Ryan Smith '07
Junior center Ryan Smith and the rest of the Amherst offensive line paved the way for 320 rushing yards in the Jeffs' 28-3 season-opening win at Hamilton.

Jeffs Ready for Home-Opener Against Undefeated Bowdoin

September 26, 2005

Amherst College vs. Bowdoin College
October 1, 2005 * Pratt Field
Amherst, MA * 1 p.m.


THE SERIES
Amherst holds a 64-16-2 series edge over Bowdoin, winning the last six meetings against the Polar Bears, including a thrilling 34-28 double-overtime victory last season. The inaugural matchup in 1896 ended in a 0-0 stalemate, and since then the Jeffs have registered 21 shutout victories over the Polar Bears, including back-to-back 35-0 wins in 2000 and 2001. Bowdoin hasn't defeated the Jeffs since 1998, when the Polar Bears notched a 24-16 win on Whittier Field.

LAST MEETING
Senior tailback Fletcher Ladd pierced the end zone with a game-winning nine-yard touchdown run to lead the Amherst football team to a dramatic 34-28 double-overtime win at Bowdoin College on Saturday, September 25, 2004. With 175 yards on 25 carries, including a school-record 95-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, Ladd upped his career rushing total to 2,984 yards, shattering the previous Amherst record. Senior cornerback Rob Walsh made his mark in the Amherst record books as well, intercepting four passes to tie the single-game school mark. This marked the first overtime game in the 102-year history of Bowdoin's Whittier Field.

2004 TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISONS
AMHERST
Rushing Yards/Per Game (320 yds/320.0 avg)
Passing Yards/ Per Game (165 yds/165.0 avg)
Total Offense/Per Game (485 yds/485.0 avg)
Total Points/Per Game (28 pts/28.0 avg)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (64 yds/64.0 avg)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (115 yds/115.0 avg)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (179 yds/179.0 avg)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (3 pts/3.0 avg)

BOWDOIN
Rushing Yards/Per Game (89 yds/89.0 avg)
Passing Yards/ Per Game (303 yds/303.0 avg)
Total Offense/Per Game (392 yds/392.0 avg)
Total Points/Per Game (22 pts/22.0 avg)
Rushing Allowed/Per Game (236 yds/236.0 avg)
Passing Allowed/Per Game (169 yds/169.0 avg)
Total Offense Allowed/Per Game (405 yds/405.0 avg)
Total Points Allowed/Per Game (21 pts/21.0 avg)

SCOUTING AMHERST
Coming off a decisive 28-3 win at Hamilton, Amherst is 1-0 for the sixth consecutive season and looks to move to 2-0 for the sixth straight time as well. The Jeffs have been among the conference leaders in rushing for the last four seasons, and it appears this one will be no different as they displayed yet another dominant ground game in their season-opener at Hamilton, rolling up a conference-high 320 rushing yards. Junior wideout Mark Hannon and senior tailback Ngai Otieno led the charge, piling up 117 and 103 yards rushing, respectively, including a 90-yard touchdown scamper by Hannon and a seven-yard scoring plunge from Otieno. Junior tailback Will Beeson and senior Dom Cama joined in on the attack with 56 and 41 yards, respectively. Hannon, Otieno and Beeson all rank in the top 10 in the conference rushing standings, while Cama is just outside in 11 th . Junior quarterback Nick Kehoe was impressive as well, completing 11-of-17 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. He spread the ball out to six different receivers in the opener, his favorite targets being Hannon, classmate Justin Macione and senior tight end Parnell Adam. Macione led the group with four receptions for 29 yards, while sophomore Mike Myers added a deep threat, hauling in a 30-yard touchdown strike with his only reception of the day. The Amherst defense kept up its traditional dominance as well, surrendering just 179 yards of total offense and registering 10 tackles-for-loss resulting in negative 33 yards for Hamilton. The Jeffs surrendered the second-fewest points in the NESCAC and gave up the third-lowest totals in rushing yards and passing yards. Junior inside linebacker Greg Muecke led the way with a team-high seven tackles, including six solo takedowns and one for loss, while classmate Brendan McKee spent plenty of time in the Hamilton backfield, notching a trio of tackles-for-loss. Sophomore safety Rob Grammer tallied six tackles (1.5 for loss) to go with his first-career interception, while senior outside linebacker Kelvin Coker and senior tri-captain L.J. Spinnato each posted a sack.

AMHERST LAST TIME OUT
The Amherst football team opened its season with a decisive 28-3 victory at Hamilton. The Jeffs rolled up 485 yards of total offense, including 320 on the ground, while holding the Continentals to just 179 offensive yards. Four different Jeffs found the endzone, highlighted by junior wideout Mark Hannon, who piled up 175 all-purpose yards, including a 90-yard touchdown run, as Amherst won its seventh straight over Hamilton and was victorious in its season opener for the sixth consecutive year. Senior Ngai Otieno and junior Will Beeson found the end zone on the ground as well, while sophomore Mike Myers hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Nick Kehoe. Sophomore safety Rob Grammer led the defense with six tackles and his first career interception.

AMHERST STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Nick Kehoe (11-for-17/146 yds/1 TD/0 int)
Greg Hagar (2-for-2/19 yds/0 TD/0 int)
RUSHING
Mark Hannon (3 att/117 yds/1 TD)
Ngai Otieno (16 att/103 yds/1 TD)
Will Beeson (16 att/56 yds/1 TD)
RECEIVING
Justin Macione (4 rec/29 yds/0 TD)
Mark Hannon (2 rec/33 yds/0 TD)
Parnell Adam (2 rec/20 yds/0 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Mike Salerno (3 punt returns/21 yds)
Ngai Otieno (6 kick returns/21.3 avg)

AMHERST PROBABLE STARTERS
LORD JEFF OFFENSE
QB - #11 Nick Kehoe
FB - #34 Chris Gillyard
TB - #4 Ngai Otieno
WR - #1 Mark Hannon
WR - #5 Justin Macione
TE - #88 Parnell Adam
C - #75 Ryan Smith
LT - #66 Dan Guariglia
RT - #53 Gavin Weeks
LG - #76 Matt Mascioli
RG - #59 Nate Riccardi

LORD JEFF DEFENSE
OLB - #45 Justin Roemer
OLB - #14 Joe Bickerstaffe
DT - #98 Dan Kovolisky
DT - #55 Brendan McKee
NG - #56 L.J. Spinnato
ILB - #42 Jake Spadafora
ILB - # 31 Greg Muecke
DB - #20 Nick Zieler
DB - #7 Chris Mottau
DB - #2 Mike Salerno
DB - #8 Rob Grammer

2005 AMHERST SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 24 @ Hamilton W 28-3
Oct. 1 BOWDOIN 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 MIDDLEBURY 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 @ Colby 1 p.m.
Oct. 22 WESLEYAN 1 p.m.
Oct. 29 @ Tufts 1 p.m.
Nov. 5 TRINITY 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 @ Williams Noon

SCOUTING BOWDOIN
The Bowdoin football team opened its season with a win for the first time since 1991, posting a narrow 22-21 victory over visiting Middlebury College. The Polar Bears have struggled over the past five seasons, winning only four games, but on the positive side they won more games last season (2) than they had in the previous five and are halfway to meeting that mark again in 2005. Bowdoin racked up a conference-best 303 yards passing, leaning heavily on the strong arm of senior quarterback Ricky Leclerc and the soft hands of classmate Jeff Nolin. Leclerc finished 22-of-37 passing with one touchdown and one interception, good for a 131.7 passer efficiency rating, while Nolan grabbed 10 catches for a Bowdoin single-game record 203 yards and a score, and ran in a 12-yard game-winning touchdown. Senior Matt Boyd leads the Polar Bear ground game, rumbling to 49 yards in the season opener, good for ninth in the conference, while sophomore Jeff Smith follows closely behind with 42 yards. Bowdoin's opportunistic defense and special teams played a large role in last week's victory as junior Brendan Murphy posted a conference best two interceptions, senior defensive back Steve Curwen had a 25-yard fumble return for a touchdown and sophomore Steve Cunningham blocked a Middlebury extra point, which ended up being the game-deciding point. Junior John Regan paced the Polar Bear defense with 11 tackles, while Curwen notched 10 takedowns and senior Shaun Kezer and junior Dave Donahue tallied nine tackles apiece.

BOWDOIN LAST TIME OUT
Bowdoin posted its first season-opening victory since 1991, nabbing a narrow 22-21 victory over visiting Middlebury. The Polar Bears saw senior wide receiver Jeff Nolin scamper 12 yards for the game-winning score with 2:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, capping a sensational day that included a school-record 203 yards receiving. Senior signal caller Ricky Leclerc was an outstanding 22-for-37 for 303 yards and a touchdown. The Bowdoin defense and special teams were instrumental in the victory as senior defensive back Steve Curwen scooped up a Middlebury fumble and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, and sophomore Steve Cunningham blocked an extra point attempt just before the half, which became the game-deciding point.

BOWDOIN HEAD COACH DAVE CAPUTI
Dave Caputi enters his sixth season at Bowdoin after being hired as the 28th coach in the storied history of the program in 2000. Caputi has led a rebuilding effort that has seen the Polar Bears become progressively more competitive in the past few seasons. Before Bowdoin, he served as an assistant at Amherst's archrival Williams College for 13 years, including an extended stint as the Ephs' offensive coordinaor. Under his tutelage, Williams compiled an 88-13-3 overall record with four undefeated seasons. Before Williams, he had similar success as a quarterbacks and secondary coach at Tufts from 1985-86, transforming the Jumbos from 0-7-1 to a 7-1 NESCAC contender in just his second season. Caputi began his coaching career at Amherst in 1984, scouting and working with the wide receivers as the Jeffs posted a perfect 8-0 record. A 1981 graduate of Middlebury College, Caputi is 5-36 at Bowdoin.

BOWDOIN STATISTICAL LEADERS
PASSING
Ricky Leclerc (22-for-37/303 yds/1 TD/1 int)
RUSHING
Matt Boyd (17 att/50 yds/0 TD)
Jeff Smith (7 att/42 yds/0 TD)
RECEIVING
Jeff Nolin (10 rec/203 yds/1 TD)
Rich Florence (4 rec/31 yds/0 TD)
Scott Brisson (3 rec/45 yds/0 TD)
SPECIAL TEAMS
Jeff Smith (4 kick returns/19.3 avg)
Nolan McNair (1-for-1 fg/1-for-3 PAT)

BOWDOIN PROBABLE STARTERS
POLAR BEAR OFFENSE
QB - #7 Ricky Leclerc
TB - #42 Matt Boyd
FB - #43 Rich Florence
LT - #78 Matt McCall
LG - #69 Ryan Fletcher
C - #55 Dave Diamond
RG - #76 Russell Stevens
RT - #75 Rogan Donelly
TE - #49 Mike Hickey
WR - #4 Jeff Nolin
WR - #2 Scott Brisson

POLAR BEAR DEFENSE
DE - #85 Dylan Brix
DT - #88 Zach Hammond
DT - #89 Mike Stratton
DE - #90 Michael Vitousek
OLB - #5 John Regan
MLB - #47 Shaun Kezer
OLB - #13 Dave Donahue
CB - #23 Sean Welch
CB - #3 Brendan Murphy
S - #8 Mike Minogue
S - #28 Steve Curwen

2005 HAMILTON SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sept. 24 MIDDLEBURY W 22-21
Oct. 1 @ Amherst 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 @ Tufts 1 p.m.
Oct. 15 HAMILTON Noon
Oct. 22 @ Trinity 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 WESLEYAN 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 5 @ Bates 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 COLBY 12:30 p.m.

2005 NESCAC STANDINGS
Amherst (1-0)
Bowdoin (1-0)
Colby (1-0)
Trinity (1-0)
Tufts (1-0)
Bates (0-1)
Hamilton (0-1)
Middlebury (0-1)
Williams (0-1)
Wesleyan (0-1)

AMHERST VS. BOWDOIN ALL-TIME RESULTS
Amherst leads 64-16-2 (82 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)