Jack Cosgrove had some choice words for University of Maine quarterback Adam Farkes on the visitors’ sideline during the first half of Saturday’s game at Monmouth.
The Black Bears’ head coach had hoped to motivate his sophomore signal caller, who had struggled with his passing during a lackluster first half.
“Being an old quarterback myself, I really didn’t like the look I had from him early in the football game,” Cosgrove said.
Farkes went 1-for-7 out of the gate and UMaine lacked much offensive flow.
In retrospect, Farkes’ early passing problems hadn’t been all his fault.
“You watch the tape and, dang, we’re not running the routes at the right depth; we’re overlapping on our drag routes,” Cosgrove said.
Farkes didn’t make any excuses. He simply completed 16 of his next 20 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Boston directed two scoring drives, including the game-winning march in the fourth quarter, to spark UMaine to a 21-17 come-from-behind victory over the Hawks.
“To see him hang in there, persevere and then end up making the plays that he did for us in the second half, I really am excited about marching forward with him as our quarterback,” Cosgrove said.
Farkes appears to be a much more confident quarterback this season after experiencing some growing pains in 2007.
Saturday’s performance (17-for-27, 207 yds.) marked the first time in eight starts that Farkes had thrown for more than 200 yards in a single game. It was his second career win and both were achieved in come-from-behind fashion.
Farkes has not thrown an interception in five of his last six games dating back to 2007.
Farkes is happy UMaine overcame its early difficulties, including two missed field goals, but knows the Bears can’t always rely on comebacks.
“We were down, going into the wind and all that,” Farkes said of Saturday’s final 12-play, 80-yard drive, which ended with a tipped-ball touchdown reception by tight end Derek Buttles.
“We were able to respond, which is a good thing, but also we’ve got to take advantage of the other opportunities we have,” Farkes added. “We’ve got to put more points on the board.”
Resilience has been a UMaine trademark thus far, as three of the Bears’ four scoring drives this season have answered a score by their opponent.
Cosgrove hits UMaine milestone
UMaine’s victory Saturday proved one for the record books for Cosgrove.
The win was the 81st of his 15-plus-year career as the Bears’ head coach, making him the program’s all-time leader.
Cosgrove (81-92) surpassed Harold Westerman, whose teams posted an 80-38-7 record from 1951-66, on the wins list.
Tangerine banquet tickets on sale
More than 30 members of UMaine’s 1965 Tangerine Bowl football team will reunite this weekend in Greater Bangor as part of the Black Bears’ 6 p.m. Saturday home opener against Stony Brook in Orono.
The group will play a round of golf Friday morning at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono and later will meet for a 5 p.m. banquet at the Ramada Inn in Bangor. Banquet speakers will include former UMaine coaches Harold Westerman and Walt Abbott, while George Hale will serve as the emcee.
Anyone interested in attending the banquet may do so for $20 by contacting UMaine development officer Pat McBride at 581-1099 or email@example.com. Today is the last day for reservations.
Fluellen goes over 100 again
It was another workmanlike performance Saturday for Bears senior Jhamal Fluellen.
The crafty tailback carried 26 times for 102 yards, his second straight 100-yard effort. Fluellen, who took over as UMaine’s primary ballcarrier to start the 2007 season, has now posted eight career 100-yard games.
Fluellen, who has now eclipsed 2,000 all-purpose yards for his career, needs 256 rushing yards to break into UMaine’s top 10 career rushers.