Football Comes Up Just Short Against James Madison
ORONO, Maine-- The University of Maine football team fell just short of the end zone on its last play of the game and fell 14-10 to James Madison on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Stadium. With the loss, Maine finishes the season 4-7 overall and 3-5 in CAA play while James Madison finishes the year 6-5 and 3-5 in league play. The Black Bears were led by Pushaun Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) who rushed for 106 yards.
Warren Smith (Forked River, N.J.) completed a pass to Jeff Falvey (Cicero, N.Y.) on the last play of the game, and Falvey muscled his way towards the end zone. He would battle for extra yardage, but would get stopped just short of the goal line by the Dukes as they held on for the win.
Maine got on the board first, as Smith ran up the middle for a four-yard score. The play capped an 11 play, 73 yard drive by the Black Bears.
James Madison would tie the game with under a minute left in the first half as Jamal Sullivan rushed for 3 yards to cap an 8-play, 46 yard drive.
The Dukes would take the lead a few minutes into the second half when Dae'Quan Scott ran 43 yards for the score.
The Black Bears answered early in the fourth, with Brian Harvey (Wayland, Mass.) making a 23-yard field goal to set up the potential game-winning sore at the end of the game.
Maine outgained James Madison 281 yards to 204.
Twelve Maine seniors were honored before the game for their efforts as Black Bears, which included beating New Hampshire for the first time in seven years and an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Playoffs.
Maine returns nine players on offense and nine players on defense for next season that were listed as starters against the Dukes.