DURHAM, N.H.-- The No. 1 ranked University of New Hampshire football team was awarded the top seed in the NCAA I-AA football playoffs with a 10-1 record and will be entertaining Patriot League Champion Colgate on Sat., Nov. 26, at Cowell Stadium. Game time is 12 p.m. and the contest will be shown live on ESPN2.
This will mark the second consecutive season that UNH will play in the NCAA I-AA football playoffs after advancing to the quarterfinals in 2004. UNH posted one of its biggest wins in program history in the first round at Georgia Southern with a 27-23 victory, but lost at Montana the next week, 47-17. UNH also made NCAA I-AA appearances at home in 1991, losing to Samford in the first round (29-13), and in 1994, losing again in the first round to Appalachian State, 17-10 OT, in Cowell Stadium. UNH's overall NCAA I-AA Playoff record is 1-3.
The Wildcats, who are the Atlantic 10 Co-Champions and earned the automatic bid after a key 59-47 victory over Maine on Nov. 19, have been ranked No. 1 in four Sports Network I-AA Football Polls, have won six straight games and are scoring an average of 52.3 ppg. at home this season. Colgate, which enters the contest with an 8-3 mark as an automatic bid, has won seven of its last eight contests, the only loss during that stretch coming against Lehigh (50-34). Against like opponents with UNH, Colgate was defeated by Dartmouth in Hanover (26-21) and defeated Massachusetts 17-14 in Hamilton, N.Y. Both were early-season games. UNH defeated the Big Green by a 49-20 margin at Cowell Stadium and topped Massachusetts when they had the No. 1 ranked defense and were ranked No. 7 as a team, 34-28, in Amherst, Mass.
In 2003, Colgate reached the national championship game, where they dropped a 40-0 decision to Delaware.
The Wildcats lead the overall series with the Raiders (3-1). Colgate's lone victory took place in 1986 (27-23) in New Hampshire. UNH last defeated the visitors in 1990 by a 38-22 margin in Durham. UNH also posted a win in 1988 in Hamilton (21-7) and UNH won at Cowell Stadium in 1989 (17-10).
Tickets will go on sale for the first round game on Mon., Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Whittemore Center Arena, by calling 1-866-WILDCAT or by going to www.unhwildcats.com. Prices are $10 for under 18 youth and seniors, $15 for general admission /standing room only, and $20 for reserved seats. UNH students can buy tickets at the Whittemore Center Box Office and on game day for $5 with their student ID.