The University of Maine on Wednesday announced that the Black Bears football team will travel to Liberty University for a nonconference game on Oct. 19, 2019.
Liberty, which recently announced that it will reclassify and join the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision ranks for the 2019 season, is presently a member of the Big South Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision, the same level at which UMaine competes.
UMaine athletics will receive $300,000 to make the trip to Lynchburg, Virginia.
UMaine and Liberty will meet for the second time in 2019. The Black Bears defeated Liberty 42-20 on Oct. 10, 1992, in Orono.
Liberty will be UMaine’s second FBS opponent in 2019. It previously was announced that the Black Bears will travel to take on Georgia Southern in 2019.
UMaine will receive a $325,000 guarantee for that game, which will be played at Statesboro, Georgia.
Husson’s Smith honored
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — Husson University senior tailback John Smith has been awarded the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award, sponsored by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Smith is the Division II/III Gold Helmet Award winner, while Neil O’Connor of the University of New Hampshire is the Division I (FBS/FCS) recipient.
Smith was recognized earlier this week as the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, Noontime Sports and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III North Offensive Player of the Week and was selected to the D3football.com Team of the Week.
Smith rushed for a career-high and single-game school record 301 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries (7.7 ypc) in the Eagles’ 28-7 victory over Endicott College last Saturday.
He became the first DIII player in 2017 to eclipse the 300-yard mark in a game. He broke loose for scoring runs of 75 and 11 yards, and also had a 10-yard reception, giving him a school-0record 311 all-purpose yards.
Smith, a native of Fayetteville, Georgia, has now rushed for 100 yards or more in 29 career games at Husson, including eight with at least 200 yards.
The Eagles play host to SUNY Maritime at 1 p.m. Saturday in an ECFC league game at the Winkin Complex.