Wildcats Move Up To Fourth In Sports Network National I-AA Poll

Ricky Santos

PHILADELPHIA-- Sophomore quarterback Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass) of the University of New Hampshire football team was just one pass attempt away from a perfect game as he led UNH to a 52-21 rout of Atlantic 10 rival Northeastern University this week. As a result of his amazing efforts, Santos was named "The Sports Network's" National Offensive Player of the Week and the team moved up from fifth to fourth in The Sports Network I-AA Top 25 Poll.

Santos, a strong candidate to win the Walter Payton Award, did little wrong in the game, completing 25 of 26 passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns, all to different receivers. He also opened the scoring with a 2-yd touchdown run and committed no turnovers. His completion percentage for the afternoon of .962 broke the NCAA I-AA mark of .957 recorded by Butch Mosby of Murray State in Oct. of 1993, according to the 2005 NCAA football record book, which includes records broken through the 2004 campaign.

Santos completed touchdown passes of 4 yards to senior wide receiver Jon Williams, 10 yards to junior tight end Sean Lynch, 21 yards to senior running back John McCoy, 6 yards to junior wide receiver David Ball and 7 yards to sophomore receiver Keith LeVan.

With his big day, Santos now finds himself ranked third on UNH's all-time career passing yardage list with 5,478 yards. He also needs just two more TD passes to become UNH's all time leader in touchdown passes. He has 52 passing touchdowns in two seasons. The record is 53 touchdowns set by Ryan Day (1997-2001).

The numbers this season for Santos are staggering, despite the fact that he has played three quarters or less in five games due to big UNH leads. He has completed 177 of 240 passes for 2,160 yards in seven contests played with 21 passing touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns, an amazing season completion percentage of .738 and an impressive efficiency rating of 172.99.

Looking at his placement among the top players in all of I-AA football, Santos is ranked second in "points responsible for" with 21.43 ppg., third in passing (25.29 completions per game), third in total offense (321.4 yards per game) and he has moved up to fourth in passing efficiency following his near perfect game (172.4).

Santos, who was also named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player Of The Week on Sunday, and his teammates face the biggest test of the season on Sat., Oct. 29 when the No. 4 ranked Wildcats travel to play at No. 7 Massachusetts. UMass is the only team remaining in the Atlantic 10 Football Conference that is undefeated in league play with a 5-0 mark. The game can be seen live on CN8-TV and can be heard live on the UNH Sports Radio Network.

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