The University of Maine football team opened the 2018 season with a 35-7 Colonial Athletic Association victory over New Hampshire at Alfond Stadium.
UMaine closes out the opening-game win, beating rival New Hampshire 35-7
Joe Fitzpatrick hurdles a defender and takes it in for a 14-yard touchdown run. UMaine pushes the lead over UNH to 35-7 with 2:04 to play
New Hampshire punts the ball away. UMaine in Wildcats territory trying to close out the game with 7:01 to play
The Black Bears’ offense stalls out again and UNH takes over at its own 20 after another punt. 29-7 UMaine, 8:51 left
Deshawn Stevens recovers a muffed punt return and UMaine has the ball at midfield, still up 29-7, 10:14 to play
Carlos Washington sneaks behind the UMaine defense to catch a 62-yard touchdown pass from Christian Lupoli and New Hampshire cuts the deficit to 29-7 with 12:43 to play
Early in the fourth quarter, UMaine still leads New Hampshire 29-0
Belcher tosses TD pass to Jaquan Blair off a reverse to extend UMaine lead to 29-0
UMaine leads 22-0 at the half
Ferguson tosses 11 yard TD pass to Earnest Edwards with 10 seconds left in half. Doak misses extra point. UMaine leads UNH 22-0
Ramon Jefferson runs 49 yards with a draw down to UNH 11 yard line.
Maine takes final time out. UM at UNH 11
North Yarmouth’s Joe Fitzpatrick gains 15 yards and valuable first down from his own one yard line. UMaine leads 16-0 with 1:12 left in half
Earnest Edwards rattles off 16 yard TD run and Kenny Doak adds extra point. UMaine now up 16-0 over UNH with 6:14 to go in the half
UNH QB Trevor Knight injured. Leaves field with shoulder in sling. Knight was preseason CAA Offensive Player of the Year choice.
High snap into end zone gives UMaine a safety and 9-0 lead
UNH first down pass reception wiped out by holding penalty. UNH eventually forced to punt. 9:35 left in half, UMaine 7-0
Micah Wright fumbles punt but UMaine recovers. UMaine first and 10 at its own 19 yard line. UMaine leads 7-0.
Kenny Doak adds extra point. UMaine up 7-0 with 14:56 left in first half
Ferguson throws six-yard TD pass to Micah Wright.
UMaine moves to UNH one but offsides pushes it back to 6.
Ferguson is 10 for 11 for 89 yards for Black Bears
UMaine has moved from its 12 to the UNH 29 46 with four first downs
Sterling Sheffield sacks Knight for another 10-yard loss. two sacks for Sheffield 9 minutes into the season
UNH converts on third and 10. Moves into UMaine territory
Black Bears take over at their own 38 after the punt. 12:17 left first quarter
Sterling Sheffield’s sack ends the first UNH drive at its own 18
UMaine wins the toss, elects to defer to the second half
UMaine-UNH prepping for tonight’s 7 p.m. kickoff. Next year’s game and future contests between the two archrivals will be in their season finales