No. 15 UNH football rallies past Hofstra, 33-27

McCoy caps comeback with 1-yard TD run

John McCoy

DURHAM, N.H.-- A one-yard touchdown dive by John McCoy (Groton, Conn.) with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter lifted the 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon's 33-27 Atlantic 10 victory against Hofstra University at Cowell Stadium.

UNH improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Atlantic 10 while Hofstra fell to 3-4, 1-3.

With UNH trailing 27-25, the Wildcat defense held the Pride to a three-and-out series, and David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.) returned the ensuing punt 33 yards to give New Hampshire 1st-and-10 at the Hofstra 33-yard line.

UNH quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) completed a 19-yard pass to David Ball (Orange, Vt.) to advance the ball to the Hofstra 14. A pair of McCoy runs set up 3rd-and-1 at the HU 5. Hofstra called time out with 1:39 to play, but McCoy's two-yard run gave the 'Cats 1st-and-goal at the HU 3. Another two-yard run set up McCoy's dive over the top for a 31-27 lead. On the ensuing 2-point conversion, Santos ran a delayed draw up the middle to extend the advantage to 33-27.

On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Henry (Creskill, N.J.) tackled Devale Ellis at the Hofstra 9 with 37 seconds to play. After a 21-yard hook-and-ladder play, Pride quarterback Anton Clarkson threw two incompletions downfield. The Pride then attempted a draw play that was stopped by Brent Barbato (Exeter, N.H.) and Aaron Thomas (Lansdale, Pa.) for no gain to end the game.

McCoy finished with 19 carries for 87 yards and five receptions for 81 yards that included a 53-yard TD reception that tied the score 10-10 at 2:44 of the second quarter. Santos went 22-for-38 for 262 yards and three touchdowns. His top target was Ball, who caught six passes for 84 yards.

Hofstra was led offensively by Terry Crenshaw (20 carries, 108 yards) and Charles Sullivan (six catches, 85 yards, one TD). Clarkson went 22 of 44 for 271 yards and two TDs.

UNH took a 3-0 lead at 13:06 of the first quarter on a 33-yard field goal by Connor McCormick (Forty Fort, Pa.). The Pride took the lead, 10-3, on a 41-yard field goal by Chris Onorato and a 19-yard pass play from Clarkson to Ellis.

McCoy's TD reception tied the score at 10, but Hofstra capitalized on two UNH turnovers to score two touchdowns in a 35 second span. Crenshaw's 20-yard run extended the lead to 17-10 at 1:18, then Sullivan's nine-yard TD reception made it 24-10.

McCormick's 29-yard field goal trimmed the deficit to 24-13 at 10:15 of the third quarter and a Santos-to-Bailey 28-yard scoring play made it 24-19 at 4:07. Onataro's second field goal of the game, this time from 45 yards at 12:49 of the fourth quarter, gave the visitors a 27-19 lead.

Santos hit Aaron Brown (Central Square, N.Y.) on a 14-yard scoring play at 5:25 to pull the 'Cats within 27-25. On the ensuing two-point attempt, Santos' pass to Ball in the right corner sailed wide, leaving UNH's deficit at two points.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 30 (12:30 p.m.) at Northeastern University. The next Wildcat home game will be Senior Day on Nov. 13 vs. Towson. Kick off at Cowell Stadium is 12 p.m.

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