Friday, December 6, 2013
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When Wasilewski left for good, red-shirt freshman Daniel Collins relieved and promptly completed four of six passes in his collegiate debut.
"To get his first college experience against a Big Ten team and to drive our football team down the field for a touchdown," Cosgrove said, "that's a heck of a start for a kid."
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Against both Northwestern and UMass, the Black Bears fell behind 7-0 after the opening drive from their FBS host.
"Maybe it's a little bit of being in awe for what we're up against," said Cosgrove, who otherwise has been very pleased with his defense. Watching tape of Northwestern's quarterback tandem of Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian carve up Syracuse sent shivers up Cosgrove's spine.
"Knowing what Syracuse has versus what we have, really, it was an intimidating tape to watch," he said. "Our guys just played hard. ... We couldn't tackle the damn quarterback, and that was a big problem. (Colter) got out of two sacks. If we get them, it could be a different ballgame. That's something we can be very, very proud of."
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Maine opens its CAA schedule Saturday against the University of Richmond (2-2) in Virginia, the fourth road game in five weeks. How many healthy players the Black Bears can bring south will factor into their chances.
"We found another gear that was within us," Cosgrove said of facing up to the challenges posed by Northwestern and UMass. "The downside is that we've lot a lot of football players. Depth is a real challenge right now, but that's football. The next guy has to go in."