Josh Mack and Liberty win Bowl game, avoid huge miscue

Posted by: fafan on Sun Dec 27th, 2020 9:04 pm

Liberty beat the undefeated Coastal Carolina 37-34 in OT as Coastal had a FG blocked securing the Flames victory. Josh Mack had a great game with 14 carries on 105 yds. Unfortunatley for Mack he fumbled on the 1yd line with 40 seconds left sending the game to OT. 

This is the new normal to not score quickly in close games to avoid giving the opponent the ball back with too much time left on the clock. The Flames had the ball on the 2 yd line and handed off to Mack on first down with over a minute left and he promptly took a knee to run time off the clock. On 2nd down he did not take a knee and the defense grabbed him trying to get him to score a TD and a OL pushed him causing a fumble at the goal line. It certainly was a bizarre play and will make coaches think twice about running time off the clock. It worked out for the Flames and ex UMaine RB Mack, although he should have taken a knee. 

Malik Willis QB for the Flames was the MVP and may be playing on Sundays, a Lamar Jackson type player.

Posted by: mainejeff on Mon Dec 28th, 2020 10:14 am

UM is a great farm system for higher level programs.

Posted by: Blind Zebras on Mon Dec 28th, 2020 1:28 pm

The transfer epidemic is a killer for low level D1 schools like Maine. The kids that are highly successful at that level, many want to jump ship at the first opportunity.  Maine doesn`t play on National TV, they don`t have good facilities, the travel for away games sucks etc.

 You gotta love the kids like Manny Patterson & Patrick Ricare who were loyal to the Maine program and still found a professional opportunity. Or the back up right tackle, who sat the bench for 4 years, but stuck it out and earned his degree.

The ones who left, did they get any further ahead in life or in their pursuits for professional opportunities?

Posted by: parquetfloor on Tue Dec 29th, 2020 9:07 pm

It will most likely get worse now that the NCAA is going to grant immediate eligibility to transfers.