- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2002

For one quarter, Howard looked like the better team against powerhouse Maine University yesterday. But for the second straight week, it took just one big play for everything to fall apart for the Bison.
Maine quarterback Jake Eaton threw for 150 yards and Stefan Gomes had 91 yards receiving as the Black Bears (4-0) romped 42-12 before 2,518 spectators at Greene Stadium.
"They're a good team," Howard coach Ray Petty said. "I can't take nothing from them, but we can't give a team like them good field position. They can take advantage of those types of situations. We just have to work on [not] giving up points and committing turnovers."
The Bison's defense looked much improved from last week, when it allowed Hampton 51 points. The Black Bears, ranked No.4 by the Sports Network's Division I-AA poll, took the opening kickoff and quickly marched down to the Howard 18 behind the passing of Eaton and running of James Henry. But Howard's defense stopped Maine's 11-play drive when Mike Mellow's 27-yard field goal attempt was wide right with 10:42 left in the first period.
Later in the first, Howard (1-2, 0-1 MEAC) got its first rushing touchdown of the season on Michael Ajayi's 2-yard run with 2:43 left, giving Howard a 6-0 lead.
In the second quarter, however, the Bison lost their momentum on one big play. On a long pass by senior Donald Clark inside the 10, Howard was nailed for both interference and holding, nullifying a first-and-goal opportunity for the Bison. Clark threw incomplete for Tauric Rice on the next play, giving the visitors possession.
The Black Bears then put together a 14-play, 80-yard drive before Eaton's 1-yard sneak and Mellow's kick put Maine ahead 7-6 at the 6:50 mark of the half.
After a Howard fumble at the Bison 21 was recovered by Brian Mann, the Black Bears used a quick four-play drive ending with Eaton's 5-yard pass to Danny Fusco that increased Maine's lead to 13-6 with 4:07 left.
Howard's special teams' coverage didn't allow its offense to get anything going all afternoon. On 12 of their possessions, the Bison's average starting position was inside their 25, with three of them ending on turnovers.
"Basically, we just didn't execute our plays the way we wanted to," said Clark, who completed eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
The Black Bears continued to pour it on in the second half. Marcus Williams' 2-yard run capped a seven-play, 31-yard drive and put Maine in control, 28-12. For the day, Williams had 10 carries for 68 yards.
For Howard, Kevin Simmonds had five catches for 91 yards while running back Jay Colbert struggled against a strong Maine defense, picking up 48 yards on 11 carries.
The Maine defense recorded five sacks, including four of Clark.
"It's a great win for us," said Maine coach Jack Cosgrove. "[Howard] came out with a lot of pride and gave us all we could handle. We expected them to come ready to play, and we responded well."

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