UNH Gridders Finish Season 5-6 After Topping Maine

DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior tailback Dan Curran carried the ball a career-high 40 times for a career-high 176 yards and topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to a 31-20 victory over the University of Maine on Saturday at Cowell Stadium.

The visitors (4-7, 3-5 Atlantic 10) jumped out to a 14-3 lead afer a pair of 1 yard touchdown runs by tailback Royston English and led 14-10 at the half.

However, the Wildcats (5-6, 3-5 Atlantic 10) exploded for 21 straight points in the third quarter, led by a pair of touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Ryan Day. Day found Randall Williams on a 34-yard connection at 7:51 and also threw a 2-yard pass to receiver Jermaine Washington at 10:48. The catch, his fifth of the afternoon, broke the UNH record for receptions in a season. He had 165 entering the game and finished with 171 season receptions. The previous record was 169 by UNH’s Curtis Olds back in 1988.

The Washington touchdown gave UNH a 24-14 advantage and then Curran put on the finishing touches to his afternoon with a 1 yard touchdown run at 3:13 of the third to put UNH up 31-14.

Curran finished his senior season with 224 rushes for 1,059 yards.

Looking at the team numbers, UNH compiled 488 yards of total offense as compared to 330 by Maine.

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