Maine Black Bears
Carrier Dome (49,262/FieldTurf)
WTKW-FM 99.5 (flagship)
Syracuse and Maine met for the first time in 2009, when the Orange scored a 41-24 win at the Carrier Dome … Syracuse trailed 17-13 at halftime, but reeled off 28 straight points in the second half to win going away … RB Delone Carter ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s meeting, while Maine QB Warren Smith threw for 305 yards and three TDs.
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
5-9, second season
Syracuse plays at home for the first time in 2010 after the Orange opened with back-to-back road games … The Orange scored the first 10 points of their most recent game at Washington, but fell 41-20 in Seattle … Syracuse opened with a 29-3 win at Akron … Syracuse is one of just two schools from automatic-qualifying BCS conferences to open with two straight road games (Colorado had trips to Colorado State and California to start the year) … The Orange were 4-4 at the Carrier Dome last year … Syracuse is averaging 383.5 yards of offense and has allowed an average of 316.5 yards on defense … RB Delone Carter is fourth in the BIG EAST in rushing through two games at 91.0 yards per game … Carter has run for exactly 91 yards in each of the first two games … QB Ryan Nassib has completed 34 of 62 passes (54.8 percent) for 431 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions … WR Van Chew, who entered the year with 10 career receptions, has nine catches for 162 yards and a TD … LB Derrell Smith has a team-high 19 tackles … Syracuse has just one defensive takeaway thus far … RB Prince-Tyson Gulley has averaged 26.7 yards on six kickoff returns, good for fourth in the BIG EAST … Syracuse has outscored its first two opponents by a 27-16 margin in the first half, but has been outscored 28-22 in the second half.
Jack Cosgrove (Maine ’78)
96-99, 18th season
Maine improved to 1-1 with a 31-23 win at Monmouth last Saturday … The Black Bears began the 2010 season with a 3-0 loss to Albany … Maine is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, which has seven teams ranked in the top 25 (and six of the top 12) of this week’s FCS national poll … CAA teams have scored 10 wins against Bowl Subdivision teams in the last five years, including last week’s win by James Madison at Virginia Tech … Maine is receiving votes in this week’s poll … After facing Syracuse, Maine faces four teams (William & Mary, New Hampshire, Delaware, Villanova) ranked in the top 12 in FCS … RB Jared Turcotte has averaged 117 yards with three rushing touchdowns in the first two games … The Black Bears have used two quarterbacks thus far, with QB Warren Smith (22-for-39, 243 yards) getting most of the snaps … WR Derek Session has seven catches for 122 yards … DB Jerron McMillan leads the team with 20 tackles to go with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Maine has not allowed a sack through two games.