The University of Maine football team fell at #2/2 North Dakota State University on Saturday afternoon, 44-7.
NDSU scored a pair of field goals in the first quarter on just six offensive yards across their first three drives as the Black Bear defense began the contest strongly.
Maine’s defense continued their strong effort as they stopped a fourth & 1 opportunity on the goal line to keep NDSU from scoring to begin the second quarter.
NDSU broke through for the first touchdown of the game with just 52 seconds remaining in the first half. They took a 16-0 lead into halftime.
At the half, Maine generated 85 total yards of offense while allowing 186 to NDSU. Maine’s defense held NDSU to just 3 for 8 on third downs and 0 for 1 on fourth down attempts.
Following a 21-0 start to the second half, Maine broke through thanks to a 13-yard touchdown run by John Gay to get the Black Bears on the board with 6:06 remaining in the fourth quarter. For Gay, the score was his first as a Black Bear.
NDSU scored once more to cap-off the scoring in the game.
Maine rushed for over 100 yards as Tristen Kenan (14 att. 53 yards) and John Gay (8 att. 49 yards) handled the bulk work of the carries.
Jamie Lamson led the Black Bears in receiving yardage as he had six receptions for 42 yards in the contest.