New Hampshire Football falls to Hofstra, 35-20

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -Rocky Butler and Trevor Dimmie each rushed for two touchdowns as Hofstra University extended its winning streak to six games with a 35-20 win over the University of New Hampshire football team on Saturday afternoon at Hofstra Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, but was postponed due to the tragic events of Sept. 11.

Hofstra (7-1, 6-1 Atlantic 10) took control of the game in the first half, taking a 28-6 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Pride then tacked on an insurance touchdown on a nine-yard run from Butler the opening drive of the second half to increase its lead to 35-6. New Hampshire (4-4, 2-4) scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, including one with nine seconds left in regulation, to make the final score 35-20.

After going three-and-out on its opening possession, Hofstra got its offense going with a six-play, 60-yard drive, culminating in a 27-yard touchdown scamper from Butler with 7:30 left in the first quarter. New Hampshire answered back on its next possession, going 60 yards in nine plays, resulting in a one-yard touchdown run from Stephan Lewis. However, Shawn MacLean missed the extra point wide left, giving the Pride a one-point advantage with 3:45 left in the first quarter.

Hofstra's quick-strike offense then tacked on another touchdown just 1:35 later, going 59 yards in four plays. Dimmie scored his first touchdown of the day on a 23-yard run to cap off the drive, giving the Pride a 14-6 lead.

Charlie Adams extended Hofstra's lead to 21-6, when he scored on a 10-yard end-around off right tackle with 6:07 left in the second quarter, capping off an eight-play, 77-yard drive. After the Pride defense held, the offense once again completed a long drive downfield, traveling 78 yards on 13 plays before Dimmie scampered in from eight yards out with just 15 seconds left in the opening half.

Butler completed 16 of his 23 passes for 233 yards and no interceptions, while also carrying the ball 11 times for 73 yards and a pair of scores. Dimmie finished the game with 145 yards on 26 carries to go along with his two touchdown runs. Adams led the receiving corps with 91 yards on seven receptions.

New Hampshire was led offensively by Lewis, who finished with 126 yards on 21 carries. Wildcat quarterback Ryan Day completed 17-of-29 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown on the afternoon.

UNH returns to action Nov. 3 at home against Villanova University (12 p.m.).

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