April 23, 2018
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UM shuts down Northeastern, 20-0

Kate Collins | BDN
Kate Collins | BDN
Northeastern's Woody Romelus looks to take down Maine's Derek Session as Session during the second period as the Black Bears hosted the Huskies on Saturday.
By Pete Warner

ORONO, Maine — Senior safety Lamir Whetstone came up with two of his team’s four interceptions Saturday afternoon, helping the University of Maine grind out a 20-0 Colonial Athletic Association football victory over Northeastern University.

Junior linebacker Mark Masterson stepped in front of a pass by Anthony Orio and raced 79 yards for a score with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter, sparking the Black Bears (5-3, 3-2 CAA) to their third consecutive victory.

Northeastern (2-6, 1-3 CAA) was unable to put together any consistent offense against the swarming Maine defense. The Huskies accounted for only 253 total yards, with Orio throwing three interceptions and backup John Sperrazza accounting for another.

Maine was able to control the football and the game clock, possessing the ball for 38 minutes, 20 seconds to emerge with a nearly 17-minute advantage in that category.

The Black Bears kept pounding at the Huskies with a run attack featuring quarterback Mike Brusko (13 carries, 93 yards) and fullback Jared Turcotte (18 carries, 68 yards) while grinding out 246 rushing yards and 382 overall.

Brusko also completed touchdown passes of 14 and 39 yards to wide receiver Landis Williams in the second and third quarters, respectively, to provide a complement to the ground game.

Lionel Nixon Jr. also made an interception for the Black Bears, who limited Northeastern’s quarterbacks to a combined 17-for-39 passing good for 184 yards. Linebackers Sean Wasson (nine tackles) and Andrew Downey (seven tackles) paced Maine.

Maine also squelched the Huskies’ running game, limiting them to a 69 yards on 19 carries.

Northeastern got a game-high 18 tackles from inside linebacker Cornelius Bunch.

The Black Bears extended their lead midway through the second quarter with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 6 minutes, 9 seconds. Brusko (10-for-13, 136 yards) eluded an oncoming pass rusher and zipped a 14-yard TD strike to Williams to make it 14-0.

Brusko and Williams hooked up on a 39-yard scoring pass in the third quarter to provide some breathing room for Maine, which missed three field goals, including one that was blocked.

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