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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire football team will travel to West Point, N.Y. on Saturday, September 6, 2008 to take on the Army Black Knights. Kick-off time has been announced as 1 p.m.


    DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football program will be holding its annual Granite State Football Clinics at area high schools in early June.
    The first clinic is set for June 3 at Londonderry High School, followed by one at Manchester West (June 4), Nashua (June 5), Souhegan (June 6) and Marshwood in South Berwick (June 9).
    “This is the 15th year we’ve been involved with the Granite State Football Clinics and it has been an outstanding opportunity for our UNH staff to connect with our state’s outstanding high school coaches and players,” said 10th-year UNH head coach Sean McDonnell.


New Hampshire Union Leader Sports
Thursday, May. 29, 2008
   
    Ricky Santos is going north.
    The former University of New Hampshire quarterback has signed a multi-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The contract, like any in the league or the National Football League, is not guaranteed and the job now is to make the roster.
    Santos is in Montreal already, said his agent, Brad Blank, last night.
    Training camp starts Sunday, the Alouettes' Web site said.


DURHAM, N.H.— Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.), Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) were honored Tuesday evening as the recipients of the Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete Of Year Award. The announcement was made at the annual Student-Athlete Senior Appreciation Banquet.
        Regan, a goalie for the men’s ice hockey team, and Santos, a quarterback for football, were co-recipients of the male athlete award.
        Regan leaves UNH after having one of the most decorated seasons in UNH history. He was named a Hobey Baker finalist, a first team All American, Hockey East Player of the Year (unanimous selection), New England’s Most Valuable Player, Walter Brown Award winner (given annually to the top American born college hockey player in New England) and selected to the All-Hockey East First Team.



STANDINGS

WESTLAKE, Ohio
– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 81st out of 365 Division I schools in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season.
     The Wildcats have amassed 162 points, including the 25 points they tallied during the fall season. The ski team, which stands 11th overall, provided 57 points, while the third-ranked women’s hockey team supplied 55 points and the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team kicked in another 25.


DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team held its annual Spring Blue/White scrimmage and several new players received opportunities to shine.
    At quarterback, sophomore R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) solidified his position as the starter going into the 2008 season. Toman, who faced an improved first string defense, completed 13 of 22 passes for 115 yards and one TD, with one interception. However, 10th-year head coach Sean McDonnell also was impressed by the play of backup redshirt freshman Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) who completed 13 of 20 attempts for 192 yards, one TD and no interceptions.
    The story of the day on offense was the play of sophomore running back Sean Jellison (Amherst, N.H.) who carried the football 15 times for an impressive total of 82 yards and one 13 yard TD. He also grabbed seven passes for 62 yards for an all-purpose total of 144 yards. Jellison had the long rush of the day for 29 yards. Also running well for the ‘Cats was senior running back Robert Simpson (Brockton, Mass.) with 15 carries for 64 yards and a 4 yard TD run.



 
DURHAM, N.H. – Season Tickets are now on sale for the University of New Hampshire’s 2008 Football Season. Fans who wish to purchase tickets are encouraged to CLICK HERE and download the order form.

 




    DURHAM, N.H.— Former University of New Hampshire All-American and Walter Payton Award-winning quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) has earned an opportunity to compete in the NFL after signing as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.
    The owner of nearly all Wildcat passing records, Santos is expected to travel to Kansas City this coming weekend to take part in the team’s rookie mini-camp.
    He is following in the footsteps of another all-time UNH great in wide receiver David Ball, who was Santos’ favorite target for three years, and broke Jerry Rice’s all-time record for touchdown receptions.


DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire athletic department continues to excel nationally in both athletics and academics. UNH student-athletes were acknowledged this week as eight teams were honored publicly by the NCAA for their high academic achievement.

The awards are based on the NCAA’s latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that were released on Thursday. These teams posted multiyear APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads nationally in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.


    DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team will kick off its spring practice period starting on Tue, April 8, and ending on May 3 with the team’s annual Blue/White Scrimmage at Cowell Stadium.
    Spring practice consists of 15 dates, including three scrimmages.
    This spring, the starting quarterback position is up for grabs after the graduation of Walter Payton Award winner Ricky Santos and the coaching staff is looking forward to evaluating sophomore R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.), redshirt freshman Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) and a number of newcomers as well.
    The annual Blue/White scrimmage will take place on Sat., May 3, and is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. at Cowell Stadium. This is a great chance for fans to see some new faces as they battle for starting jobs and playing time. Admission to the spring game is free.



    DURHAM, N.H.—Seven members of the University of New Hampshire football team were honored on Saturday afternoon for their outstanding efforts at the team’s annual Awards Banquet held at the MUB. The highlight of the afternoon was the retiring of the No. 2 football jersey worn by one of the greatest players ever to compete for the Wildcat football program, senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.).
    Santos, who was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player, continued his amazing career through his senior campaign and finished third on the NCAA all-time career passing yardage list with 13,212 yards, and third on the NCAA all-time list for career touchdown passes with 123, a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) record.


RICHMOND, VA.-- The Colonial Athletic Association released the names of 104 student-athletes today who received Academic All-Conference for their efforts in the classroom following the 2007 season, 12 of which were members of the University of New Hampshire football program.
    To be eligible for the CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team, a player must be a starter or important reserve and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00-or-better (on a 4.00 scale) for his entire academic career. A transfer is not eligible unless he has completed one (1) full year at his institution. First-year freshmen are not eligible. Here is a listing of the UNH players honored for their academic excellence.


    DURHAM, N.H.—Sean McDonnell, the 10th-year head football coach at the University of New Hampshire, announced today that 14 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to attend UNH and play football for the Wildcat football program. The list includes a player from the granite state, and several offensive and defensive lineman.
    “I feel good about the overall athleticism that our coaching staff has identified in the recruiting process,” said McDonnell. “We have filled an important need in the offensive and defensive lines with this recruiting class. This class will greatly improve our versatility as a football program. Many of these players can play at a number of positions and I feel that they will add great depth to our program.”



DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2008 football season. The announcement was made today by head football coach Sean McDonnell.
    The schedule, which includes a total of 11 games, features five home contests and six to be played on the road, with all of the away games within reasonable driving distances for UNH fans.


    CAPE COD, Mass.—  Three members of the University of New Hampshire football team were named FCS All-Stars by the ECAC this week, including senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), senior offensive center Nick Couturier (Dover, N.H.) and senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.).
    Santos, who was picked on every FCS All-America squad for his efforts in 2007, including the Associated Press All-America squad, placed third among the top quarterbacks ever in the NCAA FCS in career TD passes with 123 and in career passing yardage with a four-year total of 13,212 yards.


    DURHAM, N.H.—Sophomore tight end Scott Sicko (Stillwater, N.Y.) was recently named a second-team All-American by the Sports Network and he was also chosen as a member of the SME Network “Stars Of The Year” listing.
    Sicko, who was a favorite target of senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) this season, showed fans that he will be a strength of the UNH offense for the next few years. Sicko finished second on the Wildcat squad with 51 catches for 619 receiving yards (third-best on the squad), while he also scored on six touchdown receptions.



    DURHAM, N.H.— University of New Hampshire senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) has accepted an invitation to play in the 62nd annual Hula Bowl, to be held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan., 12, 2008, beginning at 6 p.m. EST. The game will be shown live on Versus.
    Santos is one of three QBs competing for the East team, along with Bernard Morris of Marshall University and Paul Smith of Tulsa. Morris and Santos played against each other in UNH’s upset victory vs. the Thundering Herd this past season.


    DURHAM, N.H.– The University of New Hampshire announced today that Learfield Sports has become its first-ever, exclusive athletics multimedia partner, effective with the 2008-09 academic year. 
    The 10-year agreement calls for Learfield Sports to establish a locally based entity, known as “Wildcat Sports Properties” (WSP), to manage and sell UNH Athletics’ multimedia rights that include all signage at the Whittemore Center, Cowell Stadium and Lundholm Gym.  In addition to its athletic venues, Learfield Sports will oversee UNH Athletics’ radio rights, corporate hospitality, print sponsorships, event marketing, certain television rights and official athletic Web site advertising for unhwildcats.com


WACO, TEX. — Football Championship Subdivision’s (FCS) second leading rusher and the nation’s second leading tackler headline the American Football Coaches Association 2007 Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team announced today. The runningbacks on the 2007 FCS Coaches’ All-America Team are Chad Simpson of Morgan State, Omar Cuff of Delaware and Mike McLeod of Yale. The signal caller on this year’s squad is Ricky Santos of New Hampshire. Santos, the 2006 Walter Payton Award winner, passed for 2,972 yards and 24 touchdowns and finished seventh in the nation in total offense with a 292.3 yards per game average.



    DURHAM, N.H.—Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was named the recipient of the Season Gold Helmet by the New England Football Writers. He and three other UNH players were also named to the New England Football Writers All-Star Team.
    Santos, the 2006 Walter Payton Award Winner and 2007 Co-CAA Offensive Player of the Year, enjoyed an amazing season and led UNH to its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
    He also placed third among the top quarterbacks ever in the NCAA FCS in career TD passes with 123 and in career passing yardage with a four-year total of 13,212 yards.


    NEW HAVEN, CT – University of New Hampshire senior quarterback Ricky Santos, a threetime selection, headlines the Walter Camp Football Foundation 2007 Football Championship Subdivision AllAmerica team.
    The team was selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Football Championship Subdivision schools and certified by UHY Advisors, a New Havenbased accounting firm. Santos, the 2007 Colonial Athletic Association CoOffensive Player of the Year, passed for 2,972 yards and 24 touchdowns to help lead UNH (75) to its fourth consecutive FCS playoff berth.


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CEDAR FALLS, IOWA — Eric Sanders crafted a five-play 71-yard drive with just 1:16 left on the clock to dash the University of New Hampshire football team’s upset bid as the top-seeded University of Northern Iowa escaped with a 38-35 win on Saturday night at the UNI Dome. UNI remains perfect at 12-0 and advances to play Delaware in the FCS quarterfinals, while the Wildcats close of the 2007 season 7-5 overall. Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) engineered a 10-play 75-yard drive with just 3:28 remaining to give the Wildcats a 35-31 lead with just 1:16 remaining. Santos connected with Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.) on a 15-yard scoring strike to cap off the drive. Santos closed out his storied career going 26-for-35 for 251 yards passing, two touchdowns and no interceptions.



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UNH FOOTBALL PREPARES FOR NORTHERN IOWA AND FOURTH STRAIGHT APPEARANCE IN NCAA FCS PLAYOFFS: The University of New Hampshire football team was given the opportunity to play another day on Sunday night when the Wildcats were selected to compete in a first-round game vs. No. 1 ranked  University of Northern Iowa in the NCAA Division I Football Championship on Saturday, Nov. 24. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. Central  (7:35 Easterm Time) at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  The 7-4 Wildcats and 11-0 Panthers are both familiar with each other and with playing in the FCS playoffs. UNH is the only team in Colonial Athletic Association history to advance to the Quarterfinals three consecutive years (2004-2006) and UNH is now in the playoffs for the fourth straight year.



        RICHMOND, VA.—Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and eight other members of the University of New Hampshire football team earned CAA All-Conference honors for their outstanding efforts during the 2007 campaign.
    Santos, who was honored with co-recipient Joe Flacco of Delaware, earned Player of the Year honors for the third consecutive time, the only player in conference history to ever accomplish that feat. He earned Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2005 and shared the award with Massachusetts’


DURHAM, N.H. – Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), a senior quarterback for the University of New Hampshire football team, earned CAA Offensive Player of the Week honors Monday for his impressive performance Saturday in the Wildcats’ 39-14 win over the University of Maine.

Santos was one of two CAA Offensive Players of the Week awarded by the conference, as he helped guide the 20th-ranked Wildcats past the Black Bears to clinch a playoff berth. In the game, Santos connected on 25-of-32 passing attempts and compiled a total of 355 yards and four touchdowns against a tough Maine defense.



    DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire football team was given the opportunity to play another day on Sunday night when the Wildcats were selected to compete in a first-round game vs. No. 1 ranked  University of Northern Iowa in the NCAA Division I Football Championship on Saturday, Nov. 24. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. Central  (7:35 Easterm Time) at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
    The 7-4 Wildcats and 11-0 Panthers are both familiar with each other and with playing in the FCS playoffs. UNH is the only team in Colonial Athletic Association history to advance to the Quarterfinals three consecutive years (2004-2006) and UNH is now in the playoffs for the fourth straight year.


DURHAM, N.H. – Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) moved into third place on a pair of NCAA record lists in his last regular season game to help lead the University of New Hampshire football team to a 39-14 win over the University of Maine on Saturday at Cowell Stadium in the team’s final regular-season tilt.
    The win improves the Wildcats’ record to 7-4, including 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Conference, while Maine drops to 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
    Santos submitted another big game as a Wildcat, completing 25-of-32 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns. His 12,961 yards move him past Willie Totten and into third place on the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision’s all-time career passing yards list. Totten, who finished his career with 12,711 yards, was Jerry Rice’s quarterback at Mississippi Valley State.




UNH FOOTBALL TEAM TO CELEBRATE SENIOR DAY AND BATTLE RIVAL MAINE FOR BRICE-COWELL MUSKET: The UNH football team will be honoring its seniors on Nov. 17 and is preparing to renew one of its most important rivalries when the Wildcats and Maine battle for the Brice Cowell Musket. UNH has lost two games in a row to Northeastern (31-13) and Massachusetts (27-7), but Maine has made an upswing after a 1-6 start, winning three straight over Northeastern (20-14), Towson (16-13) and most recently a shutout over Rhode Island (35-0). UNH has seen its playoff hopes fade, but the team always is up for a game vs. the Black Bears.



AMHERST, MASS-- The No. 14 ranked University of New Hampshire football team (6-4 overall, 3-4 CAA) was defeated at No. 8 ranked Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium, 27-7. UMass improves to 8-2 on the season and should be a lock for the NCAA FCS playoffs. UNH will play its final regular season game on Nov. 17 in a Senior Day matchup vs. Maine at Cowell Stadium (12 p.m.)UNH opened the game with a long drive but Senior QB Ricky Santos was intercepted in the endzone to end the drive with a touchback for UMass.Senior linebacker Justin Wright blocked a punt that was recovered by junior defensive back to give UNH 1st and 10 on the UMass 13 yd line, but UNH was unaable to take advantage and punted.




THIS WEEK'S GAME VS. UMASS: UNH head coach Sean McDonnell is not interested in hearing about the word Playoffs. His team is coming off a 31-13 loss to Northeastern and he told his players they will be focusing all week on one thing, playing UMass.  Both the Minutemen and UNH suffered losses last weekend in the wind and rain, as UMass was upset at Rhode Island 12-6. Both are looking to rebound in a game that will draw national attention. A pair of injured, Walter Payton Award candidate quarterbacks face off in Liam Coen of UMass who has struggled through the pain of a knee injury and UNH QB Ricky Santos, who has managed to play through the pain of his injured shoulder. UNH is looking for revenge after losing twice to UMass last season, once during the regular season at Cowell Stadium (28-20) and again in the NCAA quarterfinals in Amherst (24-17). Both games went down to the wire with UNH threatening to score before running out of time. One of the traditions of this rivalry game is the Bill Knight Trophy, which is given annually to the top player of the game. 



    DURHAM, N.H. –Maurice Murray carried the ball 55 times for 206 yards and three touchdowns to spearhead the Northeastern University football team to Saturday afternoon’s 31-13 upset victory against eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire in strong winds and steady rain at Cowell Stadium.
    UNH, which entered the game with a four-game winning streak and unbeaten at home (4-0) this season, is now 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the CAA. Northeastern ended its five-game losing streak to improve to 2-7, 1-5.
    The Huskies ran the ball a total of 78 times for 293 yards and that helped the visitors accrue 48 minutes, 13 seconds in time of possession. They had scoring drives of 5:55, 7:59, 8:58, 6:27 and 6:55.


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of New Hampshire athletic department received four separate National Collegiate Athletic Association Public Recognition Awards on Oct 17 for earning an Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent in their respective sports.
      In total, 217 Division I colleges and universities were represented in the two-year aggregate study of APR scores. Of the 839 teams the NCAA honored, UNH was recognized in football, women’s indoor track, women’s outdoor track and men’s soccer.



WILDCATS RIDING A FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK INTO KEY CAA NORTH RIVALRY GAME VS. NORTHEASTERN:
Saturday marks the annual meeting between Cats and Dogs as the Wildcats look to continue their four-game winning streak and Northeastern is in search of its first CAA victory after losing five straight. But, as was the case with Rhode Island, NU has lost some close ones and is a very physical team. The Huskies defeated Northwestern State (42-14) and lost close games vs. Maine last week (20-14), at Delaware (30-20) and at home vs. James Madison (21-14). UNH is presently ranked third in the nation in scoring offense with an average of 41.88 ppg., while the Huskies are averaging 15.1 ppg.



    DURHAM, N.H. – Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) threw for five touchdowns and ran for another TD to lead the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 49-36 CAA victory against the University of Rhode Island at Cowell Stadium.
    UNH won its fourth consecutive game and remained undefeated at home this season (4-0) to improve to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the CAA. URI dropped its third straight game to fall to 1-7, 0-5. The teams combined for over 1,000 yards of offense as the Rams recorded a slight edge of 537-529.



    DURHAM, N.H.— University of New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was named National Player of the Week by The College Sporting News in recognition of his four TD passes and one TD run in the Wildcat upset victory over No. 10-ranked Hofstra on Oct. 27. He was also named CAA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. It marked the second time this season he earned both honors.
    Santos returned this past weekend after suffering a shoulder injury in the Wildcats' win over Delaware two weeks ago.


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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).



    DURHAM, N.H.— University of New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) was named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Offensive Player of the Week in recognition of his four TD passes and one TD run in the Wildcat upset victory over No. 10-ranked Hofstra on Oct. 27.
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 for the second time this season.


HEMPSTEAD N.Y.— The 11th-ranked University of New Hampshire outscored No. 10-ranked Hofstra 33-3 in the first half and senior quarterback Ricky Santos threw 4 TDs in three quarters and ran for one to lead the Wildcats to a 40-3 victory over the previously undefeated Pride. It was Santos' first game back since suffering a shoulder injury in the second quarter vs. Delaware on Oct. 6.The UNH defense also came up big on the night, producing four turnovers, three by interception and another by fumble recovery.



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).



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DURHAM, N.H.
– The 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team scored a touchdown on six of nine first-half possessions to build a 42-point lead en route to Saturday afternoon’s 49-21 non-conference victory against Iona College before a Homecoming Weekend crowd of 11,068 at Cowell Stadium. UNH, which outgained the visitors 351-51 in the first half, won its second consecutive game to improve to 4-2 overall. Iona is 5-2. The Wildcats carried the ball 49 times for a total of 257 yards. The rushing attack was led by Sean Jellison (Amherst, N.H.; 10 carries-65 yards, two TDs) and Chad Kackert (Simi Valley, Calif.; 7-55, one TD). Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) scored on a 65-yard right end-around in which he broke a tackle behind the line of scrimmage, eluded a few Gaels’ defenders at the line and cut across the field to give New Hampshire a 7-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game. Redshirt freshman quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) completed 15-of-19 pass attempts for 172 yards with a 10-yard TD pass to Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.) that gave the ‘Cats a 14-0 lead at 9:46 of the first quarter.


DURHAM, NHUNH Athletics is proud to announce the third annual Tailgating Cook-off to take place this weekend in the Boulder Field tailgating area. Make sure to bring your best tailgating recipe and fire up the grill prior to kick-off when the Wildcats take on Iona College in the 2007 Homecoming game at 12:00 noon.




WILDCATS BACK IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION WITH HOMECOMING MATCHUP VS. IONA: The Wildcats are coming off one of the hardest-fought games of the year and the end result was a very key and impressive 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.



    DURHAM, N.H.— There was some good news on Monday for the University of New Hampshire football team following its 35-30 upset victory over previously undefeated Delaware on Oct. 6. Redshirt freshman quarterback R. J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week and the team moved up from 15th to 13th in The Sports Network Top 25 Poll.
    Toman took over at quarterback for Walter Payton Award winner Ricky Santos, who left the Delaware game midway through the second quarter with a shoulder injury, and was a key to the UNH victory over the Fightin’ Blue Hens.


    DURHAM, N.H.Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.) caught two touchdown passes and threw for another one to lead the 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 35-30 upset victory against

11th-ranked University of Delaware at Cowell Stadium.UNH improved to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the CAA while Delaware suffered its first defeat of the season and is now 5-1, 3-1.

            Following a scoreless first quarter, LeVan capped UNH’s 21-point second quarter with a 45-yard pass to Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) in which he caught a lateral from quarterback R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) in the right flat and found Boyle alone down the right sideline.


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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.



RICHMOND, VA.— University of New Hampshire senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) and the UNH Wildcat football team compiled 38 points and 367 yards, but it was not enough as Richmond University defeated the Wildcats by a 45-38 margin on Saturday at RU Stadium.
 
Santos finished the day with three rushing TDS of 2, 4, and 1 yds, while also passing for a 7 yd TD and 318 yards. He completed 30 of 46 passes and had no interceptions. UNH, now 2-2, 0-2 CAA, had no turnovers as well.



WILDCATS AND SPIDERS BOTH LOOKING FOR THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY: Both the UNH and Richmond offenses are rolling right along and both teams have won two straight and are looking to make it three in a row.  The Spiders are fresh off a 45-14 win at Bucknell this past week and also posted an impressive CAA victory at Northeastern on Sept. 8, 49-14. The lone loss of the season for the Spiders was at FBS Vanderbilt, where they were defeated 41-17. The Wildcats are riding high after winning the battle of the Granite State over Dartmouth this past weekend (52-31) and winning a huge game over FBS Marshall on the road (48-35). UNH is averaging 41.3 ppg. and Richmond, 37.0 this season. The key to the Richmond offense has been the powerful running of senior Tim Hightower, who checks in with an average of 204.7 rushing yards per game. Richmond is averaging 521.3 yards per game.



    RICHMOND, Va.—Junior wide receiver/returner Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was honored on Monday as the recipient of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Special Teams Player of the Week Award for his outstanding efforts in the Wildcats’ 52-31 Granite Bowl victory over Dartmouth on Sept. 22.
    The Granite State native took the game's opening kickoff 91 yards for paydirt helping to push the Wildcats on top early, and finished the game?with 112 yards and a touchdown on three kickoff returns.  The junior also  tallied two rushes for 11 yards, including a three-yard touchdown scamper, and a pair of catches for 19 yards to give him 142 all-purpose yards in the game.
    Boyle and his teammates are back in action on Sept. 29th when the squad travels to take on CAA rival Richmond. Game time is 3:30 p.m. and the contest can be seen live on CN8-TV.


    DURHAM, N.H. – Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) threw for two touchdowns – both to Keith LeVan (Waltham, Mass.) – and scored one TD on the ground, and Mike Boyle (Plymouth, N.H.) scored twice to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon’s 52-31 non-conference victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Cowell Stadium. It marked the first game on the FieldTurf of Mooradian Field.
    UNH, which has won the Granite Bowl Trophy every year since its inception in 2000 as part of 10 straight victories in the series vs. Dartmouth, improved to 2-1 with its second win in as many weeks. The Big Green is 0-2.
    Santos added to his CAA (and UNH) career records for touchdowns (106) and completions (942) – as well as to his UNH records for passing attempts (1,389) and passing yards (11,081) – by completing 17 of 23 attempts for 199 yards. He also gained 22 yards on seven carries.




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UNH FOOTBALL FACES DARTMOUTH IN GRANITE STATE SHOWDOWN ON WMUR-TV 9: The football bragging rights of the Granite State are up for grabs once again this week as the nationally-ranked No. 10 Wildcats will be the host of Dartmouth on Saturday at Cowell Stadium for the home-opener. UNH got back on track this week with an impressive 48-35 FBS victory over Marshall, a program with an amazing winning tradition in recent years. It was the Thundering Herd's first loss to an FCS opponent since becoming an FBS team in 1997. UNH's offense exploded for 502 yards, 289 through the air and 213 on the ground vs. a speedy, big, and physical Marshall defense. UNH led 24-0 at the half but had to match scores in the second half to hold on for the win. Senior Walter Payton Award-winning quarterback Ricky Santos passed for three TDs and ran for another to lead UNH.


    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.


HUNTINGTON, W.V.— For the third time since the 2004 season, the University of New Hampshire football team defeated an FBS opponent, posting an impressive and hard-fought 48-35 victory vs. Marshall on Saturday at Joan Edwards Stadium. The FCS Wildcats are getting a reputation as giant slayers, after posting a victory at Northwestern in 2006 (34-17) and winning at Rutgers in 2004 (35-24). The Wildcats were led by senior Walter Payton Award winning quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), who connected on 23 of 33 pass attempts for 289 yds and three passing TDs. He also ran the football 13 times for 45 yds and a 3 yd TD run.
 



UNH FOOTBALL FACES TOUGH FBS OPPONENT IN MARSHALL UNIVERISTY: The No. 12-ranked University of New Hampshire football team is not only looking to bounce back from a very tough CAA conference loss, but they are looking to bounce back against a very talented and physical team in Marshall University. The Herd is 0-2 but the team had its hand full in losses against Miami (Fla.) in a 31-3 loss and against in-state power West Virginia (48-23). Marshall hung in there and held a 16-13 lead well into the third quarter. However WV erupted for 42 points in the second half to earn the victory. Leading Marshall offensively this season has been the trio of quarterback Bernard Orris and receivers Cody Late and Darius Passmore, as the two receivers each have a TD from Orris.


 HARRISONBURG, VA The James Madison University football team ended a hard-fought game with 24 unanswered points in the second half to lead the Dukes to a 41-24 victory over the University of New Hampshire at Bridgeforth Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
 
UNH senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) had a solid game, throwing for two TDs and running for a 26-yarder. His first TD pass of the contest gave Santos his 100th career TD breaking the all-time CAA mark. He also became the all-time CAA leader in completions, surpassing the total of 868 by Villanova’s Chris Boden..  



DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire football team kicks off the 2007 season Saturday, Sept. 8 (3:30 p..m.) at James Madison University. You can hear what the team has to say about the upcoming season on UNHwildcats.tv, which has five interviews available.
      The archived content features interviews with head coach Sean McDonnell, 2006 Walter Payton Award winner Ricky Santos, senior free safety Jeff Pammer, junior linebacker Matt Parent and sophomore tight end Scott Sicko.
      These items are only accessible if you have a “Wildcat All-Access Pass.” Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass,” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass.



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UNH OPENS 2007 WITH KEY CAA MATCHUP ON THE ROAD AT JAMES MADISON:  Following an off week to open the 2007 campaign, No. 5 UNH will play its first contest of the year against a key CAA opponent in No. 10-ranked James Madison, a team that defeated the Wildcats in Durham last season by a decisive 42-23 margin. The Dukes opened the season on Saturday at FBS opponent North Carolina and fell to the Tar Heels by a 37-14 margin.  The JMU running game was effective and led by senior tailback Eugene Holloman, who carried 23 times for 82 yds. and quarterback Rodney Landers ran 14 times for 71 yds. Landers passed for a 4 yd TD and ran for an 8-yarder. JMU also has a top candidate for Defensive Player of the Year in senior free safety Tony LeZotte, who led the way with 11 tackles vs. UNC.


    EXETER, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire football team played its annual fall Blue/White scrimmage on Thursday afternoon and the team excelled in many areas, including an explosive aerial game, young defenders making big plays. and the punting game.
    The UNH offense scored seven touchdowns on the day, all through the air. Leading the way in the first half was senior Walter Payton Award winner/candidate Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.), who completed 15 of 22 passes for 252 yds. and three TDs of 24, 14 and 8 yds. in limited action.


Due to the passing of former University of New Hampshire men’s basketball head coach Gerry Friel this past Monday, the schedule of events for the Saturday., Aug. 25, football scrimmage and kickoff BBQ has changed.

In order for our coaches, athletic staff, athletes and the greater UNH Community to have the opportunity to attend the Celebration of Life memorial for Gerry Friel that same day, the football practice/scrimmage has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. on Bremner Field and the Wildcat Athletics Council BBQ will take place immediately following inside Lundholm Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m.




DURHAM, N.H.— The University of New Hampshire football team held its annual media day on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Bremner Field. The team held its first practice on Monday, Aug. 13, and will continue its preseason schedule of one-a-days and two-a-days until the team plays its annual Blue/White scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 30 at Cowell Stadium. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m.
   The 2007 campaign begins Sept. 8 when the Wildcats travel to play at James Madison University. The home opener will take place Sept. 22 when UNH takes on cross-state rival Dartmouth College in the annual Granite Bowl matchup. Game time is 12 p.m.


DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire athletic department has announced a partnership with Pack Network to provide online video streaming of UNH’s seven ticketed sports for the upcoming 2007-2008 season with UNHwildcats.TV.
     Wildcat fans are encouraged to buy the “Wildcat All-Access Pass” which is an annual subscription for $79.95 that provides not only all the live coverage of UNH home athletic events, but also premium content not available to view without the All-Access Pass. Fans can also purchase home events on a per game basis of $6.95.



    DURHAM, N.H-- Beginning Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 10:00 AM football individual game tickets will go on sale in-person at the Whittemore Center Box Office, by calling 1-866-WILDCAT (945-3228) or online at www.unhwildcats.com.  We expect another exciting year with quarterback Ricky Santos and Coach Sean McDonnell.  Get your tickets early!


BALTIMORE, Md.—The University of New Hampshire football team was picked to finish second in the North Division of the Colonial Athletic Association, according to the coaches and media poll released Wed. July 25, at the inaugural CAA Media Day held at the ESPN Zone in downtown Baltimore.
     The biggest UNH news of the day was the naming of UNH senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) as the CAA Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Also honored by the CAA coaches and media was senior free safety Jeff Pammer (Northampton, Pa.). Santos and Pammer are members of the 2007 preseason CAA first-team squad.



DURHAM, N.H.---The summer months of 2007 have been hot on two counts---the temperatures have been soaring and so has the number of NCAA schools that have selected FieldTurf for new athletic installations. 

The University of New Hampshire is the latest NCAA member to choose the worldwide turf leader, as the Wildcats will install FieldTurf at Mooradian Field at Cowell Stadium.  The joint announcement was made by FieldTurf Tarkett CEO John Gilman and UNH Athletics Director Marty Scarano.  The installation of the new surface is expected to be complete in early August and it will get its debut on September 22 when the New Hampshire football team hosts Dartmouth in the 2007 home opener.


    CHICAGO—Senior quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire football team was recently named a first-team All-American by the College Sporting News.
    Santos, who has been named an All-American on every major squad released to date, enters his final season needing just one more passing touchdown to reach 100 for his career to break the all-time CAA record of 99.
    The 2006 Walter Payton Award Winner has also topped the 10,000-yard passing mark (10,240) and is on pace to move among the best quarterbacks ever at the NCAA FCS level in terms of NCAA passing statistics.


        DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire Wildcat Football Evening Camp is set to begin on Sun., July 15th and there are still openings available for additional campers.
    Online registration has expired, but new campers may register when they arrive at the door of the Indoor Track at the UNH Field House on July 15th.
    Registration will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and the cost to register is $150.
    This is a full contact camp and each camper is responsible for their own equipment.
    The first session of camp begins at 6 p.m. following registration and check- in.




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