DURHAM, N.H.—University of New Hampshire senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) garnered national honors on Monday following his outstanding efforts in the team’s impressive 48-35 victory at Marshall on Sept. 15.
Santos was named National Offensive Player of the Week by both the “Sports Network” and by “The College Sporting News”. He also earned offensive player of the week honors from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
Santos, the winner of the Walter Payton Award in 2006, showed great poise, leadership and skill as he led the Wildcats to the impressive victory over the FBS very big and physical Thundering Herd.
Santos completed 23-of-33 passes for 289 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in the Wildcats' win. The All-American quarterback threw three TD strikes and rushed 13 times for 45 yards and another touchdown to pile up 334 yards of total offense. It was the third time Santos had led the Wildcats to an upset of an FBS opponent. New Hampshire beat Rutgers in 2004 (35-24) and Northwestern in 2006 (34-17) with Santos as the starting?quarterback.
Santos presently leads the nation in total offense with an average of 362.0 yards per game.
The victory also improved UNH’s standings in the FCS national polls as the Wildcats moved up to 10th in the nation in “The Sports Network” and The College Sporting News polls. UNH had been ranked 12th in most polls last week.
UNH returns to action this weekend for their home-opener vs. in-state rival Dartmouth in the battle for the Granite Bowl trophy. Game time is 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium. Tickets for the game are available at www.unhwiildcats.com and the game can be heard on The UNH Sports Radio Network and seen on WMUR-TV (Channel 9). Fans outside of the WMUR viewing area can also watch live video streaming of the contest on www.unhwildcats.tv.