October 19, 2013

Maine beats William & Mary, takes sole possession of CAA lead

The Black Bears are the only unbeaten remaining team in the Colonial Athletic Association after a 34-20.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Maine Coach Jack Cosgrove, center, celebrates with his players Saturday after their 34-20 victory against William & Mary. The Black Bears are 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the CAA.

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Maine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski carries the ball inside the 5-yard line past William & Mary players Tyler Clayter (99) and Ryan Smith (26) converge.

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WHO: Maine at Villanova

WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday

“It felt good to be back out there and helping my brothers out,” said Stevens. “The ribs are fine. This is definitely a great feeling, something I’ve been missing for the last three weeks.”

A Sean Decloux 42-yard field goal and an 11-yard touchdown pass to Damarr Aultmann – he dragged two defenders the final few yards – gave Maine a 24-0 lead in the second quarter.

The Black Bears maintained momentum in the third by stuffing William & Mary’s first possession, then eating up nearly six minutes with a 13-play scoring drive. Stevens converted on fourth-and-short and Wasilewski found tight end Justin Perillo for a 6-yard TD pass to make it 31-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Black Bears finished with 420 yards. Wasilewski threw for 192 yards and two scores. Nigel Jones (54 yards on 12 carries) and Wasilewski (92 yards on 11 carries) complemented the running of Stevens.

Decloux added a 21-yard field goal and was 4 of 4 on PATs.

William & Mary scored two fourth-quarter TDs.

“I liked how we asserted ourselves at Alfond Stadium on Morse Field,” Cosgrove said about Maine’s fifth consecutive home win after losing its first four Alfond dates last fall. “We’re building confidence around that as a team. I thought we had our key players make plays for us. They did great things out there.”

He paused, eyes twinkling.

“And most importantly, we got a homecoming win and my daughter is homecoming queen. ... I didn’t even know until after the game. I didn’t even know we had a homecoming queen and court.”

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