Thursday, December 12, 2013
BY GLENN JORDAN
Portland Press Herald
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GET AWAY: Maine tight end Justin Perillo (80) is pursued by Bryant defensive back Bobby Rutland (18) in the second half Saturday in Orono.
Maine Sunday Telegram photo by Michael C. York
Although disappointed in his team not being able to extend its 16-7 second-quarter lead against Maine, Fine marveled at Cosgrove's ability to keep Maine competitive despite its remote location and limited resources.
"From the rest of America, to do what he's done here, so far removed from where he has to get the majority of his players, it's a remarkable thing," Fine said. "That's from a football coach's perspective. I've been a lot of places and a lot of years. Really, it's viewed that way from our entire profession."
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Saturday's game-changing play came late in the second quarter when wide receiver Damarr Aultman and Wasilewski both recognized a Bryant blitz on first down, after Wasilewski had connected with slot receiver John Ebeling for a 14-yard gain.
"We talked about it, because it happened on the drive before," Wasilewski said. "We expected it again, got it, corrected ourselves and got a big play out of it."
Indeed, Aultman caught the quick slant and ran 51 yards behind good downfield blocking for the touchdown that cut Bryant's lead to 14-12. An Eastman interception less than a minute later set up a 16-yard Wasilewski touchdown pass to Derrick Johnson and the Black Bears never trailed again.
Wasilewski also threw scoring passes to tight end Justin Perillo and wide receiver Jordan Dunn, a red-shirt freshman.
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Television coverage of the Maine-Northwestern game will be limited to the Big Ten Network, which can be found on channel 439 on the Dish Network, 610 on DIRECTV and 470 or 592 (HD) on Time Warner Cable. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST.