FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. HOFSTRA (10/20/07)
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WILDCATS TRAVEL TO BATTLE UNDEFEATED HOFSTRA IN HEMPSTEAD: This weekend features what could be considered the biggest game so far in the CAA North Division, as No. 11 UNH travels to battle No. 10 and undefeated Hofstra, a team sporting a 6-0 overall record and 3-0 mark in the conference. UNH is riding a two-game winning streak and has won four of its last five games. The Pride is coming off its most impressive CAA win this past week, posting a 20-3 victory on the road vs.  a potent Towson offense. UNH, which defeated Iona (49-21), is no stranger to playing undefeated teams, as the Wildcats defeated then 5-0 Delaware on Oct. 6 (35-30).  While coaches and players avoid talking about the subject, this game could have major playoff implications down the road if both teams continue to post victories in the final five weeks. Hofstra's defense has held opponents under 20 points four times this season and has not given up more than 28 points to any team. The offense is rolling and averaging 427 yards per game this season and has scored over 30 points four times with a high of 38 points vs. Maine. Leading the way in scoring has been RB Kareem Huggins with eight rushing TDs and an average of 130.5 rushing yards per game. Making the offense go has been QB Bryan Savage with nine passing TDs and 265 passing yards per contest.. UNH QB Ricky Santos missed the Iona game, but could return this week.

RICKY SANTOS , THE ALL-TIME CAA LEADER FOR CAREER TOUCHDOWNS AND CAREER COMPLETIONS: Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) became the CAA's all-time TD passing leader on Sept. 8 after throwing for a pair of TDs against James Madison.. The previous mark was 99 set by Villanova's Chris Boden. Santos now has 107 passing TDs heading into the game at Hofstra. Santos also became the CAA leader for completions. He needed just three more vs. JMU to surpass the mark of 868 set by Boden. Santos completed 36 of 47 passes for 353 yds and enters the game at Hofstra with a CAA record 981 career completions.  Santos, a concensus FCS All-American, was named the preseason CAA Offensive Player of the Year and is looking to become the first-ever player to win the Walter Payton award twice. He won the honor in 2006 and just missed winning in 2005 by just five points in the closest voting ever for the honor. A senior co-captain, Santos is on pace to become one of the top five quarterbacks in the history of FCS football.

RICKY SANTOS DAY-TO-DAY WITH SHOULDER INJURY:  Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of the Delaware game on Oct. 6, missed the rest of that game. He also sat out the contest vs. Iona on Oct. 13. He is day-to-day and it will most likely be a gane-time decision as to whether or not he can play this week at Hofstra on Oct. 20. The Iona game was his first start he has missed in his career since he started the first time vs. Rutgers in 2004.

THE SERIES VS.HOFSTRA:  The series between these two CAA North Division rivals stands tied 5-5 after UNH won last season in Durham in a torrential rain storm, 10-6. Hofstra has not defeated the Wildcats since the 2002 season, when they won by an impressive score of 52-28.  The Wilidcats have won four straight games vs. The Pride dating back to 2003, winning that year on the road (38-17). UNH won 33-27 in 2004 and by a 29-26 margin in 2005. 

QB R.J. TOMAN NAMED CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK FOR EFFORTS IN WIN OVER DELAWARE, OCT. 6:  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.

COACH MAC A WINNING SUCCCESS STORY: Ninth-year head coach Sean McDonnell now owns a 57-43-0 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 34-11 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 SCHEDULE AS TOUGH AS IT GETS AFTER PLAYING THREE RANKED FCS TEAMS AND DEFEATING AN FBS SQUAD:  The 2007 football schedule for UNH has not been and will not be an easy one. So far this season, the Wildcats have battled, James Madison, Richmond and Delaware, all ranked in the top 25 and UNH even defeated FBS Marshall in one of the toughest starts ever at UNH in terms of competition. But the season is far from over.  The Wildcats also face two more top 10 teams in Hofstra this week and No. 2 Massachusetts on Nov. 10 for a total of five ranked top 25 teams played. It's no coincidence that all five teams are CAA opponents. The CAA has six ranked teams, including the Wildcats.

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 five of its six games this season thus far. UNH is also outscoring its opponents by a 71-17 margin in the first quarter this season.

UNH IN THE ZONE IN THE RED ZONE:  So far this season the Wildcats have scored on 27 of 30 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 from inside the Red Zone this season.

2007 Season
1. at James Madison (3-4)
2. at Marshall (5-5)
3. Dartmouth (6-6)
4. at Richmond (5-5)
5. Delaware (2-3)
6. Iona (6-7)

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