FOOTBALL MEDIA NOTES (JAMES MADISON 10/14)
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THIS WEEK'S GAME : David Ball has put the Jerry Rice TD record behind him, the Wildcats are 5-0, 2-0 and are coming off a huge win over then No. 7 Richmond (27-17), and even with those accomplishments under its belt, it does not get any easier with a high-powered James Madison squad coming to Durham. Ranked 13th this week, the Dukes are fresh off an Atlantic 10 victory over Rhode Island (35-23) and the only loss of the season for JMU was on the road at then-No. 1 ranked Appalachian State. The Dukes have always had tremendous team speed under eighth-year head coach Mickey Matthews, who was hired the same year as UNH head coach Sean McDonnell, Both have built highly-successful programs. UNH has been in the I-AA Quarterfinals the past two years and the Dukes won the I-AA national title in 2004. JMU's offense is rolling, averaging 397.8 yards per game and the defense has not allowed more than 23 points this season and 261.4 yards per game. UNH's offense is also explosive, scoring over 50 points three times this season and over 60 once, while averaging 445.4 yards per contest. The defense, has held opponents under 17 points in four of UNH's five games. This game means a great deal to both teams in terms of remaining at the top of the Atlantic 10 standings and could have playoff implications for both teams.

RICKY SANTOS AND DAVID BALL REMAIN ONTHE "SPORTS NETWORK'S" PAYTON WATCH LIST: Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) were both named to "The Sports Network's" Walter Payton Award Watch List in recognition of their outstanding efforts last year, and for what the pair is expected to accomplish in 2006. Both Santos and Ball have been recognized as preseason All-Americans by several media outlets, including: "The Sports Network", "Street & Smith's, "Lindy's" and "I-AA. org". In last year's voting for the Walter Payton Award, Santos finished second in the voting, just five points behind first place, while Ball finished seventh overall in the voting.  Santos has completed 98 of 133 passes for 1,074 yards and has passed for 14 touchdowns, while running for a team-high five. Ball has caught 39 passes for 453yds and six TDs this season.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES VS JAMES MADISON: This will mark the 11th meeting between these two Atlantic 10 foes and the series between the two schools stands deadlocked at 5-5. The series began back in 1982 and JMU won that initial meeting by a 28-6 margin. It has been a back-and-forth series with no team winning more than two games in a row, which UNH accomplished in 1999 and 2000 with respective victories of 35-28 and 24-13. The last time these two teams met was back in 2003 at Cowell Stadium and JMU posted a hard-fought 20-17 victory. The last win for the Wildcats over JMU was back in 2002 and UNH won that one by a 20-14 margin in a series that has featured four straight close games.

WIDE RECEIVER DAVID BALL IS CHASING HISTORY AND NFL LEGEND JERRY RICE:  Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.), a two-time first-team All-American,  has been in the media spotlight over the summer, making appearances in"Sports Illustrated",  "The New York Times", "USA Today",  "ESPN The Magazine and he has even been on Sirius NFL Radio live with Jerry Rice.  Why? He  has broken and is chasing some of the records that NFL legend Rice set during his I-AA football days at Mississippi Valley State, numbers that many said could never be broken. Here's a look at what Ball has accomplished and what he needs to break some major NCAA I-AA receiving all-time records.

Touchdown Catches: Ball made the record-breaking TD reception in the third quarter of the Richmond game, a 1-yard pass from junior quarterback Ricky Santos that gave UNH a 14-13 advantage and the lead for good in the 27-17 win.
1. David Ball, New Hampshire (51)
2. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (50)

Receiving Yards: Ball now needs 699 receiving yards to tie the mark of 4,693 set by Jerry Rice. He also needs just six more receiving yards to reach the 4,000 yard receiving yardage mark.

1. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (4,693)
David Ball, New Hampshire (3, 994)

Games With At Least One TD Catch: Ball checks in with 25 career contests where he has caught at least one TD catch.  He needs just one more to tie Jerry Rice's NCAA record of 26.
1. Eric Kimble, Eastern Washington (29)
2. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (26)
    David Ball, New Hampshire (25)

100-Yard Receiving Performances:
1. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (23)
    David Ball, New Hampshire (19)

COACH MAC NEEDS JUST ONE MORE WIN FOR HIS 50TH AS A HEAD COACH AT UNH: Eighth-year head coach Sean McDonnell owns a 49-37 record as the head coach at the University of New Hampshire and needs just one more win to reach 50 victories as a head coach at UNH. He returns as the reigning Eddie Robinson Coach of  the Year as selected by "The Sports Network".  Over the past three seasons, McDonnell and his team have posted an impressive overall mark of 26-5 and the team is 15-3 vs.  Atlantic 10 opponents. McDonnell was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2004 and was named District I Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) after leading UNH to its best season ever in the history of the program. The Wildcats also finished first in the North Division of the Atlantic 10 Football Conference and won their first-ever NCAA I-AA tournament game with a victory at Georgia Southern. McDonnell has led his squad to the NCAA I-AA Quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons.

RICKY SANTOS BECOMES UNH'S ALL-TIME COMPLETION LEADER: Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) is set to break UNH's all-time career mark for pass completions. He now has 671 completions and passed the mark set by Ryan Day (653) in the Wildcat victory over Richmond.

JOHN CLEMENTS NAMED ATLANTIC 10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND A I-AA.ORG ALL-STAR AFTER MAKING TWO INTERCEPTIONS AND 11 TACKLES IN VICTORY OVER RICHMOND: Sophomore defensive back John Clements (Hammonton, N.J.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week and a I-AA.org All-Star for his outstanding efforts in UNH’s huge 27-17 victory over No. 7 ranked Richmond on Oct. 7 at Cowell Stadium. Clements registered 11 tackles and two interceptions in the Wildcat win and nine of his tackles were unassisted. He also recorded his first career sack. He presently leads UNH in solo stops with 26 and in pass breakups with four on the season.

UNH DEFENSE RECORDS FOUR TURNOVERS IN WIN OVER RICHMOND, MUJI KARIM SCORES ON FUMBLE RETURN:  The UNH defense continues to make the big plays and in the victory vs. Richmond, John Clements notched two interceptions, one key to ending the Spider chance for a comeback. The other huge play was a fumble recovery and a 60 yard return for a touchdown by senior lineback Muji Karim. Karim gave UNH a 20-14 lead it would never relinquish.

PLACEKICKER TOM MANNING WAS BIG FOR 'CATS IN VICTORIES OVER DELAWARE AND RICHMOND: Redshirt freshman kicker Tom Manning (Rome, N.Y.) has been getting high praise recently from head coach Sean McDonnell as Manning has made some big field goals for the 'Cats in victories over Delaware (52-49) and Richmond (27-17). His first field goal of the season was a 41-yarder against the Blue Hens that ultimately was the difference in the game. Against Richmond he connected on a 35-yarder and then a season-best 48-yarder, both made early in the game to keep UNH close.  He is 3-4 on the season after missing one vs. the Spiders.

RICKY SANTOS NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY THE SPORTS NETWORK AND ATLANTIC 10 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR EFFORTS IN WIN AT NO. 17 DELAWARE:  Junior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week, a I-AA.org All-Star and The Sports Network National offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding efforts in UNH’s thrilling 52-49 victory at Delaware on Sept. 30. Santos completed 21-of-30 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and added a game-high 110 rushing yards and two scores. He had touchdown passes of 28 yards to freshman RB Chad Kackert, 11 yards to senior wideout Aaron Brown and 13 yards to junior RB Chris Ward and had scoring runs of one and nine yards. It marked his fourth career 100-yard rushing performance and the junior has not thrown an interception in 102 pass attempts this season. He also became the program’s all-time passing yardage leader with 8,008 in 30 games, surpassing the previous mark of 7,742, held by Bob Jean (1985-88).  It was his second A-10 Offensive Player of the Week citation of the season and ninth of his career.

WIDE RECEIVER DAVID BALL IN THE RUNNING FOR USA TODAY NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior wide receiver David Ball (Orange, Vt.) was selected one of five candidates for USA Today National Player of the Week. In addition to Ball, who broke Jerry Rice's all-time I-AA TD reception mark with his 51st career TD reception was up against the likes of Gaines Adams of Clemson, DeSean Jackson of Cal, Darren McFadden of Arkansas and Aaron Ross of Texas. This is the second time Ball has been up for the honor this season.

FRESHMAN RUNNING BACK CHAD KACKERT IS EMERGING AS ANOTHER BIG OFFENSIVE THREAT FOR THE WILDCATS: As if Ricky Santos and David Ball are not enough firepower, now opponents need to keep an eye on a very speedy, yet powerful little running back in 5-8, 190-pound Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.). To put it simply he is fun to watch, cuts well and has some explosive speed. He quietly has taken over the lead as the Wildcats' top rusher with 45 carries for 234 yds and a TD, although junior  Chris Ward is not far behind. Kackert scored his first career TD for UNH in the Stony Brook game. He scored the first TD of the contest at 12:44 of the first quarter on a 5 yd run to give the Wildcats a 7-0 advantage..

ROAD WARRIORS ONCE AGAIN: One of the trademark traits of a successful team is to be able to win on the road and the Wildcats have done just that winning three of their first five games out of a suitcase. UNH opened the season with a win at Northwestern (34-17), at Dartmouth (56-14) and at Delaware (52-49). Going back to last season, UNH has won five consecutive road games and has not lost on the road since Oct. 8 at William & Mary (42-10).

UNH FOOTBALL HAS THE LONGEST STREAK OF WEEKLY APPEARANCES IN THE TOP 25 AMONG ALL ATLANTIC 10 TEAMS: The Wildcats lead the entire Atlantic 10 in the number of consecutive appearances in the Sports Network Top 25 with 33, including two straight weekly appearances at No. 1 in 2006. UNH has been in the top 25 dating all the way back to Sept. 6, 2004.

1. New Hampshire (34)
2. Massachusetts (21)
3. Richmond (12)
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