ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine football team battled valiantly, but fell to #12 New Hampshire 28-21 in the 100th meeting in the battle for the Brice-Cowell Musket. Maine falls to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in CAA play while New Hampshire improves to 6-2 and 4-1 in league play.
Maine got on the board first as Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) found Justin Perillo (Wilmington, Del.) for a 15-yard score to complete a 7-play, 54-yard drive with just over five minutes left in the first quarter.
The Perillo-Wasilewski connection worked again for a 16-yard score to give Maine a 14-0 lead with just under 11 minutes left in the second quarter.
The Wildcats stormed back to take a 21-14 halftime lead courtesy of three Sean Goldrich touchdown passes in the second quarter.
New Hampshire took a 28-14 lead on another Goldrich touchdown on a 6-yard pass to Harold Spears with 2:44 left in the third quarter, but Maine's Arthur Williams (Springfield, Mass.) caught a 23-yard score from Wasilewski just over three minutes later to make it 28-21 early in the fourth.
The Maine defense kept New Hampshire off the board the rest of the way, but the Black Bears could not get any points back. The Wildcats regained possession with under three minutes left and ran the clock out.
Wasilewski finished 23-44 for for 254 yards and three touchdowns while Perillo had seven catches for 68 yards and the two scores.
Maine continues play on Saturday at William and Mary.