September 14, 2013

UMaine fends off a big crash, defeats Bryant, 35-22

Bryant starts strong, but the Black Bears rally to avoid a letdown after knocking off UMass a week ago.

By Glenn Jordan
Staff Writer

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Maine football players Darius Greene (98) and Trevor Bates (92) try to block a pass from Bryant quarterback Mike Westerhaus in the first half Saturday.

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Marcus Wasilewski
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He threw for four touchdowns and 263 yards, but UMaine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski and his teammates got a bit of a scare when Bryant University jumped out to an early lead. The Black Bears rallied, however, and improved to 3-0 with a 35-22 win.

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WHO: Maine at Northwestern

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill.

Rain fell early in the third quarter, and with it sprang a resurrected running game for the Black Bears, who lost tailback Zedric Joseph to a leg injury in the second quarter. Rickey Stevens gained 67 yards on 10 carries, Nigel Jones 49 on 11 and Wasilewski pitched in with 67 yards on 10 carries, none bigger than a 34-yard scramble to set up a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Justin Perillo for a 28-16 lead.

Another long drive ended with an 8-yard strike to redshirt freshman Jordan Dunn, his first collegiate touchdown, on the final play of the third quarter for a 35-16 lead. The game's final score came on a 58-yard pass from Westerhaus to Harris with under two minutes remaining.

"I thought we maintained our composure," said Bryant's Fine. "We kept playing. But I think they're better than us. I think their players are just a little bit bigger, and just a little bit stronger and a little bit faster, and I think their head coach is better than me. We're going to work to correct all those things."

The Black Bears travel to No. 17 Northwestern next Saturday before opening their Colonial Athletic Association schedule against Richmond in Virginia.

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