FOOTBALL MEDIA NOTES (NORTHEASTERN 10/21)
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THIS WEEK'S GAME : UNH's five-game winning streak is over with the 42-23 loss to James Madison on Oct. 14 and with the loss so goes the No. 1 ranking as the squad fell to No. 7. Now the Wildcats are looking to rebound and get back to business when the squad heads to Parsons Field to battle long-time rival Northeastern. The Huskies at 2-4 are a hard team to figure and are better than their record. The squad opened the season with five straight games on the road against some tough competition such as Virginia Tech, North Dakota St. and James Madison. However, as soon as NU returned home it posted an impressive 27-24 victory over No. 18 Delaware. The Huskies also have had an extra week to prepare for UNH and will be celebrating Homecoming on Saturday. NU had its best offensive effort vs. Delaware with 469  yards of offense. In that contest, the Huskies were led by junior tailback Maurice Murray, who carried the football 24 times for 130 yds and a TD.  For the season, Murray is averaging 72.2 ypg. and he is the top scorer on the squad with 24 points this season.  The signal caller for UNH, Anthony Orio, checks in with two TD passes and is averaging 98.4 passing yds. per contest.  Leading the squad in tackles has been Craig Kenny with 37 on the year (17-20-37).

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 during the week of Oct. 14 in continued recognition of their outstanding efforts this year. 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 , just five points behind first place for the closest margin ever, while Ball finished seventh overall in the voting.  Santos has completed 132 of 179 passes for 1,426 yards and has passed for 15 touchdowns, while running for a team-high six. He has also completed an amazing 73.7 percent of his passes this season. Ball has caught 48 passes for 564 yards and a team-best six TDs this season.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES NORTHEASTERN: This will mark the 53rd meeting in this historic series, which dates back to 10/7/39. The Wildcats won that initial meeting by a 15-6 margin. UNH also won the last meeting, which took place on 10/22 of last season in Durham (52-11).  UNH has won the last two meetings, also posting a win in Brookline back in 2004 (27-23). The last victory for NU was in 2002 (49-17). UNH head coach Sean McDonnell is now 4-2 vs. the Huskies. UNH also won 19 straight games from 1973 until 1992 when the teams tied 10-10. The Wildcats also had not lost a game in 23 straight meetings before losing at Parson's Field in 1996 (30-28).

UNH FOOTBALL RANKED NO. 7 BY THE SPORTS NETWORK IN I-AA TOP 25 POLL: The Wildcats had been ranked No. 1 for for a University record five straight weeks before losing to No. 13 James Madison on Oct. 14. UNH opened the season ranked No. 2, but moved up to No. 1 following its victory at Big 10, I-A Northwestern. Here's a look at the Sports Network Rankings for this week as UNH fell to No. 7.:

School (1st place votes), Record, Points, Previous Rank
1. Appalachian St. Mountaineers (88)     6-1     2,693     2
2. Montana Grizzlies (2)     5-1     2,498     3
3. Illinois State Redbirds (11)     5-1     2,401     5
4. Cal Poly Mustangs (1)     5-1     2,371     4
5. Youngstown State Penguins (1)     6-1     2,172     6
6. Massachusetts Minutemen     5-1     2,034     8
7. New Hampshire Wildcats (1)     5-1     2,023     1
8. James Madison Dukes     5-1     1,991     13
9. North Dakota State Bison (2)     6-0     1,981     9
10. Richmond Spiders     5-1     1,720     10
11. Hampton Pirates (3)     7-0     1,645     12
12. Furman Paladins     5-2     1,558     11
13. Southern Illinois Salukis     5-1     1,466     7
14. Northern Iowa Panthers     4-2     1,349     14
15. Harvard Crimson     5-0     1,060     15
16. Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks     5-1     925     17
17. Eastern Illinois Panthers     4-3     889     16
18. UC Davis Aggies     3-3     719     18
19. Maine Black Bears     4-2     626     23
20. Alabama A&M Bulldogs     5-1     612     20
21. San Diego Toreros     6-0     587     21
22. Princeton Tigers     5-0     507     24
23. Portland State Vikings     4-3     373     25
24. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers     5-2     228    NR
25. Sam Houston State Bearkats     4-2     182          NR
Others receiving votes: Jackson State 179, Montana State 109, Towson 104, Central Connecticut State 74, Penn 52, Charleston Southern 51, Georgia Southern 50, Delaware 47, Jacksonville State 27, Delaware State 25, Holy Cross 17, Yale 15, McNeese State 13, Wofford 13, South Dakota State 9, Western Kentucky 8, Nicholls State 7.

WIDE RECEIVER DAVID BALL IS STILL 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 since the preseason, 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. The chase is over for this record.
1. David Ball, New Hampshire (51)
2. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (50)

Receiving Yards: Ball now needs 588 receiving yards to tie the mark of 4,693 set by Jerry Rice.  He also surpassed the 4,000-yard receiving yardage mark with his 111 yards vs. James Madison.

1. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (4,693)
David Ball, New Hampshire (4,105)

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 mark of 26. The all-time NCAA mark is presently held by Eric Kimble of Eastern Washington, who finished his career with 29 games with at least one TD catch.

1. Eric Kimble, Eastern Washington (29)
2. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (26)
David Ball, New Hampshire (25)

100-Yard Receiving Performances:Ball needs just three more 100 yard games to tie Jerry Rice's mark of 23 100 -yard receiving performances. Ball had his 20th 100-yard effort against James Madison

1. Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State (23)
    David Ball, New Hampshire (20)

 RECORDS SET BY DAVID BALL (SINGLE SEASON:

1. David Ball's 24 scoring receptions in 2005 marked the second-highest single-season total in I-AA history.

2. In 2005, David Ball tied Randy Moss' I-AA single-season record with a touchdown catch in 11 games.

COACH MAC NEEDS JUST ONE MORE WIN FOR HIS 50TH AS A HEAD COACH AT UNH: Eighth-year head coach Sean McDonnell owns a 49-38 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 26-6 and the team is 15-4 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.


UNH AMONG THE NCAA-I-AA NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS:
Individuals
Ricky Santos (4th in passing efficiency, 167.20)
Ricky Santos (5th in total offense, 275.17 ypg.)
David Ball (2nd in receptions per game, 8.00)
David Ball (11th in reception yardage per game, 94.00)

Corey Graham (2nd in kickoff return yardage, 32.30 ypg.)

UNH Offense
UNH is 4th in total offense (431.33 ypg.)
UNH is 2nd in scoring offense (42.33 ppg.)
UNH is 28th in rushing offense (182.83 ypg.)
UNH is tied for 10th in passing (248.50 ypg.)

UNH Defense
UNH is 3rd in turnover margin (1.50).

UNH HOME ATTENDANCE LOOKING GOOD:  Last year UNH football drew two crowds of over 8,000 people to Cowell Stadium, a place that has just 6,500 seats. Attendance did not fall much after the success of 2005. UNH enjoyed a home crowd of 7,395 fans in its home-opener vs. Stony Brook on Sept. 16. UNH then had 8,299 fans for the Richmond game. On Homecoming (Oct. 14), UNH had the most fans it has seen in the modern era with 13,042.  The attendance record for Cowell Stadium is 20,000 for the UMass game played in 1977. UNH is now averaging 9,579 fans per home contest.
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