November 5, 2013

UMaine football ranked 8th in nation

The Black Bears remain unbeaten in CAA action, and lead by two games with three left to play.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Maine defensive players Michael Cole (9), Patrick Rickard (44) and Trevor Bates (92) attempt to block a Stony Brook field goal in the second half of Saturday's game in Orono.

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WHO: No. 8 Maine (8-1, 5-0 CAA) at Albany (1-8, 0-5)

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Bob Ford Field, Albany, N.Y.

RADIO: WLOB-1310 AM

“The type of game that Stony Brook played Saturday is Chris’s type of game,” Cosgrove said. “He’s a physical kid and an aggressive kid, for sure. With their size and downhill approach, we needed to get a lot of hats to the ball, and Chris was certainly at the forefront of that.”

 

STONY BROOK put plenty of pressure on Wasilewski, who was sacked five times and hurried into several throwaways. Much of that pressure came from his blind side, where left tackle Tyler Patterson had his hands full with sophomore defensive end Victor Ochi.

“That was a difficult spot for us,” Cosgrove said. “A lot of it was four-man pressure. It wasn’t coming from blitz or anything like that. It was their guy beating our guy.”

 

FOUR OF Maine’s five road games have involved chartered plane trips.

But their final two games will involve bus rides, beginning with a 409-mile journey to Albany, N.Y., for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game against a Great Danes squad that has won three of their past four meetings, including 3-0 in 2010 and 30-20 in 2012, both in Orono.

“So they have our utmost respect,” Cosgrove said. “They’re a competitive, well-coached football operation.”

Albany is 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the CAA in its first year in the conference, after posting a 9-2 record last fall.

 

EIGHT TEAMS will earn byes in the FCS tournament, scheduled to begin Nov. 30. The Sports Network’s current bracket projection lists Maine as the fourth seed, which would mean a second-round home playoff game on Dec. 7th.

Towson (8-2, 4-2 CAA) is projected as the eighth seed by The Sports Network.

Coach Rob Ambrose said his team welcomes an upcoming bye weekend and remains frustrated by Saturday’s stunning loss despite a third 200-yard rushing performance by Terrance West.

“We’re great when we’re coming from behind, we’re great with a chip on our shoulder and we’re great when we’re playing with something to prove,” Ambrose said. “But staying on top of the hill and keeping that land our own is still something we’re learning to do.”

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