ORONO, Maine -- Pushaun Brown ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns as Maine held off Bryant 28-13 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
The Black Bears have won nine of their past 11 home openers.
Maine took a 28-0 lead into the fourth quarter after Brown's 1-yard touchdown run with 2:18 to play in the third quarter. Brown, who surpassed 100 yards in his final three games last season, also scored on a 1-yard run in the first period.
Bryant rallied in the fourth quarter with touchdown runs of 4 and 11 yards by Jordan Brown, who led the Northeast Conference in rushing last season. He finished with 128 yards rushing, including 82 in the second half.
Bryant outgained Maine in total offense, 322 yards to 290 yards. Bryant quarterback Mike Westerhaus passed for 194 yards but was intercepted twice.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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