Orono, Maine--Georgia State fell at Maine, 51-7, in the final game of the 2012 season and the last contest for retiring head coach Bill Curry.
"I haven't really focused on the fact that this is the last hurrah; I'll think about later," said Curry after the game. "Right now, I'm just extremely disappointed that we couldn't end the season with our best effort.
"There's really nothing to say about our performance today other than to congratulate Maine. They played well and we played poorly."
Maine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski threw four touchdown passes, and Rickey Stevens rushed for 179 yards and one score to lead the Black Bears (4-6, 3-4 CAA).
Injuries that have decimated this Georgia State (1-10) team all season were again a factor as the Panthers lost starting left tackle Ulrick John and tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi during the game, and the offense struggled.
Maine jumped to a 10-0 lead with scores on its first two possessions
Wasilewski opened the game with a 46-yard run to the GSU 44, and then found Maurice McDonald for a 17-yard touchdown pass to give the Black Bears the early 7-0 lead. After Georgia State went three-and-out, Sean Decloux added a 41-yard field goal on the Bears next possession for a 10-0 advantage with six minutes left in the first quarter.
The Black Bears added to their lead in the second quarter with a pair of big plays in the passing game. First, Nigel Jones caught a screen pass from Wasilewski and raced 76 yards for a score. Georgia State then moved deep into Maine territory but had to settle for a 48-yard field goal attempt into the wind. After the missed field goal, Wasilewski found Damarrr Aultman behind the secondary for a 69-yard touchdown pass. That put Maine ahead 24-0 with 7:30 left in the first half.
The Black Bears and head coach Jack Cosgrove honored Curry before the game by presenting him with a pair of authentic boots from Maine retailer L.L. Bean.
"I deeply appreciate the personal gesture by Jack Cosgrove and the Maine program," said Curry.
In the locker room after the game, Curry told his Panthers, "I want each of you to know that I love you, and I admire all the effort you have put in. We all know in this room that we are a better football team than we showed at any time this year. The next step is to become a great football team, and I know you will."