DURHAM, N.H. - Stephan Lewis gained 164 yards from scrimmage, including a 15-yard touchdown reception, to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to a 13-12 Atlantic 10 victory against the University of Rhode Island at Cowell Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Rhode Island (0-2, 0-2) took a 12-10 lead with 11:19 remaining in the third quarter when quarterback Vince Nedimeyer ran into the endzone on fourth-and-1. Ryan Szcznesniak missed his second PAT of the game to keep the advantage at two points.
New Hampshire (2-0, 2-0) regained the lead, 13-12, on a Shawn MacLean 27-yard field goal with 7:41 left in the third quarter. The seven-play, 28-yard scoring drive was set up by Kamau Peterson's 61-yard kickoff return to the Rhode Island 37 yardline.
With three minutes remaining in the game, Nedimeyer completed a third-down pass to Wendall Williams, but New Hampshire's Brett Bashaw (20 tackles) stripped the ball and teammate Frankie Smith recovered the loose ball to give the home team possession with 2:42 to play. UNH ran out the clock by attaining two first downs.
Rhode Island, which held a 361-300 advantage in yards from scrimmage, took a 6-0 lead on a David Jamison (29 carries-172 yards) 47-yard touchdown run with 2:00 left in the opening quarter.
New Hampshire took a 10-6 lead into halftime on Lewis' reception from Ryan Day at 12:56 and a MacLean 32-yard field goal at 5:36.
Lewis finished with 116 yards on 30 carries and 48 receiving yards. Day was 13-for-25 with 159 passing yards. For Rhode Island, Nedimeyer ran 24 times for 62 yards to complement his 60 passing yards.