UMass Drops Home Opener To Maine, 24-14
Sep 7, 2013
FOXBORO, Mass. - Marcus Wasilewski passed for 264 yards to lead Maine to a 24-14 win over Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
UMass (0-2) got strong play from receiver Tajae Sharpe, who established career highs with 11 catches for 85 yards, including his first touchdown as a Minuteman in the fourth quarter.
Maine (2-0) had 514 yards of total offense as it picked up it's second ever win over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.
UMass received the opening kick and rode the momentum of a 41-yard return by Trey Dudley Giles en route to a quick 7-0 lead. The Minutemen needed just four plays before Mike Wegzyn found Bernard Davis in the middle of the end zone for the score. The initial drive took just 83 seconds.
On the ensuing possession, Maine appeared ready to answer the score after a throw-back pass to a wide open Justin Perillo gave the Black Bears a first down at the five yard line. But the drive ended on the next play when Jovan Santos-Knox picked off Wasilewski in the end zone for his first career interception.
The Black Bears got on the board when they recovered a muffed punt at the UMass 40 following their next possession. The 10-play drive was capped by a 26-yard Sean Decloux field goal.
Maine's Ricky Stevens broke off a 35-yard scoring run five minutes into the second quarter to put the visitors ahead 10-7.
Maine added to it's lead late in the third when Zedric Joseph scored from a yard out to complete a 12 play, 68-yards march that amassed more than five minutes.
Wasilewski scored from 39 yards out on a quarterback draw with 1:18 left in the third.
The Minutemen snapped Maine's 24-0 run with 11:10 to play when sophomore A.J. Doyle tossed a touchdown pass to Sharpe for an 8-yard strike.
UMass will return to road play next week, traveling to Kansas State. Kickoff at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. is set for 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.