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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.
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.
Waxman notched five punts inside the 20-yardline.
Bentsen threw for 158 yards and a pair of scores for Rhode Island.