ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine football head coach Jack Cosgrove has announced the team's 2014 schedule. The Black Bears will look to defend their 2013 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title when they kick-off the 2014 campaign against Norfolk State at Alfond Stadium on Aug. 30. Maine will also face national championship runners-up Towson, visit Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe Boston College and wrap up its schedule at home against heated rival New Hampshire.
Maine opens up the 2014 season at home on August 30 where it will host Norfolk State. It will be the second year in a row where the Black Bears will open up against Norfolk State after defeating the Spartans 23-6 a season ago. Maine and Norfolk State will be meeting for just the second time in history.
Maine follows its home opener with an off week before three-straight road contest, beginning with a Sept. 13 meeting at Bryant. Maine will look for its fourth-straight win over the Bulldogs which it knocked off a season ago at Alfond Stadium by a score of 35-22.
Maine will then travel for its FBS contest where it will face Atlantic Coast Conference member Boston College on Sept. 20. The meeting will be the eighth between the two schools with Boston College holding a 4-3 advantage, including the Eagles' most recent 34-3 victory in the series in 2012. The meeting in 2012 was Maine's 1000th game in its history.
The Black Bears will travel to complete against the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision National Championship runners-up when they take on Towson on Sept. 27 in their CAA opener. The meeting will mark the tenth meeting in the series with Maine holding a slight 5-4 advantage. The two teams last met in 2012, a game won 24-19 by the Tigers. Maine's last victory came at Towson in 2010 by a score of 28-18.
Maine returns home on Oct. 4 for its first CAA home contest when it hosts Villanova. Maine defeated the Wildcats in thrilling fashion 37-35 last season and hold the all-time edge in the series 9-8.
Colonial Athletic Association play continues for the Black Bears when they travel to face Stony Brook on Oct. 11, a year after defeating the Seawolves 19-14 in Orono. Maine will be looking for its third-straight victory in the series as it enters play with a 2-1 series advantage.
Maine hosts Albany on Oct. 18 as it looks to even the all-time series as the Great Danes will enter the year with a slim 4-3 advantage. The Black Bears will be searching for their second-straight win over Albany after downing the Great Danes by a score of 33-27 a season ago. Maine has yet to defeat Albany in Orono with the only "home" win coming in 2005 in Portland.
Maine will be searching to extend its winning streak over Rhode Island to seven when it travels to meet the Rams for the 94th time on Oct. 25. The Black Bears hold the advantage in the series 55-24-3 and have won 12 of the last 13 including a 41-0 rout last season which locked up the 2013 CAA title.
Following a Nov. 1 bye week, Maine returns to action at Alfond Stadium when it welcomes in Richmond on Nov. 8. The Black Bears will look to take the all-time series lead with the Spiders as they look for their third-straight win after defeating Richmond by scores of 23-22 and 28-21 in the past two meetings. A last-second Lamar Fitzgerald interception in Maine's own end zone sealed a victory last season for the Black Bears in one of the most thrilling games of the 2013 season.
The Black Bears will travel to CAA newcomer Elon to face the Phoenix for the first-time on Nov. 15. Elon, new to the CAA in 2014, are coming off a 2-10 overall season and a 1-7 mark in its final year as a member of the Southern Conference.
Maine closes out the regular season on Nov. 22 when it hosts longtime rival New Hampshire for the 103rd time. The two teams will be facing off for the first time since meeting in the playoffs in the 2012 NCAA FCS Second Round, a game the Wildcats captured 41-27. New Hampshire leads the all-time series 51-43-8. Maine last defeated New Hampshire at Alfond Stadium in 2010; a 16-13 Black Bears victory.
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The 2014 schedule is subject to change. Game times to be decided at a later date.
August 30 - Norfolk State
September 13 - at Bryant
September 20 - at Boston College
September 27 - at Towson*
October 4 - Villanova*
October 11 - at Stony Brook*
October 18 - Albany*^
October 25 - at Rhode Island*
November 8 - Richmond*
November 15 - at Elon*
November 22 - New Hampshire*
* - Colonial Athletic Association contest
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