ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine football team exploded for 602 total yards of offense as the #23 Black Bears defeated #24 Delaware, 62-28. Maine's 62 points ties it for third most scored in a single game and the most scored since it totaled 62 against Shaw in 2006.
Maine's running game led the offense with 337-yards on the ground led by Nigel Jones (Pleasantville, N.J.) who carried the ball 19 times for 107-yards and a pair of scores. John Ebeling (Mahwah, N.J.) added nine carries for 86-yards and two touchdowns to go along with five catches for 97-yards. Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) controled the offense as he went 18-for-27 with 265-yards and three touchdowns.
The Black Bear defense added a pair of defensive scores as Mike Mangiarelli (Warren, Ohio) returned an interception 43-yards for a score while Sherrod Baltimore (Fort Washington, Md.) scooped up a fumble forced by Cabrinni Goncalves (Taunton, Mass.) and returned it 20-yards for a score. Trevor Bates (Westbrook, Maine) led Maine with 10 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, while Christophe Mulumba (Montreal, Quebec) also added 10 stops.
Maine wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Wasilewski led the charge down field, capping a six play, 66-yard drive by finding Damarr Aultman (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) open in the endzone for a touchdown.
The Black Bears added to their lead on the very next drive, this time led by Nigel Jones who totaled 34-yard rushing on the drive which ended on a seven yard scamper into the endzone from Jones.
Maine extended its lead on the following kickoff when Goncalves stripped the ball from Delaware kick returner Michael Johnson. Baltimore was able to snatch up the loose ball and return it 20-yards to give Maine a 20-0 edge. However, the Blue Hens blocked the extra point before Jordan Thomas returned it for two points.
Maine's defense ended its strong quarter when Mangiarelli stepped in front of a Trent Hurley pass, returning the pick 43-yards for a touchdown.
Hurley found Johnson on the ensuing Delaware drive for a 22-yard touchdown reception as the Black Bears would take a 27-8 lead into the second quarter.
Maine built its lead to 34-8 midway through the second quarter as Wasilewski orchestrated a seven play, 76-yard drive which ended with another Maine touchdown. T senior quarterback dumped off a pass to Jones who dodged a tackler and ran 33-yards as the Black Bears moved its lead to 34-8.
Hurley and the Blue Hens ended the first half scoring when the Delaware quarterback rushed in from four yards out. However, Maine held on to a 34-15 lead at the half.
The Black Bear offense didn't let up in the second half as Maine took its first drive of the third quarter 69-yards after Jones dashed in from 12-yard, once again extending the Maine lead.
The defense forced Delaware to a three-and-out before once again marching down the field. Isaiah Jones (Orange, Mass) helped set up the score with a 23-yard run to midfield. Jones completed the drive with a 10-yard touchdown catch from Wasilewski.
Maine kept up the charge as a Blue Hen three-and-out led to a Maine four play, 51-yard drive capped by a 29-yard quarterback keeper run from Ebeling to give Maine a 55-15 lead.
Maine's black hole defense kept the pressure up as Patrick Ricard (Spencer, Mass.) busted through the Blue Hen line on fourth down, sacking Hurley for a loss of 11. The Black Bears started the drive at its own 33. A 41-yard rush from Isaiah Jones brought Maine to the Delaware 26 before a seven yard rush from Ebeling into the endzone gave Maine a 62-15 lead.
The Blue Hens added a pair of late scores but Maine was able to hold on with a 62-28 victory.
The Black Bears will have a bye week before hosting William & Mary on homecoming in Orono on Oct. 19 at 12:30 PM.