September 7, 2013

Black Bears step it up a notch vs. UMass

Maine beats a Football Bowl Subdivision foe for only the second time, rolling to a 24-14 victory.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Maine tight end Justin Perillo celebrates a catch that set up a third-quarter touchdown Saturday at Gillette Stadium as the Black Bears knocked off Massachusetts, 24-14.

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Derrick Johnson tries to break a tackle by Ed Saint-Vil of UMass after one of his five receptions.

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WHO: Bryant at Maine

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Alfond Stadium

"We had way too many three-and-outs," said UMass Coach Charley Molnar. "Hats off to Maine. They played a very good football game."

Maine scored twice in the third quarter to take a 24-7 lead. A 31-yard completion to tight end Justin Perillo -- who did not catch a pass in Maine's opening 23-6 victory at Norfolk State -- set up a 1-yard run by Zedrick Joseph that capped a 12-play drive. Wasilewski's quarterback draw a little more than two minutes later seemed to put the game out of reach.

Instead, UMass quarterback A.J. Doyle, who replaced Mike Wegzyn at halftime, directed a six-play, all-passing scoring drive to make it 24-14 early in the fourth quarter. UMass got the ball back with nine minutes left, but Michael Cole sacked Doyle on the first play and UMass eventually was forced to punt.

"I'm very fired up about the way we played the second half," Cosgrove said. "We played with expectations to win."

The Black Bears sealed their victory by grinding out five first downs on 13 consecutive running plays before Wasilewski took a knee at the UMass 6 to run out the clock.

Nigel Jones (45 yards on eight carries), Joseph (65 yards on 12 carries), Stevens (65 yards on 13 carries) and Wasilewski (78 yards on 10 carries) shared the load behind an offensive line with a size disadvantage.

"We physically ran the football at them every rep, and they couldn't stop us," Cosgrove said. "That's just heart and soul stuff. That's really good stuff on a football team when you can do that and close out a game like that."

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Darius Green, left, and Jamal Clay bring down UMass running back Stacey Bedell, part of a UMaine defensive effort that limited the Minutemen to 265 yards.

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