Trinity Defeats Bowdoin For 50th Consecutive Victory At Home

The Trinity football team picked up its 50th consecutive victory at home Saturday with a 40-21 victory over Bowdoin at Jessee/Miller Field.

Trinity's last home loss was Sept. 29, 2001, to Williams. The Bantams' streak is the second longest in the nation (Mt. Union has won 70 in a row at home).

Trinity has won 14 in a row overall, last losing in Week 7 of the 2011 season at Amherst. The Bantams improved to 5-0 and are tied for the NESCAC lead with three games to play. Wesleyan and Amherst, who played each other Saturday in Amherst, Mass., were the only other undefeated teams in the conference.

Trinity (5-0) plays at Middlebury next Saturday, at Amherst Nov. 2 and hosts Wesleyan in the season finale Nov. 9. Bowdoin falls to 2-3.

Senior running back Evan Bunker had 154 yards on 24 carries and now has 3,608 yards for his career. Bunker surpassed Aaron Stepka of Colby (3,481 yards in 2001-05) for second place on the all-time NESCAC rushing list and now trails only Fletcher Ladd of Amherst (3,817 in 2001-04).

Freshman quarterback Sonny Puzzo was 14 of 20 for 181 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. One interception came late in the third quarter and gave Bowdoin a first-and-goal. The Polar Bears failed to score on the ensuing possession, however, leaving Trinity with a 34-14 lead.

The first two Bowdoin touchdowns came with help from Trinity. Bunker's fumble on the Bantams' 21 set up the first score that cut the Trinity lead to 14-7 in the second quarter. In the third, Puzzo fumbled while sacked and Bowdoin's Peter Yasi picked up the ball and scored on a 40-yard return.

That made it 27-14. Puzzo threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ragone on the next possession, and ran one in midway through the fourth to make it 40-14.

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