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New England Roundup

Maine’s gallant effort comes up short

Black Bears get 7 sacks, but Pittsburgh survives

Maine quarterback Warren Smith, who threw three touchdown passes, gives Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald the slip in the second quarter. Maine quarterback Warren Smith, who threw three touchdown passes, gives Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald the slip in the second quarter. (Don Wright/Associated Press)
From Staff And Wire Reports / September 11, 2011

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Maine watched enough tape of Pitt’s win over Buffalo a week ago to believe quarterback Warren Smith could throw on the Panthers if he was given time.

After a rocky start, Smith got it in bunches and gave Pitt a scare, throwing for 334 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-29 loss yesterday in Pittsburgh as the Black Bears kept it interesting to the end.

“We figured out some things we could do and I thought our quarterback kept his poise,’’ said Maine coach Jack Cosgrove. “If you can be successful against a team like Pittsburgh, a Big East team, with throwing and catching the football, there is room for optimism.’’

And nearly room for a stunning upset as Maine of the Championship Subdivision held its own and then some. The Black Bears (1-1) recorded seven sacks, picked off Pitt’s Tino Sunseri twice, and refused to go away after falling behind by 20 with 8:39 to play.

Maine responded with a pair of late touchdowns and came within an onside kick recovery of having a Hail Mary shot at the win.

Wide receiver Derek Buttles added 148 yards and a touchdown for the Black Bears, who nearly matched Pitt (2-0) in total yardage (381-371), not bad considering they didn’t register a first down until early in the second quarter.

Vanderbilt 24, UConn 21 - Carey Spear kicked a 31-yard field goal with 2:56 left, and the Commodores rallied to beat the Huskies in Nashville, earning their first winning streak since 2008.

Tim Fugger had two of Vanderbilt’s five sacks, and the Commodores forced four turnovers. Casey Hayward picked off a Johnny McEntee pass and returned it 50 yards for a score that tied it at 21 with 6:45 left.

UConn (1-1) lost even though the defense sacked Larry Smith seven times and forced two turnovers. Linebacker Sio Moore had 3 1/2 sacks and forced a fumble that Yawin Smallwood picked up and returned 64 yards for a touchdown that put UConn up, 21-14, with 10:34 left.

UNH 48, Lehigh 41 - Joey Orlando caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Decker in overtime to lift the Wildcats to a nonconference victory in Bethlehem, Pa.

It was Orlando’s second touchdown catch of the game, as he went over 1,000 all-purpose yards for his career. Needing 11 coming in, Orlando gained 166 yards on 10 catches and 54 more on two punt returns, including a 56-yarder for a touchdown. The son of former NFL safety Bo Orlando, he tied career highs with 10 catches and two receiving TDs - both set against the Mountain Hawks last season.

The Wildcats (1-1), who beat Lehigh (1-1) for the 10th straight time, led, 38-20, after Decker’s 12-yard TD pass to R.J. Harris early in the third quarter.

Bryant 27, AIC 16 - Mike Westerhaus rallied the Bulldogs (1-1) with two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Yellow Jackets for the third time in the last four meetings.

Westerhaus threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Matt Tracey and a 2-yarder to Jordan Brown in the final four minutes to complete the comeback.

James Madison 14, Central Conn. 9 - Dae’Quan Scott had 138 yards on 20 carries and his 8-yard TD run in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the host Dukes (1-1) over the Blue Devils (1-1).

W.Va. Wesleyan 28, Bentley 23 - Adam Neugebauer (36 of 50, 340 yards) passed for four TDs as the Bobcats held off the Falcons in a nonconference game in Waltham. Bentley’s Bryant Johnson had three scoring passes.

Edinboro 49, Merrimack 19 - Cody Harris was 21 of 28 for 330 yards and four touchdowns and added another score on the ground as the Fighting Scots (2-0) routed the visiting Warriors (1-1).

Assumption 28, Seton Hill 21 - Uly Gibson scored on a 12-yard run in overtime as the Greyhounds (1-1) rebounded from a 21-7 deficit to beat the Griffins in Greensburg, Pa.

New Haven 50, St. Augustine’s 14 - Ryan Osiecki passed for a pair of scores and rushed for two more as the host Chargers (2-0) racked up 443 yards of total offense in routing the Falcons.

Pace 23, Stonehill 20 - Ali Mourtada’s 27-yard field goal in overtime lifted the host Setters past the Skyhawks, who tied the game with 1:41 left in the fourth on a 1-yard plunge by Logan Meyer.

Southern Conn. 27, West Liberty 19 - Steven Teague had two interceptions, one returned for a TD, and the visiting Owls (1-1) forced eight turnovers in a come-from-behind win over the Hilltoppers.

Mass. Maritime 19, Western N.E. 14 - Matt White rushed for a pair of scores and Stefan Gustafson returned a punt 54 yards for the winning touchdown as the Buccaneers opened with a nonconference win over the visiting Golden Bears.

Plymouth St. 19, Mount Ida 13 - Andrew Foglia broke off a 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, defensive end Nicolas Keene had 13 solo tackles and a sack, and the visiting Panthers held off the Mustangs.

Montclair St. 18, Salve Regina 7 - Chris D’Andrea rushed for 239 yards and two touchdowns to help the Red Hawks, ranked 11th in Division 3, beat the visiting Seahawks, who had a 73-yard interception return for a TD by Maxwell Shubert.

Endicott 45, Westfield St. 24 - Mike Lane rushed for 217 yards and a TD on 38 carries and Phil Konopka completed 21 of 36 passes for 255 yards and two scores to power the defending NEFC champion Gulls (2-0) past the host Owls.

Bridgewater St. 27, UMass-Dartmouth 0 - Kevin Laudano returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown and the host Bears limited the Corsairs (1-1) to 91 total yards in a season-opening win.

MIT 35, Becker 13 - Freshman Justin Wallace rushed for 171 yards and one score and the host Engineers cruised past the Hawks in their opener.

Maine Maritime 42, Anna Maria 13 - The Mariners compiled 510 rushing yards in Castine, Maine.

St. Lawrence 29, Norwich 14 - Ethan Sutton had 10 catches for 115 yards and three touchdowns and the visiting Saints dominated the Cadets.

Merchant Marine 35, Coast Guard 28 - Chase Dunn (three receptions for 179 yards) caught his third TD pass of the game with eight seconds left, helping the host Mariners (1-1) beat the Bears (0-1) and recapture the Secretaries Cup.

Springfield 48, Frostburg St. 24 - Josh Carter ran for three touchdowns and passed for two in leading the host Pride.