CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Sophomore quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the recipient of the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award for his heroic efforts in UNH's last-minute, come-from-behind 17-13 victory over UC Davis on Sept. 3. He received the honor Wednesday afternoon at the weekly New England Football Writers' Luncheon held on the campus of Harvard University.
One of 16 candidates on the "Watch List" for "The Sports Network's" Walter Payton Award, Santos helped UNH recover from a 6-3 fourth-quarter deficit by engineering a pair of key touchdown drives, all within the final 3:34 of the game.
The drive that clinched the victory began with just 1:31 remaining in the contest and covered 84 yards as Santos completed 5x6 pass attempts, all during the very short time span of 56 seconds. His key target during that drive was junior All-America wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.), who caught the final three passes, including one for 40 yards, one for 25 yards, and the last was the game-winning 4-yard touchdown reception.
Looking at the performance of Santos in the final two scoring drives for the Wildcats, he completed a combined 9 of 10 pass attempts for 153 yards.
On the evening, Santos completed 32x47 passes for 336 yards and one touchdown, earning him the fifth 300-plus yard passing performance of his young career.
In 2004, Santos broke the UNH record for touchdown passes in a season with 31 and also broke the school record for passing yardage in a season (3,318 yards). As a result of his amazing efforts as a redshirt freshman, he was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and the ECAC Rookie of the Year.
Santos and his teammates have this week off and will return to action on Sept. 17 when the squad travels to Towson. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.