Polar Bear football team surrendered a fourth quarter lead to Middlebury and fell 37-24. The Panthers rushed for 344 yards, led by 184 yards from Peter Scibilia.


Due to the NESCAC’s formerly rotating schedule, the squads have only played each other 24 times in the series history. Middlebury has won five straight dating back to 2012 while Bowdoin’s last win came in 2009. The Panthers hold a 16-7-1 advantage in the all-time series.

Photos courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com