KINGSTON, R.I. -- The University of Maine football team defeated Rhode Island by the score of 28-23 on Saturday afternoon in Kingston, R.I. With the win, Maine improves to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in CAA play while Rhode Island drops to 2-5 and 1-3 in conference play. Maine was led by Vinson Givans (Cambridge, Mass.) who had 10 tackles, including 1.5 for loss and an interception.
The Black Bears preserved the victory when they tackled the Rams for a loss with one second left on the Black Bears' 1-yardline.
Rhode Island got on the board first just under four minutes into the contest when quarterback Steve Probst rushed in from two yards out to put the Rams up 7-0.
The Black Bears responded as Steven Barker (Teaneck, N.J.) returned the kickoff to the 40-yardline on a nifty run back. The Black Bears were able to get a first down and nearly connected on a bomb down field, but could not quite get in the endzone.
The Black Bears would get on the board 10 seconds into the second half when Warren Smith found a streaking Pushaun Brown along the left sideline for a 45-yard score. The play completed an eight-play, 80 yard drive.
Smith would give Maine the lead when he ran the ball in from three yards out, going airborn to dodge a couple of defenders.
The Rams answered with a field goal five minutes into the third quarter.
Terrel Walker (Taunton, Mass.) would put Maine up 21-10 when he rushed up the middle for an 86-yard touchdown with 3:47 left in the third quarter.
Ramadan Abdullah would make a 14-yard touchdown catch to cut into the Black Bear lead with 10 seconds left in the third quarter.
Maine would be forced to punt in the first part of the fourth quarter, but Givans intercepted a pass on a Rams trick play and ran it back to the Rhode Island 2-yardline.
Brown would get into the endzone on the next play to put Maine up 28-17 with 10:48 left.
The Rams would answer, but Mark Masterson would break up the two-point conversion to keep the Black Bear lead at 28-23.
Walker finished with 99 yards rushing while Brown caught five passes for 75 yards and the touchdown in addition to his rushing score.