Football GAME NOTES VS. IONA (10/13/07
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WILDCATS BACK IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION: The Wildcats are coming off one of the hardest-fought games of the year and the end result was a very key and :mpressive 35-30 win over previously undefeated Delaware at Cowell Stadium. Now the team turns its eyes to MAAC team Iona, a much improved squad than UNH fans will remember from back in 2005 when the Wildcats defeated the Gaels in Durham, 56-0. Iona is scoring in bunches and makes its return to Cowell Stadium sporting an impressive 5-1 overall record. The squad is coming off a game where it scored 56 points vs. LaSalle, while its defense held the opponent to just three points for a league victory.  UNH will have to wait and see how healthy senior quarterback Ricky Santos is this week after he injured his shoulder during a scramble vs. Delaware. He was available if needed vs. Delaware, but redshirt freshman quarterback R.J. Toman took over and led the team to the win, allowing Santos to ice his shoulder and watch from the sideline. Toman completed two TD passes and UNH had two receivers, junior Mike Boyle and senior Keith LeVan with almost 100 receiving yards apiece. LeVan also threw his first career TD pass to Boyle on a trick play that gave UNH a 21-point lead.  The UNH defense held Delaware scoreless in the first quarter and recorded three sacks and a forced fumble.

  Redshirt freshman quarterback R.J. Toman didn't miss a beat as he led UNH to an impressive 35-30 win over No. 11 Delaware on Oct. 6. Toman, stepping in for Walter Payton Award winner Ricky Santos, completed 5-of-9 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns en route to his winning his first-ever CAA Rookie of the Week honor.  After Santos left the game in thr second quarter with a right-shoulder injury, Toman continued what was already a 57-yard drive and turned it into a 77-yard scoring drive.  The redshirt freshman completed a 21-yard pass to Delaware's one-yard line on the seventh play of the drive, which allowed the Wildcats to plunge into the endzone for a 14-3 lead.  The Mission Viejo, Calif., native later completed touchdown passes of 28 and 36 yards to Keith LeVan, and finished the game with seven rushes for 47 yards -- just four yards shy of Santos' team-high 51 yards on eight carries in the game.

Ninth-year head coach Sean McDonnell now owns a 56-43-0 record as the head coach at the University of New Hampshire. He earned his 50th career victory following his team's hard-fought victtory over Hofstra on Oct. 28, 10-6. He was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of  the Year in 2005 as selected by "The Sports Network".  In the previsous four seasons, McDonnell and his team has posted an impressive overall mark of 33-11 and the team is 19-9 vs.  CAA 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 three straight times 2004-2006.

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 four of its five games this season thus far. UNH is also outscoring its opponents by a 52-17 margin in the first quarter this season.

  So far this season the Wildcats have scored on 21 of 23 scoring chances inside the red zone. The UNH offense was also outstanding last season when it came to scoring from inside the red zone. UNH was 52-63 in 13 games played last season. Here's a look at what the UNH offense has done the past two seasons from inside the red zone.

2007 Season
1. at James Madison (3-4)
2. at Marshall (5-5)
3. Dartmouth (6-6)
4. Richmond (5-5)
5. Delaware (2-3)

2006 Season
1. at Northwestern (5-5)
2. Stony Brook (7-7)
3. at Dartmouth (5-5)
4. at Delaware (4-4)
5. Richmond (3-4)
6. James Madison (4-4)
7. at Northeastern (2-6)
8. Hofstra (1-2) (in heavy rain and wind)
9. Massachusetts (3-4)
10. at Rhode Island (9-10)
11. at Maine (3-4)
12. at Hampton (5-6)
13 at Massachusetts (1-2)

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 47, 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.
1. New Hampshire (47)
2. Massachusetts (35)

UNH FOOTBALL BOASTS A 33-11 RECORD OVER THE PAST FOUR SEASONS: The UNH Wildcats have enjoyed impressive success over the past four seasons, posting an impressive record of 33-11 during that timespan under head coach Sean McDonnell.

RICKY SANTOS TOPS 11,000 CAREER PASSING YARDS AND IS RANKED EIGHTH AMONG ALL TIME NCAA FCS LEADERS: Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) has now compiled 11,508 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 43 yards vs. Iona 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)        11,508   

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 60 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 60 receivers in the FCS and two in the top 50. Senior Keith LeVan is ranked eighth this week in receptions per game with 6.40, followed by sophomore tight end Scott Sicko in a tie for 44th place (5.00) and then junior Mike Boyle in a tie for 56th with 4.8.


Passing Offense            11th            (288.60 ypg.)
Total Offense                14th                    (438.0 ypg.)
Scoring Offense            7th                (39.40)
Kickoff Returns            15th                (24.96 ypg.)
Turnover Margin        T 23rd        (.80)

FREE SAFETY JEFF PAMMER RANKED SECOND IN THE CAA AND IS TIED FOR EIGHTH IN THE NCAA IN TOTAL TACKLES THIS SEASON: Senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) is now ranked second in the CAA for total tackles with 25 unassisted tackles, 27 assists for 52 tackles. That mark of 52 tackles also places him eighth-best in the NCAA among all FCS players.

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