The University of Maine Black Bears fell to the James Madison Dukes by a score of 31-20 on Saturday afternoon for the opener at Alfond Stadium.
JMU running back Khalid Abdullah rushed for 172 yards including two scores to help lead the Dukes to the win. Maine quarterback Dan Collins passed for 238 yards and had three interceptions in the contest.
The scoring started with a JMU touchdown as the Dukes went down the field and capped the drive with a three yard run from Abdullah to make the score 7-0. The Black Bears would later respond with a six play 80 yard drive with a score from Earnes Edwards to make the contest a one point lead in favor of JMU after a failed two-point conversion.