August 31, 2010

FOOTBALL TEAM OPENS SEASON SATURDAY AT 12 P.M. VERSUS CENTRAL CONN. STATE

FULL GAME NOTES IN PDF FORMAT

DURHAM, N.H. - The No. 9 University of New Hampshire football team opens its 2010 season this Saturday, Sept. 4, against Central Connecticut State University at Cowell Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

THE UNH/CENTRAL CONNECTICUT ALL-TIME SERIES    

Year    H/A    Score        Series Record
2003    H    70-20               5-0
1978    A    36-13               4-0
1977    H    42-7                3-0
1976    A    34-21               2-0
1975    H    28-0                1-0                    

FBS BUSTERS: UNH will attempt to continue its unprecedented run of wins against FBS schools on Sept. 11 when it visits the University of Pittsburgh, the No. 15 team in the USA Today  Coaches' Poll. The Panthers are the favorites to win the BIG EAST Conference. No other FCS team has ever won five consecutive contests against FBS competition. Here is a snapshot of the Wildcats' stunning upsets:

Year    Opponent    Score        Streak
2009    Ball State    23-16         5
2008    Army          28-10         4
2007    Marshall      48-35         3
2006    Northwestern  34-17      2
2004    Rutgers        35-24        1

The last FBS team to prevail against the 'Cats was Central Michigan, 40-33, on Sept. 6, 2003.

SIX YEARS OF SUCCESS: The Wildcats have qualified for the NCAA Div. I FCS postseason for six consecutive seasons. Only Montana (17) and Southern Illinois (seven) have  longer current streaks. UNH has posted 57 victories since the beginning of the 2004 season. Only eight schools have beaten the Wildcats in the last six years: James Madison, Massachusetts, Montana, Northeastern, Northern Iowa, Richmond, Villanova and  William & Mary.

SEASON OPENERS: The Wildcats have prevailed in six of their last seven season openers, with the lone setback coming at James Madison in 2007. In 2009, UNH opened the season with a 24-14 victory over St. Francis (Pa.).  The string of success began with a triumph over Central Connecticut in 2003; other opening-game victims include Delaware ('04), UC-Davis ('05), Northwestern ('06) and Army ('08).

ON THIS DATE: SEPTEMBER 4: It was 11 years ago today -September 4, 1999- that Sean McDonnell coached his first game for the Wildcats, a 37-14 victory at Rhode Island. That is the only 9/4 game in the McDonnell era. UNH is 2-1 all-time on this date, earning a 28-6 win at James Madison (1982) and suffering a 27-14 setback at William & Mary (1993), both under legendary coach Bill Bowes. Today marks the first home game on September 4 in UNH history.

HOME COOKING: UNH brings a nine-game home winning streak into the season opener vs CCSU. The Wildcats went a perfect 6-0 in 2009 and haven't dropped a game at Cowell Stadium since Oct. 11, 2008, to Wiliam & Mary, 38-34.

SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS:  The Central Connecticut football team won its third Northeast Conference football title since 2004 last season and finished the year with a 9-3 overall record. The NEC coaches picked the Blue Devils to repeat in 2010, placing Central first in the preseason coaches poll. Central received four first-place votes on its way to being picked first for the first time ever. In addition, four Blue Devils were picked on the preseason All-Conference Team:  senior offensive lineman Mike Allison;  wide receiver Josue Paul;  defensive backs Dominique Rose and Alondre Rush. Rush was a First Team All-Conference pick a season ago at defensive back. He is joined in the defensive backfield by classmate Rose, a Second Team selection a year ago. On the offensive side of the ball is Paul, a wide receiver, and Allison, on the offensive line. Both were Second Team All-Conference picks a season ago.

Jeff McInerney enters his fifth season as head coach at CCSU. He has a 30-15 record during his four campaigns in New Britain, and won his first Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honor in 2009. The Blue Devils won the first outright NEC title in school history and advanced to their first-ever Division I postseason game. The 30 wins are the most by a CCSU coach in his first four years, and his .667 winning percentage is the second-best in school history.  Central enters 2010 with six straight winning seasons, the longest streak in almost 40 years for the Blue Devils.

Last season the Blue Devils matched the school record for victories with a 9-3 overall mark, including a 7-1 record in NEC action, good for their third title in the last six seasons and the first under McInerney. Central clinched the title with a 14-13 win over St. Francis (Pa.) in the final regular-season game of the season. Central's six-straight wins from Sept. 26 until Oct. 31 marked the longest win streak in its Division I history. The Blue Devils advanced to the Gridiron Classic and faced Butler on Dec. 5. They lost to the Bulldogs and finished the season with nine wins, the most in a single season since 1973. They also finished their home schedule 4-0, marking the third time in four seasons that they have gone undefeated at home under McInerney. Central is 18-2 during that stretch.

The Blue Devils made an appearance in the national polls for the second time in McInerney's four seasons in 2009. Running back James Mallory helped make program history by becoming the second player in school history to be a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award, awarded to the top player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Mallory finished his career in New Britain as the second-leading scorer and rusher in program history, and earned numerous All-America honors following his senior campaign.

DID YOU KNOW: CCSU/UNH FACTOIDS:
• UNH R-Fr. offensive lineman Sean Ryan, a Londonderry native, will be matched up against his brother, Casey Ryan, the Blue Devils' left tackle.

• CCSU first-year offensive coordinator Tim Stowers was head coach at Rhode Island (2000-07), where Blue Devils' head coach Jeff McInerney served as defensive coordinator.

• CCSU senior RB Everette Benjamin joins the Blue Devils after transferring from Hofstra, which was a CAA division rival of UNH until the school dropped its football program this past offseason. Benjamin rushed for a team-leading 73 yards on 16 carries for the Pride in the Wildcats' 45-25 triumph on Nov. 1, 2008, at Cowell Stadium. Last season, Benjamin had a 25-yd TD run negated by a penalty in the 'Cats 18-10 win at Shuart Stadium, but did haul in a team-leading five catches for 67 yards in the loss.

­TALE OF THE TAPE:

2009 Totals                     CCSU    UNH
Total Yards Gained           4,701    4,425    
Total Offense                   391.8    340.4
Rush Offense                    219.4    138.5
Pass Offense                     172.3    201.9
Points Per Game                  25.0    31.8
Total Yards Allowed             3,611    4,122
Total Defense                    300.9    317.1
Rush Defense                    137.4    135.8
Pass Defense                     163.5    181.2
Points Allowed/Game           22.3    21.1
Possession Avg.                 33:19    26:33
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost    13/97    31/184
Sacks Made/Yards             24/187    32/231
Total Touchdowns Scored        41    51
Penalties Against/Yards        66-609    80-659
Punts/Avg.                        41-34.4    71-33.4
Turnover Differential            -1    +13


MILESTONE WATCH: QB R.J. Toman needs 26 pass attempts to move into fifth place on UNH's all-time list.
Rank    Quarterback (Years)    Career Attempts
1.    Ricky Santos (2004-07)    1,498
5.    Matt Griffin (1987-91)    734
6.    Jim Stayer (1992-94)    710
7.    R.J. Toman (2007-10)    709

PRESEASON POLLS:  UNH is ranked in the top 10 of both major FCS polls. Here is a look at both preseason polls:

    FCS Coaches Poll    The Sports Network/Fathead.com    
1.    Villanova                    Villanova
2.    Montana                    Montana
3.    Appalachian State       Appalachian State    
4.    William & Mary          William & Mary
5.    Southern Illinois        Southern Illinois
6.    Richmond                 Richmond
7.    Elon                          Elon
8.    Stephen F. Austin       Stephen F. Austin
9.    UNH                         South Dakota State
10.    South Dakota State        UNH  

 
COLONIAL CLASH:  Gillette Stadium, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) announced on Aug. 18 that the annual football rivalry game, which moves to Gillette Stadium in 2010 and 2011, will be dubbed the "Colonial Clash."

"It's a fitting name for a border rivalry between schools who represent two of the original colonies," said Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. "We're proud to bring it to Gillette Stadium and are determined to make it a truly special event for students, alumni and fans from the two schools. We don't think there is a better atmosphere for football in New England than Gillette Stadium, and we hope the venue heightens interest in the game and in college football in this region."

The contest will be the first-ever college football game at Gillette Stadium, the 68,756-seat home of the New England Patriots that is designed to represent New England heritage with its signature lighthouse and bridge. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, and the Wildcats will be the home team for this year's matchup.

Tickets are currently available for purchase through UNH at the Whittemore Center Arena Box Office by calling (603) 862-4000, extension 5. Club seats are $30, lower bowl seats are $25 and there is a discounted student ticket available for $10. All ticket prices include parking. Fans will be able to select seats on the respective school sidelines. UMass will utilize the Patriots sideline and UNH will be on the "visiting" team sidelines.  

UNH COACH'S SHOW: Join UNH head coach Sean McDonnell and host Mike Murphy on the UNH Coach's Show, presented by Bud Light, each Monday night during the football season from 7-8 p.m. on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. Coach Mac will break down  each game and look ahead to upcoming matchups from Ballard's Restaurant in Durham, Kelley's Row in Dover and The Page in Portsmouth. The UNH Coach's Show will be carried all across the Network:  flagship WGIR 610-AM (Manchester);  WGIN 930-AM (Rochester);  WNTK 99.7 FM/WUVR 1490 AM (New London), WASR 1420-AM (Wolfeboro) and WCNL 1010-AM (Newport). Here is the upcoming schedule of shows:

Date        Location        City
9/13        Ballard's            Durham
9/20        Kelley's Row        Dover
9/27        The Page        Portsmouth
10/4        Ballard's            Durham
10/11        Kelley's Row        Dover
10/18        The Page        Portsmouth
10/25        Ballard's            Durham
11/1        Kelley's Row        Dover
11/8        The Page        Portsmouth
11/15        Ballard's            Durham
11/22        Kelley's Row        Dover
     
BLUE-WHITE RECAP:  Junior quarterback Kevin Decker threw a pair of touchdown passes, and redshirt freshman running back Chris Setian ran 13 times for  a game-high 82 yards and a score as the offense scored 33 points in the annual Fall Blue/White Scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 26, at Cowell Stadium.

Junior defensive back Rod Walker – who had one of the defense's six sacks – and freshman linebacker Malcolm Griggs led the squad in tackles with eight apiece, while sophomore defensive back Tyler Sargent added seven stops.

Decker, who opened the scoring with a 14-yard rushing touchdown, finished 21 of 25 for 197 yards, with a 22-yard scoring strike to junior tight end Chris Jeannot and a 7-yard hook-up with senior wide receiver Mike Greene.   

OTHER BLUE-WHITE STANDOUTS:
•Freshman quarterback Alex Park found classmate Jimmy Giansante down the middle of the field for a 57-yard touchdown play with :03 remaining in the first half.
 
•Senior wide receiver Kevon Mason grabbed a team-leading five catches for 52 yards.

•Sophomore defensive tackle Jared Smith blocked a field goal attempt.

•Junior defensive end James Jenkins  recovered a fumble inside the 5-yard line on a 4th-and-1 play.

VASSO, McNALLY NAMED PRESEASON ALL-CAA: UNH senior defensive back Dino Vasso and junior defensive end Brian McNally were each named to the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Preseason All-Conference Team, and the Wildcats were picked to finish third overall in the new-look CAA football standings.   

Vasso, a team captain, earned a spot on the preseason all-conference squad for the second consecutive year after ranking second on the Wildcats in interceptions (five) and fifth in tackles (76) a year ago. The 2009 All-CAA Second-Team performer returned two interceptions for touchdowns -a 34-yard pick-six versus Dartmouth on September 26 and a 31-yarder at Towson the next week- and is slotted to start at cornerback for a fourth straight season.

McNally, the 2008 CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year, garners his first preseason all-conference honor after tallying 29 tackles, including 17 solo efforts, at defensive end last year. McNally's four sacks ranked second on the unit, and he racked up 6.5 tackles for a loss.

PRESEASON CAA POLL:  Defending national champion Villanova was predicted to finish atop the conference, followed by 2009 national semifinalist William & Mary and then UNH, which received two first-place votes. Only Villanova (17) compiled more first-place votes than New Hampshire. Here is the complete list of preseason polling conducted by the league's 10 head coaches and media personnel:

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (first-place votes):
1. Villanova (17)
2. William and Mary
3. UNH(2)
4. James Madison
5. Delaware (1)
6. Richmond
7. Maine
8. Massachusetts
9. Rhode Island
10. Towson

VASSO NAMED PRESEASON FCS ALL-AMERICAN : UNH senior cornerback Dino Vasso has been named a preseason football All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl selection committee. The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is a postseason all-star game showcasing the talent of senior players from the NCAA FCS Division I football level. The bowl game is presented by the Collegiate Developmental Football League and will be held on Dec. 11, 2010, at the Joseph St. Lawrence Sports Complex Stadium in Ramapo, N.Y.

UNH senior defensive tackle Steve Young was named a second-team preseason FCS Senior Scout Bowl Team All-American, and senior quarterback R.J. Toman received honorable mention.

The preseason team recognizes the achievements of senior players who are entering their final season on the FCS level. The selection committee will review player performances throughout the 2010 season in a committed effort to bring 86 of the top players, represented in a North versus South format, to the New York city metropolitan area for the bowl game.

Vasso, a team captain and fourth-year starter at cornerback, was named to the All-CAA First Team last week on the heels of a 2009 season in which he registered five interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, while racking up 76 tackles.

Last season Young amassed 39 tackles, including six tackles for a loss, from his nose tackle position, highlighted by a career-high eight-tackle performance at William & Mary on Nov. 14.

Toman has thrown for 5,601 yards in his Wildcats career, fourth-most in school history. The signal caller passed for 2,181 yards and 15 touchdowns in the '09 campaign and will serve as a captain in '10.

For more information on the FCS Senior Scout Bowl, visit www.fcsseniorbowl.com.


WILDCATS CAREER HIGHS: QUARTERBACKS

R.J. TOMAN, #12, SENIOR QUARTERBACK
Passing    Yards    309, at Rhode Island, 2008    
    Attempts    40, at Rhode Island, 2008
    Completions    29, at Rhode Island, 2008
    Longest    77, vs UMass, 2008
    Touchdowns    5, at Rhode Island, 2008
    Interceptions    4,  at Northern Iowa, 2008
Rushing    Yards    56, vs Rhode Island, 2009
    Attempts    16, 2x, last vs Rhode Island, 2009
    Longest    43, vs UMass, 2008
    Touchdowns    2, vs William & Mary, 2008

KEVIN DECKER, #14, JUNIOR QUARTERBACK
Passing    Yards    140, at Towson, 2009
    Attempts    19, at Towson, 2009
    Completions    11, at Towson, 2009
    Longest    46, at Towson, 2009
    Touchdowns    2, at Towson, 2009
    Interceptions    1, vs Dartmouth, 2009
Rushing    Yards    56, vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Attempts    8, at Towson, 2009
    Longest    33, vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Touchdowns    1, 2x, last at Towson, 2009

WILDCATS CAREER HIGHS: RUNNING BACKS

SEAN JELLISON, #24, SENIOR RUNNING BACK
Rushing    Yards    125, vs St. Francis, 2009
    Carries    23, vs St. Francis, 2009
    Longest    70, vs St. Francis, 2009
    Touchdowns    3, vs  Rhode Island, 2009
Receiving    Yards    43, at Ball State, 2009
    Receptions    4, at Ball State, 2009
    Longest    32, at Towson, 2009
    Touchdowns    1,  3x, last at Towson, 2009
Kick Returns    Longest    81, at Towson, 2009
    Touchdowns    1, (81-yds) at Towson, 2009

DONTRA PETERS, #1, SOPHOMORE RUNNING BACK
Rushing    Yards    26, at Towson, 2009
    Carries    13, at Towson, 2009
    Longest    26, at Towson, 2009
    Touchdowns    1, 2x, last at McNeese St., 2009
Receiving    Yards    11, vs St. Francis, 2009    
    Receptions    1, vs St. Francis, 2009
    Longest    11, vs St. Francis, 2009
    Touchdowns    n/a
Kick Returns    Longest    28, vs Rhode Island, 2009
Punt Returns    Longest    7, vs Dartmouth, 2009

WILDCATS CAREER HIGHS: RECEIVERS

CHRIS CHANDLER, #6, SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER
Receiving    Yards    10, vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Receptions    1, vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Longest    10, vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Touchdowns    n/a

TERRANCE FOX, #4, SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER
Rushing    Yards    22, at Northeastern, 2008
    Carries    5, vs UMass, 2008
    Longest    18, 2x, last vs Towson, 2008
    Touchdowns    n/a
Receiving    Yards    103, 2x, last vs Towson, 2008
    Receptions    8, at Northeastern, 2008
    Longest    67, at Northern Iowa, 2008
    Touchdowns    1, 4x, last at Northern Iowa, 2008
Kick Returns    Longest    49, at Northeastern, 2008
Punt Returns    Longest    14, vs Iona, 2007

MIKE GREENE, #16, SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER
Receiving    Yards    12, at Hofstra, 2009
    Receptions    2, 2x, last at Hofstra, 2009
    Longest    8, vs St. Francis, 2009
    Touchdowns    n/a

CHRIS JEANNOT, #86, JUNIOR TIGHT END
Receiving    Yards    92, vs UMass, 2008
Receptions    2, 5x, last vs Villanova, 2009
    Longest    77, vs UMass, 2008
    Touchdowns    2, vs UMass, 2008

KEVON MASON, #5, SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER
Rushing    Yards    7, vs Towson, 2008
    Carries    1, 2x, last vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Longest    7, vs Towson, 2008
    Touchdowns    n/a
Receiving    Yards    62, at McNeese St., 2009
    Receptions    3, 5x, at William & Mary, 2009
    Longest    62, at McNeese St., 2009
    Touchdowns    1, 2x, last vs St. Francis, 2009

JOEY ORLANDO, #84, SOPHOMORE WIDE RECEIVER
Rushing    Yards    11, vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Carries    1, vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Longest    11, vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Touchdowns    n/a
Receiving    Yards    70, at Ball State, 2009
    Receptions    4, at Ball State, 2009
    Longest    41, vs Maine, 2009
    Touchdowns    1, 2x, last at William & Mary, 2009
Punt Returns    Longest    17, at William & Mary, 2009

WILDCATS CAREER HIGHS: DEFENSE

MATT EVANS, #52, SOPHOMORE LINEBACKER
Tackles    Solo    2, at McNeese State, 2009
    Assist    2, vs Dartmouth, 2009
    Total    3, vs Dartmouth, 2009
Sacks        n/a
Interceptions        n/a
Fumbles Forced    1, at Towson, 2009
Fumbles Rec.        n/a

KYLE FLEMINGS,  #20, JUNIOR CORNERBACK
Tackles    Solo    3, vs Towson, 2008
    Assist    1, 5x, last vs Northeastern, 2009
    Total    4, vs Towson, 2008
Sacks        n/a
Interceptions        2, at Towson, 2009
Fumbles Forced    n/a
Fumbles Rec.        n/a

JOHN GREER, #43, SENIOR SAFETY
Tackles    Solo    5, 2x, last at McNeese St., 2009
    Assist    2, 3x, last vs Northeastern, 2009
    Total    6, at Dartmouth, 2008
Sacks        n/a
Interceptions        n/a
Fumbles Forced    n/a
Fumbles Rec.        n/a

DEVON JACKSON, #44, SENIOR LINEBACKER
Tackles    Solo    7, at Towson, 2009
    Assist    9, at UMass, 2009
    Total    11, 2x, last at Hofstra, 2009
Sacks        1, 4x, last at UMass, 2009
Interceptions        1, vs UMass, 2008
Fumbles Forced                   1, at Ball State, 2009
Fumbles Rec.         1, at Southern Illinois, 2008

JAMES JENKINS, #56, JUNIOR DEFENSIVE END
Tackles    Solo    5, vs Northeastern, 2009
    Assist    4, at Towson, 2009
    Total    7, 2x, last vs Northeastern, 2009
Sacks        1.0, at Ball State, 2009
Interceptions        n/a
Fumbles Forced    1, at Towson, 2009
Fumbles Rec.        1, vs Dartmouth, 2009

RYAN McGUINNESS, #8, SENIOR SAFETY
Tackles    Solo    7, vs Villanova, 2009
    Assist    11, vs Towson, 2008
    Total    13, vs Towson, 2008
Sacks        1.0, vs Villanova, 2009
Interceptions        1, at Towson, 2009 (96-yd TD)
Fumbles Forced    1, vs Dartmouth, 2009
Fumbles Rec.        n/a

BRIAN McNALLY #98, JUNIOR DEFENSIVE END
Tackles    Solo    4, at Northeastern, 2008
    Assist    8, vs Albany, 2008
    Total    9, vs Albany, 2008
Sacks        1.0, 5x, last at McNeese State, 2009
Interceptions        n/a
Fumbles Forced    1, 2x, last vs St. Francis, 2009
Fumbles Rec.        1, vs Hofstra, 2008
JOHN MURRAY, #62, JUNIOR DEFENSIVE TACKLE
Tackles    Solo    1, 11x, last at Villanova, 2009
    Assist    2, 3x, last at Towson, 2009
    Total    3, vs UMass, 2008
Sacks        1.0, 2x, last at McNeese State, 2009
Interceptions        n/a
Fumbles Forced    n/a
Fumbles Rec.        n/a

HUGO SOUZA, #33, SENIOR SAFETY
Tackles    Solo    8, 2x, last vs Maine, 2009
    Assist    12, vs Rhode Island, 2007
    Total    16, vs Rhode Island, 2007
Sacks        1.0, 3x, last at Army, 2008
Interceptions        1, 3x, last vs Rhode Island, 2009 (28-yd return)
Fumbles Forced    1, 6x, last vs Rhode Island, 2009
Fumbles Rec.        1, 5x, last at Ball State, 2009
    (note: 22-yd TD fumble return at Army, 2008)

DINO VASSO, #9, SENIOR CORNERBACK
Tackles    Solo    9, 2x, last at UMass, 2009
    Assist    6, at Maine, 2008
    Total    14, at UMass, 2009
Sacks        n/a
Interceptions        2, 2x, last vs Dartmouth, 2009
    (3 career pick-sixes: last at Towson, 2009)
Career-long INT return:  66 yards vs Hofstra, 2008
Fumbles Forced    1, 2x, last vs Hofstra, 2008
Fumbles Rec.        1, at Richmond, 2007
Kick Returns    Longest    38, 3x, last at William & Mary, 2009
Punt Returns    Longest    5, at Ball State, 2009

STEVE  YOUNG, #91, SENIOR DEFENSIVE TACKLE
Tackles    Solo    4, at Ball State, 2009
    Assist    5, 2x, last at William & Mary, 2009
    Total    7, vs St. Francis, 2009
Sacks        1.0,  at Marshall, 2007
Interceptions        n/a
Fumbles Forced    1, 2x, last vs UMass, 2008
Fumbles Rec.        1, 2x, last at Rhode Island, 2008
 
FCS TOP 25 COACHES POLL: PRESEASON
Rank     School         Points     Prev
1     Villanova (22)         667     1
2     Montana (2)         632     2
3     Appalachian St. (4)     622     4
4     William & Mary     587     3
5     Southern Illinois    551     6
6     Richmond         484     5
7     Elon             474     10
8     Stephen F. Austin     413     9
9     UNH             409     7
10     South Dakota St.     403     11
11     McNeese St.         376     12
12     South Carolina St.     341     8
13     Northern Iowa    333     18
14     Eastern Washington     327     13
15     James Madison     290     NR
16     Eastern Illinois        236     15
17     Jacksonville St.     208     16
18     Weber St.         186     17
19     Delaware         185     NR
20     Liberty         171     21
21     Prairie View         135     19
22     Colgate         98     20
23     Northern Arizona     87     NR
24     Montana St.         85     25
25-T     Cal Poly         66     NR
26-T    Holy Cross         66     14

THE SPORTS NETWORK/FATHEAD.COM TOP 25
Team (First-place votes)        2009 record    Points    Previous
1. Villanova Wildcats (104)          14-1     3,112      1
2. Montana Grizzlies (9)         14-1    2,899     2
3. Appalachian State (8)         11-3    2,857     3
4. William & Mary Tribe (3)         11-3    2,631     4
5. Southern Illinois Salukis (1)     11-2    2,569     6
6. Richmond Spiders (1)         11-2    2,317     5
7. Elon Phoenix         9-3    2,243     9
8. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks     10-3    2,041     10
9. South Dakota State Jackrabbits     8-4    1,863     11
10. UNH WILDCATS         10-3    1,837     7
11. South Carolina State Bulldogs     10-2    1,607     8
12. McNeese State Cowboys         9-3    1,475     12
13. Eastern Washington Eagles     8-4    1,422     13
14. Northern Iowa Panthers         7-4    1,269     18
15. James Madison Dukes         6-5    1,237     NR
16. Delaware Blue Hens         6-5    879     NR
17. Jacksonville State Gamecocks     8-3    833     16
18. Eastern Illinois Panthers         8-4    762     19
19. Weber State Wildcats         7-5    716     17
20. Prairie View A&M Panthers     9-1    709     15
21. Liberty Flames         8-3    633     22
22. Colgate Raiders         9-2    608     21
23. Penn Quakers         8-2    593     20
24. Montana State Bobcats         7-4    584     NR
25. Holy Cross Crusaders         9-3    560     14

VIDEO STREAMING OF ALL HOME GAMES:  UNH is once again partnering with Pack Network to provide online streaming of UNH football in 2010. In addition to streaming all live home games, the Wildcat All-Access Pass on UNHwildcats.tv also provides an in-depth archive section, interviews, highlight packages and much more. It is the ideal way for Wildcats' fans, alumni and other supporters to keep track of their favorite teams all season long when they can't make it to the games in Durham.

The Wildcat All-Access Pass, providing online streaming of all UNH's ticketed sports (football, men's and women's hockey, men's and women's basketball, volleyball and gymanstics) is $89.95. Individual events will also be available for purchase within 48 hours of the scheduled game for $7.95 per contest.

WILDCAT SPORTS RADIO NETWORK: All UNH football games, home and away, can be heard on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network. The voice of the Wildcats, Jim Jeannotte, will be joined by first-year analyst Loren Foxx. The pregame show begins 30 minutes before kickoff on the seven stations of the Network: flagship WGIR 610-AM (Manchester);  WGIN 930-AM (Rochester);  96.7 FM The Wave (Portsmouth); WNTK 99.7 FM/WUVR 1490 AM (New London), WASR 1420-AM (Wolfeboro) and WCNL 1010-AM (Newport). Plus, each game is streamed live at UNHWildcats.com, powered by Stretch Internet, and games are subsequently archived and made available for future enjoyment on a Mac, PC or downloadable mp3 device.

WILDCATS ON TELEVISION:  The Wildcats will be featured in televised games seven times during the 2010 campaign, beginning with the Sept. 11 game at Pittsburgh on ESPN3.com. Here is the complete television schedule:

Date    Opponent    Television Outlet
Sept. 11    @ Pittsburgh    ESPN3.com
Sept. 18    @ Rhode Island    CSN-NE
Oct. 2    @ Maine    WABI-TV
Oct. 9    vs Richmond    CSN-NE
Oct. 16    @ James Madison    CSN-NE
Oct. 23    vs UMass*    CSN-NE
Nov. 13    @ Villanova    CSN-NE        

*at Gillette Stadium    

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