Football Looks To Rebound, Hosts Amherst On Saturday

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The Bowdoin College and Amherst College football teams will play for the 73rd consecutive year as the teams clash Saturday at Whittier Field at 1:00 p.m. The teams have met annually since 1946 and Amherst is Bowdoin's third-longest running rivalry (96 games), trailing only Colby and Bates.

Fans can follow all of the statistics from the game on their smartphones by downloading the Bowdoin Front Row app in the iTunes Store or on Google Play. Links to live statistics and video coverage of the contest can be found in the app, as well as push notifications and alerts on all of your favorite Polar Bear teams. For fans unable to attend games at Whittier Field, all Bowdoin home games will be carried live online in HD -with instant replay - on the Northeast Sports Network (

Bowdoin (0-2) held a late lead at Middlebury but gave up a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to drop a 37-24 decision to the Panthers. Despite the loss, tailback Nate Richam rushed for a school-record 288 yards and two touchdowns. Amherst (2-0) scored 30 straight points to pull away from Hamilton, 37-14, in their home opener last weekend.

  • Richam's 288 yard outburst was the most yards in a single game by a Bowdoin player ever and the most by a NESCAC player since 2003. Combined with his 78-yard effort against Williams, he currently leads the conference in rushing yards (366), yards/carry (7.6) and owns the longest run of the season in the league (75 yards). The effort earned him NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors.
  • Taking over primary quarterbacking duties, Austin McCrum tossed for 206 yards and a touchdown, but was picked off three times. He ranks fifth in the league in passing yardage (279) after two weeks.
  • Franny Rose's two interceptions against Middlebury vaulted him into a tie for the league lead.
  • Bowdoin's Joe Gowetski (22) ranks second in the league in tackles while Nicholas Leahy (18) stands fourth.


  • Amherst's defense has been stout over the first two games, ranking second in the league, allowing just 185.5 yards/game.
  • Quarterback Ollie Eberth is a threat to throw or run, as he ranks fourth in the league in total offense (197.5 yards/game).
  • Running back Jack Hickey stands fourth in the league in rushing (252 yards).
  • Andrew Yamin has nine tackles for the Amherst defense, including four for a loss this season.

Last year in Amherst, the Mammoths used a 14-point third quarter to pull away from Bowdoin in an eventual 31-14 victory. Amherst posted 210 yards rushing in the win, getting 118 from Jack Hickey. Bowdoin quarterback Griff Stalcup went 12-22 for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

The two long-time rivals have met continuously since 1946 and have played in every non-war season since 1940. Amherst owns a 76-18-2 edge all-time and has won a rivalry-best 12 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.