NCAA Semi-Final: EWU 50 UMaine 19 [VIDEO]
The UMaine football team's magical season ended with a thud Saturday afternoon as Eastern Washington University beat the Bears 50-19 in the NCAA FCS national semi-finals.
Maine will have to settle for a 10-4 season. EWU moves on to play North Dakota State for the national title on January 5th.
Too much Wildcats offense to handle for the Black Bears defense. EWU quarterback Eric Barriere was 21-for-30, passing the ball for 352 yards and a school-tying seven touchdowns.
The Wildcats ran the ball for 216 yards against Maine's #1 ranked rush defensive.
Eastern Washington had the Bears pinned down 28-0 at halftime.
The Bears did recover some in the third quarter, scoring 19 points. A safety, a Kenny Doak field goal, a Chris Ferguson to Andre Miller 47-yard TD pass and a Joe Fitzpatrick two-yard TD rush.
But EWU continued to score too.
Ferguson finished the day 28-for-54, 325 yards and one TD. But, he threw two interceptions and was sacked three times.
Maine's leading rusher was Ramon Jefferson with 65 yards.
Perhaps the best Black Bears performance was by WR Andre Miller. He had a career high nine catches for 129 yards and that one TD.
It is a young UMaine team but the Bears will say goodbye to seniors like LB Sterling Sheffield, TE Drew Belcher, WR Micah Wright, DB Jeff Devaughn, among others.