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BOWDOIN FOOTBALL Weekly Preview - Wesleyan Game

The Bowdoin College football team will look to get into the win column as they host the 92nd meeting between the Polar Bear and Cardinal football teams at Whittier Field.

LIVE COVERAGE

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

LAST WEEK

For the second time in three weeks, the Polar Bears scored first but couldn’t hold an early advantage as Williams scored 34 first-half points en route to a 41-10 victory last Saturday. Three Williams players rushed for more than 100 yards as the Ephs totaled 398 as a team in the victory.

Nate Richam-Odoi totaled 105 yards on the ground for Bowdoin, including a touchdown, while Bo Millett caught five passes for 101 yards for the Polar Bears.

POLAR BEAR NOTES

The Polar Bears have won the time of possession battle in each of their first three games and actually rank first in the league in TOP (34:08) this season. Bowdoin also has the least penalties of any team in the conference (12) and leads the conference in Red Zone scoring percentage (7-8, 88%).

Nate Richam (6) and Bo Millett (88)

Nate Richam is currently seventh in the NESCAC in rushing yards (198) while Bo Millett is seventh in receiving yards (219) and eighth in receptions (14).

Bowdoin’s defense will look to shore up its propensity for giving up big plays, as the Polar Bears have surrendered ten touchdown plays longer than 20 yards this fall.

SCOUTING THE CARDINALS

FLYING HIGH

The Cardinals are off to a quick start, having rolled up double-digit wins over Colby, Hamilton and Bates to begin the season. Wesleyan is the highest scoring team in the NESCAC through three weeks (35.3 points/game) and also leads the conference in scoring defense (10.7 points/game).

Sophomore quarterback Ashton Scott, coming off a NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week performance, sparks the Wesleyan offense with 562 yards passing and 189 yards rushing already this season. Defensively, the Cardinals have the league’s leading sacker in Nick Livingston (3.5) and own the conference’s best turnover margin (+9) through three games.

LAST MEETING

Last year in a monsoon in Middletown, Wesleyan held Bowdoin to just 100 yards of offense in a 24-0 victory. In rainy and windy conditions, Wesleyan quarterback Mark Piccirillo tossed for 158 yards and rushed for 70 while Glenn Smith accumulated 105 yards on the ground for the Cardinals. Drew Ortiz had 14 tackles and a forced fumble for Bowdoin while Franny Rose had nine tackles and a fumble recovery.

SERIES HISTORY

In 91 meetings between the schools, the Cards lead the all-time series 60-29-2 and have claimed nine of the last ten meetings. Bowdoin’s last victory over Wesleyan came at Whittier Field in 2011 in a soggy 12-6 victory.

Photos courtesy of Brian Beard/CIPhotography.com