Story and photo courtesy of Maine Athletics
NEWARK, Del. – Michael Cole had five out of the defense's nine sacks to lead the University of Maine football team to a 26-3 CAA win at #15 Delaware on Saturday afternoon at Raymond Stadium. Maine improves to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in league play while Delaware falls to 4-2 and 1-2 in conference play.
Maine got on the board first with just over four minutes into the game when Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) found Damarr Aultman (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) 15 yards from the end zone. Aultman made a move and outran a defender who had a grip of his
jersey to put Maine up early with the 22-yard score. The play completed an eight-play, 75-yard drive.
Delaware responded with a Sean Baner field goal with 6:08 left in the first quarter.
The Black Bears took a 9-3 lead when Delaware fumbled a punt and kicked it out of the end zone and got the ball in good field position on the ensuing free kick.
After the Black Bears secured a first down, Maine had the ball at the 50-yardline and Wasilewski found Aultman for what looked like a short gain, but thanks to key blocking he headed to the sideline and outran the defense for a 50-yard score.
Aultman had three catches for 81 yards and two scores while Derrick Johnson (Hempstead, N.Y.) made four grabs for 62 yards. Wasilewski was 9-14 for 149 yards and the two scores.
Michael Cole (North Brunswick, N.J.) had a pair of sacks and a forced fumble to lead the defense in the first half.
Maine took a 23-3 lead with 10:14 left in the third when Wasilewski found an open Maurice McDonald (Paterson, N.J.) in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown to cap a five-play, 89-yard drive.
The Blue Hens responded with a drive and looked like they might score a touchdown, but a fumble on a handoff that the Black Bears recovered kept them off the board.
Following a turnover on downs for the Blue Hens, Sean Decloux (Ottawa, Ontario) nailed a 34-yard field goal to make it 26-3 Maine with 6:32 left in the game.
Delaware came back down the field and was deep in Maine territory but Kendall James (Roselle, N.J.) made the tackle at the six-yardline and the ball popped out. Donte Dennis (Rahway, N.J.) scooped it up and returned it to the Delaware 30-yardline.
The Black Bears could not convert but made Delaware punt on the next possession to seal the win.