New Hampshire football wins intrastate battle, 42-17, against Dartmouth College

DURHAM, N.H.-R.J. Harvey (Albany, N.Y.) rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns to propel the University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon's 42-17 non-conference victory against intrastate rival Dartmouth College at Cowell Stadium.

UNH won the Granite Bowl for the fourth consecutive season and improved to 2-3 overall, while Dartmouth fell to 0-2.

The Big Green closed within 21-17 on Tyler Lavin's 21-yard field goal at 4:52 of the third quarter, but UNH answered with a Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.) to Jon Williams (Rochester, N.Y.) 24-yard touchdown pass just 2:12 later to regain control of the game at 28-17.

Harvey, whose nine-yard TD run opened the game scoring at 13:09 of the first quarter and five-yard score gave the 'Cats a 21-7 second-quarter lead, extended UNH's lead to 35-17 with a one-yard TD run at 11:00 of the fourth quarter.

Giovanni Benson (Hyde Park, Mass.) intercepted a Charlie Rittgers pass two yards deep in the UNH end zone and ran along the Wildcat sideline for a touchdown with eight seconds remaining to close the scoring at 42-17. The 100-yard interception return tied the school record.

Granieri finished the game 17 of 26 for 176 yards and two TDs. His top target was Williams, who had 79 yards on six receptions.

Rittgers completed 12 of 24 passes for 107 yards and starting quarterback Scott Wille was 10-for-19 for 86 yards. Wille was the leading Big Green rusher with 77 yards on 11 carries. Jay Barnard caught 12 passes for 124 yards.

DC responded to UNH's game-opening scoring drive with a 22-yard TD run by Chris Little. Granieri connected with Aaron Brown (Central Square, N.Y.) on a 22-yard strike to give UNH a lead it would not relinquish, 14-7, at 5:37.

After Harvey gave the Wildcats a 21-7 lead, Pat Risha ran the ball into the end zone from the 1-yard line to trim the deficit to 21-14 with 2:30 remaining in the first half.

UNH returns to action Oct. 4 (1 p.m.) at UMass. The next Wildcat home game is Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 11 vs. Delaware. Kickoff at Cowell Stadium is noon.

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