DURHAM, N.H. – Erik Mitchell (Atco, N.J.) recorded a team-high eight tackles, including two for losses, one pass breakup and an interception to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to a 24-7 Atlantic 10 victory against Northeastern University on Saturday afternoon.
New Hampshire (3-0, 2-0) jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter and never trailed thereafter. After a Czar Wiley (North Bergen, N.J.) interception on the game’s first play from scrimmage gave UNH the ball at the Northeastern 21, Imion Powell (Berlin, N.J.; 19 carries, 67 yards) scored on a 10-yard run and Shawn MacLean’s (Salem, Mass.) point-after-touchdown gave the home team a 7-0 lead 52 seconds into the game.
New Hampshire extended the lead to 14-0 on a 21-yard pass play from Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.; 10-for-20, 172 yards) to Kane Anderson (Bomeseen, Vt.) with 4:55 remaining in the second quarter. MacLean’s 23-yard field goal at 7:12 of the third quarter gave the Wildcats a 17-0 cushion.
Northeastern (2-1, 0-1) trimmed the deficit to 17-7 on a Kem Nwosu 5-yard touchdown run and Joe Connoly’s PAT with 2:20 to play in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Huskies converted 4th-and-6 from the punt formation to create first down at the UNH 45. New Hampshire regained momentum two plays later on Mitchell’s interception and 16-yard return.
On the Wildcats’ ensuing possession, Day scored on a 9-yard naked bootleg to reestablish a 17-point lead, 24-7, with 8:04 left in the game. New Hampshire tailback Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) rushed for a game-high 97 yards on 23 carries. Kamau Peterson (Windsor, Ontario) had a team-high 79 receiving yards on five catches.
Northeastern quarterback Logan Galli completed 26 of 48 attempts for 239 yards. His top target was Dave Klemic with nine receptions for 117 yards. New Hampshire stifled the visitor’s ground game as the Huskies gained 56 yards on 34 carries.