DURHAM, N.H. - R.J. Harvey (Albany, N.Y.) rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns, both tying career highs, to lead the University of New Hampshire football team to Saturday afternoon's 47-27 Atlantic 10 victory against 22nd ranked University of Maine at Cowell Stadium.
UNH ends the regular season at 5-7 overall and 3-6 in the Atlantic 10. Maine is now 7-5, 5-4. The teams combined for 949 yards of offense and UNH utilized a balanced attack with 238 rushing yards and 265 passing yards.
The Wildcats built a 24-0 lead in the first half. Harvey opened the game scoring with a 46-yard TD run at 11:37 and an 11-yard pass play from Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.) to David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.) extended UNH's advantage to 14-0 at 14:24 of the second quarter. A 22-yard field goal by Connor McCormick (Forty Fort, Pa.) pushed the lead to 17 points at 3:42 and Joe Kreider (Mount Joy, Pa.) caught a 2-yard pass from Granieri for a touchdown with 11 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Black Bears trimmed the deficit to 24-7 on a 20-yard run by Marcus Williams at 11:03 of the third quarter, but they never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way.
Maine amassed 432 of its 446 yards through the air. Ron Whitcomb completed 29 of 59 attempts for 432 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Christian Pereira caught 14 passes for 198 yards and Kevin McMahan finished with 11 receptions for 190 yards. McMahan caught three touchdowns which ties a Maine school record.
The Wildcats came right back as Corey Graham intercepted a Ron Whitcomb pass and returned it 49 yards. Three plays later R.J. Harvey ran it in from three yards out and extended the Wildcat lead to 30-7. McCormick added a 30-yard field goal and the 'Cats led 33-7 at the end of the third quarter.
Maine scored just 31 seconds into the fourth on a 4-yard touchdown from Whitcomb to McMahon.
UNH went three plays and out in the next possession and Maine scored just two minutes later on a 9 play 90-yard drive capped off by a Whitcomb-to-McMahan strike running the score to 33-14.
Next the Wildcats built a 40-20 lead on a 2-yard run by Paul McKinney (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 8:38 remain in the fourth
Maine scored on a 49-yard pass as Whitcomb and McMahan hooked up for the third time in the game making the score 40-27.
New Hampshire recovered the Maine on-side kick attempt and the game was sealed when R.J. Harvey broke for a 35-yard touchdown on a critical fourth down play with 1:55 to go.
Senior linebacker George Yasso (Bethlehem, Pa.) was team leader with 8 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception on a two-point conversion attempt. Yasso missed last week's game against William & Mary due to the death of his father George Yasso Sr.