DURHAM, N.H. - Connor McCormick (Forty Fort, Pa.) kicked a 27-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining in the game to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon's 20-19 Atlantic 10 victory against the University of Richmond at Cowell Stadium.
UNH, which improved to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference with its second consecutive victory, entered the fourth quarter trailing 19-14. The Wildcats pulled within 19-17 with 6:36 to play on a 32-yard field goal by McCormick. On the ensuing possession, Richmond (1-4, 1-2) was forced to punt and UNH got the ball back at its 19-yard line with 2:20 left in the game.
Three pass completions by quarterback Mike Granieri (12-for-18, 200 yards) and a run by Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) advanced the ball to the UNH 41, then Granieri connected with Michael Taylor (5 catches, 84 yards) on a 32-yard pass play down the right sideline to give the 'Cats 1st-and-goal at the Richmond 9 with 1:18 remaining. Two runs and an incompletion ran the clock down to 19 seconds and the Spiders called consecutive timeouts before McCormick gave New Hampshire a 20-19 lead.
Richmond began its final drive from its 43-yard line. A 16-yard pass play from D'Arcy Wills to Dan McNair gave the Spiders a first down from the UNH 41 with three seconds to play. On the final play, the Hail Mary pass by Wills (5-for-11, 80 yards) sailed out of bounds along the right sideline.
Lewis finished with 123 yards on 29 carries to surpass Barry Bourrassa (1989-92; 3,015 yards) into fourth place on UNH's career rushing list. Lewis now has 3,131 career rushing yards.
The Spiders built a 9-0 lead on a Doug Kirchner 32-yard field goal at 8:18 of the first quarter and a two-yard touchdown run by Stacy Tutt at 11:16 of the second quarter. The exchange was fumbled on the ensuing point-after-touchdown attempt.
UNH closed within 9-7 on a 25-yard interception return by Czar Wiley (North Bergen, N.J.; eight tackles) at 6:15 of the second quarter. Richmond took a 12-7 advantage into halftime following Kirchner's 23-yard field goal with 44 seconds left in the half.
The Wildcats took their first lead of the game, 14-12, on a three-yard run by Lewis 2:21 into the third quarter. Richmond regained the lead, 19-14, with a seven-yard scamper by Kenny Dantzler (19 carries, 69 yards).
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 19 with a home game against William & Mary. Game time at Cowell Stadium is 12 p.m.