Givans, McDonald and Smith Lead No. 12 Football to Homecoming Win Over Rhode Island

Givans, McDonald and Smith Lead No. 12 Football to Homecoming Win Over Rhode Island

ORONO, Maine—Vinson Givans (Cambridge, Mass.) returned an interception for a touchdown and added 10 tackles to lead the University of Maine football team to a 27-21 win over the Rhode Island Rams in the Black Bears' Homecoming Game. Maine is now 5-1 overall and 3-0 in CAA play while Rhode Island falls to 1-5 and 0-3 in league play.

Maine got on the board first midway through the opening quarter when Warren Smith (Forked River, N.J.) found an open Pushaun Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) for a 22-yard score.

Smith would help extend the Black Bear lead when he found Maurice McDonald (Paterson, N.J.) for a 41-yard touchdown with 5:37 left in the first half.

Smith would get his third touchdown pass of the day when he found Derek Session (Baltimore, Md.) for a 21-yard score a little over five minutes into the third quarter.

The Rams would get on the board when Bob Bensten found Anthony Baskerville for a 25-yard touchdown to make it 21-7.

After the Black Bears could not convert, Jordan Waxman (Kintnersville, Pa.) hit a beautiful 49-yard punt that  went out at the Rhode Island 3-yardline. The Black Bear defense would make the Rams go to a third-and-nine situation, and Givans intercepted the tipped ball at the two and ran it in for what would be the winning score.

Rhode Island added a pair of scores in the fourth, but Maine would get a crucial first down courtesy of Smith to seal the win.

McDonald had a game-high nine receptions and 139 yards receiving while Brown rushed for a game-high 103 yards. Smith completed 18-of-26 passes for 233 yards and three scores.

Trevor Coston (Greenlawn, N.Y.) notched eight tackles and an interceptions while Jerron McMillian (Hillside, N.J.) added six tackles, including two tackles-for-loss.

Waxman notched five punts inside the 20-yardline.

Bentsen threw for 158 yards and a pair of scores for Rhode Island.

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