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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby WFVX » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:13 am

Ferguson, offense ready for James Madison

ORONO - A lot has been made of Maine football's defense ahead of Saturday's matchup with No. 1 James Madison. But, the game will also feature the top two offenses in the CAA.

Redshirt freshman Chris Ferguson has been great for the Black Bears this season as he has helped spearhead Maine's success on offense early in games this season.

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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby WGME » Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:17 am

U. Maine ready for James Madison
(Orono) The U. Maine Football team will head to Harrisonburg, Virginia Saturday to battle #1 James Madison.
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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby WABI » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:32 am

Maine Football is Ready to Rumble With #1 Ranked James Madison

Maine at #1 JMU Saturday 1:30 PM.

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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby BDN » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:26 am

UMaine offensive guard a dedicated follower of fashion

ORONO, Maine — At 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, when University of Maine football player Isaiah Brooks walks into a classroom, he already stands out.

The offensive lineman is even more noticeable on Tuesdays when he is decked out in stylish suits and wearing one of his 80 ties.

He calls it “Tie Tuesday.”

“In college, you usually see people wearing sweatpants everyday … dressed down casually. I wanted to be different,” said Brooks, who is of Jamaican heritage and used to sing in the church choir.

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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby PPH » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:35 am

UMaine’s Mack maturing into top offensive force at running back
Josh Mack leads the nation in rushing yards per game and will need to be a factor in Saturday's game against top-ranked James Madison.

...“Off the field, he’s become a more mature kid,” said Coen. “And that’s carried over to how he approaches the game, in terms of watching film with Coach (Justin) Flores, talking with the offensive line about plays, critiquing himself – which he did after the New Hampshire game. He came in and he was really hard on himself about some of his paths and his footwork and runs.

“I think, with Josh, it’s never been about talent, it’s always been about maturity and how he approaches the game and how he approaches the work week.”

At 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, Mack combines size and speed for an inside-outside package. He led the team in rushing as a freshman with 712 yards (5.1 per carry) and six touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

But he struggled personally at times. He was suspended for one game because he arrived late to practice, and he was suspended for the annual Blue-White spring game. “I’m not going to say I was mad at being suspended,” said Mack. “It was my fault.”

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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby PPH » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:37 am

UMaine-James Madison at a glance
The Black Bears face a huge challenge against the defending FCS national champions.

...KEY STAT: 15 – consecutive wins for James Madison, which owns the nation’s longest winning streak.

OUTLOOK: This is a monumental task for the Black Bears, to go on the road and beat the No. 1 team in FCS. But Maine has had two weeks to prepare and actually matches up well with the Dukes in terms of playing an aggressive, physical style. The key will be whether Maine’s veteran offensive line can play as well as it has in the first two games, in which it has allowed just one sack. If the Black Bears protect Ferguson and get some production from Mack, they’ll be in this game. Maine’s young defensive front will be tested by JMU’s big offensive line and a balanced, deep offense. The Black Bears are going to have to play a nearly flawless game on both sides. Special teams could be a factor: Maine’s Earnest Edwards leads the CAA with 29.5 yards per kickoff return.

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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby Blackbear27 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:07 pm

WFVX wrote:Ferguson, offense ready for James Madison

ORONO - A lot has been made of Maine football's defense ahead of Saturday's matchup with No. 1 James Madison. But, the game will also feature the top two offenses in the CAA.

Redshirt freshman Chris Ferguson has been great for the Black Bears this season as he has helped spearhead Maine's success on offense early in games this season.

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Maybe you have not watched the same games I have Ferguson has choked in both big games now. Hit the bench Fergy.
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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby UMaineDad » Sun Sep 24, 2017 12:26 am

I think it's pretty obvious that Ferguson is not ready to lead this team. Too many fundamental issues. His arm is proven to be weak, he lacks accuracy, and throws with a side-arm. I say sit him and change the playbook. I also seriously question the lack of experience of Liem Cohen. His play calling has been one-dimensional and playing not to loose instead of playing to win! He also choked in the big games. Totally disappointing play calling today! He's gottta expand his playbook and run more flamboyant plays such as read options, wild cats, etc. Hopefully this will change asap!!!
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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby UMaine » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:42 am

Maine Football‏ @BlackBearsFB
Highlights: Maine at No. 1/1 James Madison #BlackBearNation #CAAFB #INorOUT
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Re: UMaine Football 2017::

Postby UMaine » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:46 am

Football falls at No. 1/1 James Madison

Harrisonburg, Va. -- The University of Maine football team led No. 1/1 James Madison 14-10 early in the third quarter. However, three unanswered second half touchdowns by the Dukes allowed them to take the lead and ultimately capture the victory, 28-10, on Saturday afternoon in front of 25,330 fans at Bridgeforth Stadium.

Josh Mack led the way for the Maine offense, rushing for 144-yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. The total marked the third-straight game in which Mack has rushed for 100-yards or more, and the sixth time he has gone over the century mark on the ground.

Defensively, the Black Bears were impressive despite facing a James Madison offense which ranked at the top of the Colonial Athletic Association in several categories. Maine was able to hold the Dukes, who entered averaging 53.7 points per game, to its lowest point total of the season. The Black Hole also limited James Madison, which entered action averaging 334.7 yards on the ground, to 191 rush yards.

Sterling Sheffield was the highlight on defense, finishing with eight tackles and 2.5 sacks. Sheffield has now notched a tackle for loss in six-straight games, recording his eighth and ninth career sacks to go along with his third interception. Taji Lowe added a career-high 10 stops

Maine and James Madison engaged in a defensive battle over the opening 15-minutes of action. Sheffield pulled down his third career interception in the first quarter as Maine and James Madison ended the first frame scoreless. The Black Hole defense was able to keep the Dukes off the board, making it the first time since Dec. 5, 2015 that JMU was unable to score in the opening quarter.

However, the Dukes were able to break the scoreless tie when Bryan Schor led an 11 play, 89-yard drive, ending when he found Jonathan Kloosterman in the back of the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown. The first score of the game coming with 8:28 left in the second quarter.

After forcing a JMU three-and-out, Maine's offense took over on its own 44 with 3:37 to play in the half. Faced with a third and three, Ferguson scrambled out and found Mack for a 15-yard gain. The Black Bears continued to move, reaching the JMU 23 before Brandon Briggs came on and knocked through a 40-yard field goal. For Briggs, it was his first career field goal, and Maine's longest hit since Sean Decloux's 42-yard make on Nov. 14, 2015 against Elon.

The Black Bears were able to hold the CAA's top scoring offense (53.7 points per game) to just seven in the first half and entered the locker room trailing, 7-3.

Maine's offense came out of the break hot, beginning with a great diving catch by Jaquan Blair for an 11-yard gain. After a review, the catch was confirmed, giving Maine first down at its own 40. Just two plays later, Mack smashed through the line and was off to the races, tying a career-long scoring run with a 60-yard touchdown. The score gave Maine its first lead of the game, 10-7, just 1:48 into the third quarter.

The Dukes answered two drives later when Schor hit David Eldridge for a 22-yard score. The touchdown put JMU back on top, 14-10, with 9:12 left in the third.

After a pass interference call put the Dukes at the Maine four yard-line, the Black Hole came up with another big time play. JMU's Tray Sharp fumbled the ball just before the goal line and Deshawn Stevens was able to punce on the loose ball, giving it back to the Black Bears at their own one.

The Dukes took advantage of a Maine turnover, turning an interception into a score with 12:07 to play. Schor completed his third touchdown pass of the day, this time finding Taylor Woods for nine-yards, giving JMU a 21-10 lead.

The lead stretched to 28-10 when Schor found Ezrah Archie for the fourth touchdown pass of the day for the Dukes, this one coming with 6:29 on the clock in the fourth quarter.

The score would hold, pushing James Madison's win streak to 16.

Maine will have another bye week before jumping back into CAA action on Oct. 7 when it travels to take on Villanova.

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