DURHAM, N.H. – The No. 11 University of Maine football team fell at No. 12 New Hampshire on Saturday by the score of 30-27. Maine is now 8-3 overall and 6-2 in CAA play while New Hampshire improves to 8-3 and 6-2 in league play. The Black Bears will learn their postseason fate on the selection show tomorrow at 10 a.m. on ESPNU.
After punting the ball away after their first possession, the Black Bears were able to get the ball back deep in New Hampshire territory as Troy Russell (South Plainfield, N.J.) made a diving interception after the ball was tipped and falling to the ground.
Pushaun Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) would give the Black Bears the lead as he ran 33 yards outside for the score with 10:22 left in the quarter.
The Wildcats answered with a R.J. Harris 34-yard touchdown reception from Kevin Decker midway through the first quarter.
The Black Bears came back to drive 60 yards in 15 plays with Warren Smith (Forked River, N.J.) capping it with a two-yard score.
Maine pushed its lead to 17-7 as Brian Harvey (Wayland, Mass.) nailed a 41-yard field goal with 6:32 left in the second quarter.
New Hampshire made a field goal just before halftime to make it 17-10.
Trevor Coston (Greenlawn N.Y.) intercepted a Decker pass on the New Hampshire opening possession, but the Wildcats closed the gap on their second possession of with a Jimmy Giansante 10-yard score from Decker with 11:19 left in the third quarter.
The teams then had three turnovers on consecutive plays, with New Hampshire having a lateral recovered by the Black Bears, Maine throwing an interception and then the Wildcats throwing for an interception.
The Wildcats eventually intercepted the Black Bears, and would score with 13:41 left in the fourth on a Decker pass to Harris, and recovered the fumble on the kickoff en route to another score putting them up 30-20.
The Black Bears got within a field goal on a Damarr Aultman (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) 10 yard reception with 9:23 left and had a drive late in the game, but could not convert.