DURHAM, N.H. - Butter Pressey scored three touchdowns and compiled 134 total yards to lead the University of Delaware to Saturday afternoon’s 49-36 Atlantic 10 victory against the University of New Hampshire at Cowell Stadium.
With Delaware (2-3 overall, 2-2 Atlantic 10) leading 36-29 and facing 3rd-and-9 at the UNH 29 with 2:48 to play, Fightin’ Blue Hen quarterback Sam Postlethwait completed a 27-yard pass to Jamin Elliott to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Antawn Jenkins (16 carries, 54 yards) scored his second touchdown of the day to give the visitors a 43-29 lead.
On the ensuing UNH possession, Mike Adams intercepted a pass attempt by Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.) at the Delaware 44-yard line. He lateralled the ball to Ricardo Walker, who ran down the right sideline for a touchdown and a 49-29 lead with 1:19 to play.
UNH (3-2, 1-2) closed within 49-36 on a four-yard run by Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.; 18 carries, 54 yards; 13 receptions, 117 yards) with 51 seconds on the clock. The onsides kick attempt by Shawn MacLean (Salem, Mass.) bounced out-of-bounds to give possession to Delaware and secure the outcome.
Delaware, which gained 480 yards of offense and 164 return yards, never trailed in the game after taking a 7-0 lead on a 30-yard pass play from Postlethwait to Pressey (53 rushing yards, 81 receiving) at 6:16 of the first quarter. Postlethwait was 8-for-13 with 253 passing yards and three touchdowns.
UNH, which amassed 567 yards from the line of scrimmage, closed within 7-3 on the first of three MacLean field goals. He connected on attempts from 22, 38 and 28.
An 83-yard scoring play from Postlethwait to Brett Veach gave UD a 14-3 lead. Following another UNH field goal, Presseyís two-yard touchdown run gave the visitors a 21-6 lead at 7:41.
Day, who rushed for a game-high 107 yards and completed 36 of 52 passes for 373 yards, scored on a 13-yard scamper at 5:28. Jenkins found paydirt from 16 yards for a 28-13 advantage and UNH closed within 28-16 before halftime.
Day scored from 20 yards out at 13:16 of the third quarter to trim the deficit to 28-13, but a Postlethwait-to-Pressey 51-yard strike and Veach run on the 2-point conversion extended Delawareís lead to 36-23.
R.J. Lindquist (Linwood, N.J.) pulled UNH within 36-29 on a four-yard run at 7:10 of the fourth quarter, but UD answered with the touchdown drive that was capped by Jenkins.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 13 at the University of Massachusetts. Game time is 1 p.m. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 3 against Villanova. Kickoff at Cowell Stadium is noon.