ORONO (AP) – Ron Whitcomb threw for two touchdowns and Maine did all its scoring in the first half in a 28-0 victory over William Penn on Saturday night.

Last week, Maine dropped a 25-7 decision to Nebraska.

“We went in with the same game plan as last weekend, which was to play Black Hole’ defense,” said junior nose tackle Mike DeViro, who had three tackles and a sack. “They had a good quarterback, but we were able to adapt.”

Whitcomb completed 13 of 20 passes for 177 yards, while backup quarterback Chris Legree completed an 80-yard touchdown pass to Kevin McMahan in the second quarter.

Maine’s offense finished with 388 total yards, while William Penn had 165.

Ryan Waller led Maine’s receiver corps with 92 yards and one touchdown.

“We had some problems offensively in the beginning of the game, and they took away a lot of our run game,” Maine coach Jack Cosgrove said. “We had to make some adjustments in the second quarter to counter some of the things that they were doing.”

Daren Stone twice intercepted William Penn quarterback Kentrell Jones. Maine (1-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) held the Statesmen to 64 yards on the ground.

The Statesmen (0-2, 0-0 Midwest League) were led by specialist A.J. Littlejohn, who had three returns for 99 yards.

The teams open conference play next weekend. The Black Bears host Richmond on Saturday at 6 p.m.


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