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First I-A game for Maine since '91

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Ron Whitcomb threw a 17-yard touchdown
pass to Kevin McMahan with 2:55 left, and Division I-AA Maine
stopped Mississippi State twice in the final minutes to beat the
Bulldogs 9-7 on Saturday night.

Maine (2-1), playing a Division I-A opponent for the first time
since 1991, handed Mississippi State its second loss in three games
under new coach Sylvester Croom.

A play before the winning touchdown pass, Whitcomb completed a
25-yard pass across the middle to Ryan Walker on third-and-15.

Mississippi State, which committed three turnovers deep in Maine
territory, blocked the extra point attempt, but the Bulldogs failed
to reach field-goal range on their two last drives.

Whitcomb threw for 124 yards and the lone touchdown, and Marcus
Williams ran for 58 yards on 17 carries for the Black Bears.

Mississippi State's Omarr Connor passed for 250 yards, including
a 19-yard first-quarter scoring pass to Eric Butler. Fred Reid ran
for 72 yards on 18 carries for the Bulldogs, and Will Prosser had
four catches for 117 yards.

Maine is ranked 15th in NCAA Division I-AA, and the Black Bears
were Mississippi State's first I-AA opponent since the Bulldogs
beat Jacksonville State two years ago.

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