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Maine 17, Connecticut 16

October 12, 1996

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Chris Binder hit a 40-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter as the Black Bears held off a charging Connecticut for a 17-16 Yankee Conference win Saturday.

UConn scored with 26 seconds left in the game but missed the extra point that would have tied the game.

The Huskies (3-3) closed to 17-16 on a 10-yard scoring pass from quarterback Shane Stafford to split end John Fitzsimmons on a fourth-down play. The extra-point kick by redshirt freshman Mike Morelli was low and to the right.

The Black Bears (4-3) led 14-3 at the half. Both teams missed field goals early in the second half before Maine went up 17-3 on a 40-yard field goal by Chris Binder with 11:17 left in the fourth quarter. The score was set up by UConn’s second fumbled punt of the day.

Stafford brought the Huskies back with a 14-yard touchdown pass to flanker Dak Newton to make it 17-10 with 9:26 left.

Maine got its first score with 11:50 left in the opening quarter after recovering Newton’s fumbled punt on the UConn 27 yard line. Four plays later, backup tailback Andre Pam swept left end on a 2-yard touchdown run, and the Bears converted the extra point.

Maine made it 14-0 early in the second quarter when quarterback Mickey Fein hit a wide-open John Tennett on a 66-yard pass play. Tennett, a junior wide receiver, was 10 yards behind the nearest UConn defender.

UConn finally got on the board with 3:31 left in the half on a 25-yard field goal by Mike Morelli. An 80-yard UConn drive stalled at the Maine 7 and, facing a fourth and two, the Huskies opted for a field goal.

Maine held UConn to 72 net yards in the opening half and sacked quarterback Shane Stafford three times.

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