ORONO, Maine – Pushaun Brown (North Brunswick, N.J.) rushed for 144 yards and the Black Bear defense came up huge as the No. 13 University of Maine football team defeated UMass 32-21 on Senior Day for the Black Bears. Maine is now 8-2 overall and 6-1 in CAA play while Massachusetts falls to 5-5.
Brian Harvey (Wayland, Mass.) got Maine on the scoreboard first as he nailed a 22-yard field goal midway through the first quarter.
UMass responded with a Jesse Julmiste 17-yard touchdown reception from Raymond Pendagast with 9:21 left in the first half.
Brown gave the Black Bears the lead two minutes later with a 12 yard run, but the Minutemen scored just before halftime on a Jonathan Hernandez two yard rush to take a 14-10 lead.
Shane Viveiros ran back an intercetion for a score a minute into the second half, increasing the lead to 21-10 for the Minutemen, but UMass did not score again.
Maine responded with a 30-yard field goal from Harvey with 3:14 left in the third before the Black Bear defense took over.
With just over three minutes left in the quarter, Erwin Roach (Bloomfield, N.J.) forced Pendagast to fumble, and Troy Russell (South Plainfield, N.J.) grabbed the ball in midair and ran it back 60 yards for the score.
The Black Bears could not convert the two-point conversion, but were within two at 21-19 going into the fourth quarter.
Each team had opportunities in the fourth, but it was Arron Achey's (Newmanstown, Pa.) interception deep in UMass territory that set up Warren Smith's (Forked River, N.J.) go-ahead touchdown with 3:26 left that proved to be the difference.
Maine would add an insurance score as Pendagast was trying to pass out of his own endzone, and Russell caused a fumble that was recovered by Michael Cole (North Brunswick, N.J.) for the final score.
Achey finished with a team-high 12 tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss to go along with the interception while Vinson Givans (Cambridge, Mass.) had 11 and Jerron McMillian (Hillside, N.J.) seven with 2.0 tackles-for-loss.