DURHAM, N.H.-The University of New Hampshire football schedule has been finalized and the docket should once again provide UNH football fans with some exciting matchups next fall. The announcement was made today by third-year head coach Sean McDonnell.
The season and home-opener features Hampton on Sept. 1, a team that is a regular member of the NCAA Division I-AA top 25. It doesn't get any easier on Sept. 8 when top-ranked James Madison comes to Durham. New to the schedule will be another I-AA powerhouse in Hofstra University (Sept. 15), which will be played in Hempstead, N.Y.
The second annual Granite Bowl will take place at cross state rival Dartmouth on Sept. 22, and the Wildcats will play their third consecutive road contest on Sept. 29 at William & Mary.
Homecoming on Oct. 6 will feature Delaware, one of the top two teams in the nation last season. However, UNH was one of only two teams to defeat the Blue Hens in 2000 after a tremendous come-from-behind upset victory in Newark, Del.
On Oct. 13, the 'Cats will travel to UMass, which features the awarding of the Bill Knight Trophy to the MVP of that game, followed by an Oct. 20 contest at Rhode Island.
Following an open week, UNH returns home for a battle with the other Wildcats, Villanova, a top 25 team that edged the 'Cats at their home turf in 2000.
Two New England Atlantic 10 squads round out the 2001 schedule as UNH travels to Northeastern on Nov. 10 and entertains Maine on Nov. 17.
2001 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 1 HAMPTON
Sept. 8 JAMES MADISON
Sept. 15 at Hofstra
Sept. 22 at Dartmouth
Sept. 29 at William & Mary
Oct. 6 DELAWARE (Homecoming)
Oct. 13 at Massachusetts
Oct. 20 at Rhode Island
Nov. 3 VILLANOVA
Nov. 10 at Northeastern
Nov. 17 MAINE
UNH BLUE/WHITE SPRING GAME SET FOR MAY 5 Also of interest to UNH football fans is the annual Blue/White Spring Football Game, which is set for Saturday, May 5, and starts at 1 p.m. at Cowell Stadium. It will be a great opportunity to see UNH's talented returning players in action.