Courtesy of Maine Athletics
NEWARK, Delaware - The University of Maine football team fell at No. 2 Delaware 26-7 on Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium. With the loss, Maine falls to 2-4 on the season and 1-3 in CAA play while Delaware improves to 6-0 and 3-0 in league play. Maine was led by Donte Dennis (Rahway, N.J.) who had a game-high 17 tackles.
The Blue Hens got on the board in the first quarter when they scooped up a fumble and ran it back. The Black Bears blocked the extra point.
Delaware would score against near the end of the first quarter to take a 13-0 lead.
The Blue Hens would go ahead 16-0 with 3:21 left in the second quarter when Delaware converted a field goal.
On Maine’s ensuing drive, the Black Bears nearly took a chunk out of the Blue Hen lead, but Warren Smith’s (Forked River, N.J.) pass would get tipped at the 10-yardline and intercepted by Delaware. The Blue Hens converted a field goal on their to go up 19-0.
Dennis led the defense with eight tackles while Vinson Givans (Cambridge, Mass.) added five stops in the first half.
Delaware scored a touchdown to go up 26-0 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Steven Barker (Teaneck, N.J.) caught the ball at the 10-yardline, started running right and then quickly went to his left and ran it back 51 yards to the Blue Hen 29-yardline.
The Black Bears drove to the 2-yardline, and Smith found Justin Perillo (Wilmington, Del.) alone in the back of the endzone for the score.
Maine forced the Blue Hens to punt, and Smith quickly found Desmond Randall (West Seneca, N.Y.) for a completion before finding Tyrell Jones (Gaithersburg, Md.), who made a nifty leaping catch for a 20-yard gain on the next play. The Black Bears could not quite convert on the drive however.
Maine continued to battle, but Delaware would earn the win.
Jared Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) rushed for 55 yards and caught four passes for 27 yards. He notched his 1,000th career rushing yard on Maine’s first possession.
Smith passed for 156 yards and a score while Jones made five catches for 56 yards.
Vice President Joe Biden watched the game from the first row on the 50-yardline.