No. 8 UNH football rolls past Rhode Island, 27-3

UNH Posts Most Road Wins In A Season Ever

John McCoy

KINGSTON, R.I.-- John McCoy (Groton, Conn.) rushed for two first-quarter touchdowns to propel the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon's 27-3 Atlantic 10 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Meade Stadium.

UNH won its third consecutive game to improve to 7-2 overall, 4-2 in Atlantic 10 and 6-0 on the road. URI is now 4-5, 2-4. The 6-0 mark on the road for UNH is the most ever recorded during the regular season by a Wildcat squad, and UNH has one more opportunity to win on the road on Nov. 20 at Maine. The last time UNH held an opponent to three points or less was in 1997 when the Wildcats defeated Boston University by a 38-0 margin.

The Wildcats' defense, which limited the Rams to 264 yards, forced URI to three-and-out on the game's opening possession and UNH's Sean Lynch (Salem, N.H.) blocked the punt to give the 'Cats possession on the URI 33-yard line. Four plays later, a four-yard touchdown run by McCoy gave New Hampshire a 7-0 lead at 12:20.

McCoy, who ran for 77 yards on 22 carries, increased the advantage to 14-0 when he capped a nine-play, 70-yard drive with a three-yard run at 5:29.

The Wildcats led by that 14-point score at halftime and opened the third quarter with a 12-play, 55-yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard field goal by Connor McCormick (Forty Fort, Pa.) at 10:45. URI trimmed the deficit to 17-3 on a 44-yard field goal by Colin Gallagher at 2:22 of the third quarter.

Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), who completed 9 of 15 passes for 170 yards, connected with David Ball (Orange, Vt.) for a 57-yard touchdown pass to increase UNH's lead to 24-3 at 10:00 of the fourth quarter. McCormick kicked a 27-yard field goal with 43 seconds remaining to close the scoring.

Ball caught two passes for 80 yards and David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.) led the Wildcats with three catches (31 yards).Ball is now UNH's all-time leader in single season receiving yardage with 1,193 in 2004. The previous mark was 1138 by David Gamble in 1993.

Senior free safety Aaron Thomas (Lansdale, Pa.) finsihed the afternoon with a team-high nine tackles and junior defensive back Ettienne Boulay (Montreal, Que.) recorded an interception and returned it 26 yards

UNH returns to action Nov. 13 for its final home game of the regular season. Kickoff against Towson University is 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium.

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