Black Bears Defeat Minutemen

The Umass Men had hopes that their opening game at Gillette Stadium would be a better showing than last weeks loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. unfortunately, although the deficit was not as large, the Minutemen were not able to come out victorious. The Minutemen received the opening kick and had a steady momentum. Trey Dudley Giles returned the opening puny for forty one yards, ultimately creating a 7-0 lead for the Minutemen after quarterback Mike Wegzyn passed to Bernard Davis who scored in the middle of the end zone. The first possesion for the Black Bears seemed equally as motivating. a throw back pass was caught by a wide open Justin perillo at the Minutemen’s five yard line.However the Umass defense stepped up and ended the potentially game tying drive on the next play when Jovan Santos-Knox intercepted Wasilewski in the end zone for his first career interception. Sadly, the Minutemen’s good fortune was short lived after the Black Bears recovered a punt at the Umass forty yard line, which ended up leading to a twenty six yard field goal by kicker Sean Decloux. Shortly after in the beginning of the second quarter Ricky Stevens of Maine, ran thirty five yards to score a touchdown giving the Black Bears a 10-7 lead.The Black Bears scored again late in the third, completing a sixty eight yard march down the field with Zedric Joseph in the end zone. The third quarter also had a quarterback draw by Wasilewski, leaving Maine with a 24-7 lead. minutes into the fourth quarter, A.J Doyle tossed a eight yard touchdown pass to Sharpe making it a 24-14 game. The minutemen were unable to get anymore points on the board before the end of the fourth, losing their opening game at Gillette Stadium for the second straight year.