DURHAM, N.H. - Tim Gale rushed for 219 yards and five touchdowns to lead the 10th-ranked Northeastern University football team to Saturday afternoon's 49-17 Atlantic 10 victory against the University of New Hampshire at Cowell Stadium.
The Huskies (9-2 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) extended its 21-17 halftime lead to 35-17 with touchdown drives on their first two possessions of the third quarter. Gale's 2-yard run gave the visitors a 28-17 advantage at 7:18 and his 6-yard scoring scamper made it an 18-point lead at 1:49.
Gale's fifth rushing touchdown of the game, this one from 44 yards, gave Northeastern a 42-17 cushion at 7:58. Anthony Riley (16 carries, 144 yards) capped the scoring with a 16-yard run with 2:08 remaining.
Stephan Lewis (Coatesville, Pa.) led the Wildcats' offense with 159 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries. He surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the second consecutive season and currently has 1,119 this year. That total increases his career number to 3,646, which is No. 3 on UNH's career list. Lewis passed Norm Ford (1986-89; 3,558 yards) and No. 2 is Bill Burnham (1974-77; 3,773).
New Hampshire (3-7, 2-6) scored on the opening drive of the game to take a 6-0 lead at 12:18 when Lewis scored on a 3-yard run. Gale touchdown runs of 2 yards and 17 yards at 8:44 and 6:04, respectively, put Northeastern on top, 14-6, and a 2-yard quarterback keeper by Shawn Brady (5-for-13, 72 yards) extended the lead to 21-7 at 3:26.
UNH closed within 21-14 at 14:20 of the second quarter on an 8-yard pass play from Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.; 9-for-21, 121 yards) to Lewis. The duo also combined on the ensuing two-point conversion.
The Wildcats, who turned the ball over six times on four fumbles and two interceptions, closed within 21-17 in the second quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Connor McCormick (Forty Fort, Pa.) at 8:23.
New Hampshire closes out the 2002 season Nov. 23 at the University of Maine. Game time is noon.