FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. RHODE ISLAND (10/27/07)
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WILDCATS TO ENTERTAIN CAA RIVAL RHODE ISLAND LIVE ON NESN IN THE ECAC GAME OF THE WEEK: The UNH football team continues to improve and play better football and the result in recent weeks has been the fact that the team has won three straight and five of its last six games. In the last three games, UNH has also beaten teams with a combined record of 16-1. Two of those teams Delaware (5-0) and Hofstra (6-0) were undefeated heading into the game vs. UNH. Rhode Island's record is 1-6, but the team has played hard in losses and battled teams such as FBS Army (14-7 OT), Hofstra (37-24) and Fordham (27-23). The Rams also won in OT at Brown (49-42). The UNH coaching staff was pleased with the return of injured starting QB Ricky Santos, who threw for four TDs and ran for another in the team's recent victory over No. 10 Hofstra. Santos had been out since the second quarter of the Delaware game (Oct. 6) with a  shoulder injury.  He played into the third quarter before being pulled from the game with a big UNH lead. Rhode Island is coming off a tough loss at Richmond (38-6) and has been led this season by in rushing by Joe Casey with 124 carries for 583 yds and two TDs, and by Jerell Jones with his five rushing TDs. UNH is averaging 40.9 ppg., while URI is averaging 23.2.  and the Wildcats are averaging 428 ypg. as compared to 400.8 ypg.

SANTOS MOVES UP TO FOURTH ON THE NCAA ALL-TIME CAREER TD LIST AND RECORDS HIS 1000TH CAREER COMPLETION: 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 111 passing TDs heading into the game vs. Rhode island, which places him fourth on the NCAA FCS all-time list. . 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 1,000 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.

ICKY SANTOS PROBABLE DESPITE SHOULDER INJURY:  Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of the Delaware game on Oct. 6, and missed the rest of the contest. He also sat out the Iona game on Oct. 13. He returned to action on Oct. 20 at Hofstra for three quarters and is probable to play vs. Rhode Island on Oct. 27.

THE SERIES VS.RHODE ISLAND:  The series between these two CAA North Division rivals stands at 49-27-5 in favor of the Wildcats, who have won five of the last seven games. UNH has won the last three meeting with victories last year (63-21), in 2005 (53-9) and 2004 (27-3). The last time URI defeated the Wildcats was in 2003 in Kingston (55-40). The last time the Rams won in Durham was back in 1995 (10-7). The series began back in 1905 and UNH won that initial meeting by a score of 6-0. UNH has the longest winning streak of the series, seven games, from 10/13/28 until 10/7/50.

UNH DEFENSE GETS THE JOB DONE VS. HOFSTRA:  The UNH defense not only held the 10th-ranked team in the nation to just three points on Oct. 20, but also came up with four turnovers in the game, which included three interceptions and a fumble recovery.. Coming up with interceptions were senior free safety Jeff Pammer, who returned his 66 yards for a TD, junior linebacker Matt Parent and sophomore defensive lineman T.J. Taylor.

RICKY SANTOS EARNS SECOND CAA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR FOR EFFORTS AT NO. 10 HOFSTRA:
Senior quarterback Ricky Santos earned his second CAA Offensive Player of the Week Award on Monday for his oustanding efforts in UNH's 40-3 victory at No. 10 Hofstra on Oct. 20. Santos, who returned after suffering a shoulder injury in the Wildcats' win over Delaware two weeks ago, garnered CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week honors.  The Bellingham, Mass., native was responsible for five (four passes, one rush) of New Hampshire's six touchdowns in a 40-3 road-win over No. 10 Hofstra.  The senior, who played until midway through the third quarter, had touchdown tosses of 31, 26, 1 and 47 and piled up a total of 262 yards in the air on 19-of-23 attempts.  Santos, who also garnered league offensive honors Sept. 17, finished the game with negative rushing yards, but did cross the goalline once on a one-yard plunge.  Santos remains on the Payton Award Watch List and has been responsible for a total of 20 touchdowns this season, including 12 passing.  He is averaging 282.3 yards of total offense per game which ranks fourth among the CAA leaders.

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 58-43-0 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 35-11 and the team is 20-9 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 six of its seven games this season thus far. UNH is also outscoring its opponents by a 73-20 margin in the first quarter this season.

UNH IN THE ZONE IN THE RED ZONE:  So far this season the Wildcats have scored on 29 of 32 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)
7. Hofstra (2-2)

UNH FOOTBALL HAS THE LONGEST STREAK OF WEEKLY APPEARANCES IN THE TOP 25 AMONG ALL CAA TEAMS: The Wildcats lead the entire CAA in the number of consecutive appearances in the Sports Network Top 25 with 48, 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 (49)
2. Massachusetts (36)

UNH FOOTBALL BOASTS A 35-11 RECORD OVER THE PAST FOUR SEASONS: The UNH Wildcats have enjoyed impressive success over the past four seasons, posting an impressive record of 35-11 during that timespan under head coach Sean McDonnell.

SENIOR WR KEITH LEVAN AMONG UNH'S ALL-TIME BEST IN RECEIVING  STATISTICS: Senior wide receiver Keith LeVan has been a steady performer for UNH at wide receiver and his hard work is making him one of the top five best receivers ever in UNH's history. This past week he moved up from eighth to sixth in receiving yards and is nearing the 2,000 mark with 1,922 and he is now fifth at UNH all-time in career receptions with 170.

Most Receiving Yards?Career
1.     David Ball (2003-06)            4,655
2.    David Gamble (1990-93)            3,072
3.    Curtis Olds (1985-88)            3,028
4.    John Perry (1989-92)            2,873
5.    Chris Braune (1986-89)            2,612   
6.    Keith LeVan (2004-)            1,922 
7.    Calvin Jones (1993-1996)            1,913
8.    Michael Taylor (1999-2002)            1,893
9.    Mike Gallagher (1989-92)            1,784
10.    J. Washington   (1996-99)            1,702
11.    Stephan Lewis (1999-2002)            1,602
   
Most Receptions?Career
1.     David Ball (2003-06)            304
2.    Curtis Olds (1985-88)            193
3.    John Perry (1989-92)            191
4.    David Gamble (1990-93)            182
5.     Keith LeVan (2004-)            170
6.    Stephan Lewis (1999-2002)            164
7.    Calvin Jones (1993-96)            158
8.    Chris Braune (1986-89)            155
9.    Mike Gallagher (1989-92)            150
10.    John Williams (2001-2005)            140

RICKY SANTOS MOVES UP TO SEVENTH IN PASSING YARDAGE AMONG ALL TIME NCAA FCS LEADERS: Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) has now compiled 11,770 career passing yards and moved into seventh this week on the all-time NCAA FCS list for career passing yards. The top passer in UNH history in that category, Santos needs just 15 more yards to pass Robert Kent of Jackson State, who finished his career with 11,784. Here is a look at the top all-time passers listed in the NCAA record book.

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. Ricky Santos (New Hampshire)        11,770
8. Neil Lomax (Portland State)        11,550
   
SANTOS RANKED  FOURTH IN CAREER TD PASS LISTING FOR FCS: UNH senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass. ) now has 111 career touchdown passes, which places him fourth on the all-time NCAA FCS listing. Here's a look at the NCAA list. Santos needs just nine more TDs to take over the third spot and pass  I-AA and NFL legend Steve McNair.
 
1. Bruce Eugene (Grambling)            140
2. Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State)    139
3. Steve McNair (Alcorn State)        119
4. Ricky Santos (New Hampshire)        111
5. Marcus Brady (Cal State Northridge)        109
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 100 receivers in the FCS in receiving yards.
NCAA Reception Rankings for FCS
Keith LeVan        28        5.71
Scott Sicko        T60        4.71
Mike Boyle        NR        3.71

NCAA Reiving Yards Rankings for FCS
Keith LeVan         35        75.86
Scott Sicko        T70        59.57
Mike Boyle        T83        56.86

UNH FOOTBALL AMONG THE FCS NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS:
Team
Passing Offense        15th        (269.29 ypg.)
Total Offense        17th        (428.00 ypg.)
Scoring Offense        4th        (40.86)
Kickoff Returns        13th        (24.35 ypg.)
Passing Efficiency        4th        (170.68)

FREE SAFETY JEFF PAMMER RANKS SEVENTH ON UNH'S ALL-TIME CAREER TACKLES LIST: Senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.) has been named an All-American, all-conference and earned numerous other awards and honors as one of the Wildcats' top defensive players over the past four seasons. Consistently among the team's tackle leaders, he now has 291 career tackles in three seasons at UNH (141-150-291), moving him into seventh on UNH's all-time tackles listing.

Most Tackles?Career (since 1981)
1.    Steve Doig (1978-81)    434
2.     Aaron Thomas (2000-04)    343
3.    Chris McGrath (1987-91)    322
4.     Romande Carter (1993-96)    297
5.    Brett Bashaw (1996-2000)    297
6.     Jeff Pammer (2004-)    291
7.    Neal Zonfrelli (1982-85)    286
8.    Scott Curtis (1984-87)    278
9.    Czar Wiley (1999-2002)    273
10.    Brian O?Neill (1982-85)    262

SCOTT SICKO A STRONG CANDIDATE FOR CAA POST-SEASON HONORS AT TIGHT END:  UNH has had a strong tradition of bringing in talented tight ends and sophomore Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) is no exception.  the sophomore is second on the Wildcat squad in receptions with 33 for 417 yards and is tied for 60th in the nation with an average of 4.71 catches per contest. He also caught his first TD reception at Hofstra.

JMU        7 catches for 81 yds.
Marshall        6 catches for 78 yds.
Dartmouth    7 catches for 64 yds.
Richmond    3 catches for 39 yds.
Delaware        1 catch for 21 yds.
Iona        3 catches for 36 yds
Hofstra        5 catches for 79 yds

THE UNH OFFENSE IS AVERAGING 428.0 YARDS PER GAME IN 2007: The UNH offense continued its practice of posting big numbers in its first four games of 2007. The Wildcats produced an eye-popping 432 net yards in the loss at James Madison.Against FBS Marshall, the 'Cats topped that total with 506 total yards. In the win over Dartmouth the 'Cats compiled 473 yards of total offense, it was 367 vs. a strong Richmond defense and the Wildcats posted 413 against Delaware and 377 vs. Hofstra.  Last season UNH averaged 401.1 yards per contest.

UNH WHEN STATISTICS: Here is how the UNH football team has done when:
at home:                3-0
on the road:            2-2
on grass:                0-1
on turf:                5-1
in day games:            5-2
at night:                0-0
leading at the half:            5-1
tied at the half:            0-0
trailing at the half:            0-1
leading after three quarters:        5-1
behind after three quarters:        0-1
tied after three quarters        0-0
UNH scores first:            4-2
Opponent scores first:        1-0
UNH on television            2-2



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