No. 12/9 Football Plays Home Opener Against Colgate on Saturday, Sept. 14 (12 p.m.)
No. 12/9 New Hampshire (0-1, 0-0 CAA) vs Colgate (0-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Sept. 14, 2013 • 12:00 p.m. • Cowell Stadium • Durham, N.H.
Kids' Day • Welcome Back Cat Pack
Game Sponsors: N.H. Driving Toward Zero • N.H. School Administrators Association • UNH Athletics Development
Video Streaming: UNHWildcats.TV
Radio: Wildcat Sports Radio Network
Bob Lipman (play-by-play) • Chris Chandler (analyst)
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/unhwildcats/
SERIES HISTORY- UNH LEADS 4-1: UNH and Colgate meet for the first time since the Wildcats knocked off the Raiders, 55-21, in the opening round of the 2005 NCAA playoffs. The series began in 1986, as the Wildcats and Raiders squared off four times in a five-year span (1986-90). Colgate's lone win in the series was in the inaugural meeting, 27-23, on Nov. 22, 1986.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS: Colgate rides a two-game losing streak to start the season for the second year in a row and fifth time in head coach Dick Biddle's 18 seasons at the Raiders helm. Colgate hasn't dropped three straight games to begin a season since 1996. Last week's game was Biddle's 200th game as head coach of the Raiders.
In 2012, Colgate began 0-2 and 1-3 before reeling off seven straight victories en route to the program's seventh Patriot League championship and seventh NCAA playoff berth.
COLGATE PLAYERS TO WATCH: Raiders senior quarterback Gavin McCarney threw for 303 yards on 25-of-32 passes in last Saturday's loss to Albany. It was McCarney's second career 300-yard passing game. Sophomore TB John Wilkins suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter of Saturday's loss to Albany. Wilkins at the time had 76 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries; he had 34 carries for 166 yards and two TDs.
Raiders cornerback Mike Armiento continues to find the ball. The junior from Sunrise, Fla., posted 11 tackles against Albany and is second on the squad with 17.
COACH MAC VS THE PATRIOT: The Wildcats are a perfect 5-0 versus Patriot League foes in the Sean McDonnell era. UNH has two PL teams on the 2013 schedule, as it follows up this week's showdown against the defending Patriot champs with a road game at Lehigh on Sept. 28, which is the Wildcats' next game:
HOME OPENERS: Under head coach Sean McDonnell, UNH is 11-3 in its home openers. The Wildcats are riding an eight-game home-opener winning streak, dating back to Sept. 24, 2005. The last team to defeat the Wildcats at Cowell Stadium in a season opener was William & Mary, which outlasted UNH, 9-7, on a rain-soaked day in Durham on Sept. 18, 2004.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME DOMINANCE: Under Coach Mac, the Wildcats have posted a 17-1 regular-season non-conference record at Mooradian Field. The last non-league opponent to win in Durham during the regular season was Gardner-Webb, 38-35, on Nov. 11, 2000. New Hampshire has rattled off 15 straight non-conference home regular-season wins since then.
The last non-CAA team to knock off UNH in the postseason was Northern Iowa, which registered a 24-21 NCAA quarterfinal victory in The Dungeon on Dec. 3, 2005.
Since then, the 'Cats have tallied 10 straight non-conference home victories.
WELCOME TO THE DUNGEON: Since the start of the 2007 season, the Wildcats are 29-4 at Cowell Stadium. The 'Cats have recorded wins in 10 of their last 11 home games and are 22-2 in their last 24 matchups in the Dungeon. UNH is seeking to avoid back-to-back home losses, something that hasn't happened since defeats at the hands of William & Mary (9-7) and UMass (38-21) on Sept. 18 and Oct. 16, 2004, respectively.
BROTHERHOOD: Junior linebacker Shane McNeely and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Tad McNeely became the first brothers to start in the same game for UNH since linebacker Husain Karim and safety Muji Karim on Dec. 3, 2006.
Junior QB Andy Vailas completed a 10-yard pass to his brother, Jimmy Vailas, in the first quarter at Central Michigan on Sept. 7. It was Jimmy's first career catch in his first collegiate appearance as a tight end.
INJURY REPORT -WEEK 2:
Chris Beranger (concussion), CB Out for Year
Steve Collister (foot), LB/LS Out
Dalton Crossan (ankle), RB Probable
Mike DeTroia (arm), WR Out
R.J. Harris (broken left hand), WR Probable
Chris Houston (left foot), CB Out
Jimmy Owens (knee), RB Out
Sean Ryan (knee), OL Out
Chris Setian (knee), RB Out
Tre Williams (concussion), DE Doubtful
Robbie Zauck (knee), DE Out for Year
KIDS' DAY: Saturday is Kids' Day at Cowell Stadium. Fans can purchase one youth ticket (age 3-12) for $10 and get one free on game day. A Kids Zone, presented by the UNH Wildcat Kids' Club, will be set up on Bremner Field and will include bounce houses, face painting, games, and a postgame autograph session (free admission for all youth with a ticket to the game).
JOIN THE KIDS' CLUB: A $20 UNH Wildcat Kids' Club Membership will be available for purchase at Bremner Field. Valued at over $250, the UNH Wildcat Kids Club membership includes:
o Free admission to UNH sporting events
o Men's Basketball
o Women's Basketball
o Women's Hockey
o Official Membership card and lanyard
o A mini-mariner dinner from Weathervane Seafood Restaurant
o Wildcat team posters
o Exclusive Kids' Club Members only t-shirt
o TruMoo Crazy Straw and Pencil from Garelick Farms
o Free admission to UNH team clinics
o Kids' Day (Football)
o Kids' Day (Gymnastics)
o Wildcat Hoops Day (Men's and Women's Basketball)
o Skate with the 'Cats (Men's and Women's Hockey)
WELCOME BACK 'CAT PACK: The Cat Pack Student Section, a.k.a. the Dungeon Dwellers, will be welcomed back in style. The first 1,000 students to check in at the 'Cat Pack Student Section will receive the official 2013-14 'Cat Pack Super Fan T-Shirt.
THREE-GAME SKID: The Wildcats are in the midst of a three-game losing streak for the first time in nearly a decade. UNH closed out 2012 with a loss to Towson (64-35) followed by an NCAA second-round playoff defeat at Wofford (23-7) before the '13 season-opening loss at Central Michigan (24-21) on Sept. 7. The last three-game skid for New Hampshire was Oct. 4-18, 2003, with losses at UMass (44-30), vs Delaware (22-21) and at Richmond (35-23).
The Wildcats have not lost four straight games since a nine-game swoon that stretched from Oct. 20, 2001-Sept. 21, 2002.