UMaine Football Beats UMass and Earns Post Season Birth

Tim Throckmorton

Updated 3 years ago

Pushaun Brown ran for 144 yards and atouchdown, and the Maine defense returned two fumbles fortouchdowns as the Black Bears rallied to beat Massachusetts 32-21on Saturday to remain tied atop the Colonial Athletic Associationstandings. UMass led 14-10 at halftime and increased it to 11 points with13:48 left in the third when Shane Viveiros intercepted WarrenSmith and returned it 26 yards for a score. But Maine (8-2, 6-1) turned the tables from that juncture,scoring 22 unanswered points. Smith’s 6-yard run, Brian Harvey’s30-yard field goal and fumble returns for scores by both TroyRussell and Michael Cole sealed the comeback. Maine just edged UMass 372-356 on total offense, but forced fourMinutemen (5-5) turnovers while giving the ball away just once. Smith finished with 184 passing yards with an interception andalso rushed for 44 yards for Maine.