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Relive UMaine’s victory over Weber State, play-by-play

The University of Maine football team will try to go where no other Black Bears squad has been before on Friday night when it takes on Weber State in a Football Championship Subdivision national quarterfinal at Stewart Stadium. Stay tuned here for up-to-the-minute updates from the game, which kicks off at 8 p.m.


Pete Warner
December 8, 201812:01 am

Keep checking bangordailynews.com/sports during the next several days for more stories detailing the Black Bears’ incredible drive toward a possible national championship!


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:59 pm

UMaine improved to 10-3 on the season with its sixth consecutive victory while Weber State finished up at 10-3


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:59 pm

Derek Deoul was busy, punting 11 times. He averaged 36.1 yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:57 pm

Ramon Jefferson sparked the run attack with 88 yards on 15 carries, including a huge 45-yard TD jaunt in the fourth quarter


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:57 pm

Drew Belcher caught five balls for 36 yards and Earnest Edwards made three catches for 71 yards, including one for a score


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:56 pm

Chris Ferguson hung in there despite good pressure by the Wildcats and completed 15 of 30 passes for 170 yards and two scores. He was intercepted once


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:56 pm

Patterson and Jaron Grayer also had interceptions for the Bears


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:55 pm

Katley Joseph made seven tackles (2 TFLs) with Manny Patterson and Sterling Sheffield (3 TFLs) posting six tackles each


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:55 pm

Linebackers Deshawn Stevens and Taji Lowe spearheaded the effort with nine tackles each, including two tackles for a loss apiece. UMaine had 13 TFLs in the contest


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:52 pm

UMaine’s defense came up big time after time. It registered four interceptions, including two by graduate student safety Jeff DeVaughn


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:51 pm

The Black Bears outgained the Wildcats 286-271 overall


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:50 pm

UMaine, meanwhile, managed 116 rushing yards, most of them hard-earned


Lindsay Putnam
December 7, 201811:49 pm

UMaine beats Weber State 23-18, will make first FCS national semifinal appearance

UMaine beats Weber State 23-18, will make first FCS national semifinal appearance


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:49 pm

Back to those keys: UMaine limited Weber State to minus-1 rushing yard, even though the Wildcats put up 272 yards through the air.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:48 pm

The Black Bears are the No. 7 playoff seed after having been picked to finish eighth — in the Colonial Athletic Association in the preseason coaches poll


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:47 pm

This is UMaine’s first national quarterfinal victory in four tries, the other forays coming in 2001, 2002 and 2011.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:47 pm

UMaine will be back on the road to meet the winner of Saturday’s UC Davis-Eastern Washington game, likely to be played on Saturday, Dec. 15


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:46 pm

“We’re coming back West.”


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:46 pm

On the offense: “Those guys just keep believing in each other. We just made a huge drive.”


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:45 pm

“That’s what they do and they’ve been doing it all year. That’s the heart and soul of this team,” he said of the defense.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:45 pm

“These guys come to work every day. We talk about accountability and belief every day.”


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:44 pm

“Just unbelievably proud of my guys. These kids have been through a lot.” — UMaine coach Joe Harasymiak


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:44 pm

The PAT will not be attempted. UMaine knocks off No. 2 seed Weber State 23-18 to reach the final four of the Football Championship Subdivision


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:43 pm

Constantine throws to Darryl Denby for the touchdown, but there is no time left


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:42 pm

1 second left


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:42 pm

A heave to the end zone leaves one second. UMaine will make the program’s first NATIONAL SEMIFINAL appearance next weekend!


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:42 pm

Constantine’s pass caught, but receiver dropped


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:41 pm

Pass is incomplete. 25 seconds


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:41 pm

30 seconds


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:41 pm

Constantine to Jackson, 24 yards to the UM 13


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:41 pm

Jackson on the grab


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:40 pm

Constantine throws complete to the sideline


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:40 pm

52 seconds on the clock


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:40 pm

Nope. Offsetting fouls. Replay the down


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:39 pm

Carr’s going to pick up an interference or holding penalty on the next play


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:39 pm

18 yard pickup


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:39 pm

Constantine throws to Denby for a first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:39 pm

Kenny Doak on that last tackle


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:38 pm

Rashid Shaheed returns it from the 1-yard line out to the 39


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:37 pm

UMaine coach Joe Harasymiak said the players have to believe in themselves. Even after the miss, he still believed in Doak. This is history for the Black Bears


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:37 pm

Doak drills it and the Black Bears lead 23-12. Holy cow! 


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:36 pm

One from 52 yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:36 pm

Remember his two game-winners at the buzzer this season!


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:36 pm

Doak has been very good (until that last PAT)


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:36 pm

Kick it or punt it. Or something else


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:35 pm

Timeout UMaine. 1:39 left


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:35 pm

47-yarder?


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:35 pm

Field goal try?


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:35 pm

Clock ticks under 2:00


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:34 pm

Edwards runs, but can’t find any running room


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:34 pm

Still 2:25 on the clock


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:33 pm

Weber State burns its last timeout


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:33 pm

Fitzpatrick around the end, one yard. Third-and-10


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:33 pm

UMaine is at the Weber State 30-yard line


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:32 pm

Talk about a nail-biter!


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:32 pm

Only 2:33 left


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:32 pm

The Black Bears need one timeout to put this game away — finally


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:32 pm

Fitzpatrick runs straight ahead, no gain. Timeout Weber


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:31 pm

Kayon Whitaker with the deflection and Grayer alterly grabs it. 2:40 to play


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:31 pm

That ought to just about do it — but no guarantees


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:31 pm

Constantine throws, it’s tipped and intercepted by Grayer. 


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:30 pm

They’d better hope the defense is up to the challenge one more time


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:30 pm

Stupid penalties have been an issue for Umaine all season


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:30 pm

The Wildcats have two timeouts


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:30 pm

So the lack of discipline by Jefferson, spinning the ball on the ground after scoring, opens the door for Weber State to stay within striking distance


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:29 pm

Thus, it’s only a one-score game. UMaine leads 20-12 with 2:56 left.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:29 pm

The Weber State coach made sure to have the penalty enforced on the PAT and it pays off.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:28 pm

The kick from 35 yards out is hooked wide left


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:28 pm

Kenny Doak’s PAT is delayed by a clarification of the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Jefferson


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:27 pm

Jefferson followed Belcher around the corner and bounced off a defender before racing to the end zone


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:27 pm

Flags fly in the end zone


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:26 pm

Jefferson eludes a tackle at the corner and races into the end zone. UMaine makes it a two-score game


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:26 pm

Fitzpatrick can only get one yard in the middle


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:25 pm

Defensive holding gives UMaine 10 yards and a critical first down. 3:46 to play


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:25 pm

UMaine may catch a break here


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:25 pm

A pass to Belcher produces a VERY late flag from the secondary


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:24 pm

UMaine needs to bleed this play clock every play


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:24 pm

Jefferson with a catch, a short pickup. Third down (again)


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:23 pm

Jefferson can’t find a yard on first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:23 pm

Constantine is intercepted by Jeff DeVaughn, his second of the night, and the Black Bears have a huge opportunity to ice this thing


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:22 pm

Ball will be pushed back to the UMaine 47


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:22 pm

Pass is incomplete. Holding on the offense


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:21 pm

But there’s a flag


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:21 pm

Constantine throws low near the sideline and it appears to have been caught


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:20 pm

Oh, unsportsmanlike conduct on Richard Carr gives Weber a first down and 15 big yards.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:20 pm

Fourth down. But a flag downfield


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:19 pm

Constantine is sacked and loses the handle. Deshawn Stevens nearly gets the fumble.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:19 pm

Biggest play of the game to date


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:19 pm

5:55 left


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:19 pm

Constantine can’t find Malone in the left flat. Third down 


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:18 pm

Davis finds two yards up the middle


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:18 pm

Hurry up here


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:18 pm

Constantine to Denby on the sideline, another first down. Weber State is rolling


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:18 pm

A nifty throw from Constantine to Shaheed on a slant, first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:17 pm

Shaheed with an eight-yard grab. Third and 2


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:17 pm

Demby catches a short pass from Constantine, but Sheffield will have none of it. no gain


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:16 pm

UMaine’s inability to do anything on offense in the second half — after the Edwards TD reception — may well cost it the game


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:14 pm

Another absolute dog of a kick rolls dead at the Weber State 29. 7:43 to go .. back to defense for the Black Bears


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:14 pm

Deoul to punt


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:14 pm

Ferguson’s pass is broken up by Parker Preator. A terrific play that cost Umaine a first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:13 pm

Docos pulls back early, costs Umaine five yards. Now third-and-15


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:12 pm

The flea-flicker, Ferguson to Blair, is long and incomplete


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:12 pm

The Bears could ice this by eating some clock and getting a TD


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:11 pm

Ball at midfield. Next pass is out of bounds


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:11 pm

That was a dart


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:11 pm

Fergson throws into traffic to Old Town’s Dre Miller for a nice 23-yard gain


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:10 pm

Patterson just ripped it out of Cooley’s hands


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:10 pm

Constantine is intercepted by Manny Patterson, who has been awesome covering receivers (again) tonight


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:09 pm

Garrett goes left, goes nowhere


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:09 pm

UMaine could use a turnover to turn the tide


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:09 pm

UMaine’s defense continues to shoulder the load in this game. Biggest game in program history, a berth in the national semifinals on the line


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:07 pm

UMaine still holding on to a 14-12 lead. 9:35 remaining


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:07 pm

UMaine can’t get a first down. Deoul’s punt is returned to the Black Bears 45.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:04 pm

Jefferson goes outside for nine yards to the 15


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:04 pm

94 yards from paydirt


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:02 pm

Wright lets the pull roll to the 6-yard line. The 44-yard kick puts UMaine back in a hole needed to eat some clock and put some points on the board


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:01 pm

Black Bears hold one more time


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:01 pm

Constantine has time, but no open man, third-down play incomplete


Pete Warner
December 7, 201811:00 pm

Constantine under pressure, throws low, nearly intercepted


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:59 pm

Constantine tries to force it into coverage, incomplete


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:59 pm

The Wildcats are in good shape at their own 40. 12:09 left, UMaine leads 14-12. Ball is back in the UMaine defense’s court


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:57 pm

Shaheed muffs the punt return, but gets it back


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:56 pm

Deoul needs a good punt here


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:56 pm

UMaine just can’t put anything together on offense


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:56 pm

Ferguson is sacked for the first time tonight by Adam Rodriguez — with a three-man rush


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:55 pm

A screen to Micah Wright does not materialize. Third down


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:55 pm

Belcher, a short grab, a loss of one


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:54 pm

Time for the Black Bears to pull a rabbit out of the hat with some sort of trick play


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:54 pm

The punt takes a good bounce and goes 47 yards to the UMaine 33. 


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:54 pm

Micah Wright back to receive


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:53 pm

Sheffield breaks in and sacks Constantine to force a Weber State punt


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:53 pm

Constantine throws incomplete as Shaheed is wrecked by DeVaughn


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:50 pm

The Black Bears have surrendered 185 passing yards but have given up only 12 on the ground


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:50 pm

UMaine has only eight first downs, but has outgained Weber State 217-197.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:49 pm

Sheffield swallows up Garrett as the quarter ends. Black Bears still on top 14-12


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:49 pm

Ball at the WSU 30


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:48 pm

Shaheed is buried after a 39-yard punt by Derek Deoul. Weber State back on the attack trailing 14-12


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:48 pm

13 seconds left in the third quarter


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:48 pm

Ferguson’s next pass is at Edwards’ feet. Another punt forthcoming


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:47 pm

Ineligible receiver downfield on Belcher. The play is wiped out


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:47 pm

Belcher makes a juggling reception over the middle on a throw from Ferguson, but there’s a flag


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:46 pm

Ferguson throws to Wright for six yards. Third and 1


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:45 pm

Sorry, correction: Score is 14-12 UMaine


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:45 pm

Jefferson finds a brief opening and gains 3 yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:45 pm

Edwards kneels in the end zone, giving UMaine the ball at the 25 to start its next possession. We still have 16:55 left


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:44 pm

It’s imperative that UMaine move the football on offense on its next possession. They have been stagnant for a long time


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:43 pm

Tuttle’s PAT is NO GOOD, wide right! UMaine clings to a 14-13 lead with 1:55 left in the quarter. Tuttle’s first miss of the season


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:43 pm

Weber lines up in a weird formation, but then lines up to kick


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:42 pm

And it’s ruled a touchdown. 14-12, pending a conversion


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:41 pm

UMaine’s secondary is getting burned for some big plays tonight, despite the unit’s efforts 90 percent of the time


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:40 pm

This game may set a record for video reviews


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:40 pm

That was an absolute prayer by Constantine, but Cooley went up and got it, at least temporarily


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:39 pm

It looks on replay as though Cooley made the catch and had it taken away. 


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:39 pm

Constantine avoids a sack, but throws to the end zone. Jeff DeVaughn wrestles the ball away from the receiver. It’s an interception — for the momentt


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:38 pm

Fourth-and-12 at the UMaine 33


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:37 pm

Constantine’s third-down pass goes long and out of bounds


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:37 pm

A toss to a wideout out of the wildcat, but he goes nowhere


Lindsay Putnam
December 7, 201810:36 pm


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:36 pm

Garrett runs, meets Lowe, loses a yard


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:36 pm

At the umaine 31


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:36 pm

Constantine took a shot on the play, but stood in there 


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:36 pm

Constantine again finds Denby downfield behind Richard Carr. It’s a 41-yard gain


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:35 pm

Constantine has Cooley open but no catch, a little too hot, high and behind him


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:34 pm

This one is a dog, shanked out of bounds at the Weber State 28-yard line. Bad time for a 19-yard punt by Deoul — not that there is often a good time for one of those


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:34 pm

Deoul on to punt — again


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:33 pm

4:23 still left in the third quarter


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:33 pm

Ferguson can’t find a receiver on a throw down the field. Fourth down — again


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:33 pm

Ferguson throws underneath to Belcher, but he’s two yards shy of a first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:32 pm

Joe Fitzpatrick pounds his way into the middle and picks up 3 to the UMaine 48


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:31 pm

Earnest Edwards on the jet sweep for a 10-yard pickup for uMaine


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:31 pm

Both QBs having their share of issues against two strong defenses


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:31 pm

Constantine under pressure and is intercepted by Jeff DeVaughn in the middle. Black Bears get the ball back


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:30 pm

Constantine throws one to the left, but nobody’s there. Third down


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:29 pm

Constantine has a receiver, Denby, but he can’t come up with it near the goal line


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:27 pm

Shaheed fields at the UMaine 45 and Weber State again will have great field position to start a possession. Black Bears clinging to a 14-6 lead


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:26 pm

Deoul to punt


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:26 pm

Ferguson makes a terrible throw toward a receiver. Bears have to punt again deep in their own territory


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:25 pm

Ferguson dumps one to Wright for about 12 yards, but it’s still third-and-11


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:24 pm

Devin Young flirts with disaster on an end-around, but gets it back to the 2-yard line


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:24 pm

Ramon Jefferson burst through the right side, but a flag flies. A holding call makes it 1st and 20 from the 4


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:23 pm

Micah Wright makes the fair catch at the 13. Lousy field position, but UMaine offense with another chance to put a drive together and extend the 14-6 lead


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:22 pm

Davis catches a quick pass, but Jaron Grayer snuffs it out. Weber will have to punt


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:22 pm

Then an illegal substitution costs Weber 5 yards. With all that time to get ready, too


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:21 pm

Third and 1


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:21 pm

The targeting foul is revoked. They got it right.


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:21 pm

Tick, tick, tick


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:20 pm

What is going on with this review. TV shows it clearly


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:19 pm

Love to see the refs get the call right, but this is taking way too long!


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:18 pm

It’s a miracle Cooley held onto that ball in the first place


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:18 pm

Stevens has been an absolute force for this defense


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:18 pm

It was a violent hit, but not an illegal one


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:17 pm

We’re still only 5:15 into the second half. A long way to go


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:17 pm

Simple matter of a size mismatch of a backer on a wideout


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:17 pm

Replay shows a perfectly good and hard hit by Deshawn Stevens. This call could be overturned since it is being reviewed, since targeting indicates a hit to the head. It was not


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:16 pm

Constantine throws to Cooley for about eight yards, but a targeting penalty will cost the Bears 15 yards. 


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:15 pm

Katley Joseph was beat on that play and the receiver couldn’t get it


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:15 pm

Joseph and Darrius Hart both get a hand on a Constantine pass, but can’t come up with it


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:14 pm

Pressure back on the defense


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:13 pm

Hmm, doesn’t look like that ball was secured by the defensive player before it was pulled from his hands


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:13 pm

The play is under review


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:11 pm

Ferguson has been shaky all night throwing into coverage. Not sure whether it’s an injury issue or big-game jitters, but he has not been sharp for the most part


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:11 pm

All kinds of time left and the momentum is turning. LeGrand Toia with the pick at the Weber State 47-yard line


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:10 pm

Ferguson throws into a crowd over the middle and is intercepted


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:09 pm

The kickoff goes out of bounds, which gives UMaine the ball at the 35-yard line


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:08 pm

Black Bears allowed one big pass play that led to that kick


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:08 pm

Trey Tuttle from 45 yards and it’s good. Weber State cuts the UMaine lead to 14-6 at 10:12 of the period


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:07 pm

It’s a field goal try


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:07 pm

Constantine is hit while throwing, Sheffield on the play. The holding call is declined and Weber State will punt


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:06 pm

Still 10:30-plus left in the third quarter


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:06 pm

Third-and-10


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:06 pm

Garrett is dropped in his tracks by Deshawn Stevens


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:06 pm

Wildcat again


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:05 pm

Garrett takes a direct snap and runs middle, but only about 2 yards on the pickup


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:05 pm

That’s a 31-yard play — the kind UMaine could not afford to give up 


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:05 pm

Constantine throws long for Demby as Jeff DeVaughn gets beat pretty badly. 


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:04 pm

Third-and-10, that is. UMaine can’t let anything big happen right here


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:03 pm

So it will be third down for Weber State


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:03 pm

UMaine players ran it back as though they thought it was not a fumble


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:03 pm

Call is still being reviewed


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:01 pm

That’s going to get reversed


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:01 pm

Cooley didn’t appear to ever have possession. It went to the ground


Pete Warner
December 7, 201810:00 pm

A pass is complete, but Katley Joseph rips it out and Sterling Sheffield runs it all the way for a touchdown!


Lindsay Putnam
December 7, 201810:00 pm


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:59 pm

Weber State still unable to run the ball against the Bears


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:57 pm

Weber State, perhaps sensing the importance of this drive,calls a quick timeout


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:57 pm

Constantine looks to throw deep but Manny Patterson is right with Rashid Shaheed 


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:56 pm

There was some hand fighting going on


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:56 pm

Katley Joseph is going to get called for pass interference on a throw over the middle


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:55 pm

Davis can’t find much room, maybe picked up a yard. Taji Lowe plugs the hole


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:55 pm

Davis runs left, picks up 4. Katley Joseph among the tacklers


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:54 pm

The kickoff is misplayed, but goes for touchback


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:53 pm

A simple little play, but the corner overplayed the throw and tried to knock it away, but the throw was on the money and Edwards had no further resistance


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:52 pm

The play covers 67 yards and Doak adds the PAT to make it 14-3 UMaine


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:52 pm

A quick toss to Earnest Edwards, a missed tackle and he’s gone for a touchdown.


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:51 pm

Jefferson goes around the right side and picks up about six. third and 2


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:50 pm

Ferguson dumps off a short toss to Joe Fitzpatrick for two yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:50 pm

Touchback on the kickoff gives the Black Bears the ball at the 25-yard line


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:49 pm

UMaine is 6-1 this season when leading at the half


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:49 pm

UMaine posts seven tackles for a loss of yardage in the first half


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:47 pm

The Black Bears will get the ball to star the second half after deferring upon winning the coin toss.


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:45 pm

An error in an earlier post in tonight’s live blog:.James Madison of the CAA joins UMaine as league representatives in the FCS quarterfinals


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:41 pm

Darryl Denby (40 yards) and Devon Cooley (27) each have two receptions for the Wildcats


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:41 pm

Weber State QB Jake Constantine is 9-for-18 with 77 yards, but 34 yards came on one play. UMaine’s secondary, led by Manny Patterson, has been locked down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:39 pm

Tight end Drew Becher has three catches for 30 yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:39 pm

Ramon Jefferson has picked up 28 yards on nine carries to lead the UMaine run attack. Ferguson is 7-for-15 (incuding an 0-for-6 drought mixed in) for 54 yards and the TD pass to Jaquan Blair.


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:35 pm

Not much offense in the first half. UMaine outgained Weber State 107-89 overall, going 2-for-7 on third down. The Wildcats were 2-for-9


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:27 pm

UMaine runs out the clock to end the half and leads this FCS national quarterfinal 7-3. Defense, defense, defense. 


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:26 pm

Wright makes another fair catch and UMaine takes over up 7-3 with the half close to and end


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:25 pm

Lloyd back to punt


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:25 pm

Constantine throws one into the bench. Weber State will punt. 1:04 left in the half


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:25 pm

Constantine throws over the middle incomplete. Richard Carr on the coverage


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:24 pm

Whitaker takes an offside penalty, now second-and-4


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:24 pm

Wildcats are in hurry-up mode


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:24 pm

Shaheed with a grab from Constantine for a short gain


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:23 pm

Then Constantine finds Cooley for a 14-yard throw


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:23 pm

UMaine has held Weber to 74 total yards thus far


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:22 pm

Shaheed takes the kick at the 4 and gets up near the 20


Lindsay Putnam
December 7, 20189:22 pm


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:21 pm

Drive is 9 plays, 46 yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:20 pm

Kenny Doak will line up for the PAT and it’s good, UMaine 7, Weber State 3 with 2:05 remaining in the first half. 


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:19 pm

UMaine had been 0-for-5 on third down prior to that possession


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:18 pm

Looks good on the TV replay!


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:18 pm

Play is under review


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:17 pm

Ferguson finds Jaquan Blair on a quick hook on the left side and Blair lunges across the goal line for a touchdown


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:17 pm

Not much for Jefferson up the middle. Now third-and-goal from the 8


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:16 pm

Ferguson under pressure throws it up for grabs and Andre Miller again knocks the ball away from Parker Preator, who had a pick in his sights


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:15 pm

Jefferson picks up the first down with two hard-earned yards up the gut


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:15 pm

Jefferson spins through a tackle and winds down to the 11. Second and 1


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:14 pm

Young on a jet sweep to the short side of the field nets 13 yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:14 pm

Ball at the 33


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:13 pm

Ferguson hits Devin Young slicing through the middle for the first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:13 pm

Ferguson to Belcher on the left side for a gain of six. Third-and-7


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:12 pm

Flags fly. Offside on the offense against Belcher


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:11 pm

Jefferson finds tough sledding off the right side and gains two yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:11 pm

The punt is downed at the Weber State 47, so UMaine has another opportunity to get something going on offense. 27 rushing yards thus far while Ferguson is 4-for-11


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:10 pm

Garrett pushes up the middle for four yards, but Weber State will have to punt … Sheffield is dinged up


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:09 pm

Weber State’s starting left guard, Mo Cannon, is helped off with a leg injury


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:07 pm

Garrett is dropped in the backfield by Sterling Sheffield. Now third-and-14. First time we’ve mentioned Sheffield tonight


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:06 pm

A short pass play picks up nothing as Katley Joseph makes the play


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:06 pm

Shaheed fields the punt at the 14-yard line and Weber State brings the offense back on the field. Wildcats lead UMaine 3-0, 8:38 left in the half


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:05 pm

Ferguson buries one in the ground. He has not been sharp. UMaine must punt again after squandering good field position


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:04 pm

Third and 17


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:04 pm

Illegal substitution further hampers the Bears


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:03 pm

A screen left to Edwards goes nowhere as Blair can’t make the block


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:02 pm

A reverse to Micah Wright goes for only 3 yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:02 pm

Ferguson finds Belcher on a drag across the middle for 14 yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 20189:02 pm

UMaine 15 plays, 43 yards so far


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:59 pm

Weber State still on top 3-zip


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:59 pm

Micah Wright fields it cleanly and UMaine is slowly turning the field and will take over at its own 47


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:59 pm

Lloyd back to kick


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:58 pm

Davis runs it for three yards, but UMaine forces the punt


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:58 pm

Delay of game on Weber State. Now third-and-15


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:57 pm

Third-and-10


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:57 pm

Constantine lofts up a pass that is broken up by Katley Joseph


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:56 pm

Josh Davis is roped down by Kayon Whitaker for no gain


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:56 pm

Shaheed calls for a fair catch at the Weber State 19. 43 yards on the punt by Deoul, who has been excellent tonight thus far


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:55 pm

Deoul to punt again


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:55 pm

UMaine will punt from its 39


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:55 pm

Ferguson is flushed from the pocket but slides down a yard short of the first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:54 pm

Ferguson lofts one up and it’s picked off, but an offsides penalty negates the play


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:53 pm

UMaine takes a timeout. Weber State still leading 3-0, 13:20 left in the half


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:52 pm

It’s third-and-12


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:52 pm

Ferguson’s pass to Edwards is incomplete, although he took two hands to the back before the ball was there


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:51 pm

Ramon Jefferson picks up about three yards on first down and 15


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:50 pm

Black Bears haven’t been able to establish the run. That is a big key. If they don’t, the Wildcats are going to pin their ears back and go after Ferguson


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:49 pm

Weber State takes its second charged timeout leading 3-0 with 14:03 left in the first half


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:48 pm

Ineligible receiver downfield is a 5-yard penalty, repeat first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:48 pm

Wildcats dial up pressure like UMaine likes to do


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:47 pm

Ferguson under a heavy rush throws it to nobody on the right side. This could be grounding


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:47 pm

Ferguson breaks a string of six straight incompletions, finds Drew Belcher for a first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:47 pm

UMaine will initiate the possession from its 19


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:46 pm

Edwards fields a line drive at the 6 and can’t get any room to run


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:45 pm

Let’s see if Weber kicks it to Earnest Edwards


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:45 pm

Perhaps now, with a decent return, the Black Bears can get some respectable field position


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:44 pm

And it’s good. Weber State 3, UMaine 0 with 11 seconds gone in the second quarter.


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:44 pm

A 37-yard field goal try by Trey Tuttle


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:44 pm

Constantine under duress throws to no one, Kayon Whitaker in his face. Fourth down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:43 pm

Third and 12 at the Umaine 20


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:43 pm

Total offense, 101 yards combined, only 24 by the Bears


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:42 pm

Black Bears with only one first down thus far. Weber State has six


Lindsay Putnam
December 7, 20188:41 pm


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:40 pm

And that will do it for the first quarter. No score between UMaine and Weber State in their FCS quarterfinal, but the Wildcats are knocking on the door


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:39 pm

Garrett is wrapped up by Alejandro Oregon for a loss of one


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:39 pm

Constantine throws to Denby, but it’s not catchable. Second and 10


Lindsay Putnam
December 7, 20188:39 pm


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:38 pm

Garrett bursts up the middle through a big hole, 14 yards for a first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:38 pm

Hands to the face on Skylar Bowman will cost the Bears 15 yards. Weber State now at the UMaine 33


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:37 pm

Garrett runs into a crowd in the middle, maybe good for three yards, but there’s a flag


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:37 pm

This punt isn’t quite as good, 36 yards, and Shaheed calls for a fair catch at the UMaine 48. 1:33 left in the quarter


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:36 pm

Jefferson finds some room off right tackle but picks up only seven yards. UMaine must punt again


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:35 pm

Ferguson throws into double coverage, but Old Town’s Andre Miller basically makes a defensive play by knocking it away


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:34 pm

This Weber defensive front appears stout


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:34 pm

Patterson up the middle finds nowhere to run


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:34 pm

Starting field position so far for UMaine: UM 12, UM 12, UM 5


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:33 pm

Lloyd hits another beauty, a 46-yarder that does out near the UMaine 5-yard line


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:33 pm

Constantine is shaken up a bit


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:33 pm

Constantine’s pass under duress falls incomplete. Weber will punt, but the Black Bears could get hemmed in deep once again


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:32 pm

Garrett up the middle, but Connor Walsh drops him quickly


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:31 pm

A pass lofted to Shaheed amidst a rush, but Lowe makes the play


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:31 pm

Weber State ball, 4:48 left first quarter, at midfield


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:29 pm

It’s a good thing, because his two excellent punts have helped UMaine out of a hole, at least temporarily


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:28 pm

Shaheed takes it at his 35 and returns to near midfield. A 51-yard boot by Deoul, who seems to be enjoying the thinner air at 4,000 feet!


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:28 pm

Deoul to punt


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:28 pm

Ferguson with a low throw intended for Edwards, who wasn’t open. Weber keeping the pressure on


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:27 pm

Wow. Adam Rodriguez nearly picks off Ferguson amidst a pass rush. Third and 7


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:26 pm

Edwards finds little room but gains two yards on first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:26 pm

A nice punt is downed at the 12-yard line. UMaine again facing tough field position. No score, 5:50 left first quarter


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:25 pm

Doug Lloyd to punt


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:25 pm

Constantine’s pass goes off the hands of Allen and Weber State will punt. 


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:24 pm

Wildcats face third-and-14


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:24 pm

Davis on a deep handoff, but he’s cut down by Whitaker and Wiley


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:23 pm

Davis again tries the right side, picks up two. Bears looking stout against the run so far


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:23 pm

Big rush by Constantine finds A.J. Allen on a slant from the right side. First down Weber


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:22 pm

Quick toss left to Josh Davis, who slips trying to deke Taji Lowe. Third and 5


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:21 pm

Josh Davis with a run, picks up about three… 8:35 left in the first quarter


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:21 pm

Weber State ball at its own 35


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:19 pm

Derek Deoul boots a punt to the WSU 25. 49 yard punt is a good one. Wildcats ball


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:18 pm

Ferguson has Edwards open but throws high. UMaine will punt. Ferguson looks like he’s conscious of the rush and is a little jittery


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:17 pm

Jefferson goes around the left end and fights his way for 3 or 4 yards


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:17 pm

Ferguson’s check-down to Jefferson over the middle sails high. A little pressure, although the receiver was open


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:16 pm

Jefferson picks up two short yards, but gets the first down at the 21


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:16 pm

A quick out from Chris Ferguson to Earnest Edwards for 8 yards


Lindsay Putnam
December 7, 20188:15 pm


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:15 pm

Wildcats punt, it goes out of bounds at the UMaine 12. Black Bears take over


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:14 pm

Big sack of Constantine by Kayon Whitaker. He now has 10 1/2 on the season


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:13 pm

Only one senior on the offensive line for Weber State. Same with UMaine which has Cody Levy. Iosua Opeta is the Wildcats’ left tackle


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:11 pm


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:11 pm

Weber State takes a timeout on third-and-10 from the UMaine 22. Only 3:06 gone in the contest


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:10 pm

Bears with a good pass rush and Constantine throws incomplete. Jamehl Wiley with the pressure


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:10 pm

Constantine throws long to the end zone. Second down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:09 pm

A quick screen to the right side to Darryl Denby goes 40 yards to the Umaine 22


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:09 pm

Davis takes it off left tackle and picks up two for a first down Weber State


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:08 pm

Constantine throws to the right side, but a yard short of a first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:07 pm

Davis goes around left end, but is cut down quickly by Taji Lowe


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:07 pm

The Wildcats come out throwing and pick up 13 yards on first down


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:06 pm

UMaine neutralizes Shaheed, who is a threat to take it the distance. Weber State starts at its own 20


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:05 pm

Black Bears win the toss and defer, will kick off to open the game


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:05 pm

Weber State bowed out in the national quarterfinals last season at Harrisonburg, Va., against James Madison, one of UMaine’s CAA opponents


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:04 pm

Weber State, the No. 2 seed, is 10-2 this season. UMaine, seeded seventh, is 9-3


Lindsay Putnam
December 7, 20188:04 pm


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:04 pm

A great opportunity for UMaine’s program to get some national exposure tonight on ESPN2. That’s legit national TV as opposed to ESPN3, which is an internet streaming platform. You can’t but this kind of publicity (not cheaply, anyway)


Pete Warner
December 7, 20188:00 pm

Senior wide receiver Micah Wright is fired up and ready to play


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:59 pm

Three keys for UMaine in this game
1. Protect Chris Ferguson. If he takes even one hard hit, it could knock him out of the game with the bad shoulder. UMaine struggles offensively when he is not in the game.
2. Run the football. If the Black Bears can establish a solid ground attack, it will make their job throwing the ball much easier and help them be unpredictable. It also will enable them to control the clock.
3. Stop the run. Weber State has the top freshman running back in the country and is capable of dominating on the ground. If UMaine can put the Wildcats in third-and-long situations, they’ll have more chances to be aggressive rushing the passer and potentially generating a few turnovers


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:50 pm

Chris Ferguson warms up during pregame


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:48 pm

Weber State features 49 players from Utah and 23 from California


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:46 pm

UMaine’s offensive line is likely to be tested tonight in trying to protect quarterback Chris Ferguson’s sore right shoulder. Weber State has registered 15 sacks in its last three games.


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:45 pm

Note the snow beyond the back of the end zone in the background. These teams should both be up for the challenge, at least as far as the weather is concerned


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:44 pm

All photos tonight are courtesy of Ronnie Gillis of UMaine athletics


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:43 pm

Weber State has been ranked in the top 10 nationally in both FCS polls 10 times in 13 weeks this fall


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:42 pm

Weber State was among three Big Sky teams that went 10-2 overall and 7-1 in league play this season. The others, California Davis and Eastern Washington, also are in the FCS quarterfinals this weekend. UMaine is the lone remaining CAA representative


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:41 pm

There has been a lot of talk about the Colonial Athletic Association being the best FCS conference in the country, but the Big Sky Conference probably begs to differ — at least this season


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:38 pm

The Wildcats have won 19 of their last 22 home games at Stewart Stadium


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:37 pm

Weber State, in the FCS playoffs for the third straight season, has won seven consecutive games


Pete Warner
December 7, 20187:33 pm

A half-hour before kickoff, it’s 32 degrees with only a hint of a breeze at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah.


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