ORONO, Maine (AP) -- Quarterback Mike Brusko rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns while passing for 164 yards and two scores on Saturday to lead Maine to a 35-0 win over Rhode Island.
Brusko, who last week replaced injured starter Adam Farkes, had his most productive game for the Black Bears, averaging 6.1 yards per carry and scoring on runs of 1, 6 and 3 yards.
He completed 11 of 20 passes, with scoring tosses of 20 and 16 yards, as Maine (4-6, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association) won its third consecutive game after six straight losses.
Jhamal Fluellen rushed 20 times for 84 yards to become the eighth player in program history to go over 1,000 yards rushing in a season.
Maine's defense limited Rhode Island's triple option attack to 91 total yards. The Rams (2-8, 1-6) lost four fumbles, two of which led to touchdowns for Maine.
Maine took its first possession of the game 94 yards on 19 plays, culminating in Brusko's 1-yard dive. The Black Bears converted four of five third downs on the drive, which took 8:47.
Brusko's 18-yard touchdown strike to Matt Mulligan gave Maine a 14-0 lead with 5:15 left in the first quarter. The Black Bears took a 21-0 halftime lead on Brusko's 6-yard run with 1:15 to play in the half.
L.T. Brantley and Steve Marrella led the Rams' defense with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.