November 16, 2013

UMaine clinches first CAA football title

The Black Bears rout Rhode Island 41-0 to cap a perfect home slate

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Maine wide receiver DamarrAultmann, 88, celebrates with teammate Joseph Hook after scoring against Rhode Island in the first half of Maine’s 41-0 victory Saturday at Orono. The Black Bears

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“I don’t know what they were doing,” said Cole, who snatched the ball for an interception and rumbled 16 yards with it. “First time I ever ran with the ball in my life.”

Wasilewski immediately found John Ebeling on the right sideline for a 49-yard touchdown pass and it was 28-0. The Black Bears added the first of two Sean Decloux field goals, from 38 yards, but not before Cosgrove accidentally tripped an official in front of the Maine bench and was flagged for sideline interference.

Maine added a touchdown in the third quarter (a 2-yard run by Stevens, who finished with 125 yards on 14 carries) and a 36-yard field goal in the fourth by Decloux, who was also 5 of 5 on PAT kicks.

“I think Jack called off the dogs, showing some class,” said Rhode Island Coach Joe Trainer, who said he would be pulling for Maine in the playoffs. “He didn’t even feature the quarterback run game that they normally have.”

Trainer said Maine’s ability to run the table – so far – in a conference that includes such well-supported warm-weather programs such as Delaware, William & Mary, Towson, Richmond and James Madison is a testament to Cosgrove, his staff and the players at Maine, “many of whom are under-recruited or unrecruited.”

As for Cosgrove, he preferred to shine the spotlight on his seniors, many of whom contributed to a 2011 squad that went 9-4 and reached the Final Eight of the NCAA tournament. After last year’s 5-6 campaign, Maine was picked to finish eighth in the 11-team CAA this fall.

Next Sunday, a committee will determine the teams that don’t automatically qualify for the NCAA tournament. Next Saturday Maine will attempt to beat New Hampshire in Durham for the first time since 2001.

“That’s one thing the senior class has left to do, and that’s put the musket back up in the locker room,” said Wasilewski, referring to the flintlock rifle awarded to the winner of the annual rivalry.

“And a national championship,” added Johnson.

“Hey, D.J.,” Wasilewski said with a grin. “One thing at a time.”

Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or at: Gjordan@pressherald.com

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