PHILADELPHIA-- Junior quarterback Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week for his six-touchdown performance in UNH's contest at Rhode Island this past weekend.
Granieri was as effective on the ground as he was through the air. As a rusher, he carried the football 18 times for a career-high 130 yards, while scoring three times on runs of 4, 26 and 61 yards, also a career mark. As a passer, he completed 24x37 passes for a career-high 336 yards. Three of his strikes went for touchdowns of 11, 27 and 56 yards. The UNH record for touchdown passes in a game is four.
The six touchdowns he accounted for in the game tied the UNH record of six, also set by UNH's Cy Wentworth vs. Lowell Tech on Nov. 3, 1923. Looking at his total offense in the game, Granieri was responsible for a school-record 466 of UNH's 579 team yards of total offense. That mark surpassed the 460 total yards set by Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.) vs. Delaware in 2001.
Granieri now leads the Atlantic 10 Football Conference in total offense this season with an average of 313.2 yards per contest. He is also second in the conference in passing yardage with an average of 253 yards per game.
Looking at his season statistics, Granieri has completed 88x146 passes for 1,012 yards and nine passing TDs in just four games. As a rusher, he also leads the squad with 45 carries for 241 yards and four TDs. He is averaging 3.25 touchdowns per contest this season when you combine rushing and passing.
Granieri and the Wildcats return to action this weekend when UNH and Dartmouth battle for the coveted Granite Cup at Cowell Stadium in Durham. UNH has won the last five meetings between the two teams but Dartmouth leads the overall series 17-11-3. The game will be aired live on WMUR-TV (Channel 9) and on the UNH Sports Radio Network.