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LIVE UPDATES: It’s a final. UMaine football team beats archrival New Hampshire in season opener

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Micah Wright of the University of Maine celebrates as he scores a touchdown against New Hampshire in 2016. The Black Bears and Wildcats meet for the 108th time on Friday night in Orono.
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
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The University of Maine football team opened the 2018 season with a 35-7 Colonial Athletic Association victory over New Hampshire at Alfond Stadium.


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20183:52 pm

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 


Pete Warner
August 30, 20187:10 pm

UMaine wins the toss, elects to defer to the second half


Pete Warner
August 30, 20187:11 pm

Sterling Sheffield’s sack ends the first UNH drive at its own 18


Pete Warner
August 30, 20187:11 pm

Black Bears take over at their own 38 after the punt. 12:17 left first quarter


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20187:20 pm

UNH converts on third and 10. Moves into UMaine territory


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20187:22 pm

Sterling Sheffield sacks Knight for another 10-yard loss. two sacks for Sheffield 9 minutes into the season


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20187:32 pm

UMaine has moved from its 12 to the UNH 29 46 with four first downs


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20187:33 pm

UMaine moves to UNH one but offsides pushes it back to 6.

Ferguson is 10 for 11 for 89 yards for Black Bears


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20187:36 pm

Ferguson throws six-yard TD pass to Micah Wright.


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20187:37 pm

Kenny Doak adds extra point. UMaine up 7-0 with 14:56 left in first half


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20187:43 pm

Micah Wright fumbles punt but UMaine recovers. UMaine first and 10 at its own 19 yard line. UMaine leads 7-0.


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20187:51 pm

UNH first down pass reception wiped out by holding penalty. UNH eventually forced to punt. 9:35 left in half, UMaine 7-0


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20187:54 pm

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


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20188:01 pm

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


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20188:14 pm

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


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20188:19 pm

Ramon Jefferson runs 49 yards with a draw down to UNH 11 yard line.

Maine takes final time out. UM at UNH 11


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20188:22 pm

Ferguson tosses 11 yard TD pass to Earnest Edwards with 10 seconds left in half. Doak misses extra point. UMaine leads UNH 22-0


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20188:23 pm

UMaine leads 22-0 at the half


Larry Mahoney
August 30, 20188:59 pm

Belcher tosses TD pass to Jaquan Blair off a reverse to extend UMaine lead to 29-0


Pete Warner
August 30, 20189:29 pm

Early in the fourth quarter, UMaine still leads New Hampshire 29-0


Pete Warner
August 30, 20189:34 pm

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


Pete Warner
August 30, 20189:38 pm

Deshawn Stevens recovers a muffed punt return and UMaine has the ball at midfield, still up 29-7, 10:14 to play


Pete Warner
August 30, 20189:45 pm

The Black Bears’ offense stalls out again and UNH takes over at its own 20 after another punt. 29-7 UMaine, 8:51 left


Pete Warner
August 30, 20189:51 pm

New Hampshire punts the ball away. UMaine in Wildcats territory trying to close out the game with 7:01 to play


Pete Warner
August 30, 20189:58 pm

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


Pete Warner
August 30, 201810:06 pm

UMaine closes out the opening-game win, beating rival New Hampshire 35-7


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