FOOTBALL TEAM TAKES AIM AT RICHMOND IN HOMECOMING BATTLE SATURDAY AT NOON
No. 22/23 UNH (2-3, 0-2 CAA) vs No. 11/11 Richmond (2-2, 0-1 CAA)
12:00 p.m. |Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 | Cowell Stadium | Durham, N.H.
Television: Comcast Sports N.E.: Jon Gurevitch (play-by-play), Andy Gresh (analyst)
Radio: Wildcat Sports Network: Jim Jeannotte (play-by-play), Loren Foxx (analyst)
UNH: Sean McDonnell
Years as head coach: 12th
Overall Record: 82-55
Record at UNH: 82-55
CAA Record: 48-45
Alma Mater: UNH '78
Richmond: Latrell Scott
Years as head coach: 1st
Overall Record: 2-2
Record at Richmond: 2-2
CAA Record: 0-1
Alma Mater: Hampton '97
LAST TIME OUT: ORONO, Maine – Redshirt freshman kicker Mike MacArthur kicked two field goals, including a career-best 47-yarder that gave the 14th-ranked University of New Hampshire a 13-6 lead with 2:47 remaining in regulation, but the Maine Black Bears blocked his 33-yard, game-winning attempt and got a 37-yard field goal from Brian Harvey in overtime to post a 16-13 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday night at Alfond Stadium. The victory allowed the Black Bears (2-3, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Wildcats (2-3, 0-2) and take possession of the Brice-Cowell Musket, which goes to the winner of the annual rivalry match-up. With the score tied 13-13 at the end of regulation, UNH had the opening possession in overtime. Following a one-yard loss on first down, quarterback R.J. Toman lofted a pass towards the left slot for Joey Orlando, but Maine defensive back Jerron McMillian cut in front of the intended receiver for an interception, Maine's third of the game. Maine began its overtime possession with a four-yard run by Jared Turcotte. On second down at the 21-yard line, Turcotte (21 rushes-71 yards) carried the ball for one yard and recovered his own fumble at the 20. Turcotte was stopped by Matt Evans and Alan Buzbee (12 tackles) for no gain on third down. Following a UNH timeout, Harvey, who had a PAT blocked in the second quarter, connected on his 37-yard field goal attempt to end the game. After MacArthur's 47-yarder, which bounced off the crossbar and through the uprights, gave New Hampshire a 13-6 lead late in the fourth quarter, Maine responded with a seven-play, 57-yard drive culminating in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Warren Smith (19 of 28, 253 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT) to Derek Buttles (three catches-48 yards-TD). The extra point knotted the score, 13-13, with 1:12 remaining. The Wildcats then drove 50 yards on five plays, including a 39-yard pass from Toman (26-for-38, TD, 3 INT) to junior tight end Sean Cullen, setting the stage for MacArthur's attempt with two seconds remaining. Brent Rice blocked the field goal, forcing UNH's first overtime game since the two teams met here in 2006. New Hampshire, which trailed 6-3 at halftime, claimed its first lead of the contest by marching 57 yards on seven plays on its initial drive of the third quarter. Orlando (six catches-62 yards) drew a pass interference penalty for a first down at the Black Bears' 17. Facing a 3rd-and-4 just three plays later, Orlando went up the ladder to snatch a six-yard reception from Toman, putting the ball at the Maine 5. On the very next play, senior Terrance Fox, who had a game-high eight catches for 81 yards, went airborne at the right pylon to nab his team-leading fourth touchdown reception of the season and Toman's eighth scoring toss. The extra-point from MacArthur gave the 'Cats a 10-6 lead with 10:54 remaining in the third quarter. On Maine's ensuing drive, the Wildcats' defense came up with back-to-back big stops on short-yardage rushing plays. Facing a 3rd-and-2 at the UNH 35, Turcotte was held to one yard, absorbing a crushing hit from senior safety John Greer. On 4th-and-1, senior safety Hugo Souza (game-high 13 tackles) met Smith head-on, with assistance from Buzbee (12 tackles), on a quarterback keeper, as the Wildcats held and took over possession at the 34. After a scoreless first period, Maine struck first with 13:25 remaining in the second quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Smith to tight end Jeff Falvey, who made a leaping catch on a seam route along the right hash marks for his first touchdown catch of the season. UNH sophomore defensive tackle Jared Smith blocked the extra point, however, keeping the Black Bears' lead at 6-0. Maine threatened to build on the lead on its next drive, advancing to the UNH 23 before Kyle Flemings intercepted Smith's pass in the end zone for his second pick in as many weeks.Greer was the catalyst for New Hampshire's first points of the game, as the senior registered his first career interception, picking off Smith's pass at the Wildcats' 45 and taking it back 15 yards to the Maine 40 with a little over five minutes remaining in the second quarter. Toman then connected with Cullen (career-high five catches-91 yards) for a 17-yard pick-up, putting the ball on the Black Bears' 23-yard line. Four plays later, UNH trimmed the deficit to 6-3 with 3:10 remaining in the first half on MacArthur's 32-yard field goal.
LAST MEETING: RICHMOND-45, UNH-38 (Sept. 29, 2007): Ricky Santos finished the day with three rushing touchdowns and passed for another as part of a 319-yard performance, but the Richmond Spiders held off the UNH Wildcats, 45-38, at UR Stadium. Keith Levan made 11 receptions for 99 yards and a TD. Tim Hightower scored four TDs for the Spiders, including a 72-yard scamper in the second quarter and the game-winning score in the 4th quarter.
SCOUTING THE SPIDERS: Richmond has won 11 straight road games against FCS opponents, but has not won at Cowell Stadium since Oct. 14, 2000. The Spiders are a perfect 11-for-11 in red-zone scoring opportunities with nine touchdowns and two field goals. The last time Richmond played at UNH, David Ball nabbed his 51st career TD pass to break Jerry Rice's D-I career record in the Wildcats' 27-17 triumph Oct. 7, 2006. That was the last time a member of the former CAA North (UNH, UMass, Maine, Hofstra, Northeastern, Rhode Island) defeated Richmond.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior CB Justin Rogers won The Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week award and the CAA Defensive Player of the Week award after making two interceptions, returning one for a score, in the Spiders' 41-19 victory over Coastal Carolina last week. Rogers is a three-time All-America selection and a nominee for the Buck Buchanan Award, presented to the top defensive player in FCS annually. Rogers is also lethal on special teams, where he averages 20.6 yards per kick return and 16.3 yards per punt return. Senior LB Eric McBride has started 47 straight games, the longest current stretch in the CAA, and is coming off a career-high 18 tackles in the win over Coastal Carolina. His 48 tackles rank third in the league, and his 12.0 tackles per game rank first. Offensively, senior WR Kevin Grayson, with 191 all-time catches, is 8 receptions away from becoming the No. 1 receiver in school history. Grayson has 14 catches for 136 yards and one touchdown this season, while junior Tre Gray leads the squad with 15 catches for 170 yards. Junior QB Aaron Corp is 65 of 120 (54.2%) for 638 yards (159.5 avg.) with 3 TD and 3 INT. Sophomore RB Kendall Gaskins has rushed 37 times for a team-leading 218 yards (5.9 per carry/54.5 per game), but senior Tyler Kirchoff (38 carries-174 yards) has a team-high six rushing touchdowns.
UNH-RICHMOND ALL-TIME SERIES (SPIDERS LEAD, 10-8): During the Sean McDonnell era, the Wildcats have posted a 2-4 record against Richmond, including a 2-1 mark at Cowell Stadium. Here are the recent results since Coach Mac took over the head coaching job in 1999:
Date Home/Away Score W/L
9/29/07 Away 38-45 L
10/7/06 Home 27-17 W
10/18/03 Away 23-35 L
10/12/02 Home 20-19 W
10/14/00 Home 10-31 L
9/25/99 Away 17-27 L
2010 UNH WEEKLY AWARDS
Player Weekly Award Date
R.J. Toman Gold Helmet Award 9/29
R.J. Toman ECAC Offensive Player 9/28
R.J. Toman CAA Offensive Player 9/27
Terrance Fox CAA Spec. Teams Player 9/6
•R.J. Toman has passed for 936 yards (312.0) and 7 touchdowns in the last three games, taking over the CAA lead in total offense (265.4) and passing offense (240.6).
•Terrance Fox has four TD receptions in the last three games. He has led UNH receivers in catches (341) in all three contests, averaging 113.7 yards per game during that stretch.
•Sophomore Matt Evans leads the CAA in tackles (54) and has registered double-digit tackles in four of the five games this season, including a career-best 13 stops vs Lehigh on Sept. 25.
•Since replacing injured captain Devon Jackson as a starting MLB, sophomore Alan Buzbee has compiled 35 tackles in three games, averaging 11.7 tackles per contest.
•UNH's last seven touchdowns have been through the air. The last rushing touchdown was R.J. Toman's 28-yard run in the 1st quarter at Rhode Island on Sept. 18. The last running back to score a TD was Dontra Peters, on a 2-yard run at Pittsburgh in the third quarter Sept. 11.
•Senior Kevon Mason is the only Wildcat with at least one reception in every game. He has a streak of 10 straight games with at least one grab and, dating back to the 2009 season opener, has made at least one catch in 16 of the last 17 games.
WILDCATS AMONG CAA LEADERS:
Player Category CAA Rank Total
Alan Buzbee Tackles T-4 43
Alan Buzbee Tackles Per Gm. T-4 8.6
Alan Buzbee Fumbles Forced T-1 2
Matt Evans Tackles 1 54
Matt Evans Tackles Per Gm. 1 10.8
Kyle Flemings Passes Defended 2 7
Terrance Fox Receptions/gm. 1 6.2
Terrance Fox Rec. Yards/gm. 2 76.6
Terrance Fox All Purpose Yds. 4 125.0
Mike MacArthur Field Goals Made T-3 4
Brian McNally Sacks T-1 3.0
Brian McNally Tackles for Loss 4 4.0
Dontra Peters Rushing Offense 6 69.4
R.J. Toman Total Offfense 1 265.4
R.J. Toman Passing Offense 1 240.6
Dino Vasso Passes Defended T-3 6
TALE OF THE TAPE:
Totals (CAA Rank) UNH RICHMOND
Total Yards Gained 1,965 (2) 1,308 (7)
Total Offense 393.0 (2) 327.0 (7)
Rush Offense 140.2 (8) 151.5 (6)
Pass Offense 252.8 (1) 175.5 (6)
Points Per Game 23.6 (5) 23.5 (6)
Total Yards Allowed 1,506 (4) 1,722 (9)
Total Defense 301.2 (4) 430.5 (10)
Rush Defense 137.2 (7) 161.2 (9)
Pass Defense 164.0 (3) 269.2 (9)
Points Allowed/Game 19.0 (5) 27.0 (9)
Possession Avg. 30:06 (8) 30:36 (6)
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost 17/115 (10) 7/36 (5)
Sacks Made/Yards 9/49 (T-2) 4/29 (T-8)
Total Touchdowns Scored 15 (5) 13 (6)
Penalties Against/Yards 35/350 (8) 22/174 (2)
Punts/Avg. 28/37.9 (T-7) 24/37.9 (T-7)
Turnover Differential -1 (T-6) -1 (T-6)
GUNNIN' FOR A DOZEN: UNH's 31-10 win over Lehigh on Sept. 25 stretched the Wildcats' home-winning streak to a school record-tying 11 games, dating back to Oct. 25, 2008. The 11 consecutive home victories match the all-time mark orginally set from Oct. 5, 1929-Nov. 14, 1931. That 11-game home winning streak was acutally a 13-game unbeaten string, sandwiched by a pair of ties. The 'Cats last loss at home came Oct. 11, 2008, to Wiliam & Mary, 38-34.