New Hampshire football defeats UMass, 35-24

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Stephan Lewis ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns Saturday to lead New Hampshire to a 35-24 come-from-behind victory over Massachusetts.

Lewis, who carried 25 times for 258 yards, had scoring runs of 2, 56 and 77 yards as New Hampshire (4-1, 2-2 Atlantic 10) erased a 24-14 UMass lead with 21 unanswered points. Lewis also caught a 49-yard pass for a touchdown with no time left in the first half.

Massachusetts (0-5, 0-3) led 28-24 when New Hampshire's Aaron Thomas intercepted a Matt Guice pass at his own 23. On the next play from scrimmage, Lewis ran 77 yards for the winning score.

UMass led 17-0 before Lewis caught a Hail Mary pass from Mike Granieri to end the first half.

The Minutemen were led by Guice, whose 63 attempts and 403 passing yards were both school records. Guice was intercepted four times.

Guice threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third. His 60-yard pass to Jimmie Howard gave UMass a 14-0 lead with 8:21 left in the second quarter. A 21-yard scoring pass to Neal Brown with 13:07 left in the fourth quarter gave UMass a 24-14 lead.

Lewis was named the recipient of the Bill Knight Trophy as the MVP of the New Hampshire/Massachusetts game for his outstanding efforts. The trophy is named after long-time UNH director of sports information, Bill Knight, who passed away at a young age following a bout with cancer. It was the second consecutive year that Lewis won the honor and the second consecutive victory over UMass for the Wildcats. Lewis's 258 rushing yards were a career-high for him and with that yardage he surpassed the 2000-yard career rushing mark. He now has 2,051.

In addition, redshirt freshman Mike Granieri threw the first two touchdowns passes of his career for the Wildcats.

On the defensive side of the football, freshman defensive back Aaron Thomas had two of four UNH interceptions on the afternoon. Both of his pick-offs stopped key UMass drives in the fourth quarter and set up a pair of Lewis touchdowns.

As a team, UNH has outscored its opponents by an 80-51 margin in the fourth quarter so far this season.

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