BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The University of Maine football team bounced team bounced back from a three-touchdown deficit to defeat Western Kentucky 31-28 on Saturday night.
The win is the FCS Black Bears’ third over an FBS school.
The Hilltoppers led 21-0 only 5:03 into the first quarter. UMaine scored 14 points in the second quarter and 14 more in the third before adding a field goal in the fourth to take a 31-21 lead.
Western Kentucky scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to get within three points. The Hilltoppers attempted a 48-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the the fourth, but Maine’s Jordan Swann blocked the kick.
“These kids are unbelievable,” Maine head coach Joe Harasymiak said in a news release. “To be down 21-0 like that quick, I think in like four minutes, for an FCS team to just stick with it and to fight back, it’s all about them. They’re just an unbelievable group of kids. Our culture is awesome and there’s no other way to show that than what we did tonight.”
Joe Fitzpatrick gained 82 yards on 21 carries, and Ramon Jefferson ran 12 times for 63 yards. Jefferson also had a 51-yard touchdown catch, while Micah Wright hauled in a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Chris Ferguson (11-for-28, 185 yards).
UMaine’s defense recorded six sacks and held Western Kentucky to 42 yards rushing. The Hilltoppers converted only 3-of-16 third downs.