HARRISONBURG, Va. – Chris Treister (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) converted a two-point conversion in overtime to give No. 19 Maine a 25-24 win over No. 6 James Madison at Bridgeforth Stadium. Maine is now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in CAA play while James Madison is 4-2 and 2-1 in league play.
After Maine had scored a touchdown in overtime, the Black Bears decided to go for the win. Using a special formation, Treister took the snap with an option to pitch it or throw, and instead ran towards the goal line. He leaped and was hit twice in the air before landing in the endzone to give Maine the win.
The Dukes got on the board first as Jordan Anderson notched an 80-yard run for the score midway through the first quarter.
Maine responded when Warren Smith (Forked River, N.J.) found Maurice McDonald (Paterson, N.J.) for a five-yard score with 7:46 left in the second quarter. The touchdown completed a 14 play, 79-yard drive.
James Madison answered with a Dae'Quann Scott four-yard rush for a score with 4:04 remaining in the half, but Maine would respond. Terrel Walker (Taunton, Mass.) capped a 9 play, 68-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown plunge.
A James Madison field goal with 2:06 left put them up, but Brian Harvey (Wayland, Mass.) nailed a 34 yard field goal with 44 seconds left.
James Madison would score a touchdown on their possession in overtime, but Smith found Justin Perillo for a score to bring Maine within one to set up Treister's heroics.