SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- The University of New Hampshire football team may have lost its Atlantic 10 matchup on Saturday vs. the University of Rhode Island (55-40) at Meade Stadium, but it was not due to a lack of effort on the part of junior quarterback Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.).
In one of the highest scoring games ever at UNH (95 total points scored and 1,125 total offensive yards by the two teams combined), Granieri tied the school record of six touchdowns at UNH, running for three and passing for three others. The previous mark at UNH was six touchdowns by Cy Wentworth vs. Lowell Tech. back in 1923. Granieri also broke the UNH record for total offense in a game with a combined total for rushing and passing yards of 466. The previous record was held by Ryan Day, who had 460 vs. Delaware on Oct. 6, 2001.
Granieri scored on TD runs of 4, 26 and 61 yards and passed for TDs of 27, 56, and 11 yards. His rushing yardage of 130 yards on 18 carries was a career-high, as was his passing yardage of 336 yards (37-24-1).
UNH's offense was explosive, producing 243 rushing yards and 336 passing yards for a grand total of 579 total net yards on the afternoon.
Jayson Davis rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown to lead the home team. Rhode Island (1-2, 1-1) took the lead for good on a Luther Green 11-yard touchdown run with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter and led by as many as 28 in the third quarter.
New Hampshire (1-3, 0-2) cut the lead to 55-40 with two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.
The Rams, who came into the game with the third-best rushing team in Division I-AA, gained 416 yards on the ground. Davis completed 4-of-6 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Rhode Island's Wendall Williams caught two touchdown passes for 24 and 49 yards. Jason Ham rushed for 112 yards on 22 carries.
UNH got tremendous production from its two true freshman wide receivers. David Ball caught five passes for 88 yards and Aaron Brown pulled down three passes for 79 yards, one a 56-yard connection for a touchdown.
New Hampshire's Jon Williams caught seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.
The Wildcats were led defensively by Chris Robinson, who led all tacklers with 15 and by Aaron Thomas who had 13 tackles and a fumble recovery.