DURHAM, N.H. - Junior tailback Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) rushed for 248 yards and tied a school record with five rushing touchdowns to propel the University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 45-29 victory over Hampton University at Cowell Stadium.
New Hampshire entered the fourth quarter with a 31-29 lead and Lewis extended the advantage to 38-29 with a six-yard run at 12:05. Lewisí fifth score of the day - a 52-yard run at 3:07 - secured the UNH victory by making the score 45-29. Lewis also had two TD runs from the 1-yard line and another from 13 yards out.
UNH (1-0) opened the scoring on a Shawn MacLean (Salem, Mass.) 30-yard field goal at 11:29 of the first quarter. Hampton (0-1) took a 7-3 lead on an Ataveus Cash (18x36, 157 yds) four-yard run.
Lewis’ first score gave the Wildcats a 10-7 lead at 1:32 of the opening quarter, but Hampton scored 16 consecutive points on a Darian Barnes five-yard scamper, a safety and a Carlton Morant 13-yard run to build a 23-10 lead at 4:59 of the second quarter.
UNH answered just 1:19 later on Lewis’ 13-yard score to cut the deficit to 23-17 at the half. New Hampshire regained the lead, 24-23, at 12:38 of the third quarter when Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.; 19x26, 150; 14 carries, 99 yds) connected with Michael Taylor (Allentown, Pa.) for a 11-yard scoring play and the ‘Cats never trailed again.
Another Lewis score extended UNH’s lead to 31-23 midway through the quarter. Hampton pulled within 31-29 on a three-yard run by Robert Smith (22 carries, 95 yards). The Pirates’ attempt to tie the game on the two-point conversion failed when Cash’s pass sailed over the head of Jachin Chandler.
New Hampshire had a 492-292 advantage in net yards with a 342-142 disparity on the ground.
The Wildcats return to action Sept. 8 against James Madison. Kickoff at Cowell Stadium is noon.