Story and photo courtesy of Maine Athletics
KINGSTON, R.I. – Rickey Stevens and Nigel Jones each rushed for over 100 yards as the University of Maine football team defeated Rhode Island 55-6 in the season finale for the Black Bears in Kingston, R.I.
Maine finishes its season at 5-6 overall and 4-4 in CAA play while Rhode Island finishes 0-11 and 0-8 in league play.
Maine got on the board first when Wasilewski rolled to his left and threw across his body to an open Justin Perillo (Wilmington, Del.) in the right-back corner of the endzone for the score. Stevens had a key 35-yard run in the 5-play, 69-yard drive.
Jones put Maine up 14-0 when he completed a 6-play, 43-yard drive with a nifty 18 yard rush.
Wasilewski put Maine up 21-0 when he found Arthur Williams for a 13-yard score to complete a 10-play, 79-yard drive two minutes into the second quarter.
Rhode Island responded with a Bob Bentsen two-yard score, but on the ensuing kickoff Damarr Aultman (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) returned it 94 yards for the touchdown.
Perillo finished the scoring in the first half with a 12-yard reception from Wasilewski and Maine took a 34-6 lead into halftime.
Maine got on the board five minutes into the third on a 24-yard score by Stevens and Williams added a 42-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth.
Jones had a nice 82-yard for a touchdown with 6:39 left in the game to complete the scoring.
Jamal Clay led the Black Bear defense with nine tackles and two pass break ups. The defense gave up only 228 total yards including just 60 on the ground.
Williams caught 5 passes for 107 yards while Jones had 182 yards and two scores on the ground and Stevens finished with 110 yards and a score.
Wasilewski went 15-22 for 201 yards and four touchdowns and had 48 yards rushing.