Maine knocks Weber State out of the FCS playoffs, 23-18

And although the Wildcats scratched, clawed and growled for the entire night, they came up short in a 23-18 loss to the Maine Black Bears on Friday in the FCS quarterfinals.

Weber State pulled to within two points in the third quarter only for Maine to answer with a 45-yard touchdown and a field late in the fourth.

The Black Bears held Weber State to minus-1 rushing yards and intercepted the Wildcats on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter to seal the game.

“We came out with intensity and violence from the start,” said Maine senior linebacker Sterling Sheffield, who laughed in disbelief when he learned how many rushing yards his team allowed the Wildcats.

He threw a Hail Mary-type pass to Devon Cooley, who caught the ball between two defenders and appeared come down with it.

But it also looked like Black Bears defensive back Jeffrey DeVaughn intercepted the pass, as he stood up holding the ball after Cooley fell to the ground.

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