Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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Bryant at Maine
When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
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Free safety Jamal Clay led a strong defensive effort with six solo tackles and one assisted tackle. Two of his tackles were behind the line of scrimmage. College Sports Madness named him the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week.
The Black Bears held UMass to 64 yards rushing and 201 passing. Linebackers Cabrinni Goncalves (seven tackles), Christophe Mulumba (six), Troy Eastman (four) and cornerback Axel Ofori (five) all had big games. Defensive end Michael Cole had the game's lone sack.
"In the first game against Norfolk State we were a little worried about his conditioning and the return from his (quadriceps) injury," Cosgrove said of Cole. "But we cut him loose (Saturday) and he played a great game."
Given the speed and talent of UMass, Saturday's challenge was more difficult than in the previous week in Virginia.
"We were very excited about our defense," Cosgrove said. "There was a sequence in the second quarter where we had three straight three-and-outs and that really sent a message. It set a tone for the rest of the game."
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The Black Bears open their home schedule Saturday afternoon at 3:30 against Bryant University. Last year in Rhode Island, Maine beat Bryant 51-7.