ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After coming off of a big win over the University of Massachusetts last week, a FBS team, the University of Maine Black Bears found themselves trailing to Division I newcomer Bryant University late in the first half.
A blocked punt that rolled out of the endzone gave Bryant two points for the safety and a, 16-7, lead late in the second quarter. But the Black Bears responded with two quick scores of their own to take back the lead.
With 3:11 left in the opening half, UMaine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski hit a streaking Damarr Aultman for a 51-yard touchdown, cutting the lead down to, 16-14, Bryant.
On Bryant's next possesion, quarterback Mike Westerhaus was intercepted by linebacker Troy Eastman who took the ball down to the Bryant 28-yard line. That led to another Wasilewski touchdown pass, this time to Derrick Johnson. That score gave the black bears a 21-16 lead and they would not look back from there.
Wasilewski matched a career-high Saturday, throwing four touchdown passes on the day en route to a 35-22 victory in the teams home opener. UMaine is now 3-0 on the season, their best start since 2002.
The black bears will travel to Northwestern on Saturday. Kick-off is set for 3:30 P.M.