November 3, 2013

UMaine Black Bears survive scare by Stony Brook

Maine rallies to 19-14 football victory to remain atop CAA standings.

By Glenn Jordan
Staff Writer

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Maine receiver Jordan Dunn has his hands full in keeping Stony Brook defensive back Winston Longdon from intercepting a pass in the first half Saturday at Orono.

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James Kenner led the Seawolves’ running game with 124 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Tyler Fredericks added 75 yards on 14 carries.

Negron slithered into the end zone on a quarterback sneak for Stony Brook’s first touchdown on fourth-and-1 to cap the opening drive of the second half. Negron completed only 6 of 22 passes and was sacked four times, twice by defensive end Michael Cole.

Cole’s second sack came late in the first half and gave him Maine’s career record with 28. Mike Denino, a 1989 graduate, finished with 27.5.

“I can’t really take it in now but it will be something I can look back on and be proud of,” Cole said. “A few teammates said congratulations to me and then I just got ready to play some more football.”

Middle linebacker Christophe Mulumba led Maine with 13 tackles and defensive tackle Pat Ricard added eight. His brother, free safety Christian Ricard, led Stony Brook with 12 tackles.

“I think our defense played very well all game,” said Priore, whose squad held the nation’s top-ranked Football Championship Subdivision team in third-down efficiency to a measly 3-of-14 success rate and allowed only 70 yards on the ground. “In their regular offense, they were not gaining very many yards … but (on the winning drive) they got their playmakers the ball. That’s the mark of a good football team.”

The Seawolves led in total offense (313-258), first downs (19-13) and time of possession (22 minutes to Maine’s eight in the second half). But for the fourth consecutive game, Maine yielded neither a fumble nor an interception.

“We’re coached up on that a lot,” Wasilewski said. “In games like this, it’s vital that you don’t turn the ball over. Probably one of the reasons why we’re winning is because of that.”

Defense ruled a first half that included three field-goal attempts and only one touchdown, a 2-yard run by Stevens late in the second quarter.

Decloux hit from 33 yards in the first quarter and 38 in the second quarter to give Maine a 6-0 lead. In between, Stony Brook’s left-footed kicker, Graham Ball, hooked a 32-yard attempt.

The Black Bears return to action next Saturday at Albany.

“Every game you’re going to play in this conference can go down to the wire,” Wasilewski said. “If you panic, you’re not going to settle in and make big plays.”

On Saturday, the Black Bears made just enough big plays, and so a special season continues to spring forward.

Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 orGjordan@pressherald.comTwitter: GlennJordanPPH


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