AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths racked up a season-best 464 yards of total offense and held the Polar Bears to just 215 total yards as the Amherst College football team cruised past Bowdoin College, 31-14 Saturday afternoon at Pratt Field at Lehrman Stadium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 3-0 on the season, while Bowdoin falls to 0-3 on the year. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 7 when they host Middlebury (3-0) at 2 p.m.
Striking on their first possession of the contest, the Mammoths covered 63 yards in two plays to take a 7-0 lead 4:37 into the first quarter. Starting the drive at their own 37 yard line, Ollie Eberth '20 found Jack Hickey'19 for an 11 yard gain to move the chains and set up the TD play. Taking the handoff, Hickey showed his ability as an all-around offensive weapon as cut up the middle and went untouched to the end zone for a 52 yard TD.
Responding 10 minutes later, Bowdoin evened the score at 7-7 with 2:21 on the clock. Two big gains through the air by the Polar Bears landed the visitors in the end zone, as Griff Stalcup connected with Nick Vailas for a 24 yard gain on the first play of the drive before finding Vailas once again four plays later to notch a 36 yard TD pass.
Amherst retook the lead almost immediately, as the Mammoths marched down the field in 4:02 to put together an eight play, 83 yard scoring drive. An Eberth 22 yard pass to Harry Boeschenstein '20 and a 41 yard catch by James O'Regan '20 marked highlight plays for Amherst, before Hasani Figueroa '18 capped off the effort with a three yard rush over the goal line.
Three of the next five possessions featured five plays or less, however Amherst extended their advantage to 17-7 with time winding down before halftime, as John Rak'19 drilled a 27 yard field goal with 00:03 remaining in the quarter following a 13 play, 70 yard push in an effective two-minute drill.
Forcing a three-and-out to open the second half, a 54 yard punt return by Nate Tyrell '19 gave the Mammoths' offense great field position as they began their drive at the Bowdoin 38. Amherst needed just one play to set the score at 24-7, as Eberth launched a 38 yard TD pass to O'Regan at the 13:08 mark.
The Amherst defense stood strong once again on the Polar Bears next possession, with Drew Bryant '18 intercepting a third-and-nine toss by Stalcup at the Amherst 48 and notching a nine yard return. Eberth made quick work of the drive, finding Justin Berry '20 for a 20 yard gain before faking the handoff and scampering into the end zone to register a 23 yard gain and his first TD run of the season.
Despite four possessions of seven or more plays, neither side was able to put points on the board until the 4:29 mark in the fourth quarter. The Polar Bears logged what proved to be the final score of the day following a 12 play, 5:28 drive, as Stalcup teamed up with Bryan Porter for a 24 yard touchdown to finish off a 65 yard drive.
Biafra Okoronkwo '20 closed out the game for Amherst, netting 41 yards and two first downs on five consecutive rushes as the Mammoths ran out the clock to clinch the 31-14 victory.
- Eberth finished 14-for-26 for 254 yards through the air with a touchdown and an interception, while Hickey recorded 118 yard on 13 attempts on the ground to lead the Mammoths' rushing game.
- With six catches for a total of 136 yards, O'Regan had a dominative performance for Amherst, while Bo Berluti '19 added 46 yards on three catches.
- Andrew Sommer '19 notched a game-high nine tackles, while Andrew Yamin '19 had three tackles for loss (25 yards), including 2.5 sacks.
- Dangerous in the secondary, Bryant hauled in an interception and logged a pass breakup, while Tyrell also got his hand on a ball to knock down a pass.
- Stalcup finished 12-for-22 for Bowdoin for 151 yards and two TDs, while Nate Richam led the Polar Bears with 56 yards on the ground. Porter and Vailas each eclipsed 60-yards in the receiving game, concluding the day with 65 and 60 yards, respectively.