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Amherst College (1-0) vs. Bowdoin College (1-0)
September 29, 2007 * Pratt Field

Amherst, MA * 1 p.m.

THE SERIES
Amherst holds a 65-17-2 series edge over Bowdoin, and has gotten the best of the Polar Bears in 12 of the last 14 meetings. The last time these teams met at Pratt Field, Bowdoin snuck away with a 16-13 victory, having jumped out to a 13-0 halftime lead that proved to be too much for the Jeffs to overcome. The win for Bowdoin came just one season after suffering a double-overtime loss to Amherst at home, 34-28.

SCOUTING AMHERST
The Amherst College football program has had several phenomenal defensive teams during Coach Mills’ tenure, and this year’s squad has thus far proven to be no different. The Lord Jeffs’ 24-0 win over Bates College last weekend marked Mills’ 20th career shutout and 58th career victory. The 2007 Jeffs also feature one of the NESCAC’s most dangerous running games, with junior Eric NeSmith and sophomore Aaron Rauh leading the way. NeSmith rushed for 85 yards against Bates, Rauh picked up three touchdowns, and junior Anthony Fuller put in a solid effort with 45 yards of his own. Amherst does not, however, need to rely on the running game, as sophomore quarterback Lucas Loeffler has a very young and talented core of receivers to work with.

BOWDOIN head coach DAVE CAPUTI
Entering his eighth season as head coach of the Bowdoin football team, Dave Caputi has led a rebuilding effort that has seen the Polar Bears become one of the top teams in the NESCAC. In 2005, Bowdoin earned a third-place finish in the conference with a 6-2 record, helping four Polar Bears earn All-Conference honors. Caputi joined the Bowdoin athletic staff after serving as the offensive coordinator for Williams College, where he spent 13 years and helped the Ephs compile an 88-13-3 record with four undefeated seasons.

LAST MEETING
Bowdoin avenged a heartbreaking 34-28 double-overtime loss to Amherst in 2004 by earning a 16-13 win over the Jeffs on Pratt Field in 2005. Amherst regained momentum in the series by holding the Polar Bears to just seven points in last season’s meeting, as the Jeffs picked up the 20-7 win on the road.

Amherst struck first by converting a field goal attempt midway through the opening quarter, but Bowdoin’s Tim Kelleher responded with a 25-yard touchdown run that put the Polar Bears on top. Amherst’s Aaron Rauh capped off a 48-yard scoring drive with a three-yard run into the end zone to provide the only score of the second quarter, as the Jeffs headed into the locker room with a 10-7 advantage.

Neither team could put any points on the board in the third quarter, but the Jeffs added to their lead with a 30-yard field goal with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation. After Bowdoin failed to put anything together on its next possession, the Jeffs took over and drove 54 yards to set up their second touchdown via the ground attack. The Polar Bears found themselves trailing 20-7 with only 1:27 to play, not enough time to muster a comeback.

Amherst used a well-balanced attack in the win, passing for 210 yards while earning 190 on the ground for a combined 400 yards of offense. The Amherst running game itself was well-balanced, as four Jeffs ran for at least 20 yards, with Rauh and Eric NeSmith combining for 123 yards on 29 carries.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
The Amherst College Lord Jeffs opened their 2007 campaign with a 24-0 win at Bates College, holding the Bobcats to a mere 25 rushing yards and nine first downs. The Amherst sophomore class stole the show, as running back Aaron Rauh picked up a trio of short-yardage touchdowns, quarterback Lucas Loeffler passed for 132 yards in his debut as a starter, and Matt Eberhart nailed a career-long 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

BOWDOIN LAST TIME OUT
The Bowdoin College Polar Bears kicked off their 2007 season in style, as they pulled off a shocking 28-14 upset over Williams College in Brunswick, Maine. The Ephs out-gained Bowdoin in rushing yards and passing yards, but the Polar Bear defense had an astonishing six interceptions in the game, one of which was run back 40 yards for a touchdown. Senior running back Jeff Smith ran for 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help his team snap Williams’ 14-game win streak.

2007 AMHERST SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 22 - @ Bates (W 24-0)
Sept. 29 - BOWDOIN (1 p.m.)
Oct. 6 - MIDDLEBURY (1:30 p.m.)
Oct. 13 - @ Colby (1 p.m.)
Oct. 20 - WESLEYAN (hc) (1 p.m.)
Oct. 27 - @ Tufts (1 p.m.)
Nov. 3 - TRINITY (fw) (1 p.m.)
Nov. 10 - @ Williams (Noon)

2007 BOWDOIN SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 22 - WILLIAMS (W 28-14)
Sept. 29 - @ Amherst (1 p.m.)
Oct. 6 - @ Tufts (1 p.m.)
Oct. 13 - HAMILTON (Noon)
Oct. 20 - @ Trinity (1 p.m.)
Oct. 27 - WESLEYAN (12:30 p.m.)
Nov. 3 - @ Bates (12:30 p.m.)
Nov. 10 - COLBY (12:30 p.m.)

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB -
Lucas Loeffler - 9
RB - Eric NeSmith - 22
WR - Mike Myers - 4
WR - Jim Eckenrode - 1
TE - Matt Dunleavy - 83
LT - Sam Rudman - 79
LG - Wyatt Moss - 57
C - Justin Wiley - 72
RG - Tim Rose - 54
RT - Dan Guariglia - 66
PK - Matt Eberhart - 43
P - Keith Erzinger - 32

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
NG- Greg Smith - 50
DT - John Attridge -98
DT - Eric Pender - 92
OLB - Guy Matisis - 45
OLB - Jack Ewen - 37
ILB - Nick Boehm - 29
ILB - Preston Puryear - 53
CB - A.J. Scola - 13
CB - Chris Mottau - 7
SS - Rob Grammer - 8
FS - Chris Govey - 10

PR - Mike Myers - 4
KR - Andre Gary - 85

BOWDOIN PROBABLE STARTERS
POLAR BEAR OFFENSE
QB - Oliver Kell - 16
TB - Jeff Smith - 22
FB - Mike Karrat - 18
LT - Matt McCall - 78
LG - Ben Larkins - 60
C - Ray Wang - 72
RG - Gus Spaulding - 66
RT - Rogan Donelly - 75
WR - Nick Tomaino - 6
WR - Tim Kelleher - 15
PK - Nate Morrow - 29
P - Bill Donahue - 40

POLAR BEAR DEFENSE
DE - Tim Colton - 81
DT - Rich Hall - 83
DT - Jack Dingess - 45
DE - Brandon Sparks - 10
LB - Damon Hall-Jones - 33
LB - Scott Roman - 11
LB - Kevin Zikaris - 49
CB - Lamont White - 41
CB - Bobby Welch - 21
S - Matt Leotti - 24
S - Matt Moran - 8

AMHERST STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Lucas Loeffler (13-of-23/132 yds/0 TD/1 INT)

RUSHING
Eric NeSmith (17 att/85 yds/0 TD)
Aaron Rauh (16 att/46 yds/3 TD)

RECEIVING
Andre Gary (4 rec/58 yds/0 TD)
Brandon Bullock (2 rec/28 yds/0 TD)

DEFENSE
M.J. Smith (1 INT)

BOWDOIN STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Oliver Kell (15-of-29/216 yds/1 TD/1 INT)

RUSHING
Jeff Smith (13 att/52 yds/2 TD)

RECEIVING
Ian Merry (4 rec/95 yds/1 TD)
Tim Kelleher (4 rec/46 yds/0 TD)

DEFENSE
Lamont White (2 INT/64 yds/1 TD)
Matt Leotti (2 INT/46 yds/0 TD)

2007 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
Rushing Yards/Per Game
170 yds/170.0 avg.
84 yds/84.0 avg.

Passing Yards/Per Game
132 yds/132.0 avg.
216 yds/216.0 avg.

Total Offense/Per Game
302 yds/302.0 avg.
300 yds/300.0 avg.

Total Points/Per Game
24 pts/24.0 avg.
28 pts/28.0 avg.

Rushing Allowed/Per Game
25 yds/25.0 avg.
117 yds/117.0 avg.

Passing Allowed/Per Game
106 yds/106.0 avg.
288 yds/288.0 avg.

Total Offense Allowed/Per Game
131 yds/131.0 avg.
405 yds/405.0 avg.

Total Points Allowed/Per Game
0 pts/0.0 avg.
14 pts/14.0 avg.

THIS WEEK IN THE NESCAC
Wesleyan @ Hamilton (12:30 p.m.)
Colby @ Middlebury (1:00 p.m.)
Bowdoin @ Amherst (1:00 p.m.)
Tufts @ Bates (1:00 p.m.)
Williams @ Trinity (1:30 p.m.)

2007 NESCAC STANDINGS
Amherst (1-0)
Bowdoin (1-0)
Middlebury (1-0)
Trinity (1-0)
Tufts (1-0)
Bates (0-1)
Colby (0-1)

Hamilton (0-1)
Wesleyan (0-1)
Williams (0-1)

ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst vs. Bowdoin
Amherst leads 65-17-2 (84 meetings)
1896 tie 0-0
1899 Amherst 11 Bowdoin 6
1900 Bowdoin 11 Amherst 6
1901 Amherst 29 Bowdoin 0
1902 Amherst 16 Bowdoin 0
1903 Amherst 23 Bowdoin 0
1904 Amherst 23 Bowdoin 0
1905 Amherst 23 Bowdoin 6
1907 Amherst 12 Bowdoin 0
1910 Bowdoin 3 Amherst 0
1915 Amherst 6 Bowdoin 0
1916 Bowdoin 12 Amherst 10
1919 Amherst 3 Bowdoin 0
1920 Amherst 13 Bowdoin 0
1922 Bowdoin 28 Amherst 7
1923 Bowdoin 13 Amherst 0
1924 Bowdoin 16 Amherst 14
1925 Amherst 27 Bowdoin 0
1926 tie 7-7
1928 Amherst 7 Bowdoin 3
1940 Amherst 13 Bowdoin 7
1941 Amherst 33 Bowdoin 6
1942 Amherst 25 Bowdoin 0
1946 Amherst 7 Bowdoin 0
1947 Bowdoin 8 Amherst 6
1948 Amherst 27 Bowdoin 19
1949 Amherst 14 Bowdoin 7
1950 Amherst 32 Bowdoin 20
1951 Bowdoin 46 Amherst 35
1952 Bowdoin 31 Amherst 7
1953 Amherst 28 Bowdoin 0
1954 Amherst 25 Bowdoin 19
1955 Amherst 20 Bowdoin 0
1956 Amherst 39 Bowdoin 12
1957 Amherst 58 Bowdoin 14
1958 Amherst 34 Bowdoin 0
1959 Amherst 28 Bowdoin 12
1960 Bowdoin 7 Amherst 6
1961 Amherst 27 Bowdoin 6
1962 Amherst 34 Bowdoin 12
1963 Amherst 3 Bowdoin 0
1964 Amherst 19 Bowdoin 18
1965 Amherst 21 Bowdoin 13
1966 Amherst 51 Bowdoin 0
1967 Amherst 42 Bowdoin 13
1968 Amherst 33 Bowdoin 3
1969 Amherst 23 Bowdoin 7
1970 Bowdoin 34 Amherst 21
1971 Amherst 39 Bowdoin 21
1972 Amherst 35 Bowdoin 13
1973 Amherst 23 Bowdoin 8
1974 Amherst 14 Bowdoin 12
1975 Amherst 21 Bowdoin 14
1976 Amherst 42 Bowdoin 7
1977 Amherst 33 Bowdoin 0
1978 Amherst 20 Bowdoin 10
1979 Amherst 22 Bowdoin 17
1980 Bowdoin 35 Amherst 22
1981 Amherst 17 Bowdoin 6
1982 Amherst 43 Bowdoin 0
1983 Amherst 20 Bowdoin 0
1984 Amherst 43 Bowdoin 0
1985 Amherst 24 Bowdoin 15
1986 Amherst 35 Bowdoin 19
1987 Bowdoin 29 Amherst 7
1988 Amherst 15 Bowdoin 14
1989 Amherst 29 Bowdoin 7
1990 Amherst 19 Bowdoin 18
1991 Bowdoin 27 Amherst 15
1992 Bowdoin 41 Amherst 0
1993 Amherst 21 Bowdoin 0
1994 Amherst 41 Bowdoin 7
1995 Amherst 27 Bowdoin 20
1996 Amherst 46 Bowdoin 0
1997 Amherst 30 Bowdoin 0
1998 Bowdoin 24 Amherst 16
1999 Amherst 10 Bowdoin 7
2000 Amherst 35 Bowdoin 0
2001 Amherst 35 Bowdoin 0
2002 Amherst 42 Bowdoin 20
2003 Amherst 21 Bowdoin 0
2004 Amherst 34 Bowdoin 28 (2ot)
2005 Bowdoin 16 Amherst 13
2006 Amherst 20 Bowdoin 7