Playoff Central: Football Hosts New Hampshire in Second Round of NCAA FCS Playoffs
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine football team (10-2, 7-1 CAA) hosts its first ever FCS NCAA playoff game when it battles New Hampshire (8-4, 6-2 CAA) on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 PM on ESPN3 and ESPN GamePlan.
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- Maine will be playing its second-straight game against New Hampshire after dropping a 24-3 decision at Cowell Stadium on Nov. 23.
- Maine, making its seventh NCAA playoff appearance, are 3-6 all-time in post season play. The Black Bears last appeared in the postseason in 2011, where it advanced to the quarterfinals after a 34-12 win at Appalachian State. The Black Bears fell in the quarters 35-23 at Georgia Southern.
- Maine last won 10 games in a regular season in 2002, also the last time it had a conference championship (shared the Atlantic 10 title).
- QB Marcus Wasilewski is having a histroic senior season. Wasilewski currently has 3,009 passing yards on the year; second best all-time. Wasilewski is just the second QB in Maine history to record 3,000+ passing yards in a season (Warren Smith; 3,122 in '11) . Wasilewski is also four passing TDs away from tying Mickey Fein's 27 TDs in a season mark, set in 1998. Wasilewski is currently seventh in all-time passing yards (5,384) and is just the seventh QB in history to surpass 5,000 yards. Wasilewski stands 180-yards from moving into sixth all-time.
- Looking back to the 2011 playoff games, Damarr Aultman (2), John Ebeling (2) and Justin Perillo (1) are all looking to add to their postseason touchdown totals. Ebeling will be looking to record his third-straight playoff game with a touchdown reception.
- This weekend's contest is the 102nd meeting in Maine's longtime history with UNH. Maine has played the Wildcats more than any other team in its history. UNH owns a 50-43-8 record and has won 10 of the last 11 after Maine took three straight (2000-02). The Black Bears last win came in 2010 (16-13 OT) at Alfond Stadium. In last season's meeting, Wasilewski threw for 254 yards and three scores, two of which to Justin Perillo, in Maine's 28-21 loss. Most recently, Maine dropped a 24-3 decision at UNH on Nov. 23.
- With 315 total yards at New Hampshire, Maine surpassed 5,000 total yards on the season. Maine currently sits at 5,158 total yards, surpassing the school-record mark of 4,861 total yards set in 1989.
When: Saturday, Dec. 7
Where: Orono, Maine
Stadium (Capacity): Alfond Stadium (10,000)
Surface: Field Turf
Kickoff: 2:05 PM
Series Record: UNH leads 50-43-8
Current Series Winning Streak: New Hampshire 3
Fans interested in tailgating will be able to do so beginning three hours prior to kickoff. Single game tailgate passes are available on game day on a first come, first serve basis for $20.00 each. If you have a season pass, admission to the tailgate lot is $10. For more information, click here or call the UMaine ticket office at (207) 581-BEAR or 1-800-756-TEAM (8326).
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**Due to NCAA rules and regulations, there will be no beer garden inside the stadium at Saturday's game.**
TOP 25 RANKINGS (FATHEAD.COM-SPORTS NETWORK/FCS COACHES):
New Hampshire: 15/15
Maine: Jack Cosgrove (Maine '78)
Career Record (Seasons): 121-120 (21st Season)
vs. New Hampshire: 6-15
New Hampshire: Sean McDonnell (New Hamp. '78)
Career Record (Seasons): 111-70 overall (15th Season)
vs. Maine: 11-4
ESPN3 - Internet Broadcast only
Talent: Bob Picozzi (pxp), Pete Najarian (color), Cat Whitehill (sideline)
The game will be broadcast throughout the state of Maine on the Black Bear Sports Network. Rich Kimball (play-by-play) and Bob Lucy (color) will handle the call of the game. Kimball and Lucy are in their 17th season of calling Black Bear football, and Saturday's game will be the 197th Black Bear football game for the duo.
Augusta WVQM-FM 101.3
Bangor WVOM-FM 103.9
Millinocket WSYY-AM 1240
Portland WLOB-AM 1310
Portland WRED-AM 1440
Rockland WVOM-AM 1450
The game can be heard live over the internet at www.GoBlackBears.com(.) Click on the "Audio & Video Tab" near the bottom of the home page to find a complete schedule of upcoming broadcasts for Black Bear football games. Live, in-game stats will also be provided at www.GoBlackBears.com(.)