QB/WR Michael Brusko
Sept. 9, 2008
The University of Maine football team (1-1, 0-0 CAA) opens its 2008 home schedule on Saturday night when it plays host to Stony Brook at 6 p.m., in Alfond Stadium. The Black Bears are coming off a 21-17 win at Monmouth last week, while the Seawolves (1-1, 0-0 Big South) are coming off a 30-20 setback to nationally-ranked Elon. Tickets still remain for the contest and can be purchased by calling 581-BEAR or toll-free (800) 756-TEAM.
Prior to the game, Phil and Susan Morse will be honored for their donation for the new state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface in Alfond Stadium, which was installed for the start of this season. The new surface will make its debut on Saturday night. At halftime, the 1965 football team, which won the Yankee Conference title and competed in the Tangerine Bowl, will be honored.
STONY BROOK GAME STORYLINES
**Maine opens its 2008 home schedule on Saturday when the Black Bears play host to Stony Brook at 6 p.m., in Alfond Stadium. The Black Bears dropped a 30-23 decision in double-overtime at Stony Brook last season.
**Before the contest, Phil and Susan Morse will be honored for their donation which provided Alfond Stadium with a new state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface. The new surface will make its debut on Saturday. Also at halftime, the 1965 Tangerine Bowl team will be recognized for their achievements. The squad won the Yankee Conference title that season, while also playing in the program's only bowl game. The 1965 team also captured the program's only Lambert Trophy that season. Several members of the team will be on hand for the event.
**Maine went 3-2 at home last season, including winning the final two contests in the friendly confines of Alfond Stadium. The Black Bears will in search of their third-straight home win. Maine has won 10 of its last 15 games played in Alfond Stadium since 2005, and is 35-18 overall since 1998.
**Maine is 62-49-5 all-time in home openers, including winning the last four. The Black Bears are 10-5 all-time in home openers under Jack Cosgrove. Maine has posted 35 shutout victories in home openers, with the last one coming in 2005 and a 28-0 triumph over William Penn.
**Stony Brook is receiving honorable-mention votes in the Sports Network FCS Top 25 Poll. The Seawolves mark the first of five-straight opponents Maine will face who are currently ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. The list includes Stony Brook (RV/-), Richmond (4/4), James Madison (7/7), Delaware (6/6), and Hofstra (RV/RV). (Sports Network/FCS Coaches Top 25 Polls).
**Sophomore quarterback Adam Farkes enters Saturday's contest completing 16-of-his-last-20 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns.
**Senior tailback Jhamal Fluellen has rushed for over 100 yards in the first-two games of the season.
**Senior defensive end Jovan Belcher has recorded at least one tackle for loss in six-straight games.