DURHAM, N.H. - Germaine Bennett's two-yard dive gave the fourth-ranked University of Delaware football team a 22-21 lead with 1:58 remaining in the game and the Fightin' Blue Hens held on to that margin to defeat the University of New Hampshire in Saturday afternoon's Atlantic 10 matchup at Cowell Stadium
UD (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic 10) trailed 21-16 with 4:00 remaining in the fourth quarter. Facing 2nd-and-10 at the UNH 41, Delaware quarterback Andy Hall ran 38 yards down the left sideline to set up 1st-and-goal. After being stopped twice on the ground, Bennett (15 carries, 96 yards) leaped over the top of the pile to put the visitors ahead, 22-21. On the ensuing 2-point conversion, Hall's pass sailed high incomplete.
Behind the right arm and legs of quarterback Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.), UNH (2-4, 0-4) advanced the ball to the Delaware 27 with 45 seconds remaining. Another pair of Granieri runs produced a first down at the UD 17 with 35 seconds to play. On 3rd-and-10, the 34-yard field goal attempt by Connor McCormick (Forty Fort, Pa.) sailed wide right.
Hall, who completed 18 of 35 passes for 186 yards and rushed for 96 yards, took a knee with four seconds remaining to end the game.
Delawaare took a 3-0 lead at 9:34 of the first quarter on a 30-yard field goal by Brad Shushman. David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.) returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats a 7-3 lead.
Granieri (13x17, 70 yards), who rushed for a team-high 120 yards on 17 carries, increased New Hampshire's advantage to 14-3 with a 44-yard TD run at 5:14 of the first quarter. The Wildcats built a 21-3 lead on a 1-yard run by Paul McKinney (Philadelphia, Pa.) at 2:10 of the opening quarter.
Delaware closed within 21-6 with 1:20 remaining in the second quarter on Shushman's 37-yard field goal. The Fightin' Blue Hens defense held UNH to three-and-out with 29 seconds remaining at the Wildcat 36, then Bennett blocked Josh Polgar's punt and Justin LaForgia returned the ball to the UNH 4. Hall threw a four-yard touchdown pass to David Boler to trim New Hampshire's halftime lead to 21-13.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Shushman's second 37-yard field goal of the game made the score 21-16 with 10:46 to play.
UNH returns to action Oct. 18 (1 p.m.) at Richmond. The next Wildcat home game is Nov. 8 vs. James Madison. Kickoff at Cowell Stadium is noon.