UNH FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. DELAWARE (10/6/07)
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WILDCATS LOOKING FOR FIRST CAA WIN VS. DELAWARE LIVE ON CN8: The No. 15 UNH Wildcats are still searching for their first CAA victory after suffering losses ranked teams James Madison  and Richmond, while No. 11 Delaware is sitting atop the CAA with a 3-0 mark after topping William & Mary, Rhode Island and Towson. With its two losses overall in the CAA, UNH needs to get on track but that will be a very tall order against this talented Delaware squad.. The Blue Hens defense is improved and has not allowed more than nine points in its last three contests. Meanwhile, the offense has averaged 39.4 ppg. which all adds up to a good formula for success. UNH is producing big points offensively, (40.5 ppg.), but the defense is allowing 38.0 ppg., which has led the squad to a 2-2 overall mark. Delaware features a good mix  of run and pass on offense and is led on the ground by Walter Payton Award candidate Omar Cuff, who checks in with 16 rushing TDs and two through the air. The big, strong back is averaging 115 ypg. rushing this season.  When the Blue Hens want to pass they look to QB Joe Flacco, who has thrown for six TDS and is averaging 266.0 passing yards per contest. UNH has a productive scorer of its own in senior Walter Payton Award candidate Ricky Santos, who also mixes the run and pass well. He has thrown eight passing TDS for the Wildcats, but he has also run for six on the ground for a total of 14.

UNH FOOTBALL GETS OFF TO FAST STARTS IN 2007:  The UNH football team has been prone to very fast starts in the first quarter and has been the first team to score in all four games this season thus far. UNH is also outscoring its opponents by a 52-17 margin in the first quarter this season.

UNH FOOTBALL HAS THE LONGEST STREAK OF WEEKLY APPEARANCES IN THE TOP 25 AMONG ALL CAA TEAMS: The Wildcats lead the entire Atlantic 10 in the number of consecutive appearances in the Sports Network Top 25 with 46, including five straight weekly appearances at No. 1 in 2006. UNH has been in the top 25 dating all the way back to Sept. 6, 2004.

UNH FOOTBALL BOASTS A 32-11 RECORD OVER THE PAST FOUR SEASONS: The UNH Wildcats have enjoyed impressive success over the past four seasons, posting an impressive record of 32-11 during that timespan under head coach Sean McDonnell.
1. New Hampshire (46)
2. Massachusetts (34)   

THE SERIES VS.DELAWARE: This will mark the 29th meeting between these two CAA rivals, who have played many exciting games, including last year's meeting at Newark that was won by UNH. 52-49. The Blue Hens won the most recent meeting played in Durham back in 2003. The final score of that game was 22-21 as UNH missed a controvertial field goal which allowed Delaware to hold onto the victory. Over the past The Wildcats have won the last two meetings, also defeated the Blue Hens when then freshman quaterback Ricky Santos saw his first action as a Wildcats and defeated Delaware in Newark, 24-21, with a game-winning TD to all-time great wide receiver David Ball.

RICKY SANTOS TOPS 11,000 CAREER PASSING YARDS AND IS RANKED NINTH AMONG ALL TIME NCAA FCS LEADERS: Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) has now compiled 11,400 career passing yards and recently moved into a tie for eighth on the all-time NCAA FCS list for career passing yards. The top passer in UNH history in that category, Santos is now tied with Travis Brown of Northern Ariizona. He needs just 151 yards vs. Delaware to take over the seventh spot and pass Neil Lomax of Portland State. Here is a look at the top all-time passers listed in the NCAA record book. This chart does not include any other active quarterbacks other than Santos.

1. Steve McNair (Alcorn State)        14,956
2. Bruce Eugene (Grambling)            13,513
3. Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State)    12,711
4. Marcus Brady (Cal State Northridge)        12,479
5. Jamie Martin (Weber State)        12,207
6. Robert Kent (Jackson State)        11,784
7. Neil Lomax (Portland State)        11,550
8. Ricky Santos (New Hampshire)        11,400
8. Travis Brown (Northern Arizona)        11,400
10. Dave Dickerson (Montana)        11080

SANTOS MOVING UP THE ALL-TIME CAREER TD PASS LISTING FOR FCS: UNH senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass. ) now has 107 career touchdown passes which places him fifth on the all-time NCAA FCS listing. Here's a look at the list (which includes no other active QBs other than Santos).
 
1. Bruce Eugene (Grambling)            140
2. Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State)    139
3. Steve McNair (Alcorn State)        119
4. Marcus Brady (Cal State Northridge)        109
5. Ricky Santos (New Hampshire)        107
6. Robert Kent (Jackson State)        104

UNH HAS THREE RECEIVERS RANKED IN THE NCAA FCS TOP 100 AND TWO IN THE TOP 25: The University of New Hampshire receiving corps has been strong this season and features three players among the top 100 receivers in the FCS and two in the top 25. Senior Keith LeVan is tied for seventh this week in receptions per game with 7.00, followed by sophomore tight end Scott Sicko in a tie for 25th place (6.00) and then junior Mike Boyle in a tie for 54th (5.00). '

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