Maine 27, Rhode Island 21

Warren Smith threw the first three Maine touchdowns, and the

Black Bears held on for a 27-21 win over Rhode Island on

Saturday.

After a 22-yard touchdown pass to Pushaun Brown, a 41-yarder to

Mauri McDonald and a 21-yarder to Derek Session by Smith, Maine

held a 21-0 lead with 9:26 left in the third quarter.

Rhode Island (1-5, 0-3) answered on a 25-yard touchdown pass

from Robert Bensten to Anthony Baskerville to close the gap. Then

late in the third quarter, Bensten threw an interception from his

own 4-yad line to seal Rhode Island’s fate. Maine’s Vinson Givans

ran back the interception 12 yards for a 27-7 lead.

The Rams tacked on two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but it

was too late.

Smith finished with 233 yards and three touchdowns on 18 of 26

passing.

Brown led the Rams with 103 yards on 29 carries.