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FCS playoffs: Maine out to derail App State

The Sports Network

By Sean Shapiro, FCS Assistant

DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 3rd, 2 p.m. (et).

FACTS & STATS: Site: Kidd Brewer Stadium (23,150) -- Boone, North Carolina. Surface: FieldTurf. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Maine 4-1; Appalachian State 6-0. Away Record: Maine 4-2; Appalachian State 2-3. Series Record: Maine (1-0). Last Meeting: November 30, 2002 (Maine def. Appalachian State, 14-13 at Appalachian State). Conference: Maine - Colonial Athletic Association; Appalachian State - Southern. Nicknames: Maine Black Bears; Appalachian State Mountaineers. Sports Network/Fathead.com Ranking: Maine (13); Appalachian State (9). NCAA Playoff Seedings: Maine (NS); Appalachian State (NS). Head Coaches: Maine - Jack Cosgrove (19th Season, 104-110 at Maine and Overall); Appalachian State - Jerry Moore (23rd Season, 207-82 at Appalachian State, 234-130-2 Overall). All-Time Record: Maine (493-468-38); Appalachian State (556-308-28). Playoff Records: Maine (2-5); Appalachian State (24-15, 3 national championships, 2005-07). Previous FCS Playoff Appearances: Maine 5 (1987, 1989, 2001-02, 2008); Appalachian State 18 (1986-87, 89, 91-92, 94-95, 98-99, 2000-02, 05-10).

GAME NOTES: In 2002, Maine went down to Appalachian State and beat the Mountaineers, something few teams are able to do in Boone, N.C. While coach Jack Cosgrove was part of the 14-13 victory, the win provides little to the current student-athletes, many of which who were in middle school at the time.

However, the Black Bears are a solid road team and have experience flying from Orono. Of Maine's six road games, the team has flown to five and has posted a 4-0 record against FCS teams after boarding a flight. In addition to its expertise in traveling, Maine also could be considered an expert in fourth- quarter execution, winning five games it trailed in the fourth quarter.

On defense, the Black Bears have a pair of stalwarts at safety in Trevor Costen and Jerron McMillan. Perfect compliments to each other, Costen defuses the passing attack and led the CAA with six interceptions, while McMillan is a sure tackler with 83 stops.

Saturday, Costen and McMillan - along with the rest of Maine's defense - will be tested by Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick, widely regarded as the best professional prospect in the FCS. The top target in the Mountaineers' offense, Quick has hauled in 64 passes for 1,055 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Quick isn't the only superb athlete on Appalachian State's roster. Running back Travaris Cadet, quarterback Jamal Jackson and quarterback-turned- defensive back/kick returned DeAndre Presley are all dangerous weapons for coach Jerry Moore.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Appalachian State 27, Maine 21

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