The Polar Bears scored first for the third time this season, and came within a single touchdown of knocking off unbeaten Wesleyan last Saturday at Whittier Field, falling 20-13 to the Cardinals.
It was Bowdoin's most complete game of the season as the Polar Bears held Wesleyan's high-scoring offense to a season-low in points and sustained several long scoring drives. In the end, it was a late touchdown by the Cardinals and Bowdoin's offense settling for field goals in the red zone that proved the difference in the loss.
Bowdoin tailback Nate Richam-Odoi and the Polar Bear offensive line have started to hit their stride, posting back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, including a 20-carry, 174-yard effort against Wesleyan. It was the first time a Bowdoin running back has posted consecutive 100-yard games since Tyler Grant did it against Bates and Colby in 2014.
Richam-Odoi currently ranks second in the NESCAC with 372 yards rushing this season while Greg Olson (18 receptions) and Bo Millett (17 receptions) currently stand seventh and eighth, respectively, in the conference in catches.
Brendan Ward stands third in the league in all-purpose yards this year (509) while linebacker Joe Gowetski is among the NESCAC leaders in tackles (27.0) and tackles for a loss (4.5)
PERFECT NO MORE
After a trio of double-digit wins to open the season, Amherst ran into its first sign of resistance last week in a dramatic 34-31 double-overtime loss to Middlebury. The Panthers scored a late, long touchdown to force OT and after a scoreless first extra frame, Amherst settled for a field goal in their possession of the second overtime. Middlebury replied with a touchdown pass to come away with the win.
Despite ranking fifth in the league in both total offense and total defense, the Mammoths are 3-1 thanks in part to a mind-boggling 15 turnovers by their defense (seven fumble recoveries, eight interceptions).
Dual-threat quarterback Ollie Eberth in third in the NESCAC in total offense (813 passing yards, 259 rushing yards). Avery Saffold leads the conference in interceptions with three this season while Joe Kelly paces the league with 4.5 sacks on the year.
Last year at Whittier Field, the Amherst defense mounted a pair of goal line stands to hold off Bowdoin, 24-14. The Mammoths twice held Bowdoin scoreless on possessions inside their five yard line in the victory. Amherst totaled 463 yards of total offense, with 251 coming through the air courtesy of Ollie Eberth, who also tossed three touchdowns. Bowdoin's Austin McCrum threw for a 242 yards and two scores.
The two long-time rivals have met continuously since 1946 and have played in every non-war season since 1940. Amherst owns a 77-18-2 edge all-time and has won a rivalry-best 13 consecutive games in the series. In 2009, Bowdoin gave Amherst their biggest scare (a 13-12 decision) en route to a perfect 8-0 season. In 2005, the Polar Bears snapped a six-game losing skid to Amherst with a 16-13 win in Massachusetts. The 2004 showdown - a 34-28 Amherst win - was the first overtime game in Whittier Field history.