DURHAM, New Hampshire – Kicking woes were a major issue for the 2016 Maine Black Bears football team, and that trend continued into its season-opener against rival New Hampshire Thursday night.
The Black Bears and Wildcats were caught in a shootout late, with Maine scoring what would seemed to be the game-tying touchdown with a Jason Simonovich touchdown from redshirt freshman Chris Ferguson. Freshman kicker Kenny Doak would miss the extra-point attempt however, leaving Maine trailing 24-23. The Wildcat defense would intercept Ferguson two out of the final three drives and hold at that score, taking home the Brice-Cowell Musket for the eighth-straight year.
Overall, Doak went 1-for-3 in field goal attempts on the night, with one kick blocked. He would miss a 31-yard attempt, but convert from 35.
Ferguson showed signs of a big arm in his debut for Maine, throwing the ball 44 times and completing 27 passes. He totaled three scores on the night, alongside 239 yards in the air. New Hampshire’s Trevor Knight went 18-29, with two scores and one interception on 149 yards.
Maine sophomore Josh Mack led both teams in rushing with 103 yards on 29 attempts.
The Black Bears return to action Sept. 9 against Bryant in Orono.