Their fierce century-old rivalry has been waged through wind, rain, sleet and snow, through the Yankee Conference years, the Atlantic-10, and now the Colonial Athletic Association.
Annually, the treasured trophy to the victor is a framed 18th century flintlock rifle with a 43-inch barrel— courtesy of Falmouth, Maine native Ebenezer Nutting— the Brice-Cowell Musket paying homage to a pair of early coaching legends.
The 102d meeting in Orono Saturday afternoon at 2, in the second round of the FCS Division 1 playoffs, however, will be like none other.
You see, the 101st edition was waged just two weeks ago, with the host Wildcats locking up their postseason berth with a commanding 24-3 win in Durham while handing then fourth-ranked Maine its first conference loss of the season. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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