VILLANOVA, Pa. – After trailing 21-0 at halftime, the University of Maine football team fell to No. 12/15 Villanova by a score of 31-0 on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium. The Black Bears are now 1-3 on the season and 0-3 against the CAA.
The Black Bears stifled Villanova’s passing attack, allowing just 61 yards on 3 completions on eight attempts. Jason Matovuadded an interception, and the Black Hole defense sacked the Wildcat quarterbacks five total times on the day. The nationally-ranked Wildcats were limited to just one conversion on nine third down attempts.
Despite the score, Maine equaled Villanova’s offense in terms of yardage, with both teams finishing the game with an even 219 yards of offense.
Jaleel Reed had a productive game with six catches and 85 yards receiving to lead Maine. Jaquan Blair and Josh Mack added four catches. Micah Wright finished with three receptions for 39 yards in his first game of the season.
Jaron Grayer led the Black Bears with 11 total tackles. The redshirt-freshman has now totaled 10-plus tackles twice in four career games. Taji Lowe recorded eight total tackles, while Kayon Whittaker and Alejandro Oregon each recorded two sacks.
Josh Mack was held to just 22 rushing yards on 18 attempts. Mack was averaging 167.3 yards per game entering today, leading all of FCS.
Chris Ferguson and Max Staver both spent time under center for Maine, with Ferguson throwing for 138 yards on 15-24 passing and three interceptions, while Staver completed eight of his 17 passes thrown for 73 yards and a pick.
Following a Maine punt on the opening drive, Villanova’s Todd Summers caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jack Schetelich to take a 7-0 lead. The two teams traded punts as the Wildcats led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Maine drove 41 yards on eight plays in its second drive of the second quarter, looking to tie the contest, but momentum swung in Villanova’s favor after a Black Bear fumble was returned 99-yards by Jaquan Amos to lengthen Villanova’s lead to 14-0.
The Wildcats jumped to a 21-0 with 6:55 left in the second quarter as Taurus Phillips ran in a touchdown from 11 yards out.
Following halftime, Villanova found the end zone on its first drive of the half when Schetelich ran in a 12-yard touchdown with 8:46left in the third quarter.
Maine drove the ball 54 yards on its first drive in the fourth quarter, but the drive stalled when a Wildcat defender recovered a fumble. Villanova’s Drew Kresge kicked a 46-yard field goal to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 31-0 to cap the scoring with nine minutes left.
Maine returns home Saturday for homecoming weekend against the University of Rhode Island. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.atHarold Alfond Sports Stadium.