New Hampshire football rolls past Central Connecticut, 70-20

DURHAM, N.H. - Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.) passed for three touchdowns and John McCoy (Groton, Conn.) ran for three TDs as the University of New Hampshire football team tied a school record for points in Saturday afternoon's 70-20 victory against Central Connecticut State University in the season opener for both teams at Cowell Stadium.

UNH, which amassed 547 total yards on 235 rushing yards and 312 through the air, scored the initial 28 points of the game and led 42-7 at the half en route to tying the mark of 70 points that was established Sept. 19, 1998 vs. East Stroudsburg (70-10 win).

Granieri, who was pulled at the end of three quarters with UNH leading 56-20, completed 14 of 21 passes for 252 yards. Hassan Noble (Palo Alto, Calif.; 3x4, 38 yds, 1 TD) and Matt Skoby (Concord, N.H.; 2x3, 22 yds, 1 TD) quarterbacked the Wildcats on alternate possessions in the fourth quarter.

Mike Grella (Derry, N.H.) was UNH's leading rusher with 94 yards on 15 carries. Starting running back R.J. Harvey (Albany, N.Y.) finished with 58 yards and scored on two of his 12 rushes. McCoy had 13 carries for 43 yards.

Shaun Diner (Montreal, Quebec) led the Wildcat receiving corps with five receptions for 99 yards and one TD. Sean Lynch (Salem, N.H.) caught a touchdown passes of 16 and 7 yards and finished with 41 yards on three receptions.

CCSU was led on the ground by Cory Harge (9 carries-98 yards), who scored on a 60-yard run, and Chris Stokstad (6-51). Starting quarterback Scott Dolch completed 9 of 22 passes for 126 yards. He threw a 22-yard TD pass to Mike Malone as well as two interceptions. Josh Roth threw an interception on both of his pass attempts.

UNH scored a touchdown on its first three possessions and six of seven in the first half to build a 35-point halftime lead.

New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 6 (1 p.m.) at Division I-A Central Michigan. The next Wildcat home game is Sept. 13 for its Atlantic 10 conference opener against Villanova. Kickoff at Cowell Stadium is 12 p.m.

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