New Hampshire football comeback falls short

KINGSTON, R.I. - David Jamison ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns to lead the fourth-ranked University of Rhode Island football team to Saturday afternoon's 31-27 Atlantic 10 victory against the University of New Hampshire at Meade Stadium.

Trailing 24-13 at the start of the third quarter, UNH (4-3 overall, 2-3 Atlantic 10) pulled within 24-21 on an 18-yard scoring play from Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.; 27-for-42, 295 yards, 3 TDs) to Brian Mallette (Walpole, Mass.) with 13:22 remaining in regulation.

Rhode Island (7-0, 5-0) reestablished a double-digit advantage, 31-21, on a Wendall Williams 5-yard touchdown run at 7:11. The Wildcats trimmed the deficit to 31-27 on a Day to David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.) 23-yard pass play with 4:32 remaining.

Jamison's 260 rushing yards is the second-highest total in URI history and the team's 433 rushing yards is also the second-best total. The Rams broke a school record with 76 rushing attempts.

UNH running back Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.), a Walter Payton Award candidate as the top I-AA football player in the nation, rushed for 93 yards on 28 carries and caught five passes for 30 yards. He also had one kick return for 40 yards.

After a missed UNH field goal attempt, Rhode Island took a 7-0 lead at 7:54 on a 13-yard run by quarterback Vince Nedimyer (2-for-11, 30 yards). The Rams led 10-0 through one quarter following a Shane Laisle 37-yard field goal.

New Hampshire pulled within 10-3 on a 21-yard field goal by Shawn MacLean (Salem, Mass.), who also made a 28-yard field goal attempt late in the second quarter that lifted the 'Cats within 17-13 at halftime. UNH had tied the game earlier in the second quarter on an 18-yard scoring strike from Day to Jonathan Hart (Sayville, N.Y.).

Rhode Island scored the only points of the third quarter on Jamison's 13-yard scamper at 8:29.

New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 27 at Hofstra University. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. The next home game for the Wildcats is Nov. 3 against Villanova. Game time at Cowell Stadium is noon.

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