DURHAM, N.H. - Vemba Bukula ran for 144 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Hofstra University football team to Saturday afternoon's 52-28 Atlantic 10 victory against the University of New Hampshire at Cowell Stadium.
Hofstra (2-1 overall, 2-0 Atlantic 10) amassed 512 yards and broke the game open by scoring on seven consecutive possessions (six touchdowns, one field goal) to build a 45-21 advantage entering the fourth quarter. Ryan Cosentino completed 23 of 31 pass attempts for 256 yards and three touchdowns, including an eight-yard strike to Bukula with 36 seconds remaining in the second quarter to give the Pride a 21-6 halftime lead.
UNH (0-3, 0-2) compiled 433 yards of offense, led by 126 rushing yards - 74 of which came on one carry -- by Malcom Isom. His 14-yard touchdown reception from Mike Granieri (15-for-22, 142 yards) pulled the Wildcats within 28-21 at 9:31 of the third quarter.
Hofstra responded 1:59 later, however, on a 15-yard scoring play from Cosentino to Jamaal Perry to reestablish a 14-point lead, 35-21. Chris Onorato made a 31-yard field goal attempt and Trevor Dimmie's 14-yard rushing touchdown extended the visitor's lead to 45-21 through the end of three quarters.
Stephan Lewis (176 all-purpose yards) scored his third touchdown of the day, this time on a six-yard run, at 11:01 of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 45-28. Bukula's 26-yard scamper closed the scoring at 5:09.
Lewis gave UNH a 6-0 lead at 8:02 of the first quarter on a 22-yard pass from Granieri. Hofstra took a 7-6 lead on Marques Colson (eight receptions, 105 yards) nine-yard touchdown pass from Cosentino at 13:46 of the second quarter and extended the advantage to 14-6 on Dimmie's 1-yard run at 3:22.
The Wildcats struck early in the third quarter to pull within 21-14 on a one-yard run by Lewis and a two-point conversion from Granieri to Lewis. Hofstra scored 1:45 later on a Bukula four-yard run to reestablish a 14-point cushion at 28-14.