ORONO (NEWS CENTER) - Rickey Stevens (Rochester, N.Y.) rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown to lead the University of Maine football team to a 51-7 win over Georgia State in the Black Bears Senior Day. Maine improves to 4-6 overall and 3-4 in CAA play while Georgia State finishes its only season in the CAA at 1-10.
Maine got on the board first as senior Maurice McDonald (Paterson, N.J.) caught a 17-yard pass from Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) to cap a nine-play, 90-yard drive four minutes into the opening quarter.
(Ottawa, Ontario) converted a 41-yard field goal with just under six minutes remaining to give the Black Bears a 10-0 lead after the first quarter.
Freshman Nigel Jones
(Pleasantville, N.J.) caught a Wasilewski pass a little beyond the line of scrimmage but then raced 76 yards for a score to put Maine up 17-0 with 10:14 left in the second quarter.
(Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) put Maine up 24-0 less than three minutes later when he caught a 69 pass from Wasilewski on the first play from scrimmage in the Black Bears drive midway through the second quarter.
Stevens notched his first collegiate score on an eight-yard rush with 3:06 left in the quarter.
Georgia State got a touchdown back on a 13-yard reception from Ben McLane with 30 seconds left in the half as the Black Bears took a 31-7 lead at intermission.
(Wilmington, Del.) notched a 24-yard touchdown reception from Wasilewski to cap a four-play, 50-yard drive with 11:33 left in the third quarter to put Maine up 38-7.
After a Jamal Clay
(Mahwah, N.J.) interception return 54 yards gave the Black Bears the ball at the Georgia State nine-yardline, Jones rushed it in to put Maine up 45-7.
A pair of Decloux field goals completed the scoring.
Clay notched a pair of interceptions and a game-high 10 tackles to lead the Maine defense. Troy Eastman
(Rahway, N.J.) and Kendall James
(Roselle, N.J.) also had interceptions.
Wasilewski went 11-17 for 262 yards and four scores while also rushing for 77 yards.
Travis Evans had 77 yards on the ground to lead Georgia State.
It was Bill Curry, Georgia State's highly respected head coach who previously coached at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky, final game. He was presented with a Maine stein prior to the contest.
Maine finishes its season on Saturday at Rhode Island.