UM Football Falls To ‘Nova 26-7
The University of Maine football team lost to the Villanova Wildcats by a score of 26-7 in the home Colonial Athletic Association match-up at Alfond Stadium.
Villanova quarterback Zach Bedarczyk set a career best in passing yards with 326 and had three touchdowns on the afternoon. Maine QB Dan Collins threw for 235 yards and had four interceptions.
The scoring started at 10:04 left in the first half when Gerard Smith hit a 42 yard field goal to give the Wildcats a three point advantage. Villanova would get right back into the scoring fray before the end of the first half when they took advantage of a Collins interception and drove down the field, capped off by a 17 passing touchdown to Brandon Chadbourne from Zach Bednarczyk to make it 10-0 in favor of the road team.
Maine would swing the momentum back in their favor for a moment with a 97-yard kick return for a touchdown by freshman Earnest Edwards to get the Bears within three. On the next drive the Wildcats would travel down the field and had Smith notched his second field goal of the game with a 43 yard attempt.
The Black Bears on the next possession in the third down drove down the field and got into the red zone before trying a fake punt play on fourth down that resulted in a turnover on downs. On the ensuing drive, Villanova would extend their advantage with a touchdown pass for Bednarczyk to Ryan Bell for eight yards. The point after was blocked and resulted in the score being 19-7 in favor of the Wildcats after three quarters of play.
Bednarczyk would again connect with Bell for a second time for a touchdown, this time of the seven yard variety to push the lead up to 26-7 for Villanova. Maine would try to mount a late comeback, however Collins would throw his fourth interception of the game to a Wildcat in the end zone.
Maine is now 5-4 on the season and 4-2 in conference play after the loss. The Black Bears will head to the road for the next contest as they will face Stony Brook in New York in a must win game to keep their playoff hopes alive.