Durham, N.H. — Andy Andrews caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Martin with 22 seconds remaining to give Gardner-Webb a 38-35 victory over the University of New Hampshire football team at Cowell Stadium on Saturday.
The Wildcats led 35-31 following a 4-yard touchdown from sophomore Imion Powell (Berlin, N.J.) with 4:24 to go. But Martin, who passed for 403 yards (30-for-56, 2 touchdown passes and 2 touchdown runs), engineered a 7 play, 71-yard touchdown drive with 1:12 to play. Andrews’ game-winning catch was the fifth lead change of the second half.
UNH (6-4, 4-3 Atlantic 10) led 21-14 after the first half. Andrew Harmon kicked a 30-yard field goal at 12:29 to pull his team to within 21-17. Martin gave Gardner-Webb (6-4) its first lead of the game at 7:57 when he ran it in from six yards out.
The Wildcats regained the lead, 28-24, on a 34-yard touchdown pass from junior Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.) to junior Ryan Mallette at 2:00. Tory Atkins put the Runnin’ Bulldogs back up by three at 5:56 of the fourth quarter when he intercepted a tipped Day pass and returned it 15 yards for the touchdown. Moments later Powell would score only to be answered by Andrews.
Justin Richardson had a game-high 124 yards on the ground for the Runnin’ Bulldogs. Powell (118 yards) and senior Randall Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) (83 yards) combined for 201 yards for the ‘Cats.
Williams opened the scoring with a 5-yard run at 14:22 of the first. Senior Frankie Smith (Neptune, N.J.) returned a Martin pass 68 yards at 6:03 to give his team a 14-0 advantage.
Martin scored on a 1-yard run at 1:43 to cut the margin to seven. Day hit freshman Tim Messner (East Islip, N.Y.) for a 1-yard touchdown at 14:07 of the second. Andrews scored his first of the game at 11:31 on a pass from Martin to pull his team to within seven, 21-14 at the half.
UNH faces Maine on Nov. 18.