The University of Maine football team picked up a Homecoming Weekend victory over the University of Rhode Island Rams by a score of 51-27 in Orono on Saturday,

Chris Ferguson threw for 214 yards in the win, and had 5 passing TDs.  Maine’s defense forced three turnovers in the contest on way to the victory, while running back Josh Mack ran for 248 yards and added a score.

The scoring started in the first quarter as the Rhode Island Rams drove down the field and completed the effort with a touchdown run by TJ Anderson from 16-yards out.  The score was the first time the Rams have put points up on the board on their first drive of the game.

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The Black Bears would answer back with a long 54-yard touchdown pass from Ferguson to Jaleel Reed to even up the score at the 8:41 mark of the first quarter.  The Rams would score twice more in the first half, sandwiching a Maine field goal in-between to lead to Rhode Island taking a 21-10 lead in the final minutes of the half.  The Black Bears would take advantage of the remaining time by scoring a passing TD from Ferguson to Osumah, and then following that up with a punt return from Micah Wright for a 77-yard score.  UMaine would take a 23-21 lead into the halftime break.

The Bears would start things off in the second half with a quick score as Maine would make it a 30-21 lead on a 16-yard run by Josh Mack, just over two minutes into the quarter.  Maine would strike again as Ferguson would connect with Reed again, this time from 8 yards out.  After a URI fumble, the Black Bears tacked on another TD, another passing TD to Earnest Edwards from 19 yards out.  They then scored again by way of a 42 yard touchdown to Reed.

Maine scored 41 unanswered points on the Rams until a fourth quarter score by the Rams.  It was the 11th straight win over Rhode Island for the Black Bears

With the win the Black Bears move to 2-3 on the season and are 2-0 at Alfond Stadium.  Maine also picks up their first victory in conference play of the season and will face Albany next week on the road.  Rhode Island falls to 1-5 on the year with the loss.

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