Football preview: Bobcats look to spoil Tufts' Homecoming

Arthur Churchwell makes an open-field tackle in Bates' game against Tufts on Oct. 5, 2015. (File photo by Josh Kuckens/Bates College)

SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- The Bates football team plays at Tufts on the Jumbos' Homecoming Weekend Saturday, looking to even its record and avenge a tough 17-16 defeat to Tufts a year ago in Lewiston.

Tufts has prevailed in the rivals' last two meetings, following a four-year win streak for Bates that lasted through the 2013 game. At that time Tufts was enduring the nation's longest losing streak, but a resurgent Jumbos team finished 6-2 and in third place in the NESCAC in 2015, and have started off the 2016 campaign with an exciting home win over Wesleyan.

The Particulars:

What: Tufts (1-0) at Bates (0-1)

When: Saturday, October 1, 1:00 p.m.

Where: Ellis Oval / Zimman Field (Somerville, Massachusetts)

Follow the Game Live: Stats Video

All-Time Series: Tufts leads 59-17-3

Last Meeting: Tufts rallied for 17 unanswered points in the second half to overcome a 14-0 halftime deficit and deal a 17-16 loss on Oct. 3, 2015.

Bates fumbled five times, losing two of them, most crucially on a 4th and goal at the Tufts 1-yard line in the fourth quarter, trailing 17-16 with 6:25 remaining.

Tufts receiver Jack Cooleen caught seven passes for 178 yards, including touchdowns of 27 and 45 yards in the third quarter that allowed the Jumbos to tie the game. Cooleen also caught two other passes for 39 and 45 yards, respectively, accounting for over half of Tufts' total offense.

Defense largely dominated in the game. Tufts converted 1 of 14 third downs and Bates 3 of 16. The Bobcats averaged 3.8 yards per play, while Tufts averaged 4.9 despite the four long passing plays to Cooleen.

Bates Last Week: The Bobcats started strong, scoring on their opening drive, but could not get much going on offense after that in a 38-7 loss to the Trinity College Bantams Saturday in Hartford. Game Recap 

Tufts Last Week: Playing their first-ever night game at home, the Jumbos came from behind for a 17-14 victory over Wesleyan as senior Chance Brady rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Game Recap